Sweet Thank You

I try to live by this saying and today especially I have a grateful heart.

Today I received a beautiful drawing of our Cooper that passed a few months ago.  Many of you know of Cooper from my blog postings.  He was a special sweet boy that we loved even if only for just a short time.

I know many of you know Gee from her blog SimplyMeDesignsByGee and know of her talented artist heart and soul.

Gee's talents are in her drawings especially of animals.  Some of her greatest drawings are of horses.

This is one of her drawings.   Gee captures the soulful sad eyes of this horse.  Gee did this drawing after seeing this poor horse neglected and sad.  I agree with her why anyone would abuse or neglect such a beautiful animal is beyond anything comprehendible.   Gee included this one in with her drawing of Cooper.

She capture every wonderful feature of Cooper.  Terry and I had tears looking at this beautiful  drawing of sweet Cooper.  Every detail is beautiful.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Gee for this beautiful drawing you gifted us of Cooper.  We miss him so much and we will treasure this beautiful drawing.  I will be framing this beautiful picture and hanging it in our new cottage home.

I am always so touched at the generous and loving hearts out there in blogland.

Cecilia from The B Farm blog sent this beautiful picture she painted of Cooper last year at Christmas.
Another beautiful capture of our sweet boy.

Thank you sweet and talented ladies for these special portraits of Cooper.  I will forever treasure and be grateful for you generous and talented hearts.

I am so blessed to know both of you talented women and adore both of you for these gifted treasures from your talented hearts.

Thank You

Be careful what you wish for!!!!!

Happy New Week.

You know how excited I was for the permits to finally get released and the contractor could get his crews going on the garage build and basement renovation.

Well I guess I should be careful for what I wish for.

This is what I am looking at!!!!

When the crew started to tear out the old black top area in the back of the house where the new drive and garage will be built they found layers of years of different drive ways and floors from the old garage.  Ugh.....

 They had saws and equipment trying to penetrate the many layers.  This home was built in 1950 so there was the original drive and then several other layers of driveways through the years.  

One layer beneath the blacktop had deep rooted rebar.  What a mess.  So they had to quit for the day and bring back heavy duty equipment that will do a better job of getting through all the layers of blacktop and cement.  Ugh... Another delay.  Meanwhile the back area is a hot mess.

At the end of this mess where the pavers are piled up will be where the new garage will begin and will sit back further in the yard.
The area to the left of blacktop will be dug out and new grass put in.  The bushes to the right will be moved to new areas in the backyard.

Just hope they can get all the layers of concrete and blacktop out so they can begin to lay the new driveway and garage floor.  

Meanwhile inside my kitchen they had to cut a hole in the wall to replace all the galvanized pipes to copper piping.  So glad I did not finish painting that wall yet.  The drywall guy will be fixing that hole and then I can repaint that wall.

The new sink arrived.  If you remember the old cast iron sink was cracked and chipped. It was leaking so we had to order a new sink.  Of course the size of this sink was not an in stock item so we had to special order this one!  I do like the sweet scroll apron pattern.

Terry installed the new garbage disposal since the house never had one.  See that little button on the sink by the main faucet.  That is how you make the garbage disposal work.  I think this is really clever and you do not have to hook it up on one of the wall switches.  You install it in one of the empty holes in the sink.

Remember that issue with the freezer door not opening all the way and hitting the wall.
In order to move the refrigerator down we had to remove the 18 inch upper and lower cabinet next the to stove.  

We then added these two new upper and lower cabinets.  They are 12 inch cabinets that worked perfectly to fill in the space where the larger cabinets were removed.  I still have two cabinets for storage and now the refrigerator doors can open up correctly in this tiny kitchen.  So that solved a big problem.

After moving the refrigerator down this left a 6 inch space between the refrigerator and the kitchen wall.  Terry is going to build me a custom door for this space.  I can then use this as a utility closet for a broom, dustpan, my floor swifter and he will add some shelves to store cleaning supplies.  Hope to finish that soon and show you.

I lost the 18 inch upper and lower cabinets but these 12 inch cabinets will still work for spices and storage.

I am learning that living in a tiny house you have to be creative and utilize every inch of space you can.

I cannot wait to get my kitchen open shelves and decor out of storage and moved into this new kitchen.

I really am promising a full reveal of the rooms after we are all moved in and I can decorate.  For now all I can show you is DIY projects.
Remember the two wallpaper samples for this wall in the living room?  Well.....

Here is the wallpaper I chose.  It is the yellow cottage pattern.  It is bringing in some texture and color to the cottage living room.

It looks pretty and soft on the one wall and brings some interest to the room.

I cannot wait to mix my chippy white decor in with this splash of color for the cottage living room.

While I got this ugly going on in the backyard!  I have....

Pretty going on in the front of the house.  The flowers are doing so great.  They are growing so well that you hardly see the window boxes below them anymore.

Next year I hope to fill in the beds around the hosta's with some flowers to bring in more color.

Have a great start to the new week.