May 25, 2014

The Open House!

Our long awaited Open House happened yesterday!  The idea was for us to meet our new neighbors here at Mobile Country Club in Rancho Cordova.  One of the best things that happened?  We witnessed people who had been living here for quite sometime meet their neighbors for the very first time in our little house.

The only thing that might have improved upon the day, would have been the weather.  It was HOT!  So, we were unable to leave the doors and windows open and the area where the refreshments were set up was outside on the patio, in order to allow for more people to move through the house comfortably.

Even Betz stopped by on her way to the Jazz Festival:

May 18, 2014

An Anniversary Tradition

Today is our 4th Wedding Anniversary.  It has become a tradition (if you can count 3 years as a tradition), to purchase a living plant for our garden.  Our best friend, Deni, started this when she gifted us a beautiful potted Hydrangea for our First Wedding Anniversary.  The following year we bought 2 more Hydrangea.

Unfortunately, when we moved from our little apartment, we were unable to take our Hydrangea's with us.  Oh I suppose we could have; but,  they had become part of a garden that we started at the base of the stairs leading up to our apartment, and right before we moved, the management decided to build a garden wall to enhance what we had done, so we would have felt badly about digging up all the plants.

Yesterday, we took a trip to the Garden Center with the intention of buying a large potted Hydrangea.  As we were going up and down the aisles, we came across one of the most beautiful plants I think I have ever seen.

It is pictured above and is called a "Bleeding Heart".  It is a vining plant and can grow as tall as 16 feet!  We decided to also purchase a couple 8 pack "color spots" and I went with all white blossoms to fill the space between the fence and the garden box.

So begins our Anniversary tradition in the Wood's New Secret Garden.

While working inside, trying to finish up some last minute projects, a funny little spider crawled out from behind molding in the kitchen that I was attempting to paint.  Look at the little bucked tooth face he has on the back of his little body.  P.S.  The black and white spider was smaller than the head of a screw.

May 15, 2014

We're Having an "Open House" and You're Invited!

Although we are not yet finished with all the renovation projects, we have decided to host an "Open House" next Saturday - in order to meet all of our new neighbors. Heck, we may not be done for another year and didn't want to put off meeting people in our new community.

The first step was to decide on how to invite everyone. I decided to create a photo collage invitation; save it as a jpg; and, have 4 X 6 photo prints printed at Walgreen's for 10 cents each. (We will be hand delivering these to all 500 and something homes in the park.) Phew - Not looking forward to that!

I also really wanted to have something for all the guests who might pop in to meet us and tour our little home to take home with them, so step two was created little favors. I found little organza bags (meant for baby shower favors) at the Dollar Tree - (6 bags for a dollar) and filled them with:

1. A brief bio for both me and Michael with our contact information and our blog addresses that I typeset in a WORD document; cut into 2 inch by 8 inch strips and folded into a little square. I wanted the cover to match the interior design of our house. So I placed a bold "Hello" on the right hand corner of the strip.

2. A little glass accent gem (which come 50 in a bag at the Dollar Tree) which I embellished with a little gold heart. I used a Sharpie Bronze metalic marker to draw the little heart on the flat side of the glass gem.
and of course candy

3. I purchased both "Graffiti" Taffy and individually wrapped chocolate gourmet ments and included one of each in each little bag.

If you want to tackle something like this - get a few friends to help draw gold hearts on the glass gems and to help fold all your little square "hello's".

I will be placing these little favors in a butterfly net near the front porch for guests to grab on their way out. You can use this concept to write anything you want inside the little square note - truly a one-of-a-kind party favor - This would be great for a wedding reception, as well.

Here is another look:

I am really pleased with how the little "Open House" favors match the interior feel of the house. Let me know if you have any questions about the supplies or the cute little folded note. Wish you all lived in Sacramento County and could stop by.

Hey - If any of you do--you are more than welcome to pop in - I would love to meet you!

May 12, 2014

"Monkey" is chill'n

As the temperatures climb in this part of California, we were blessed to finally get our window AC installed today.  Keep in mind, the 50 year old window AC had to be replaced and it had been installed in the Jalousie window of our 1964 Mobile home.  So, step one was finding a new unit that would actually fit the space without having to do major modifications to the window.  Michael had taken measurements and researched the internet to find the only one that would have enough BTU's and still fit in the existing space.  We were pretty sure it would work and prayed that no modification would need to be made, like removing another pane from the window.

By the time I got home from work our contractor and his son Ryan were already at work removing the old unit.  It was approximately 96 degrees outside and probably 85 inside our home.

Dang!  I have a really big head!  Anyway--here is the space where the new window AC needed to go.  It took a couple hours to get it installed; but, it fit like a glove and is now running on high and has cooled our little house down to a very comfortable 72 degrees!.

Monkey (who is a very large and furry cat) was most appreciative and quickly found a spot to enjoy the new addition to our little home.

The only thing left to do is finish caulking and painting the molding and trim in the kitchen and bathroom and get all the electrical work done in the kitchen.

As I sit here writing, it is a hot 92 outside and a cool 70 degrees in our little house.  This is one happy wifey!

Thanks husband for all your research and hard work to make sure that the unit we purchased would fit into the little window and efficiently cool down our little home.

May 11, 2014

A Delightful Surprise!

Well, we finally got the new fence.  When we moved in, we knew the back fence would need to be replaced.  It was leaning, rotten, and propped up with poles and boards in several locations.  The boys, (My husband Michael and our new neighbor Milan) had it up in just two days!

I knew I wanted to carry the "Word" theme that we used inside the house, out into the garden and so instead of doing what I should have been doing on Saturday, I decided to paint a word!  You can read about it here:

To my delight, while working on the "word", I had a little visitor.  What is amazing is that in our tiny little yard, we have seen different creatures that we had never seen while living in the apartment which backed up to a huge wilderness area.  We have been visited by two lizards and today--a snake!  My husband ran into the house and got the camera and the little snake decided to hang around for a photo session.  Here he is:

Interestingly enough, we also learned that Garter snakes were long thought to be nonvenomous, but recent discoveries have revealed they do, in fact, produce a mild neurotoxic venom. Although they don;t have enough venom to kill humans; I am really glad we didn't attempt to pick this little guy up.

Another cool discovery!  Our only rose bush, the one that was almost dead when we moved in, has come back to life and it reaching for the stars!  Our best friend Deni, had trimmed all the dead growth way back when we first bought the home and to our amazement it is growing like the beanstalk in "Jack and the beanstock".

Michael took this picture while standing on a chair. 

And here is how the fence came out:

Sunday Morning Delight!  ....and yet another wonderful surprise--we have morning glories coming up next to the shed in the back.  The lady that lived here before we bought the home; must have had a beautiful garden.  Loveliness is popping up from no where after just one month of a little water and care.

 It is as if God strung these together with a strand of little white Christmas tree lights!  Look at that glow!