Thursday, June 26, 2008

How 'Grand' it is!

I'm heading back home tomorrow night. I am not liking this long separation from my 'place' and my cowboy and my 4-legged family. Is the gypsy wander-lusting part of my personality fading away? Or am I merely exhausted by this two week stretch of hectic work and 'bad air'?








We are getting closer and closer to having the house as we want it. For the first time in my adult life, my living space reflects more of my partner's personality than my own. Jerry has definite ideas and decorates while I'm not there. (Maybe because sometimes I'll roll my eyes at his ideas.) I'm not real fond of the cowhide on the couch, but heck, he loves it. I'm more of a country and floral kind of gal, but the western theme is OK by me. I feel like we live in a vacation style western lodge. It's fun and unique.




This picture was taken when we first looked at our log house. Wide open spaces and lots of wood.

The same corner now; cowhide on the couch, western theme area rug decorated with 'brands', rodeo and western throw pillows.




The Cowboy Bar. Decorated with Jerry's cowboy pictures and old horse stuff. I will admit that the saddle is mine. It's a real pretty show saddle that I don't use and have kept in the house for a few years now. (So maybe some of the decorating ideas are mine)




We have this very tall wall in the bedroom over the bed. We found the picture at the horse expo earlier this month. That's a double bed, the guest room has a queen size bed, I want to switch beds, the other one doesn't, so the bed stays as is.



This is how Annie looked when I left two weeks ago. The kitties grow too fast. I was amazed at how much they had changed when I saw them last weekend.

Another reason that I am anxious to get home.... The daughter and grandson arrived in California today. The two of them plus two cats, traveled in a rental truck filled with their belongings, across the USA, to start a new life chapter in the West.

I join Cort in jumping with excitement!

AND! Tomorrow Jerry travels 1/2 way to Idaho to meet his son, to pick up his two grand kids for a stay with us in California at our western vacation log lodge. This picture was taken last year on our horse riding vacation in the mountains of Durango. Friends of Jerry's own this cool log cabin camp.

When I married Jerry, my family had heard of him but hadn't met him yet, didn't even know much about him. There was plenty of time, I had planned on a very long engagement, 5 years sounded about right to me. Somehow, we got married 3 weeks after I accepted my engagement ring..... When I called to tell my daughters, this one said something like, "oh cool, um, so do I, like, have any new step-siblings? Can you send pictures of my new family?" Well now she gets to meet her kind of new, step niece and nephew.

I can hardly wait to get home. It is going to be great spending time with our Grand kids this summer.

7 comments:

Courtney said...

How exciting for you, all that is going on. I'm sure your weekend will be wonderful and we'll miss all your blogging.

Courtney said...

I meant to tell you yesterday, your comment on "Big Attitudes, Little girls" was not offensive at all. None of them really were, a couple were dancing on the line, but you have all come to be my friends, so I take even the dancing ones to be meant well, just maybe didn't come across that way. No worries about yours though.

Jenn said...

How exciting! I know she had a long, long trip and is ready to see you and just kick her feet up and relax a bit.

You're going to be overwhelmed with kids, grandkids and other "kin" this summer! You're going to be ready for all of us to vacate your peaceful little corner of the planet and leave you alone for awhile! :P

I think (just from the pictures) the home decor reflects BOTH of your personalities equally. If Hubster could decorate our home, I think we'd have nothing but super hero posters on the walls and computer pieces parts on shelves as knickknacks!

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

Loved the pictures, even the cowhide. What a beautiful living space.

So glad you will be surrounded by family. The "cowboy" group photo is darling, as is the "jumping for joy" one. I hope you all have a wonderful time.

I can't imagine anyone duct taping kittens to a tree, can you? I am so glad they were rescued. What a satisfying job you have!

Your squirlL story and pictures was AMAZING.

Let's not talk about gardens, my first batch of basil--beautiful plants, died. My second batch is limping along.

And last of all, a big welcome to your favorite blogger, that a good looking grandson.

david said...

LIFE IS GREAT.....GOOD TO SEE YOU SMILING. JUST DON'T GET TO MANY VISITORS. I WONT HAVE A PLACE TO SLEEP. MISS ALL THE GOOD TIMES WITH YOU.

Kathy said...

David, we'll always have plenty of room. As long as you don't mind a tent or couch if the beds are all taken.

Lynne, thanks for the compliments. Sorry about your basil. I had entertained thoughts of a lovely herb garden, but have but that aside for now!

Jenn, Jerry and I had our year alone now we are all geared up for the visitors. Can't wait for your gang to get here too!

Hi Courtney! Sounded like you were headed for a busy weekend too.

david said...

A HAMMOCK WOULD WORK JUST FINE. I WOULD HAVE A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP WITH THAT GREAT WATCH DOG AROUND. KEEPING ALL THEM NIGHT CREEDERS AWAY.