I haven't blogged in an embarrassingly long time - my excuse was we've been so busy with work and our renovation project that I haven't been anywhere pretty. But then I realized that's a very sad excuse.
So I challenged myself...
I was also inspired by my beautiful bff who happens to own a gardening company...she finds beauty EVERYWHERE (and seriously...check out her work because it's amazing) and posts photos all the time....so I decided to try and take her perspective a little more.
Her company is called Solid Roots Garden Services, and they do beautiful work in the Downeast/Acadia region of Maine.
Since we've been too busy with work to really spend any 'leisure' time exploring I decided I'd just have to take my camera along on one of our work trips....so I told my husband to make room for it in the car. (Long story there...I'll get to it)
Here was my challenge:
Take at least ONE photo I can stand (listen....I'm not in love with any of these, they're very different from my 'usual') at each stop I had time to pull the camera out.
These stops are abandoned houses in VERY assorted places. Some are way out in the country, others are in some pretty seedy areas of the city. So this was a pretty broad challenge.
Here's what I got:
Now, I hardly know what any of these plants are...but I'm gonna learn! I am determined to become familiar with the southern plants - at least enough to identify the common ones.
One of the last houses we went to is in the middle of NOWHERE....but it is awesome. It's actually nothing special, but the tree-lined drive could be gorgeous, there is a huge porch, and a pool!
The last stop was a mobile home on an unkept dirt road....it was not pretty. I walked around for a few minutes to attempt and find SOMETHING pretty....but then I opened my eyes. Here's what was at the ugly house.
Life is beautiful, people, look around. :-)
Yesterday it was 64 degrees!!! I know that doesn't sound super warm, but when you've been in weather below 30 since October it felt TROPICAL! Of course I'm a beach lover, so I had Dave drop me off at the beach near one of his inspections so I could wander and enjoy the sand instead of being inside.
The beaches in Maine are basically the polar opposite of the beaches in California - it was almost weird walking across the Maine sand after the last several beaches I've been to were on the west coast. Of course 60 degrees doesn't really justify a swimsuit, so I was wearing boots and jeans. :-) Real summer beach weather is still a few months away.
Gorgeous, right? There's nothing growing yet, most of the scene behind the beach is still pretty ugly, but I don't think it'll be long until everything is starting to get green again...especially if the sun continues to show it's beautiful face like yesterday!
Dave took the top off his Jeep - so our ride to the next inspection was amazing. My hair got a little crazy (I didn't exactly plan the correct "do" for topless ride...) :) but it felt SOOO nice to have fresh air and actual WARM sunshine!
The drive between Mount Desert Island and Sedgewick takes us about 20 minutes, and we drive through several VERY small towns...thankfully it was nice out because this time we got stuck behind a student driver....it gave me time to take some fun shots of the highlights of Ellsworth, though. :)
Classy, right? :) Most of our drive is gorgeous, so these lovely views didn't take up too much time. Check out how gorgeous the view is from this next house.
We both have sunburns on our noses, and my hair was basically an impossible tangle, but SO worth it
Last time we drove to do David's northern inspections I promised that I would take pictures of the ghost town (Amity, ME). It's not ACTUALLY a ghost town, but from the road over half of the houses are abandoned - so it qualifies as one in my mind!
When we take this trip we fly right along, so needless to say he didn't stop for me to take photos - so please forgive the blurry-awful-we're-driving-70mph-quality of these:
Welcome to Amity, Maine:
I can't lie - the views up here are beautiful, but it is such a lonely feeling. I can't imagine living here for real
I didn't count the abandoned houses - I meant to, but my concentration attempting to not miss any with my camera distracted me a bit. Honestly I'm not quite sure I actually got them all...but considering the fact that we were going 70 down a road that is mostly woods I am pretty happy with my results.
David is an online deal shopper - or actually more of an online deal addict. We got home to a package he'd ordered from one of his frequented websites 13Deals.
Somehow, as part of his purchases he managed to get 6 pairs of sock-monkey mittens FOR FREE. I understand that sock-monkey mittens aren't exactly a staple to living well, or even a cold weather necessity, but look how cute they are!!
Tango was NOT impressed by the sock-monkey mittens, but she did have to come over and check them out at least. By the way, check out that pile of other loot on my lap! He also managed to get me some Fila socks (with glitter...we didn't know the glitter part until they arrived...), and a six-pound medicine ball from Reebok. By the way, if you're a Reebok fan, check out my ReebokOne personal training profile!
Here's to "Ghost" towns and sock-monkeys.
Cheers for now <3
I hate basements. I hate dirt/grime/dank/dustiness/SPIDERS. GROSS! Thankfully my handsome guy is tougher than me, and decided to take on this project (at least the dirty demo part) by himself. We needed some extra storage, and our basement needed a face-lift. Check out what we started with:
This was the tiny storage we started with.....a dark little corner cubby, big enough to hold some paint and other supplies, but that is about it. So, he started ripping and tearing (splinters were plentiful) to clean up the space.
We (sorry....HE.....I didn't touch any of this part of the project...thus the ugly photos) ;-) removed all of the old storage, and cleaned up the corner so we were starting with a clean slate.
The new shelves we put in all have pressure-treated uprights so there is no rotting problem in the future. I don't know if we will build more, but this baseline gives us the flexibility for more storage if we decide to build it.
I started helping with this at about this point (everything was CLEAN and spider free). We decided to start the shelves six inches up from the ground, just in case of any water in the basement. Our house is a 1930's colonial, so we like to plan ahead JUST in case. We wanted to move all of our storage from the attic to the basement for convenience, but I (of course) want to make sure my stuff stays safe.
Thankfully I didn't have to do any of the dirty and gross part of this project, but I get to benefit from the completed product! I am so happy to have the space freed up in the rest of the basement so I can use my "gym" space again, and not have to work around boxes and crates and half-finished projects.
So happy to have a handyman in my house (and soon to be legally attached to me....ooo he doesn't know what he's signing up for) who cares about improving our home and living environment. <3 him long time.
Dreamer, decorator, wife, business owner, personal fitness trainer. 20-something.