BD and I love to play board games. Recently we've been playing a lot of Yahtzee. He always beats me, which drives my competitive spirit crazy! I keep playing because I'm convinced that one day I'm going to beat him. (I AM.)
The other day, he took the winning to a new level. On the second play of the game he rolls this.
Yahtzee with 6's
A few plays later he rolls this.
Yahtzee with 4's
He beat me by at least 200 points this game. There may have been a tantrum thrown and declarations of "I'm never playing this game with you again!!"
Over the weekend I went to a local craft fair with some friends. I bought a new fall wreath for our front door.
I love how it's a mix of ribbons, florals, and beads. The metallic orange pumpkin (bottom center) is my favorite part.
She also had some gorgeous Christmas wreaths in the booth, but they were already sold. She's going to custom make one for me, and it will be ready in a few weeks. The wreaths were really reasonably priced.
If you're local (Durham-area), email me if you'd like her contact info.
For most people, when it starts getting into late fall, their thoughts start turning to the upcoming holidays. Unless you're BD, then your thoughts turn to counting down the days until the first home Carolina basketball game.
I'm just kidding.
He's been counting down to this day since the end of last season.
The day finally arrived today. Carolina had an afternoon home game against Mississippi Valley State University. (Me: Against who? I've never even heard of that team.)
Our new house is only about 15 minutes from our parking spot; that makes it a lot more convenient since BD likes to get to the games before the Smith center doors are unlocked we like to get to the games early.
We got there in plenty of time to see all the warm-ups and watch the players' introductions.
I shot this video to capture how Leslie McDonald likes to dance on the sidelines before tip-off. (He's in a suit because he's injured.) Sorry, it gets a little blurry when I zoomed in on him.
After tip-off I was too busy reading the program watching the game to get any more pictures. But the game was the usual first-home-game-barn-burner, where Carolina won 101-75, and all the bench warmers were in for the last 5 minutes of the game.
As BD and I started packing up our old house to move, we started talking about taking something with us as a memento of our first house. We have loved this little house and made lots of great memories in it; we knew we couldn't move on without taking a piece of it with us.
I found this Etsy shop and knew that a custom house portrait is exactly what we wanted.
I sent the artist a couple of photos of our house, like this one:
And in a few weeks, we received this 8x10 watercolor image:
We could not be more pleased! The artist did a phenomenal job. She captured all the little details about the house that made it ours -- right down to the garden flag I had in the flowerbed.
I can't wait to have this framed and hung in a place of honor in our new house.
Kip's new backyard fence was finished last week. You have never seen a dog so happy about being off-leash; I wish I had a video of him. He bounded around the yard and sniffed every square inch and then raced around the perimeter as fast as he could.
The fence at our other house was wooden so he couldn't see out, so this is like a whole new world for him.
The side of the fence that attached to the house and faces the road is black ornamental aluminum.
The sides and back are black vinyl coated chain link.
The black blends in so well with the wooded lot that you probably have to look pretty closely to see it in these pictures.
The fenced in square footage is a little bigger than at our old house, but because the fence doesn't interrupt the line of sight, it seems way bigger.
So the new house has lots of big windows, especially in the den; it's one of the reasons we bought this house.
What I didn't realize is that these are actually windows of death. Bluebird death, specifically. They keep flying into the big windows; I guess they are defending their territory from what they don't realize is their own reflection in the window.
Luckily they are usually just stunned, not dead, and they recover and fly off in a few minutes.
We weren't sure how Kip was going to react to moving to the new house. He is getting old (10.5!) and set in his ways, so we were expecting him to take a while to adjust to his new surroundings.
The first couple of days, he followed us around more than usual and wanted to be right under our feet. We did our best to make him feel comfortable - his bowls and beds and toy bin were all in similar places as the old house. We made it a point to not leave him here by himself for long periods of time.
It didn't take him long to get brave enough to start exploring his new surroundings. It turns out that I'm not the only one who can appreciate the benefits of a soaker tub!
After a few days, he realized that bigger house + lots of windows = more sunny places to nap! Who needs a dog bed when there's a sunny spot on the rug?!
These days I'd say he's pretty comfortable here at the new house. As soon as we get his new fence built, I don't think he'll even remember that he's only lived here a few weeks.
LA and BD have been Living, Loving, and Laughing in North Carolina since they emerged from the Louisiana bayous a little over 13 years ago. Which, not coincidentally, is the same amount of time they've been hitched. They are in their mid-30's and are the proud parents of MC (6/2012) and GL (8/2016). Email them at ncleeann (at) gmail (dot) com.
Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love. They depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big. ~Unknown
Kip (2001 - 2014)
"For me a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog." ~Roger Caras