Jun 20, 2018

Summer Yard Prep at the Cabin

Last weekend we raked up and bagged about a gazillion pine cones from the yard around our cabin. Raking pine cones has turned out to be an annual spring ritual for us here. 



We have lots of different kinds of conifer trees, but they all only drop smallish pine cones. They're not the big ones that are so great for winter decorating. So we bag them up and take them, along with the fallen branches from the past winter's storms, to the Valley County Transfer Station which is about a 25 minute drive from our cabin. 



There, my husband empties the pine cones out of the bags onto the huge heap of other yard waste being composted. We use the same bags again each year.
  


Valley County doesn't have a garbage dump. In the old days trash was dumped down a huge ravine next to the Payette river south of town and left to rot. Really BAD IDEA!! When folks got smarter about keeping the forests and rivers clean, they started collecting local trash at a transfer station and shipping it out on trucks to other locations. We also have a recycle center that ships our recyclables as far away as Utah for processing. It makes us think very carefully about every single piece of trash we throw away or put in the recycle bin here. We really try hard to reduce what we throw away. 



After all that raking, no more pine cones - for about five minutes, anyway. This area was completely covered by them! Piles of them! The pine cones fall all year long, of course, but at least we can walk around now without tripping and stumbling over so many. It feels so great to have that big cleanup job done so we can move on to some summer fun. 




Next we put up our little screened tent. Mosquitoes are a nuisance here in June and July, mostly for our dog, Tucker. For some reason they just love him. 




After we found dog mosquito spray didn't work very well for him, we bought this small easy to put-up Coleman Instant Sreenhouse on Amazon so he can join us when we sit outside. It works great! We also found an inexpensive outdoor rug at our local Lowe's for the tent, so hopefully Tucker won't get so much tree sap stuck to his fur while he's hanging out in there.  We'll be able to just hose off the rug to clean it. On our list of someday projects is a screened porch on the back of our cabin, but for now this setup works really well for us. 




After the tent was up, which takes about three minutes, including staking it, we scattered our tree stump tables and Adirondack chairs around our fire pit. Lightweight plastic Adirondack chairs are great because we can carry them easily between the shed and the yard when we come to the cabin, and they stack up out of the way in the shed for the winter. We also like having a portable fire "pit" so we can move it anywhere around the yard we want to use it. 

That firewood behind the tent is definitely calling to me as I write this. I can't wait to have our first campfire and s'mores this weekend! 

Let the summer fun begin!



Jun 19, 2018

Bears at our Cabin

Not real bears!

We have heard that bears have been seen in our area before, and we do all have bear-proof trash cans. But the only bears we've seen around our little cabin so far are the ones we bought recently at an antique store here in McCall.

Can you spot them?


There in the corner.


In front of the lamp.


Two primitive hand carved bear bookends to hold our cabin diary, trail guides and maps, and my husband's old cub scout book.

We just love folk art, and wish we could learn the story behind the hands that carved our sweet little rustic bears. 


We love having bears at our cabin! 

May 30, 2018

Boise Boys - The Best HGTV Flip Show Yet!

I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off while packing for a short vacation today, but when I realized the season finale of my favorite flip show is on HGTV tonight I wanted to take a few minutes to share it with you.

Source: Boise Boys


You have to watch this show, friends! I was an avid viewer of Fixer Upper, and I hold my breath for each new season of Home Town, but Boise Boys is my new favorite HGTV show. And not just because I happen to live in beautiful Boise, the fastest growing town in America (for a very good reason.) It's because Boise Boys includes the aesthetic of Fixer Upper, Home Town, and Flip or Flop all rolled into one show - they tackle every kind of flip, from midcentury modern to contemporary to 1910 traditional to southwestern farmhouse style and give them all their own unique stamp of absolutely gorgeous design. And the decorating is to die for!

Source: Timber and Love

These guys are funny and entertaining, too. Two friends with completely different personalities, they will keep you chuckling. 

Here's a before and after sampling of their projects from the pilot and season one so far. All photos are from the Timber and Love website where you can view more photos of each home. And please remember to pin from the Timber and Love website, not from this blog post.


The Pilot

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Episode 1

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Episode 2

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Episode 3

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 Episode 4

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Episode 5

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Source: Timber and Love

Source: Timber and Love

Source: Timber and Love

I know you're drooling for more, so go check out the Timber and Love website and then make sure you have your DVR set to record Boise Boys on HGTV tonight.

You're welcome! ;)


May 26, 2018

New Additions to our Cabin Bedroom

Welcome back to our little cabin!

Today I'm sharing our bedroom! Our one cabin bedroom is truly small, but we're fitting a lot into it to make our weekend visits as comfy and cozy as home sweet home.

The latest additions to our bedroom are a dresser, a round brass mirror, a darling glass table lamp, and a cute metal jewelry stand. Except for the dresser, I just realized everything is from Target. I'm not affiliated with Target; I just happen to find some great inexpensive things there and want to pass the information on in case you might like them, too. 


 This nine drawer pine dresser was in my parent's Saratoga, California home for as long as I can remember. My mother had painted it a beautiful deep blue with a dark antique glaze for her very elegant master bedroom. She loved unique finishes in her home and became a furniture painting DIY-er way before it was popular. When I inherited her dresser as a more casual young woman, I painted it white and changed the knobs to shiny brass for our guest bedroom. Later, it moved out of our house with my youngest daughter. When Annie got married and bought her own home and a mid-century modern dresser to match it, I took this one back. I gave it a fresh coat of white paint, toned down the knobs with a bit of antique gold rub 'n buff, and brought it up to the cabin. Because this sweet dresser is very narrow, it fit the space between our bed and the wall perfectly. No other dresser would have done. My mother would have been so tickled by her dresser's long journey to its latest home in our little mountain cabin!


 I found that if my jewelry stayed in its travel case when we came to the cabin, I forgot to wear it. When I saw this jewelry stand on a shopping trip to Target, the little squirrels reminded me of our cabin chipmunks. It's the Loft by Umbra Squirrela Jewelry tree. Now, I hang my jewelry here when I unpack and remember to put it on when I get dressed. I love how the earrings look like flowers hanging on the branches - so cute!

  
 I fell in love with this clear glass hobnail lamp when I came across it in a photo online and then hunted it down to, where else but... Target! This is the Canary Jane Table Lamp Clear from the Beekman 1802 Farmhouse collection. I bought it for our Boise house, then I couldn't find the right spot for it - so up to the cabin it came.


 The knobby glass reminds me of a vintage chenille bedspread.


 I think it gives off the prettiest light. I turn it on every evening at dusk to softly light our bedroom. Its glow makes our cabin look so cozy through the window from outside on snowy winter days, too.

Our cabin is so tiny, we like everything we bring into it to not only be special to us, but to also have a purpose. Little by little we're finding inexpensive things we love to keep it cozy and make it our own. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!



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