Friday, February 1, 2013

These are a few of my favorite things

I am humming....
But today I will have to add a couple of things to girls in white dresses and fluffy kittens...


Our Christo moment....during the process of getting the new roof.

As our project outside and few improvements inside near their completion, a few of my favorite things have finally made their appearance. Major projects take a long time to complete, the details can take time and the moment, when one finally "sees" the changes can be a challenge to wait for. 


Insulation up in the attic, what a difference!

Yet I am fully aware, I do not deal with a project, which takes longer then a couple of weeks. Two months, maybe a few more days. Small problems do occur, like the one below. But nothing really upsetting so far.


Delay: Wrong window delivered, by next week the new one will arrive.

So my patience has not been tested that much.
And look at the new light fixture. I am in love!
So much nicer then the old one...



Finally: Our new upstairs landing lantern with an Edison bulb!


The new outdoor portico lantern. Portico needs still priming and painting.

But while I am so happy to see the light fixtures functioning and all these things are truly wonderful, I still had been waiting impatiently for something completely unrelated. 
I am a fan of Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce book series. If you are not familiar, go and check it out, his books are a major delight for all fans of great mysteries. Set in England in the 50's, in and around a mansion and the nearby village, Flavia, the 11 year old heroine, solves crimes with smarts, wit and charisma.



That Buckshaw, the old mansion, is falling apart and unfortunately could soon be lost for seemingly ever present financial problems adds to the charm and makes me feel right at home. I can certainly relate. Although our home is, thankfully, not in quite such disrepair (anymore) and our financial situation seems a little more secure, we too fight the endless battles of fixing an old house with regularly occurring maladies, from leaking pipes to toppling chimneys. 
So, now you may imagine my delight, when the latest installment of the series, after a long time waiting, stuck yesterday in our mailbox. After a rather haphazardly thrown together dinner I withdrew into my bedroom, closed the door and dimmed the lights to cozy up to 'Speaking From Among the Bones'. Hard as it was and to make it last a little longer, I stopped reading after one hour or so and since then I have sneaked around the book, almost unable to wait 'til tonight to continue the pleasure...It's so hard...It's right here...And it's as good as the others, maybe even better!
Oh, the waiting has been so long and then the reading fun it's over so quickly. I might just start at the beginning again and read them all after another!
Do you have book series you cannot put down? 

So, between the daily to make decisions about light fixtures, copper flushing, windows, paint colors and books to read, at least the last one has been easy!

Wishing you all easy decisions and a happy weekend! 
I cannot wait to reveal to you all the finished project soon...


xoxo



All images by V.Zlotkowski

6 comments:

  1. Hello Victoria

    Progress is being made and you will have your home back and looking beautiful again. Your light fixtures are a perfect fit.
    I have been reading Samuel Beckett's works. Finished Ill Seen Ill Said and Watt. Now reading Waiting for Godot. I will be ready for a spot of lighter reading next. Thanks for suggesting Alan Bradley. Will put him on my list

    Have a great weekend

    Helen xx

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  2. Wow what a project....I can't wait to see the finish product. Love your house. I haven't sat down and read a book in awhile, I need to do that instead of watching stupid TV! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Looks like you are busy with the kitchen renovation project, and Oh! Reading books! Of course, you can do as much reading as you want with your beautiful lantern. I’m sure you are ecstatic to finish the renovation! I hope you are not facing any leaking pipes, though it is unavoidable thing for an old house.

    ~Kurt Verdejo

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  4. Every house has its fair share of plumbing dilemmas and what's important is, we do something to solve the problem. To avoid such dilemmas, we must make sure that to have our plumbing system checked for maintenance. Keep in mind that prevention is better than cure.

    -Darryl Iorio

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  5. Since you are renovating your house, it is best to check and make sure that your plumbing system is in good condition. Invest on your plumbing system and be assured that you will never experience minor leaks or any plumbing problems.

    -Jaye Conaway

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