Open thread: What made you happy about your house this summer?

HAPPINESS IS… a cozy house. What has made you happy about your home this summer, dear readers? Me: Outside, my perennials are getting well established and sending me lots of colorful blooms. Inside, we had the kitchen floor polished so it’s nice and shiny. Best of all, my brother and his kids came to visit, and we spent a lot of time at the nearby lake. How about you? Are you glad you chose the home you did? Is your home happy you chose it?

  1. sumac sue says:

    Atomic Bowler Dave, you are oh so right on the cost estimating regarding home improvements. And if the job does come in close to budget — guess what, there is always another one waiting in the wings. Now our water heater has conked out. The plumber is back today, hooking up the new one.

  2. Alison Marie says:

    I have grass instead of dirt in my backyard finally, all thanks to my wonderful BF’s encouragement & assistance. It made dinners outside with friends on the 60’s metal and plastic wicker chairs (bought at a swap meet b/c they perfectly match the blue paint on the doors to my house) even more enjoyable. I have a tiny little pie-shaped lot, *and* I was away a lot of the summer, so I treasured every minute out in the yard.

  3. Deb says:

    I wrote in as a “lurker” a bit ago and was waiting for the delivery of our Skylark boomerang countertops. Well, they got here, my husband and I installed them (to the detriment of my back!) and YAY, they fit!!! Now I just have to finish a bit more painting and I’m done with the kitchen. Bathroom next…

  4. This summer for us was the real deal. We moved into our 1960 ranch style house (made with pale pink silicon brick and enormous steel windows) last summer but were too busy unpacking to notice anything until the boxes were unpacked.

    Living in Australia we celebrate Christmas in mid summer and this year we hosted the family Christmas – in our family that’s 28 people. Everyone was so helpful and brought something to contribute; one family brought the turkey (thankfully sliced and prepared), another brought the plum pudding and so it went on. The host is in charge of decorations and sets the theme. This year it was gold, green and red with white linen cloths, fine china and my mum’s silverware. I was so proud of the end result.

    Getting to the nitty gritty of how my house made me happy this summer was the pride my partner took in getting everything ready. We have huge windows throughout the house and they were cleaned until they sparkled. The inside of the house was cleaned until it was gleaming and the yard was manicured and patio spotless.

    Then three days before Christmas he decided to pull up the carpets and polish the floor boards. Three Days Before!!! What was he thinking? I imagined dust and debris and odours galore. Workmen in the house while I was trying to put the finishing touches on everything. I thought I’d go out of my mind. No workmen – he decided to do it on his own! Thankfully with the help of his dad (who built the house back in 1960) they set out pulling up the carpets. Meticulously working section by section they pulled, extracted pins nails and staples as they went revealing a beautiful timber floor beneath. The smile on my partners face said it all – he’d remembered from his early childhood how beautiful the floors had been all polished and the most gorgeous honey colour similar of that to the pale mid century Danish design timbers(Danish design credenza linked below) . http://lh4.ggpht.com/_4DNdSxaMkrE/S2i4oJqPRSI/AAAAAAAADs8/nj1D0IJWMto/s576/25-05-09_1616.jpg

    Wow – it was stunning – I had to eat my words. I didn’t need the stress that close to such a large event but the end result was well worth it.

    He was so pleased he decided to pull up the stone tiles in the entry hall and laundry too but that’s another story …

    If I could find a picture of us on Christmas day I’d post it and you’d seen how ridiculously happy we were … being the host and hostess leaves you no time to take happy snaps. Indeed this summer I’ve been very happy.

  5. Marcela says:

    My now 5 years old sweet daughter planted her first garden a few months ago, and we just got to eat the cutest littlest tomatoes & the single green bean salad she so proudly grew.

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