Monday, August 27, 2018

Azaleas in August

Do you grow the Encore variety of azaleas?
When we re-landscaped the backyard a few years back, the plan included several of them.
Prior to that we had only spring bloomers.
So, while strolling through the garden this morning, I was caught off guard by them blooming their little hearts out.

For a brief moment I had to wonder whether it was April or August.  My mind still equates azaleas with Easter and springtime.
No matter the month they sure do make a beautiful statement.

Late summer also brings the blooming of the ornamental grasses.
This one also makes me think of springtime as it is called "Little Bunny".

As we prepare to hang the For Sale sign, I am appreciating the special attributes this home provided.  This view outside our bedroom window will be hard to leave.  I think I'll even miss the frog chorus that has become such a part of late spring and summer.
However, the time is right for a new place to call home and I look forward to blooming where I am planted.

Monday, August 13, 2018

A Visit to The New House

Sunday is the day we drive out to the new house to check progress.
Things are moving right along and yesterday I remembered to take some pictures.  
The driveway and windows are in.

I realize the building process may not be too exciting for some, but I'm recording it to look back on the process as it unfolded.
If this holds any appeal to you, I invite you to step through the front door and take a peek.

This week we were surprised to see all the drywall has now been installed.  Every time we visit the place is immaculate inside.
It's kind of hard to make sense of the whole layout at this point , but here we are a few steps into the front entry.
The large opening to the right is called a "flex room".  In other words, use it for whatever you want... a dining room, office, living room, etc.  
Just past this room is a small courtyard with the kitchen across from it on the left.  The long vertical piece you see on the left will be a large island.  
Past this area will be the family room on the right.
The kitchen table will sit in front of the door wall at the end of the picture.
Have I confused you yet ;).

Now, about that kitchen...
It's the room you are looking at here and the room that sold me on the floor plan.  Doesn't look like much now, I know.
The vertical piece in there is another island where the kitchen sink will be.  In the foreground (with my purse on it) is the location of the island previously mentioned.  This will become our new dining area.  No more formal dining room for us.  We're going casual this time around.

Family room view.
Fireplace coming soon.

Master bedroom window view.
I'm already picturing my reading chair positioned there.

By the time we finished checking things out yesterday we were nearly melting.  The heat and humidity continues!
While standing on the back patio I spotted this sign of things to come.


They are estimating our house to be ready for move in by late November - early December.

This house will be going on the market September 1st.  It may seem to you like I've been talking about this for ages and should be moved in by now.  Ha!  A lot has been going on behind the scenes with getting this one ready for selling and purging our belongings.  I think the end is in sight and, at this point, will be relieved when the For Sale sign goes up and order must be restored to the rooms.
It's been all consuming and that also explains why I haven't been commenting on your blogs much.  I try to keep up with what's happening out there in blogland but just can't let myself get too sidetracked or I'll never be done with the work at hand.
I hope you are all enjoying the waning days of summer.