Winter is On the Horizon
I’m back! The last photo was posted back in February…but semi-regular photos haven’t really been posted for a much longer time period. I don’t want to get your hopes up (or my own), but I’d really like to get back into a routine of sharing photos…so we’ll see how this goes!
Here’s a bit of background to get us up to speed — since starting this site 6 years ago (11.15.2008 was my first entry), a lot has certainly changed in my life. Starting in 2012, I had a bit of difficulty posting a new photo every single day with both a new home and a pregnant wife, and there were multiple stretches of more than a couple weeks where I wasn’t able to post any photos. By the time 2013 rolled along and our son Nolan was born, I completely fell off the bandwagon! Time I might have spent picking a photo to post and write about was spent changing diapers or sleeping… By January 2014, I hadn’t posted anything in 9 months and I attempted to get back into regular monthly or weekly postings, but even that just didn’t happen. So now it is November 2014, and I’m giving it another go-around…the upshot of having not posted much of anything over the past 2 years is I definitely have plenty of great photos to share!
So to follow up yesterday’s Thanksgiving photo, here is a sunset shot I took this month with Nolan in our backyard. We were doing some posed family shots in the last light of the day, and after sitting still, Nolan enjoyed being able to roam around. We’re mostly set for winter, and we hope you are too!
February Backyard Sunset
Gotta love a bright February sunset through the trees after a nice bit of accumulated snow!
1 Year at Our Home!
And just like that, Heather and I have been homeowners for a full year! It was a year ago that we closed on our home…but by the time we got to back to our apartment after the closing, it was pretty late, so we didn’t even get to the house that day. We were there the next day, though, and were treated to an awesome fiery sunset on our first night at the house.
It has been a fun year of home ownership full of little projects, bigger projects, and annoying projects, and while we certainly didn’t check off everything on our “2012 To-Do” list for the house, we made some good progress and are looking forward to our 2nd year.
Summer Sunshine in the Yard
Ahh, the warmth of the summer sun and the green of leaves and grass (and moss) in our front yard…these are but distant memories at the moment as we stare at our snow-covered yard and bundle up as temperatures drop below freezing. But hey, it’s winter, and there are lots of great things to enjoy about winter! If you’re not a fan of winter, though, here’s a more appealing photo than the snowy landscape we currently see outside.
Fun Home Projects – Stairway Shelves
I enjoy tinkering around with tools and making things…I don’t do it all that often, but it is fun being able to put something together, especially when it is functional and doesn’t look half bad! One project we had been wanting to do ever since buying our house at the beginning of this year was to put shelving in our stairway in an area that was just wasted space anyway. After a couple of different designs and helpful suggestions from Heather, I installed three adjustable shelves and a few hooks for hanging extra pots and pans. Overall, I was pretty pleased with how it came out, and we were both happy to move a few things from the kitchen that aren’t used as frequently as other things.
Merry (White) Christmas!
It was a nice treat to arrive home after midnight following some Christmas Eve festivities and find a blanket of fresh-fallen snow. So have a very Merry White Christmas!!
A Few Leaves in the Backyard…
Having a home in the woods with tall trees on and around the property is really great. Really, really great…at least, that is what I tried telling myself as the fallen leaves piled up everywhere this autumn. The photo above shows a small portion of our backyard with not only a nice covering of fallen leaves, but also a fairly full canopy of leaves that haven’t even fallen yet! Luckily, I was able to get the assistance of my brother-in-law, Brian, and after a couple of long days of raking and blowing leaves, I think we have been able to rid our yard and gardens of most of the leaves.
So for now, I would say it’s still great living in the woods, even if it means a few days of aching shoulders and backs…however, we definitely want to cut down a couple trees sooner rather than later, so maybe we’ll have a few less leaves to deal with come this time next year!