Capturing Contentment in the Everyday…
It arrived yesterday.
Our Jotul woodstove. Haus Meister has wanted one of these for a good six years now or so… Every coming winter would bring a new plan to see if we could somehow squeeze a smaller model into our cottage, somehow, somewhere. Well, we couldn’t.
Now I’m sure you’re wondering why we, who live in a place where it is summer 80% of the year, decided to tear out our gas logs and insert a cast-iron behemoth manufactured in a country where it is winter 80% of the year…
…well, where we are now, 2″ of snow could potentially strand us and quite feasibly without power. It happened twice to this neighborhood last winter and once at least the winter before. Now we can at least keep most of the house toasty and cook Trooper’s everlasting pot of mac & cheese! 🙂
Ah, last night we opened the basement up for living quarters, officially.
That picture above is now this picture below:
We’re still hanging pictures and the spare bedroom still needs a little paint on the trim, a little dusting, and the furniture put back together, but now we can bring this room back into the rhythm of the house.
A place for reading…there’s more bookshelves in this room than meets the camera lens…
A place for the kids to run around and play, or curl up and listen to a book. We already know where the Christmas tree is going to go and we can’t wait to see how the stockings will look on the mantel!
Best of all, it’s a lovely place now to sit and rest in, to relax at the end of the day. We always knew we wanted to update this room, to bring it out of the dark paneled ’70s walls era into something warmer and cozier. It was on the “10-year-plan,” probably to be done around the time my parents retire and start spending 6 months of the year with us (my sister wants them with her the other six. It’s the retirement plan we made for Mom & Dad. We actually don’t know what they have planned . 😉 ). However, that leaky toilet fitting changed all of this and turned out to be the best disaster to happen to us.
Hey, P. G. Wodehouse is funny! You can see from the above photos that we nearly have two shelves full of The Collector’s Editions of Wodehouse novels. It’s a goal we’re slowly accomplishing, to collect every one in the series. Thank you, Amazon.com! I’ve written in the upper corner of the inside cover exactly when the majority of these arrived, mainly birthdays for Haus Meister or back in the days of his 3-week business trips. It’s been fun to pick up a book and see what I wrote before reading the story itself. I finished the book he received for his 31st birthday (the recent one) in time to start the book he received for his 28th. 🙂