Sometimes I get the itch to write something, but I have a hard time getting focused or picking a specific topic to write about. Today was one of those days, my mind is full, but it’s just a bunch of noise – random thoughts; nothing that would make a great blog post.
So, I’ll write one of these off-the-wall coffee break posts and update you on the goings on over here instead.
Life at the Underwood’s has been…a bit hectic lately…and the days are flying by faster than I can keep track.
It started in August when we were vacationing up north in the White Mountains. We were out exploring around the cabin we were staying in and literally stumbled upon a property that was for sale. We ended up visiting it several times before we left; it was calling our name.
The property was a little over 10 acres, with tall pines in the back and a gorgeous meadow out front. There also happened to be a mountain home with a wraparound porch (my weakness) located right in the center of it all. We fell in love (even though it needed a little love itself).
We ended up putting in a offer when we got home and eventually bought it. So, we now own, what we’ve thoughtfully renamed, The Silverwood Ranch. The ranch is complete with it’s own well and pump house, dog kennel, 5 stall horse barn, and wide open pasture.
As I’m sure you can imagine, our life has been chalked full of details and decisions surrounding this new acquisition and the house is also kind of a fixer-upper, so we’ve been picking out paint, light fixtures, and flooring and trying to coordinate contractors in the midst of it all. It’s been a fun, but very overwhelming process, which is still in progress actually.
Last week, Jay and I spent 5 days up at Silverwood together (just the two of us) getting things cleaned up and fixed up. We slept on an air mattress, ate standing up, and worked until we couldn’t hold our eyes open. Making memories, I called it. Jay called it hard work. 🙂
Jay power washed everything he could reach, took down acre after acre of dilapidated fence, and cut down his first gigantic pine tree from his own land (because it was WAY too close to the house). I fought the battle against the humongous spiders and their webs that had taken over the house and ripped out over 1,600 pounds of flooring all by myself (thank you Orange Theory Fitness!). We gutted a bathroom and threw away truckload after truckload of random junk and debris. In fact, we visited the dump 3 times in 3 days. We were completely exhausted, totally over remodeling, and ready to go home by the end of day 5, so we packed up and headed back down the mountain.
The house was in overall better shape when we left it, but it was still a huge mess. I jokingly said to Jay on the ride home that we had successfully destroyed our ‘new’ house, haha!
Fortunately, we have someone doing the majority of the painting and installing the wood floor and the new carpet over the next few weeks, so we don’t have to mess with that and by the next time we see Silverwood, it should be completely transformed. I cannot wait; it’ll be like Christmas! And you know how I am about Christmas!
And speaking of Christmas, how perfect is this? While Jay thinks about fungicide and exterior stain, I’m envisioning garland, twinkling lights, and wreaths. It’s going to be SO fantastic!
We have always wanted a mountain home, one that was warm and cozy, and surrounded by pine trees; a place that we could go as a family (and with friends) to spend time and make memories, but I never dreamed we’d have our own little ranch. This is going to be quite an adventure!