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The Pro Photos

2014 November 11

Curious how our old Minnesota house turned out?  Here is a link to the professional photos and post about life these days for me.

Washington

2014 November 5

I come to you from Washington.  We rolled in Saturday after 5 days of driving/vacation time + a week visiting family in Indiana and are living with random belongings in a rental house for the time being.  Things are good.   My stove…is…well…leaves something to be desired and I’ve yet to cook a single dish.  That said, we have found a number of delicious places to eat within 10 miles.  And that’s blowing our minds.  We’re in Federal Way, not Seattle, not Tacoma.  Not yet.  Greg and I are figuring things out, so bear with me.  I wrote a post at the Wits about our trip across the country to our new state with details about the sell of our house.  You can check that out here.

 

 

It happened

2014 October 10

Much has happened since July.

After remodeling the kitchen we started on the basement. That took nearly a few months. Once that was finished we met with our real estate agent towards listing our house. Remember how we’ve been updating our home for the last almost 3 years in an effort to profit and move to our dream location in Washington state? Member that?

We finally got it listed last month…and had been told an offer was coming our way the next morning. I kid you not. It did and it is an amazing offer without hassles. We close on October 17th. The buyer is a very nice (sounding) man. I believe he was the first to schedule a tour too. We were stoked that that many people wanted to see our place the first day it was listed (and the following day) then wham. Dreams come true-goals accomplished.

But he wanted to be in the house as soon as he could, so things have gone very quickly…very. It’s only now I can breathe a little and wanted to update you peoples with the news.

WE MADE IT HAPPEN-WE’RE MOVING TO WASHINGTON! (That’s all I wanted to put in this post, but I thought you deserved more.)

After a trip to Indiana to see family and friends, Greg, the pups and myself will be driving across the country with stops in Deadwood, SD, Cody, WY, Yellowstone, Missoula, MT, Leavenworth, WA then to our rental house in Federal Way. (I left out our stay in Iowa because, well, it’s not a thrilling part of Iowa…is there such a place there?  Kidding.)  I’ve booked cabins, cottages and houses in place of hotels. We haven’t had a vacation or honeymoon, oh, ever and, although we are driving the 40+ hours with pups who will surely be annoyed, this is exciting. It’s all exciting.

Know any great places to eat along the way?

5 Years of the Dabble

2014 July 29

Saturday marked 5 years of the Dabble’s existence.  No kidding.  5.whole.years.

I haven’t been around much lately and when I have I’ve been all “look what I’ve (we’ve) done to the house” or “look who likes what I (we) do.”  Which seems as though I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be at this point in life.

I think much of that was made possible because I wanted to put myself out there and started here.  Trying to connect with others who enjoy their passions as much as I do.  Those who have a strong zeal for something, anything in life.  I revere and connect with those folks.  People, such as yourself, who like to use quality ingredients with a seasonal focus of the home cookery variety.  People who enjoy sharing their lives and finding the odd events life brings funny and something that bonds us all (or should).  People who enjoy taking something most others see as junk and making it into something special (like furniture/a house/simple ingredient…hint hint those are my areas of interest…and by no means the only things I speak of).  It started here and it lead me to follow other passions.

No one would have found me if I didn’t start here.  I feel honored and humbled that anyone even cares.  I just do what I do and if it sparks interest (or doesn’t), well then, there it is.

My life is completely different from 5 years ago in the best ways ever.  (My standards for myself anyway.  You gotta set your own idea of success.) I thank you if you’re still here.  I’ll be back.

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2014 July 7

I don’t say OMG very often but this has been an amazing OMG week with two features on some awesome, inspiring sites.  The first was for my wallpaper front dresser at Apartment Therapy and today’s spotlight is over at House*Tweaking where Dana interviewed me about our Ikea kitchen reno.  It was an honor to be chosen by her since she is one of my absolute favorite bloggers.  Love both of those sites!  Take a look.

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