Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Howloween

Hey guys, Bailey here. I've hopped onto my parents' blog to wish you all a Happy Halloween. See, Halloween is typically my least favorite part of the year. I never get to eat any of the candy...something about chocolate being bad for me? I get worn out barking at all the dangerous visitors that come to the house...why does mom keep opening the door for them? And, finally, I usually end up in some ridiculous costume...isn't my sweet black and white fur coat costume enough?

Here, I can prove it to you.

My first Halloween in Louisiana. Can you tell how exhausted I was? At least I got out of wearing the hat. She tried to make me wear the hat.
Halloween in Delaware. Mom was so disappointed that she hadn't yet seen a real live moose that she decided to make me wear a moose costume. Yippee-skippee.
Oh, and this time the hat was attached. Don't I look thrilled to be wearing it?
My parents call me Princess. I don't understand it either. I think it has something to do with the fact that I do rather enjoy all things soft and fluffy (they frequently wake up in the middle of the night only to find me wrapped around their heads, sharing their pillow). So I'm thanking my lucky stars she resisted the urge to put me in this:

In the end, mom decided to spare me the pain of a costume and put me in a nice, festive Halloween t-shirt this year. Maybe I could get used to this holiday after all!

Peace out,

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A hat, a hike, and a Porsche

Oops- I haven't been very good about blogging for the past week or two. How can life get so busy when we don't even have kids?! Here's an attempt at catching up on what's been going on with us.

I finished my first knitting project! I'd always wanted a green hat. It's a little pointier on top than it should be, but other than that I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

Yesterday it poured, torrentially, ALL DAY. Chris was so disgusted he went to sleep at 8:30. Luckily we woke up this morning to a brilliant blue sky and a perfect fall day. We seized the opportunity to take Chris' Porsche out for one last spin with the top down before winter arrives.

We didn't really have a plan in mind but sort of knew that we wanted to head towards Kent, CT. We stopped for a late lunch in Washington Depot, CT at a little place called Marty's Cafe. (For those of you who watched Gilmore Girls, Stars Hollow is based on Washington Depot). After a terrific lunch, we headed for a drive around Lake Waramaug- the foliage was GORGEOUS- and then stopped for a wine tasting at Hopkins Vineyard.

And two weekends ago, for the Columbus Day holiday, we were up in New Hampshire again. The day started out a bit gray and rainy (we even encountered sleet on the way up the mountain) but the day turned absolutely beautiful once we reached the top.

Chris put pics and videos together from our trip today and our hike two weeks ago. He is requesting that you make sure your sound is turned up so you get the full effect of his baby, I mean, his Porsche.

**Disclaimer** I had nothing to do with the choice of music for the video. That was all Chris. :)

Fall in CT from Jessica Hasty on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

It was a Blue Jay kind of day

One of my favorite things about living in Newtown is being so close to Blue Jay Orchards. Last year was my first time apple picking and I thought it was the greatest thing ever. Not to mention that they make their own apple cider and apple cider donuts...yum. :) After all our house work yesterday, Chris and I decided we couldn't spend this beautiful day stuck inside. So this afternoon we picked apples...a LOT of apples. If you don't believe me, just see the pic below!

I think we're making applesauce tonight...and will probably still have quite a few leftover for eating. Apples, anyone?

Looking down a row of McIntosh trees
See? Apples aplenty!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Around the house

Today was a terribly gray and rainy day so I took the opportunity to paint the windows in our master bathroom. They were already ten times better than they were when we moved in (if you don't remember the 1980s Tuscan paradise we inherited with the house you can refresh your memory here) but the yellow interior portion of the windows wouldn't stop bugging me. Two hours later, I love the transformation!

Chris' project for the day was the half bath downstairs. Here's how getting a new toilet has morphed into an entire bathroom remodel.

1. We decided to replace the toilet. It wasn't that the toilet was broken or anything, it would just keep running for a long time after flushing. Easy fix, right?

2. Wrong. We discovered that a hole had been cut into the wall to make a standard sized toilet fit. This turned into us having to order a custom sized toilet rather than one off the shelf.

3. Since there was already a hole in the wall, we said, hey, why not tear down the rest of the ugly paneling?! We quickly realized that tearing down paneling is much more difficult than they make it look on HGTV.

4. We needed to remove the sink to get to the paneling behind it. This is where our story starts today. Chris spent a large portion of the afternoon and into the evening replacing a leaking valve. Four trips to hardware stores (Lowes twice, Ace and Home Depot) later, we have running water in the house again. Next step...tackle drywall:/

See the hole mentioned in #2 above? It was the catalyst for this entire project.

A little surprise beneath the paneling....

The finished (relatively speaking) product

It's a jungle out there

A jungle of leaves, that is. Autumn is here (hurray!) and all the fallen leaves that come with it. Since we have a gravel driveway it can take AGES to clear off the leaves. Not this year though! A few weekends ago Chris purchased a Stihl leaf blower. Apparently their only advertising just states that they "don't sell to big boxes". That made Chris happy. :) Here's a video of him with his newest toy. Enjoy!

Chris and the Leaf Blower from Jessica Hasty on Vimeo.