Mr. Boar and I have been busy updating the den and office.  New carpet, paint, lighting, molding, railing, ceiling fan.  Since we are do-it-ourselvesers this has been a three week long undertaking.  The house has been in complete disarray – which is a situation I do not usually handle with grace.

Well, the carpet was installed this morning – thankfully Boar does not insist that we do that portion of the job!  Here is a quick video of the dogs reaction – and yes, I am on pee-on-the-new-carpet patrol!

My pots and bedding plants looked like total crap this year. Luckily I have the dreary June weather to blame rather than myself. In past years when this would also happen, I was left feeling farmers’ remorse “if only I had watered them more.” “if I had heeded the directions on the little plastic thingy” “if maybe the dogs hadn’t peed on them so much”.

Mr Caterpillar doesn’t seem to mind however.

hide and seek

This picture was taken standing in the foyer looking into the bedroom hallway of the house.

What I want to show you is the piece hanging there above the bookcase. I don’t even know what to call it. Maybe wooden scary thing?

I bought it years ago at a local art show – the two figures in it are balanced and when nudged, they rock back and forth. It actually took a wee bit of timing to get them both popping their heads out at the same time for the picture below.

I was supposed to be doing some Christmas shopping when I saw it.  I fell in love  instantly and broke my piggy bank to buy it.  I also called Mr. Boar and brokered a deal where it was a Christmas/birthday combo present.

I like to hear what other people have to say about wooden scary thing – most don’t like it at all (it’s too dark, it’s too creepy, it’s too big) or if they do, they don’t feel as passionately about it as I do – except one.  And I’m sure you can guess who it is!

my Peeps speak and I obey

You asked for deck, you get deck.

This project has consumed our every waking moment for the past two weeks. We couldn’t be happier with the way it is turning out. I didn’t realize how bad our old deck had become! Are you also noticing the Mason-Dixon Adirondack chairs?

I am sure that Mr. Boar would like me to draw your attention to the stair risers.

He is in love with his deck, but is especially pleased with the way the stairs are turning out. Because he decided to do these vertically instead of horizontally, they are taking much more time and so the deck is not totally finished yet.

Actually if you go over to my Flickr pages you will be able to see more deck pictures and see that the built in planter still needs to be done too. Another two weekends and it should be completely finished. You will also see pictures of the dogs, doing what they do best – sunning on the deck!