Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Checking in on Wednesday

One of many large rocks in our backyard

Hi there!  I'm sure everyone is dying to hear what's happening in Wausau, right?** (Huh? What's a Wausau???)


We had a landscaper come out here to advise us regarding the huge pond/waterfall project that is in our backyard at the Wausau house. After listening to a couple hours of advice which was mostly suggesting coming up with a plan to completely take out all the rock and pond and make it into mowable backyard, we decided that we might not care to pay for future advice. We love all this rock and the less lawn to mow, the better. That is one thing Mr. C and I agree on. (The only one.) Just kidding.

First day of Fall

The back of the house
(Try to ignore the black temporary drain tile.)
This house is on a hillside, and we've been hearing from everyone in town that this was the worst ever year for water getting into basements. Wausau had a big rain on ground that was frozen solid, so it had nowhere to go, so...   BUT, we're getting gutter and draining away from the house, even with this temporary fix until we can get around to doing the permanent fix. I know, it's a boring and long story.

The sun peeking into our backyard.

My St. Francis statue looked a little lonely, so I cheered it up with the beautiful necklace Mr. C. bought for me. Of course, that was just for a minute in order to get the photo op.

Donna does beautiful work. She can be found in our tiny village of Dallas, WI making jewelry and also collaborating with Kim Losse Pottery. I'm not on Facebook, but Donna is, so you can find her there, or go on Instagram to see what she's up to. @donnacmillard

The weather has been cooperating so that we can still take lunch or dinner out to the gazebo. I swept this walk a couple days before the photo. I'm pretty sure we're going to need a leaf blower here. Good thing Mr. C. has about 3 of them in his work shop. (I think he has 3 of everything.)

 Someone asked about seeing the front of the house, so here it is.

"Rockapulco" impatiens, still going strong

It was so fun to find this box of gluten-free chocolate chip cookies in the freezer. I believe in LOTS of chocolate chips. Otherwise, what's the point, right??

Last but not least,
two of the sweet ladies that greet us when we walk along Fifth Avenue.
I never tire of these creatures. Imagine what a boring world it would be if God had just placed us on a planet with asphalt and no trees, birds, cows, streams, woods, etc. How can our hearts not overflow with praise to Him for his love and generosity!

I hope you've all had a wonderful Wednesday.

Oh wait! I forgot to tell you that our daughter and I went to see the Downton Abbey Movie while Mr. C. stayed with the kids, having a movie and popcorn night at home.

 Very Art Deco

 We got a great deal on the tickets, because evidently tickets on Tuesdays are a much better price. The seating was all large recliners (actually HUGE recliners) and there was an extra-large screen for viewing. Of course we had the mandatory popcorn and Mike and Ike while watching the movie.

So, about the movie: The brilliant Julian Fellowes did not disappoint. He gives his characters such great and clever lines. So much fun. As always, Mary was beautiful, Edith was Edith, Mr. Moseley was a delight of embarrassment, and Mr. Carson was the rock. All the costuming was gorgeous, and the parade through the village was brilliant. If you know what King George V and Queen Mary looked like (as I do - from photos, not from personal acquaintance mind you), you could squint and imagine that these actors were the royal couple. Julian Fellowes managed to tie up all the loose ends very nicely indeed, so that there is no need for a sequel. Although fun to see Downton Abbey on the big screen, the story wasn't any better than any of the others, in my opinion, but then I loved all of them, except for the dead Sybil and dead Matthew episodes. 

It was definitely worth the money and effort to get to the movie theater for another Crawley Family Fix. And so fun to share the experience with our daughter.

Have a great evening, everyone.

**We've now got all the floor tile laid and are ready for walls. But now we have to do some things back at the Dallas house. Are you getting confused? Don't worry. So are we.

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Susie said...

Judy, The worry of flooding absolutely makes me nuts...and Ted takes it in stride. No me girl, I worry fret and carry on. That's carry on, not in a good way. LOL. Your place looks very nice indeed. So glad for you and your daughter to get a night out. LOL. Blessings to all, xoxo, Susie
p.s. yes men have to have three or four of all tools and will have them all out at once. LOL.

Elizabethd said...

I am longing to see Downton Abbey. It was such a lovely series.

Lynne said...

I love the back yard, stone, pathways, trees, shade,
no mow, and love the house too.
Is there a front yard where the children can play?
Tile almost finished . . . you are getting there!
I haven’t seen the Downton movie yet.
I am going on a Tuesday too, it’s cheaper that way here as well!
Your posts are great . . . love the pictures, news, and the happy!
Front step impatiens are pretty, mine are hanging on too!
Cutting back plantings happening here. I started on the Annabelle Hydrangeas with my handy small pruner.
I worked on the Hydrangeas for a few hours. Mister Irish arrived home and said,
“Let’s try this” and he brought out a large pruner and presto the entire north side finished in about 15 minutes!
I love it when things work perfectly like that.
Enjoy these beautiful fall days Judy!

Terri D said...

So excited for you and this new adventure! Joe and I saw Downton Abby yesterday and I agree that they tied up some of the loose ends, but I think they also left it open for a sequel if they choose to do another. It was fun seeing your photos and the front & back of the new abode!

Robin said...

I love your backyard, it’s so pretty. Jim and I went last Friday morning to see Downton Abbey, we both really liked it. I saw some of the actors on the Today Show, they said that they left the end of the movie so it would be possible to make another one if they decide to.

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Love your new home, Judy. The back yard is to die for! I'm not even going to mention those yummy cookies. I loved DA too. Enjoy your week.

Creations By Cindy said...

Awe Judy, loving your home lady. What beautiful pictures. Girl, I need that diet coke and chocolate chips. MY FAV! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Jean | said...

Judy, thanks for the updates--not boring at all! We're looking forward to seeing Downton Abbey soon. Hoping I don't procrastinate until it's gone--was told by a friend that I definitely should see it on the big screen. Love your photos!

Cathy said...

What a beautiful yard and I agree, I wouldn't want to take the stone and pond out either. Who wants to mow more grass. I love seeing the cows too. We have them in our area, but usually they are on the busy state route where we can't stop to take pictures. But it never stops me from looking at them. We also have some Yaks on that road that are fun to look at. I look for them most every time we drive by.

Have a blessed day Judy!

Carla from The River said...

Hi Judy,
I gave you a little catch up on IG today. I will be blogging and posting about our little trip.
We move Sam Friday - the weekend.
I enjoyed the photos of the new house. I am excited to come visit.

MadSnapper said...

I really love the yard just as it is. blow off the leaves and live and love and leave it.. I would. bob and I don't care for manicured yards, we like it jungle here or rustic like this one or views like from your other home. sorry about the water and the mess it takes to get the problem taken care of. Yay for a night out with your daughter...

SImple and Serene Living said...

Yum, gluten free chocolate chip cookies. Love your house. It looks so homey. xo Laura

podso said...

I'm sure whatever you decide, it will look beautiful. I do get a little confused about where you are, but I'm glad to hear about the progress. What a transition you are making!

Vee said...

Two very different yet beautiful homes. Goodness...who wants more lawn to mow? (I know that realtors often think that’s the way to go. I ignored mine at The Ponderosa.) There has been so much progress at both’s all going to come together one day soon. All the best! (Oh, would you believe that my mother was so frugal that she made a double batch of chocolate chip cookies using just one bag of chips? It’s the reason that a regular chocolate chip cookie doesn’t taste right to me. Yes, I bake them the very same way.)

Theresa said...

Oh dear, you all are busy. I love the house, the gazebo and pretty flowers. YUM cookies:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Cheryl said...

You guys are amazing . . . working on two different houses at once! Multi-tasking at its finest! I had to laugh at Mr C's "three of everything" (because I know someone like that).😉

Mike@Bit About Britain said...

When you said you were down-sizing, I thought you were moving to a kind of garret, or at the very best a large shed with windows and a growbox outside. And what is it with you lot over there, calling large gardens 'yards'. I mean - really!

It's all looking wonderful, Judy. Are you actually in there yet? Hope it's all shaping up.

We are going to see 'Downton, the Movie' tomorrow. I have been instructed to behave myself and not make disparaging remarks about blood-sucking aristos or mutter 'after the revolution' under my breath.

Little Wandering Wren said...

Oh yes the more chocolate chips the better, glad you had a fun day out at the movies - in Australia Tuesday is always the cheap day, they call it tight a.... Tuesday I'm not going to finish this word as it's not very polite! But it's cheap! Running away now in case you get the leaf blower out on me to blow me away!
Happy Weekend
Wren x

Wendy said...

There seems to be a lot going on with both your houses right now and yes I was a bit confused. But it's looking lovely and I wouldn't add lawn either. I need to catch that movie.


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