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tile and snow

February 19th, 2013 by

Weird juxtaposition, but the two things came up on the same day.  Two days after my birthday (we’re no longer counting years, so don’t ask), I went to see Fred and take some new pictures.  It also happened to be the day of the first serious snow of this North Carolina winter, which is also usually the last serious snow of the winter.  (I know there’s a month-old post here that says “snow,” but that one didn’t compare to this one, with flurries all day long that didn’t stick but made the air pretty.)

Fred is getting down to the final stages now, with most of the exterior done (except for zinc and fine details) and the majority of the work happening inside.

Herewith, pictures.

house exterior in snowThe requisite exterior shot, showing plastic over the now-concrete driveway and paint on the Hardie panels and stucco.  The silvery portions that are not covered yet are where the zinc will go.


Tile wall in master showerThe master bath tile is just about finished, now, with the cool accent tile (“Palm”) grouted in a lighter color so as to really show it off.  I was worried all that grey would be dark and forboding, even though I liked the tile, but with the big window over where my tub goes it isn’t dark at all.  Even on a grey and snowy day.


kitchen interior with cabinetsThe kitchen cabinets look beautiful with the nearly-matching floor.  Countertops go in today and/or tomorrow, and the black accents will set off the light wood nicely, don’t you think?

Fred in the snow (inside and out)

January 18th, 2013 by

When I woke up this morning and saw the snow on the ground, I did something that would not normally happen: got dressed before I’d finished my coffee (!!!!), got in my little red Miata, and drove on icy roads–fishtailing every once in the while on the way there–to take pictures of Fred with his fresh white topping of snow.  The unexpected benefit was that there’s now heat inside, so when I opened the door to take a few interior shots my glasses steamed up and I said “ahhhhh.”  The morning sunlight is just beautiful out on our land, and it streams through the windows and skylights with utter abandon.

a white christmas

December 26th, 2010 by

OK, this is getting silly.  I mean, I understand now that North Carolina is not Georgia; that it gets really wintry here.  I get it now.  Snow happens.

But come on…North Carolina house covered with snow

This much snow?

Car covered in snow

a cold welcome

December 16th, 2010 by

Welcome to North Carolina!  This morning, it isn’t snow: it’s freezing rain, sleet that turns to ice when it hits the ground.  As I write this, it sounds as if a thousand tiny dogs’ toenails are clicking across our roof, a whole herd of them dancing on the skylights in our rental house.  I look out the window of my office onto an ice-covered roof, a frozen brown lawn, and a gray dreary morning that belies the beauty we’d seen here before.

“Are you sure you don’t miss California?” my friend Lin asks.  Ummmm….can I get back to you on that?