‘Tis the rainy season. Yay!

30 Mar 2015 0 Comments

Thank goodness for rain! It brings double rainbows like this one. I just love this time of year because I get to work outside and do all the great outdoor tasks to prepare the yard for growth. Each year I can’t wait to mulch, fertilize, plant, rake, and paint! Getting out there and physically working
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Garage External Renovation

16 Mar 2015 0 Comments

This 250 square foot garage has been sitting un-finished since the 1920s, so we decided it was time to fix it up! Focusing on the exterior, we wanted to freshen it up by shingling the outside, putting on a new roof and repainting the doors and windows. We chose prefabricated cedar shingles. You can buy them
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The Art of Shoveling Snow

09 Feb 2015 0 Comments

I have to admit, I just love shoveling snow! It’s peaceful, it’s an excellent workout, and you can really get creative with it. I like creating cool little meandering pathways. And it doesn’t take much – I use a $10 shovel from Aubuchon Hardware. On the property we have two decks and a 25 yard
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Lake Placid Loppet

26 Jan 2015 0 Comments

The Lake Placid Loppet is coming up this weekend, February 27 – March 1! Can’t wait to see everyone there. The Loppet at Mount Van Hoevenberg is one of the biggest events in Lake Placid, and a personal favorite of mine and Todd’s. It’s a cross-country skiing tournament that takes place every year, drawing people
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Biathlon and the Mount Van Hoevenberg Range

12 Jan 2015 0 Comments

One of my other favorite winter sports (which is no surprise because it includes cross country skiing) is biathlon. It’s one of the biggest sports in Europe, getting more attention than any other sport of its kind, but it’s relatively unknown in the US. For biathlon, you race on cross country skis and then drop
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Cross Country Skiing at Mount Van Hoevenberg!

29 Dec 2014 0 Comments

My favorite winter sport is cross country skiing at the beautiful Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, NY. We have been visiting Lake Placid since the mid-nineties. We first came to visit because one of my girl friends lived in LP for years and always talked about its beauty. Once we came for our first
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Decorating the Cottage for the Holidays

08 Dec 2014 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again! I love decorating our cottage for the holidays. To set the scene, I make our front porch Christmas ready with a festive, less-is-more approach. We already have two sconces that light the snow beautifully. We also planted two cute little Christmas trees on the porch several years ago. One
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