Sunday, September 28, 2014

Garden Gnomes

I know, it's been a while again.  It's not that we haven't been busy on the house, it's that we've been busy with life.  I've taken time in the past to write something about our anniversary, but this year, I put down the computer and just enjoyed celebrating the here and now that our anniversary offered.  We've been pushing through life - work, house renovations, race training - at the speed of warp-life.  We needed a little downtime to sit back and just be for a while, before life gets absolutely insane again.  So, we ran away to Seabrook Island last Wednesday.

The sun decided to hide the entire time we were there, but it still afforded us breathtaking views, amazing food, awesome retail therapy, laughter, and a lifting of our spirits. 

While out running, I got to visit with a number of deer, coming within a few feet of some of them - quite an awe-inspiring feeling, being so close without a barrier! 

Winston enjoyed some long strolls on the beach.

We watched lots of "Shark Tank", caught up on some magazine- and book-reading, and I think I fell asleep by 9 or maaaybe 10 every night (yeah, so when I say "we watched lots of Shark Tank," what I actually mean is hubby did while I fell sound sleep on his shoulder). 

We are inspired, once again, to work on the house, and talked about what would be our next projects and how we might accomplish them.  We even visited an artist, who does these birds I love, and commissioned a piece on approval - he sketched out 5 birds (one for each year of marriage) on a canvas for us.  I was so artist-struck, I forgot to take a picture.  Whoops.

Most importantly, we got to enjoy each other's company and the love that makes Turnberry Love so special. 

And then, we got home.  The Garden Gnomes had been to our courtyard! 

Mom and Dad surprised us for our anniversary by finishing up my clean-up job (that had left a rather large brush pile in the middle of the patio after some heavy pruning a few days  ahem, weeks ago) and planting some fall flowers in all the planters!!!  What a wonderful, wonderful surprise.  The photo below looks a little funny because I panned around the entire courtyard.  It looked so amazing, I wanted to try to get it all in.

Winston fully approved of it as well.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


One of the things that has been occupying my time these past couple of months was training for another half marathon.  Two years ago, I got this crazy idea to run 13.1 miles consecutively.  In Vermont.  On lots of hills.  It was hot (90+), humid (92%), and every mile felt like it just kept going up, never down.  Well, halfway through, I had an asthma attack.  Thanks to my aunt Martha's company, I finished.

Well, after 2 other half's under my belt, I was ready to go back.  This time, Dad decided to join me.  We trained (me more than him...), and after an adventure actually getting up to Vermont (note police lights... at 1:26am...), we were ready. 

Dad and I got up early and made it to the race just in time to park very close to the start/finish line... and to see the sun rise.

We picked up our race numbers and packed on our gear...

...and soon, it was race time!  We paced ourselves well, and the family cheering section met us around mile 7.  Aunt Martha, true to her amazing form, jumped out of the car and announced she was joining us!  How fun it was to have a memory of running this with her while NOT feeling like my lungs might collapse!  I made them pause for a picture because, really, when are you ever going to have that kind of a backdrop during a race?

Our cheering squad stopped a couple of times along the way - it was always so reinvigorating to see them! 

By mile 12, Dad sounded pretty tired/in pain, but he refused to walk.  He kept trucking along.  And when I ever saw that timer - HOLY CRAP, DAD!  I yelled (sorry, mom, my language is not lady-like after 2 hours of running), WE ARE GOING TO BEAT YOUR GOAL OF 2:20!!!!  Yes, that's right, we shaved over 32 minutes off my last time on this course.  I was on cloud 9.  I think dad was wishing he was just on a cloud...

It is a memory I will treasure forever - a trip with my parents, time spent with family, and a test of the body and mind with my dad by my side.

After the race, we collapsed into various forms of naps in preparation for a celebratory dinner at the Red Clover Inn, where my cousin is Chef!

I only took a picture of one of the appetizers because my hunger got the better of me, but isn't that just scrumptious?

After a short visit, it was time to head home... and refuel the right way - haha - there are only so many options at the airport...

We came home to an awesome dinner prepared by hubby.  He made dinner at my parent's house because he didn't think our house would be ready yet.  I figured all his clothes were on the dining room table because he was busy scraping the ceiling and installing MY CHANDELIER in our closet.  This picture does not even begin to do it justice, but it's the best I could capture.

Alas, he couldn't cook in our kitchen because he also scraped and fixed the ceiling in there!!!  You have no idea how excited I was.  What a weekend.

Here's the kitchen ceiling before...

And the ceiling Sunday...

Monday, September 1, 2014

The master bedroom, complete for now

I know, I know, it's been too long again.  Life keeps getting in the way, and I think that's a good thing.  The update is that hubby had a schedule while I was at a work conference.  So, while I worked with a view of the Atlantic, he was busy scraping the ceiling and painting away. 

Ok, while it was a beautiful view, it was a lot of late nights and early mornings.  Yeah, you still don't feel bad for me...  Back at the ranch, we'll start with noting that the ceiling was scraped, primed, and painted.  He also painted all the trim white, and then we re-considered the walls...

We went with a lighter color this time, now between the first and second colors (3 colors in 3 years...).  Hubby also looked at plantation shutters.  They are on our "some day" list, but they're just not what we want to spend the money on right no.  So, instead, he picked up some "cost effective" white mini blinds... and we are actually OK with them for a while.  They let in so much light!  

You'll see the new door on the left, and the old door (with old trim color) on the right (and if you look really closely, you can see my neon pink shirt in the mirror... I had to stand on the bed). 

So, our hallway has become door painting central.  Doors begin outside, where they get a light sanding and wash down...

Then they move in to the hallway, where they get a primer color (shown) and then two coats of color...

This exercise has not been without its... moments, though...

(I walked into the hallway and hubby was using this spill as his paint container...)