Happy Easter

Coles parents came in from California for Easter. We have never had family down for this holiday. And are enjoying them so much. And on top of the lovely visit we have had rain on the forty five acres of land we just sprigged with coastal grass. Not once but three times it has rained this week❗️So important for the farm.

Life could not be better. :).

Family and rain.

The tractor putting the sprigs out. Just below the house.

Big T and Grandma at Little T’s Easter egg hunt at school.

Little T hunting eggs.

Taking a walk in the drizzle of rain.

Such a fun weekend….and they are here until Tuesday.

Happy Easter everyone hope you are surrounded by family, love and chocolate :).


Paint on door trim.

Way up high is the “just for looks barn doors”. We found a color for the trim…..it’s called “fog” again by Pittsburg paints. It goes with the roof and the rock. I think it’s just subtle enough.




This morning as I passed the house on the way home from school, this is what I saw, I had to drive in and take a picture……this roofer looked like a bird perched way up on the peak of the roof. Brave guys!!!!


The painters got the black trim around the front porch door and window done….. to be honest I am not 100% sure I love it. It’s pretty bold…..but I think with the pillars being 2 ft by 2ft rock…..it will fit. We will wait and see. I think it gives a modern vibe? Maybe???? But I figure it’s just paint……easy fix if we need to. For now I am going to go with it. It is growing on me. What do you think???

Happy happy Tuesday, H

Fireplace 2

The outside of the fireplace is complete….not without a few problems. They got twelve feet up and we really didn’t like it at all. We tried to. But after thinking about it for a few hours we made the decision to knock it down and start all over. I felt terrible, but ultimately we are going to be the ones looking at it.

The rock guys were really great about it, and I spent the next morning watching every rock get placed and telling them how I wanted it. Honestly I felt like a jerk. But that was the way to get it how I wanted it. I wanted it to look like it had been there forever. Our builders advised us not to dry stack the outside of the fireplace because it allows more rain to sit on the rock and potentially get into the house. But we wanted the actual lay of the rock to look like what the dry stacked will look like in the house. And on the pillars. After about three feet the guys had it! And I love how it ended up. There were a few cases of Mexican beer bought to keep everyone happy. And the guys really worked with us to give us what we wanted. I do think they thought I was a bit crazy and were questioning my “style” but I think it worked. The one man spoke English well, and when I decided I didn’t want the mortar swept he explained it to the other man and this man just squeaked and said something fast in Spanish….. I am quite sure it was “this lady is nutty”.

It looks a bit brownish in the picture because of the color of the siding. When the siding is painted white, it will pull more of the gray out.

The rock is mostly Tennessee stone, with some Smokey mountain and Silvermist rock. (I don’t know where the Silvermist comes from). I didn’t think to ask. The Tennesse is my favorite. And of course the most expensive…..so we did save some money by mixing it with the lesser expensive rock. Which was important as this part of the fireplace is about 36 feet tall.

Now the painters are hard at work as well as the roofers. The outside of the house is very close to being finished.

Thanks for reading, have a great day H.