Category Archives: Cottage Construction

Have I mentioned Groundhog Day?

A few weeks ago, I saw “the critter” from last year that I could never figure out what it was. That was the first, and since then, only time I had seen it until the day I looked out the … Continue reading

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It is a good day to dig a big hole

I heard the sound of heavy machinery this morning…music to my ears. I looked out the window to see the excavator coming up the driveway. At last, the time has come. This crew has now placed the water treatment tank … Continue reading

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First magnolia buds!

Yesterday evening as I sat outside in the late sun, I spotted the first bud appearing on the magnolia. I counted 8 from where I sat. The wildflowers are popping up everywhere, too, and there was a small orange and … Continue reading

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‘There’s a light…a special kind of light’: I can see the end of the tunnel!

I went out to feed the cats and birds this morning and had to marvel at the sunrise behind the clouds. I knew rain was coming, and figured it would delay the scheduled plumbing work on the studio today. Nonetheless, … Continue reading

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Celebrate the small things

The air conditioning/heating units are installed in the studio–time for another celebration! I lost 2 additional pounds–time for another celebration! I am still standing–time for another celebration! After a couple of days without more rain, and intermittent sunshine, yesterday morning … Continue reading

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Roast Pork Tenderloin with Chili Fig Sauce

I actually cooked dinner last night. It has been a rough few weeks in Lottabusha County, especially on the Taylor hillside. We had the first major delay in the construction that has consumed our lives since last summer, with a … Continue reading

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Who sits outside in a wool scarf, sweater+sweatshirt, wrapped in a blanket, just to make a fire and drink wine?

I think you all know the answer to this question. You might be rolling your eyes, shrugging your shoulders, or thinking or saying out loud: “What is wrong with her?” Here is the deal though–I think of it as rather … Continue reading

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And the Winter Games begin…

I was preparing my oatmeal this morning when I heard a noise outside that sounded like a heavy truck. I thought it was the well service since he is due to put in the water filtration system today. I stepped … Continue reading

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Snow Day 2022

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It’s New Year’s Day: What can we do to distract ourselves now?

I have developed a habit over the last month that is not in my best interest. I wake at my usual time around sun up, get up and go feed the cats, take a potty stop, get a glass of … Continue reading

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