Friday, September 16, 2016

A trip to the cottage and non-buyer's remorse

Late last month we road-tripped north, to Ithaca, then Toronto, and then to my family's cottage. H. and I hadn't been to the cottage since 2012, before L. was born and before I was even pregnant.

It was a lovely 4 days, despite brief fevers for both L. and I.

There have been many times over the years where I've entertained the fantasy of moving to this part of the world. What would I do there? I don't know, and I don't think it matters. The idea of seeing this landscape every day is just so appealing to me.

Yes, the winters would be long and hard, I know. And maybe part of me would miss corporate life, or even New York City. But there's a big part of me that finds the roughness appealing.

Since I first learned about the history of the Nipissing Road, I've found myself obsessively fascinated by it, which is just one reason by I'm not intimidated by the potential hardship. It actually draws me in even more.

In truth, I'm probably never going to have my Susanna Moodie Roughing It in the Bush moment, but it's a nice daydream, now and then.

While I'm up there, I like to scour the antique markets and junk sales for unique souvenirs. Well, frankly, that's something I do everywhere. On this trip I popped into an antique store while H. sat in the car with a sleeping L. That was mistake 1. I also left my phone in the car, and that was mistake 2. Mistake 3 was that I saw a gorgeous charcoal sketch of a naked (nekkid) lady and I didn't buy it because it was 1. too expensive, 2. I didn't have H. there to advise and 3. I was stupid. I didn't even have my phone to take a pic. I left and then thought about the picture for two days, until I eventually convinced myself to go back and buy it. Of course it was gone, and I can't stop thinking about it. I have non-buyer's remorse. Someone is a very lucky owner of a nekkid lady.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Updating a drab bedroom!

With roofing and plumbing issues behind us, we can turn our attention to something more fun: decor upgrades - starting with our bedroom.

This project has gotten moving faster than I had anticipated. We knew we wanted to make this room nicer, more comfy, and more serene, but thought it was something that could wait. And in truth, it will take us some time to complete it. Here's what we're starting with (forgive the realness of these pics - ie portable a/c, trim taped up ready for paint, etc.)

I challenge you to find more fug sconces!

The room has a definite "cave" vibe going, with the low, angled ceilings. it's a small room, too - and some might run to their nearest contractor to expand asap.

Here's the vision:
1. Paint (done this past weekend).
2. New bed! Actually, the catalyst to getting this whole project moving was a sale at West Elm, and a stockpile of giftcards. The bed will be delivered this week!
3. Replace fug sconces
4. Replace fug blinds with curtains
5. Maybe hang a picture or two

Basically, everything from 3 onwards is yet to be determined. I mean, they will happen, but when? I don't know. So I must find the right sconces, and then I will have to hire an electrician... and if I'm going to hire an electrician, I'm going to get them to upgrade various things around the house. So, it will take some time.

I'll share paint & bed pics when the bed arrives, but beyond that is a work in progress.

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