Seven months ago I took and early retirement from my job. After spending a long, cold winter indoors getting acclimated to my new life, I'm ready to tackle some new projects outdoors. Working full time for the last 12 years have left the gardens around our house more neglected than I care to admit. With time… Continue reading Spring Chores in the Garden
If you've been following my "Staycation-Vacation" posts you know that since quitting my job last fall, I have been going through my home room by room, making changes to transform my house into a more comfortable place — a place that feels like a favorite vacation rental where stones and seashells become collectibles and the outdoor spaces are as important as indoor rooms. As… Continue reading Clear the clutter…and make a few dollars at the same time.
One of the reasons I love a vacation house is because it doesn't have a lot of clutter. When I decided to create my own "staycation-vacation retreat" and remake my home into something that feels more vacation-home-like, I knew I would have one huge challenge. To live in clutter-free spaces, I must face the problem of organizing and storing all of the… Continue reading The Dressing Room: Making a Staycation-Vacation Retreat at Home
My goal of late has been to create a more relaxing atmosphere inside my home. I love laid back vacation rentals and it seems to me that I should be able to live in one year-round. I mean, why not? What is a vacation rental except a house that has been designed with comfort in mind?
Everyone loves a vacation house. Whether it’s a high end condo in a resort area or a weather-worn shack at the beach, vacation houses are an escape. They are the relaxed, comfortable, stress-free zones that we dream about the other 50 weeks a year when we’re not vacationing in them. Since leaving my job… Continue reading Coffee and Tea Please: Making a Staycation – Vacation Retreat at Home
After a new well pump, a $3000 investment in a water system, and fighting the battle of low water/no water for several months, a city water line came past our house. We bit the bullet, disconnected our new investments, and tapped into the new line. Water problem solved. In the fall, I started digging flower… Continue reading Pack it up and Move on in — part 4: A Patio Project and a Garden Fence
It was April when the title finally transferred and we got keys to the house. Doc was in the middle of teaching spring semester. At the time, I wasn't working. That was a good thing because we never would have gotten the house in livable condition if I'd had a job to go to. I… Continue reading Pack it up and Move on in — part 3: Spring at Last!
We waited weeks for the title to transfer. No one could explain the hold up. We had purchased the house "as is" and since it was vacant, there was no one to move out. All of the inspectors we had hired at our end had completed their inspections within a week. All we could do… Continue reading Pack it up and Move on in – Part 2: “Playing the Waiting Game”