Sunday March 2, 2014
We now have four fully usable bedrooms, proved by last nights guests (all four rooms used!); our bedroom is not much changed from when we moved in, except for a (temporary?) curtain on the window nearest, to block the early morning light from waking me! We bought a new bed for ourselves here, and find it perfectly comfortable …
Upstairs also facing the back of our home, and the beautiful view, is what we expect to be the most popular guest bedroom:
Also upstairs, another king bedroom, at the front of the house – best for people that like to wake with the sun as this room faces East! This room inherits the bed/bedding from the “captains room” at 8002 so still has the blue theme, with shell handles on the drawers. Maybe the room will get water themed walls again, one day:
Downstairs, our queen guest bedroom also faces the view but eliminates stairs and offers some English pictures on the walls:
We’re expecting more guests later this month, which will be nice …
Friday February 28, 2014
I suppose the sunset here in Independence is often going to look lovely, so I’m likely to post it regularly! Oh well …
Friday February 21, 2014
We’ve been moved in at Independence for a week now, and we’ve got much of our new home sorted out, including my office. At 8002, I had one 4×2 shelf of “Expedit” from IKEA for storage and found it attractive and useful so wanted more in the new office.
Then I read that IKEA is discontinuing the Expedit line, so we headed over to our more-local-than-in-Massachusetts IKEA to get more. We had to go twice (our first trip last Sunday found a lot of out-of-stock), but now I’m nicely set with a complete wall of IKEA shelving!
By amazing chance, the six Expedit units precisely fit that wall, with less than 1/4″ play to the baseboard trim on each side. I’ve not finished putting things away yet, and I might get some more drawers (which easily install in the squares) …
And I don’t think the TV will stay there, just a quick experiment.
We also sorted the office lighting; a second unit above the computer was needed:
I need to get a different desk setup, right now there’s only space for one computer – the project continues!
Wednesday February 19, 2014
There’s a pair of Great Blue Herons nesting in the middle of the wetlands behind our new home, and this morning one flew over to a near tree so I grabbed my camera – but as I pressed the shutter, he took off; I got maybe an even better picture!
If you click the picture to see it bigger, you can see that the bird is carrying a stick to improve the nest. This seems to be a regular event at the moment – one bird flies away to a tree then returns to the nest after a few minutes, repeatedly …
Saturday February 15, 2014
By yesterday afternoon, the movers had left and our new Florida home at Independence was filled with everything we own – and lots of unpacking, organizing and tidying to do!
Many of the boxes brought in belong in the kitchen, and luckily there’s lots of cabinets and drawers, and even a pantry, to make it all disappear …
Margaret’s successfully put away almost all the kitchen now, tonight!
Meanwhile, I worked to sort the garage so we have storage for tools, etc. Our new home has a “2+1″ garage, meaning while there’s room for two cars wide at the entrance, it shrinks to a huge single wide at the rear, perfect for storage. Here’s the garage after everything is set up (Margaret’s car is outside, as we have lots of scrap boxes piled up):
Closer view (the shop cabinets used to be full of MINI stuff, but now they can store tools):
Elsewhere, our bedroom is sorted enough to sleep, but we still need “light blocking” drapes and some other changes:
My office needs loads more work, but at least I can sit and work at the computer:
Other bedrooms will be set up for guests (but we need to add bedding!):
Although the downstairs guest bedroom is complete:
And finally, a few “bedrooms” won’t be used for now, and have as-yet untouched boxes stored:
Tomorrow’s task might be to finish the main living room; we have the big sectional recliner set up, but still need to mount the TV to the wall. I also need to do much more organizing in my office (I need more furniture, I think!)