Summer Wrap up

Godamnit I suck at blogging regularly. Not a single post since being in Detroit… A whole slew of things happened this summer. Here’s a recap of some of them.

Newest and most exciting is the NEW CAR. Yup. Got a Land Rover LR2. The mom-car ’02 Camry has been retired and upgraded for 4 wheel drive and heated seats. This winter will be a lot more comfortable. So. Excited.

IMG_4485.JPGMost of the changes in the house over the summer have been pretty small. Most of them have taken place in the kitchen, including the new floor, new white sink and new faucet. Still have to get to the counter tops, the back splash and a few touch up spots of paint.IMG_4346.JPG

IMG_3820.JPGFew changes to the outside of the house too. New house numbers and a new light on the front porch. Much better. Lots of landscaping too, but I dont have many pics of that. IMG_4335.JPGA little before and after. I think the old light still had a price tag from a garage sale on it. Gross.IMG_4132.JPGAlso, we’ve got a small angel that likes to hang out on the front porch now. He likes to eat the bird seed left out for him. He takes naps in the sun. Let’s just hope he doesn’t move into the attic for the winter, because then I will have to end him.IMG_4332.JPGThe half bath was finally “finished”. If you remember, there was horrible blue formica surrounding the sink, a huge mirror, horrible light fixture, wall paper etc. This has actually been pretty finished since x-mas, but missing the details like the trim. I also installed a new door so the old plastic accordion door is gone! Will post some pics of that later. IMG_4216.JPGEqual opportunity nudity. Everyone needs a little T&A in a bathroom. IMG_4030.JPGThe brick in the nook got painted. It was really ugly and dirty and is really weird and porus. It’s not nice like the brick on the front of the fireplace. Looks much better now that it’s white. Also added a new (trash-picked!) chair. It’s rattan and has mid-century lines. SOMEONE put a pillow on it. IMG_4509.PNG

Work has been INSANE, which is both great and exhausting. I feel like I missed the whole summer. I didn’t get to a beach once, and I missed a lot of weekends at the house. But someone’s got to pay the billz.

I went to Paris and London. This is my “Hi Mom” pic. *Side note, I really should get that dent on my forehead botoxed out.

IMG_3857.JPGI made it snow in August in Connecticut. IMG_4469.JPGI made friends with a horse named biscuit. IMG_4284.JPG

Other fun things, the Dutchess County Fair happened. And a bear met a bear. IMG_4294.JPG

I just kept thinking about how pretty these cows would be as rugs. That’s horrible right? I bet they’re delicious too. IMG_4303.JPG

On a rare weekend that I was stuck in the city, I saw the Jeff Koons show at the Whitney. It was pretty amazing. Someone I know needs to buy this piece and put it in the middle of a circular driveway in front of their mansion, probably in Miami, but maybe in Bel Air. It would be super cunty, in the most amazing way.
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Lindsey, Darin and Marshall came up for a weekend. It was great to see them, and we went on a killer hike with an amazing view.
IMG_4244.JPGBest part of the summer so far has been all the back yard dinners with some pretty amazing people, and some mediocre ones too. IMG_4198-0

Maybe there will be some new posts soon. Who knows!

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A Bear at the Window

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Remember that black bear who went viral last week for chillaxin’ in a hammock? Well we had our own bear visitor recently…he just chose to make an appearance in our bedroom window over reclining in our backyard.

But first a bit of back-story.

We’ve had a few mysterious situations happen around The Hill House. Shattered bird feeders, strange foot prints, motion detectors lights randomly going off and our garbage cans knocked over. We didn’t think too much of it and just chalked it up to a big fat raccoon. Then our neighbor stopped over after the last garbage can incident and blew the raccoon theory to pieces.20140512-192916.jpg

She asked if I had seen “our visitor” and I said no. Then she said “Oh we have bears all the time.” My reaction was something akin to “Wait…what?” She let me know that the bear who was in our trash was about 300 lbs and that she had seen him on our property before. She even had pictures!

Well, we decided to start taking our garbage back to the city and figured that would do the trick. Plus we kinda liked the idea that we had a bear running around the ‘hood.

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Cut to one week later when I am in bed, alone in the house one late evening. Suddenly I hear a crash outside and know exactly what it is. So I grab a flashlight, throw the window open and get an eye full of what looks like a wall of black fur. Our 300 lb friend is standing over the toppled over garbage can, literally with egg on his face since I had tossed a small bag of eggshells into the can. He sniffed at me then bolted around the corner of the house. Needless to say I was sorta freaked out and didn’t sleep a wink that night.

The next morning I got to officially bear-proofing the property. Here is a list I came across of tips to keep Smoky in the woods where he belongs.

  • Take garbage out the morning of trash pick up
  • Don’t put up bird feeders – especially hummingbird feeders
  • Clean outdoor grills thoroughly and keep them tightly covered
  • Close windows while cooking indoors
  • Invest in an air horn to keep handy as a scare tactic

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To date there haven’t been any more disturbances. Part of me is till hoping for a daytime sighting, however, so I can post the perfect Instagram pic!