Saturday, January 1, 2011

Progress and a Present...

Happy New Year my friends. Hope your Christmas was wonderful and that you are looking forward to a bright and prosperous new year. Thank you all so much for sticking with me and giving me daily inspiration - I so appreciate it! I hope I make y'all as happy as you make me. Sharing is the joy of blogging for me.
So our 2011 has started off rather busy - we don't know any other way - do you? But here is a peek at what's happening here.
The house is coming along...
At the first of the week - it looked like this under 5 inches of snow. Our builders, poor guys, have either battled 20 degree temps, snow, or heavy rains since they started this project. They have been real troopers.

Some of the rafters are up...

Here is looking up part of the stairs...

The fireplace wall...

A few from the side...

Enough about the progress - now, lets talk about the "present". My sweet Father-in-law, Glen, who broke his leg a week ago and is still in the hospital and is battling cancer - well, he needs prayers. But regardless of his condition - he is always, ALWAYS thinking about others. He tells me "Cathy, I've got this old mantle overhead in the barn - I think you'd like it for the house." My reply "O.K. Pops, I'll come look at it." So he and Shaun got it down several days ago and set it up and yesterday when I went to feed - there it was!!! It was my FIL's great-grandparents! Isn't that awesome - well over a 100 years old and it is perfect - ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! I love the clean and simple lines - it will be just right for the farmhouse. Thank you Glen - I LOOOOve it!

And then before I ever knew about the one from Glen - I had already "gifted" myself with this one. Which I also love - but I will probably use this one in the guest bedroom or maybe in the foyer. Who knows - I'm just excited about them both!

And I'm not touching the paint on this one - it is a weathered gray-blue and it is also perfect just like it is.

Happy January, Happy Winter - Happy 2011!
Blessings,
Cathy

14 comments:

Stacey said...

Cathy, I love that you are including old parts in your new home. Both mantles will be absolutely beautiful!

I hope your father in law gets better very soon. :)

Ribbons -n- Rags said...

Cathy,

I can hardly wait to see what your new farmhouse will look like. It is in the perfect setting! I know you all are excited.

Wishing you a wonderful 2011.

RibbonsnRags

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

Happy New Year Sweetie!! The house is coming along nicely and the mantle from your FIL is gorgeous!! How special is that :)

I will be keeping him in my prayers for a quick recovery from his broken leg and also from his illness.

Hugs to you and have a wonderful New Year!!

Verde Farm said...

Sure will send prayers for your FIL. He sounds like a wonderful man. That mantle is so special and I know you will love having it in your new home. The blue one you bought is wonderful too. I agree with you--do not paint it, great colors. Happy 2011 to you and your family!

NanaDiana said...

Cathy- What a gift to have received...and to be able to know the history of the hands that it came from. I am saying a prayer for your father-in-law tonight...and for all of his family that love him in this life.

I can't wait to see your house done and you settled in. Happy New Year to you- xxoo Diana

Farmchick said...

What a touching gift to have received. Both of the mantles are beautiful and I have no doubt that your new home will be gorgeous with all of your wonderful touches.

Country Dreaming said...

Enjoyed the tour. Looking forward to more pics.
Best wishes to your Father-in-Law.

Happy happy to you!

Melinda

Blueball Mountain Spindle and Needle Works said...

Happy New Year Cathy!

I didn't know you were building ahouse and selling your old place. So many changes this past year! It looks wonderful and I am so happy for you. I miss getting to visit and seeing your always cheerful smile. I must make it there soon.

Hugs!

Luna

Lesa's Life said...

Prayers said for Glen. What a wonderful gift that mantle is!!! Your home looks like it's going to be beautiful! How exciting. Have a wonderful new year!

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

Okay Cathy, I'm drooling over that mantle with the chippy blue paint! Your new place is going to be so unique and beautiful with all the vintage architecture.

Can't wait to see more....keep teasing us!

Robin's Egg Bleu said...

Your new home is going to be fabulous! Looking forward to seeing it's progress. Have a warm, safe and cozy New Year!
Take Care,
Robin

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Looks like it's going to be a very Happy New Year in your wonderful new home. Prayers said for your FIL.
hugs,
Leslie

Beverly said...

Your new farmhouse is coming right along. Sorry you've had bad weather delays, but it looks like you are making great progress. How special to have a mantel that has been in the family for so long. I love the paint petina on the other one too. Blessings to you and your family in the New Year and prayers for your FIL, Glenn.

Kristi said...

Your new home looks amazing!! I will be visiting to watch the progress! Can't wait! I, too, am blogging about building our new home. We are only about month from moving in! So much fun :)
Kristi