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A Look Back at 2011

Is it just me, or did 2011 fly by? It certainly was a busy year, thanks to some great opportunities to travel. Here’s a little look back at some of my year’s highlights.

We completed our biggest renovation project in three years…

Before & After: Bonus Room Renovation

bathroom before after

Which was promptly ruined…

This Old House

We explored our land in the winter and snapped some pictures of our wild tenants…

Special Winter Photography & Peek-A-Boo Deer

Jason and I visited the Milwaukee County Zoo for the first time in ages…

Warmth Draws Me Outside

I entered photos into a photo competition, a first for me. I didn’t win, but it was a start…

Photo Contest!!

Fern Spring

After making it into the Yosemite High Sierra Camps for the 2011 season, Jason and I made preparations for our trip…

Working with My Strenghts

Which were promptly decimated…

Back to the Vacation Drawing Board


We kicked off summer by camping in the backyard with our niece, Reagan…

Great American Backyard Campout 2011

Happy Campers

July brought our revamped trip to California, where we visited three national parks – Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon – instead of the originally planned one.

Complete California Vacation 2011 Series

Lembert Dome

And thanks to a family wedding in Washington, DC, we were able to add a fourth national park to our itinerary this year, bringing our total to 4 of 58 national parks visited…

DC Road Trip and Shenandoah National Park Series

Shenandoah National Park

2011 was a pretty good year. Can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!

Let There Be Candlelight

I’ve said it time and again: I love my backyard! I’m sure I’ll love the backyard of our future home just as much – hopefully even more. But this backyard is pretty cool, in large part thanks to Jason.

As promised, here is the chandelier he built to hang from our pergola over our dining table on the deck.

Jason and I got our hands on a bunch of mason jars last summer, and we decided to use them as candle holders around the deck. Shortly thereafter, in one of the many catalogs we get, I saw a picture of a backyard that included a chandelier. I wanted one! Around the same time, in another catalog, I spotted a photo of hanging mason jars with candles in them as a backyard lighting. (I’m surprised Jason hasn’t started burning every catalog that comes into this house.) An idea was born!

Jason designed and built this creation from scratch!

What I didn’t take a picture of is the base of each jar – it’s open on the bottom. While not a lot of light shines down, there’s just a little hint of it when the candles are lit.

We haven’t “used it” used it yet, but we will have to change that soon  🙂

In other backyard news, Jason got started on a new project, one from our initial, but now revised, project list for this house. Time to start getting things where we want and need them to be when the time comes to sell…

We are expanding the fenced portion of our backyard and adding a new gate. We probably didn’t think through the fence as much as we should have when we put it in. For some reason, we ended it along the back staircase of the deck instead of at the back corner. I don’t know.

Backyard 2011

When we planned on adding a garage and new driveway on the south side of the house, we figured we’d expand the fence the meet the new structure. Since those plans were scrapped, things have sat as they are. That’s about to change.

The new posts are ready for fence.

As part of the expansion, the gate you see will be flipped to the backside of the fence. It will then lead directly to the backyard instead of the side yard.

Once this phase of the project is complete, we will be adding a gate to the portion of fence that runs along the top of the driveway (between the house and the shed in the picture above). This will be a little trickier and will take some strategic planning, but I think it will make our yard feel better. I never realized how much not having a garage would impact day-to-day life. Needless to say, I would love for our future home to have garages up the wazoo  😀  Or at least just one.

I will have more pictures to come!


This Old House

Welcome to the joys of old home ownership 😐

It’s no mystery that it has been a rough winter across the country. Now, we’re dealing with below-zero cold weather here in Wisco.

Super cold temps = frozen pipes. Boo 🙁

No water

Not all of the pipes are frozen, just the cold water in our upstairs bathroom. Everything downstairs is good, and the hot water in the upstairs sink is fine.

Unfortunately, a blowtorch to the pipe in our ultra-cold basement and again right under the sink did nothing. Last resort: cut a hole in the wall of our newly finished bathroom to access the pipe there.

Well, the bathroom was done…

Heat it up!

None of this stopped us from going out for fish. But we were in for a surprise there too…

Jason and I were becoming regulars at the Moose Creek Bar & Grille. We made the 30 minute drive over there tonight only to find a completely dark building with a sign on the door. They closed and moved over to their sister restaurant, the Sugar Creek Inn.

Sugar Creek is a much smaller place, and we were crammed in like sardines. The fish wasn’t as good, so I’m not sure what we’ll do next week. We’re back on the hunt for a regular fish fry.

Not all was sad today, though. Here’s what I got to look at during my workout…

What a couple of hams.
Lovey Dovey Dogs

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