Thursday, October 31, 2013

What I Am Reading

The Time Between - Karen White
"The relationship between sisters is a little piece of heaven and hell," writes Karen White. Eleanor Murray, the heroine of her novel endures a few too many years of the latter. Blaming herself for the paralysis of Eve, her older sister, Eleanor gives up her dreams of becoming a pianist, instead she is working as an underling at an investment banking firm to support her family. That is, until she takes a second job working for her boss's elderly Aunt Helena on beach-lined, dreamy Edisto Island, where some mossy old secrets from the past come up—and change everything. Set in the marshes and sweetgrass of South Carolina, The twisting plot keeps those pages turning, so much so that the book can—and should be—finished in one afternoon, interrupted only by a glass of sweet iced tea.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Trip to Fort St John

A whirlwind trip 5 days to Fort St John, BC to visit my daughter Ashley and attend her baby shower.... Waiting for baby to come.... due November 25th. We had the best time. Wonderful warm fall weather. Lucky for me the shower happened on Thanksgiving weekend so we made a delicious dinner for family and friends.
I helped Ashley make these awesome bath salts for the shower  goodies. We made pink grapefruit and eucalyptus ones which would be awesome when you are sick with a cold. Surprisingly easy to make.  
Ashley's good friend Julie hosted the shower at her home. The girls have been friends since they were toddlers back on Vancouver Island.
Beautiful Caitlyn. Been part of our family for many years.
So cute. A tiny North Face snowsuit perfect for a cold BC winter. 
The glowing mother to be. My beautiful daughter. The best thing I have ever created.
Such a cute diaper cake.
We celebrated Thanksgiving on Monday. We are very blessed this year. Thankful to be welcoming a new son-in-law Danny into the family and eagerly anticipating the birth of our grandson in late November. A wonderful dinner with Danny's mother Cindy, brother Randy, Danny's cousin, husband and baby along with Caitlyn, her boyfriend and her brother Drew.We had a little cooking lesson along with a lot of fun and laughs.
Ashley getting the non-alcoholic punch ready. Delicious. We made the same one Julie made for the baby shower.
Setting out the buffet table, 1st Thanksgiving in the new house for Danny & Ashley
Wine for us non-pregnant people... sorry Ashley... next year for you.
Amazingly without a proper pan we cooked a pretty nice bird.
Does Danny not look too happy about having to carve? He loved it don't let the picture fool you.
Dex is very laid back. Loves just hanging out under the table and being around Ashley.
Relax... Respect... Enjoy...I am very thankful for the end of chemo for my dad. He has been waiting a long time for this. Keep up the good health dad we love you and want you around a long time. I am very thankful for my loving & caring fiance Perry, you are always there for me. We are thankful for all of our families all of the time. Very grateful for my son Brandon and daughter-in-law Megan... though you are far away in Australia you two are never far from our minds, miss you every day... Life is short make every day count... Dorri

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What I Am Reading

The Last Camellia - Sarah Jio
"Terrific compelling an intoxicating blend of mystery, history and romance, this book is hard to put down." 
--Real Simple 

On the eve of the Second World War, the last surviving specimen of a camellia plant known as the Middlebury Pink lies secreted away on an English country estate. Flora, an amateur American botanist, is contracted by an international ring of flower thieves to infiltrate the household and acquire the coveted bloom. Her search is at once brightened by new love and threatened by her discovery of a series of ghastly crimes.

More than half a century later, garden designer Addison takes up residence at the manor, now owned by the family of her husband, Rex. The couple s shared passion for mysteries is fueled by the enchanting camellia orchard and an old gardener s notebook. Yet its pages hint at dark acts ingeniously concealed. If the danger that Flora once faced remains very much alive, will Addison share her fate?

I absolutely loved this book the romantic mystery along with the botany. A wonderful read. Will keep you guessing.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What I Am Reading

The Last Original Wife - Dorothea Benton Frank
Love all her stories from the Lowcountry, South Carolina. A place I want to visit someday. Frank's books always take place in the Lowcountry, from Sullivan's Island to Pawleys Island. Last Original Wife starts out in Atlanta but quickly moves to Charleston. The descriptions are very vivid and appealing.

Easy read. Simple, basic plot. Leslie and Wes are married with two of the most ungrateful, lazy 20-something kids. Les is fed up with her family. Her husband, Wes, is inattentive and B-o-r-i-n-g. He treats Les like dirt, basically. Wes spends all of his free time on the golf course with his 2 best buds. All three of these weasels are suffering some form of midlife crisis and Wes' friends have replaced their wives, who also happened to be Leslie's BFF's, with very young wives. Read the book to find out what she needs to do to find herself and be happy. Enjoy the the trip it is a enjoyable one.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Workshop Update

Perry and I did a big push on getting my workshop up and running last week. Chaos and disorganization has reigned in there as we used it as a catchall for all the tools and garage items that have no home yet. He added shelving and drawers to my work tables and they look awesome. Great job my love. Painted gray with distressing and glaze finished them off nicely. I have so much space to store glass stuff now it is amazing what a few shelves and drawers can do for ya. Perry also put shelving up high on the walls for driftwood storage and other goodies. Easy to get but out of the way. I still have a ways to go but I am so much closer now to a great workspace. BTW.... the lighting is amazing, Per hung two of the T5 lights and wow.... what can I say and I have 8 more to have hung in there. Should be able to see thru skin the light is so fantastic. Colors are true to the spectrum too! It is definitely a work in progress still but it is coming along and in a pinch I so could make something in here that would make someone very happy. More cosmetic touches and some more benches adapted out of dressers to come. A fair amount of the tools will move over to Perry's side of the garage eventually too once we have storage on that side. Free up more spots for glass. I know it is still messy but use your imagination.... What can I say I just love this room in all stages of completion... it is a happy place!
Awesome drawers under main shop table. This table has seen many fun projects.
Workshop south side. I painted the peg board aqua.... I just love it with the gray stained walls. I still have this tiny bit of wall to stain only..... something will be finished very soon.
Workshop west side cutting, grinder and sink tables with a nice view of the lake. 
I am so loving this sink.
Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Friday, October 11, 2013

Lakehouse Landscaping Update

We beat the snow this fall. The gravel and boulders were laid last week finally. Some fine tuning will be required which I can still hopefully do this fall if we have a few more nice days. But more likely as not it will happen next spring once the snow melts. The driveway was made slightly less steep and the gravel is packing nicely. We got some very nice boulders placed here and there. I did a mini garden below the west side workshop windows that I am anticipating enjoying while I work. Next year I should add a couple window boxes below them to plant annuals in. The crew gravelled and packed the trail around the back and north side of the deck so we can access around there with quads or sleds if need be. I want to line it with boulders and flat rocks. I can see the need to head up north to Limestone Lake to acquire more rocks... flat limestone ones... duh lol hence the name of the lake. Now that the level of the driveway is set we can hopefully get a set of steps built for the deck before winter or make do with the makeshift ones we are using if the snow comes too early. Soon landscaping will be over for winter.... time to focus back on finishing up the interior.

Boulders we had placed at the back entrance to the yard, now that I look at this I wish I had them place two the same size oh well.... maybe the one will grow!
North side of deck, gravelled the quad path around the back and side of the house.
North side of house.... limestone rocks. Want to add more along the path way edges and plant with mosses and  creeping thyme. 
Close up of the mini garden under the workshop windows. Will edge with roman pavers when the driveway paving stones are installed next year.
Mom gave me that Potentilla from her garden, it transplanted very well. We found the Red Osier Dogwood tree in the bush, planted Clematis by the post and some ornamental grasses
Boulder retaining wall alongside the driveway
Boulder retaining wall, wanna fine tune it a bit by adding more small rocks and possibly planting some trees along the edges in place of the odd boulder.
Disappearing waterfall along side the driveway... unfinished will be more fun to do in the summer. 
Soon this will be covered by three or four feet of snow....
Naturally occurring rocks in the forest lol..... they keep sprouting up in the yard like magic... love me some rocks!
Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wet Bar Backsplash

Always on the lookout for something original and eclectic for the Lakehouse. A way to recycle, save money and have fun. My go-to site is always Pinterest. Wine corks stood out on a few sites. We just happen to have a few collecting dust. I was saving them for a project just wasn't sure what the project would be. I saw this idea a while ago and  I have been patiently saving wine and champagne corks ever since. Our wet bar in the bonus room is tucked under a vaulted ceiling, not ideal for basketball players but should be fine for us lol. The backsplash really only has to be about 8" high. So here is what I came up with. Since we are not ready to install it yet we still have time to drink more wine and save more corks. Always a good plan. Drink responsibly...
Oh the memories I see here 
Lay out the corks in a basket weave pattern
Our favourite wine is kinda obvious Francis Ford Coppola
But what to do with all the champagne corks?
Imagine this glued to a nice framed piece of barn board.  Shy a few corks here oops more Mimosas don't you think Angela? The pink champagne is chillin'

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Lakehouse Landscaping Update

The countdown to snowfall is upon us. Autumn is slipping away and with it the opportunity to work outside on the yard.Boo fall! Pat brought us a few loads of nice big boulders and work began on placing the rocks to reinforce the sides of the driveway. We spent a few hours placing rocks to create a small waterfall below the deck. It will run down and recirculate back up no pond required. The water falls into a large barrel that has many holes drilled into it which sits in a basin of crushed rock lined with pond liner. The pump we are using is pretty powerful. We need to come up with something to slow the force of the water down to a small trickle. If the weather cooperates will give it another shot this weekend. So stay turned for more pictures next week.
The barrel that holds the water at the base of the waterfall . Waterfall is to the left out of the picture
If Luke can turn this big machine around by the garage we can turn the Ridgeline around easy peasy
Paul bringing the rock in from the bush, dropped it a few times but he got it there 
Placing the biggest rock we could find at the edge of the driveway... so love it
Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri