I've always wanted a stream…

We had one when Leah and I were young, but it only happened when the spring overflowed after a heavy rainstorm.  We had to share it with the cows, too. They usually drank it all, stomped in it and ruined it. Well, thanks to Pete Spaulding of Spaulding Landscaping at Home View Farm and his amazing crew, I have my very own stream that I don’t even have to share with the cows.

a view from above
a view from above

It’s actually a dry stream bed or “dry crick bed” as we call ’em in WV. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it helps carry excess water away from the house when it rains. They hand picked the stones along the edges from a big ol’ pile of rocks Zach pulled out of my foundation hole. Then they very thoughtfully placed each rock and even shaped some of them to make them fit just right to look natural. I’d say they did a pretty amazing job.

It runs along the back of my house
It runs along the back of the house
It runs along the back of my house, as if it was left there by mother nature.
and has a little natural bridge to get from one side to the other.

The best part is that I now have a wonderful feature in my yard created by talented craftesmen and craftswomen that I can build on with plantings, etc for years to come.

detail
detail

P.S. Did I mention the waterfall?

The dry waterfall that leads to the dry stream bed
The dry waterfall that feeds into the dry stream bed

Yeah, they made a a waterfall too.  Again they used stone that came from under my house. It will be a perfect frame for the view of the fields. I can’t wait to watch it and help it transform over time.

Another special detail from another skilled artist!

Cherry Floor: Phase Two

For reference, this is how my floor started. (I thought I’d posted these photos, but I guess I not.) This is the day Keith came and picked up the logs to take to the sawmill. Phase One:

The pile of logs
The pile of logs
Keith taking the logs away
Keith taking the logs away

For phase two, Keith milled the logs into lumber and dried them in the kiln. Saturday we went to pick up the lumber and transported it to the Hicksville Planing Mill where they’ll make the lumber into floorboards.

We arrive at the sawmill.
We arrive at the sawmill.
Sawmill
Sawmill
Keith opening the kiln.
Keith opening the kiln to reveal my lumber.
My floor in the kiln: Keith told us about the very complicated sequence of temperatures and time that it takes to each species of tree dried just right.
He told us about the very complicated sequence of temperatures and time that it takes to get each species of tree dried just right.
Trailer's all loaded up. Hmm.. that might be a bit too tall and wobbly.
Trailer's all loaded up. Hmm.. that might be a bit too tall and wobbly.
That's better. We'll pick up the other bundle plus the Walnut this week.
That's better. We'll pick up the other bundle plus the Walnut this week.
Cherry Floor: Phase Two
Cherry Floor: Phase Two
We arrive at Hicksville.
We arrive at Hicksville.
Planing Mill
Planing Mill
Saturday's a busy day at Hicksville!
Saturday's a busy day at Hicksville!
Bye Phase Two! See you at Phase Three!
Bye, Phase Two! See you at Phase Three!
Is that a bike?! I hate bikes!!
"Is that a bike?! I hate bikes!!"
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"Get outta here!! I hate you, bike!!"
"Get outta here!! I hate you, bike!!"

Rock Sink For My "Temple of Doom" Powder Room

The only thing missing from my super sweet powder room, will be the still-beating heart and the monkey brains. I’ve already come to terms with the fact that it may not be to everyone’s liking, but guess what… it’s MY house! And I’m more excited about this dang half-bath than any person in their right mind should be about a half-bath! It’s the most loved half-bath in the history of bathrooms, and it doesn’t even exist yet. The pieces and parts are starting to come together, though. The sink arrived today. See below:

Green Cobble
Green Cobble
Is it possible that a sink could be my soul mate?
Is it unrealistic (and somewhat psychotic) to consider that a sink could be my soul mate?
Bah. You can't fight love...
Bah. You can't fight love...

Don’t forget that these tiles will be accompanying the sink in the powder room:

Spooky tiles imported directly from Van Tiki Island
Spooky tiles imported directly from Van Tiki Island

And this faucet:

and maybe a toilet. I dunno yet. There are more important things to worry about right now… like how I’ll lay out the tiles… hmmm…

Mother Nature Grounded Me.

Maybe I accidentally littered recently. Maybe I didn’t pick up enough of Frankie’s “deposits”. Maybe I’m in trouble for missing one of Siri’s solstice parties. Whatever the case may be, I’m in trouble for something, because this is approx. what it looked like outside today:

not Shepherdstown, but close enough
not Shepherdstown but close enough

The hot weather last week was too good to be true…

Oh well! I have been really lucky so far (weather-wise), and we need the water. So today I’ll just show you my new doorknobs instead of progress pics:

orange and green glass
orange and green glass
a painted bird
birdy

If you’d told me at this time last year that soon I’d have my own blog where I’d post pics of doorknobs… I’d never have believed you.

Did I mention the coolest tiles on Earth?

For anyone to whom I haven’t shown these tiles… which is probably no one except maybe an eskimo named Kaput in Northern Alaska… Henrik VanRyzin from Hawaii (VanTiki) made  these for me:

VanTiki
Spooky Skull Tiles that were found deep in the catacombs of VanTiki Island... in "mossy temple sculpture" glaze.

I’m going to put them in my powder room, along with Rudy the Tiki Head, who I received from Bethany this year for Christmas. Can you feel the HGTV-style “themed room” coming on?…