Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Back to Spring

Last post it was 9 degrees and 8 inches of snow.  Three days later it was 76 degrees and you wouldn't have known we ever had a snow storm.  Since then temps have not dipped below 60 and the Scotch Broom has decided to bloom.  Today will be 76 again, and the bulbs that are emerging will be blooming soon, too.

Cleaning up branch debris behind the Tiny Farmhouse, I spied this HUGE shelf mushroom growing on an old downed log, so I brought it in to put on my mantle.

House hunting has become a hobby of mine.  This one down the road just went on the market.  It has been vacant for some time, so Bob and I decided to check it out, and the door was unlocked!

I seriously want to renovate this place.  The gardens would be fantastic, there are rock walkways and walls everywhere.  It is only on an acre, but the trees and bushes are old, and I can't wait to see this place in the spring.

I posted on fb that I wanted to renovate, and all my friends were telling me to go for it.  A friend in MN was very interested, she is moving back to NC come spring, so I called Jake our contractor to meet and give us his opinion.  Being from York, PA, he loves historic homes, as I do, so I trust his opinion.

Love the little things . . . like this cute doorbell.

Covered in ivy, of course, just like my house was.

The back property line is lined with camellias, starting to bloom.

I want this rug runner!!

This sunroom is what made me love this house.  It looks out onto this fabulous old garden.

The possibilities!

Blue slate in the kitchen!

Good news is, it's cheap, but bad news is, structural damage, rotted logs, and Jake agreed that we would have to get it really cheap in order to flip it.  Too much work for my friend Patti to accomplish by spring when she is moving back.  Oh well, keeping my eye on it, and if on the market six months from now, just may make an offer!

Great lamp finds this week, bronze with milkglass shades, now on Ebay.

Hanging lantern style with beads.

Funky, homemade? lamp, from the '50s?  Love the botanical glass on the bottom.  Thought there may be a light in there, but there wasn't.  This one may be a keeper.

This week's rescue.  Timber has been sitting in a NC shelter for two months.  I wasn't going to give up on him.  I was persistent and kept hitting up my husky rescue friends.  I finally "broke" Francia!  Husky Haven of Florida agreed if I could raise funds for vetting and get him to Florida, they would take him in.  Yesterday he left the shelter, went to GA to a foster home and I raised $285 to get his vetting!

Poor Timber, has lost a lot of weight in the two months, as you can see from the first photo.  He was depressed, not excited like most dogs getting out of the shelter.  Hopefully, he will pull through.

This is Kono, the 13 year old I got out of TN and sent to a new home in Sag Harbor, NY last spring.  I got a letter in the mail yesterday from his owner expressing how much she appreciated my saving him and thanking me for all the rescue work I do for senior dogs.  Next trip home, she would like me to come visit.  Things like that letter make all the work worth it!

Look at Kono now!  Does not look like the same dog!   Off to the paint store, recycling, post office, boathouse where Mike is painting (yay!) 

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