Our First Summer in the House….

Although this is our 3rd summer together, this is Paul and I’s first official summer living together and our first in this house.

It is strange to think that it is barely eight months ago we closed on the house and have made it into such a messy, comfortable home in such a short amount of time. We’ve already enjoyed some harvest from our garden, are sort of making headway with the landscaping and are starting to plan smarter with our veggies for the coming season. We have started to understand better what we want the house to look and feel like, and are getting to plan towards morphing our little hut into what we have imagined for it thus far.

Of course, being grown ups, life hasn’t really stopped as we figure out the house. For instance we went to the Newport for the 4th of July. Below is a picture of a beautiful Oregon Coast sunset and Paul looking handsome:

 

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She's still not fully integrated indoor/outdoor, but we're getting closer!

She’s still not fully integrated indoor/outdoor, but we’re getting closer!

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Paul has since removed two large trees by cutting them down (mostly!) by hand, and digging out their stumps, such as this:

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Paul is very proud of himself in these photos, as he deserves to be! The tree he’s cutting down at dusk from our roof was a 30 foot hawthorne that had grown so far over the roof, we figured we’d have to pay to have it cut down. He cut the last parts of it down with a hand saw, then an axe, and finally dug the stump out over the course of a week or two. The scrubby looking pine was an awful thing that was cut down with a combination of hand saw, garden lopper, and chainsaw, and Paul dug that one out as well.

We currently have two rather large stumps just sitting in our yard.

In the meantime, the grape has gotten out of control (I’ll take pictures of the untamable beast) and in June I started a new job with the Eugene Symphony! My official “press” photo was this one:

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Just kidding, it was this one!

And here are some pretty house photos of what things look like when I haven’t started a sewing job, or a book, or sleeping…

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I’m rambling, and need to sleep and get a hold of my actual narrative before posting again. Maybe I’ll share some DIY stuff, or update the House Tour section of the blog… 

Or I can just be honest that I’ll probably just have to take like 10 million more pictures of the cats.

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