Friday, May 29, 2009

Almost Here!

Well we just got word that our closing will not be on Monday. Waaaaahhhh! Instead it will be on Wednesday because the new septic system has not been finished. Meanwhile, I spent some time at our new house (just the outside 'cause it's not really OURS yet) and took a bunch o'pictures. Here's the 50 cent tour:

Front Yard
Basic idea of what the backyard looks like (overgrown). This is one of the grape trellises - they need some work, but I'm excited to see if we grow any grapes.
There were tons of these flower buds. I can't wait to see what they look like when they bloom.
The yard had about 100 of these beautiful blue and purple irises. They are just starting to bloom.
Here's the herb garden. It has mint, chives, onions, sage, and about one million other plants called weeds.

Our little shed with a garden in front of it and some pretty flowery bushes.
These irises run along the back of the house.
And there are poppies! Poppies!!! I've ALWAYS wanted poppies in my yard!

Here's the view from the front.

And the view from the back.
Our front yard. There's a house across the street, but behind the house and next to the house is just rolling hills of pasture. They were cutting the hay today!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend at the Cottage

Went down camp Friday night after work. Work on Friday was nice, I picked up one of my new Interpreters and one of my favorite park supervisors and we went to Douglas State Forest for a training session on interpreting historic stone walls. It was great! The downside is that I drove for almost 4 hours on Friday as I headed down to the Cape for two days.
We celebrated Thea's second birthday with a cook-out and some cake.
We took the dogs (Hank, Marley, and Koa) on a long walk through the woods on on the bike trails.
I love this picture! Do you see Ms. Thea's cute little bum in the background?

Walking along the trails.
Nana and Grampie with Thea. Trying to open Thea's first fishing pole!
My husband!
Rebecca and Thea
It was a cool weekend, but we could not get this water baby to stop swimming!

Took a walk around the pond with Mom, Dad, and Hank. Dad didn't walk, he paddled. So cute!
Took a break to take pictures of spring wildflowers and walk out over the water on a fallen tree.

These are bluets or quaker ladies.
Wintergreen - these berries have been on the plant all winter.
Mom and Hank!
Pink Ladyslippers. My mom and I counted almost 100 of these in just a few minutes. They are everywhere. And beautiful.

Monday, May 18, 2009

There's No Place Like Home

So, I'm feeling confident enough to post this - - - Jay and I are buying a house! We've gone through all the stages: offer, home inspection, purchase & sale, wrote a big ass check, got approved financing, insurance binder, etc, etc, etc. We are planning to close on June 1st and we CAN'T WAIT!

Some details: It's in Lakeville, MA on a side street that overlooks a huge field (like 100 acres or more), the road turns into a dirt road about a half mile after our house, the house is about 2300 square feet, 2.5 acres, has 2 1/2 baths, 3 bedrooms, and an in-law apartment (in-law apartment does not have its own kitchen - my mom has first dibs!).

I love the "Florida Room" - that's what the realtor called it, but it's really a three-season patio thingy. I also love the yard and cannot wait to get my hands dirty. Jay is jonesing to attack this place! It is a bit dated (a bit of shag rug, linoleum in the living room, funky wallpaper, etc), but anyone who knows us, knows we love the vintage and retro look. The sellers were psyched when they found out we wanted to keep it just as it is!

Here are some pictures from the listing (these are not our pictures and not our furniture - we'll post some as soon as we start moving in!):