Dear little deer and the state of renovations

Twice the past week we’ve spotted deer right in front of our house. We have a little ridge across from the front windows by our driveway. The first time we saw two deer come down from the ridge and hang out on our lawn by a weird structure with a roof. My husband calls it the lean-to, but it’s more like a shed without walls. Then on Sunday they were up on the ridge again for more than a half hour, eating our bushes, only there were four of them. One of them came down right by the driveway to eat the heather bush (at least that’s what I think it is). Even when my husband drove the car back up the driveway from town, all they did was go back up the hill.

Here are the deer by the wolf pen.

Later they came down the ridge and walked around our house and were grazing along the back on the septic field next to the wolf pen (don’t ask). My niece says that they are two sets of twins born of the same mother. The larger two were born two springs ago, and the smaller last spring.

Last week we had the electrician here. He finished wiring up the lights in our new stairwell and replaced our kitchen light fixtures, among other things. The old fixtures were three huge, lozenge-shaped fluorescent fixtures that my niece said were probably out of date when they were put up. I didn’t dislike them, but at some point someone had apparently broken the cover for one of them when they were replacing the bulbs, which is no wonder because they are about 15 feet up on a slanted ceiling. Anyway, we’ve never had the cover for the one fixture. We couldn’t find anything to replace it, so we opted to change out all the fixtures. Now we have LED fixtures that will last a very long time without putting any bulbs in (the LEDs are tiny, in strips, very bright), and they are much more modern looking. I tried to take a picture of them, but they don’t really look like much in the picture because they’re so high up. But they are very nice. They’re narrower than the old fixtures, though, so the ceiling will have to be patched and the paint touched up.

Dark teal in the hallway

People have asked to see more of the colors we picked, so the rest of this post will be about that. You can look back to previous posts to see the colors in the kitchen and dining area and even compare them to the colors that were there before (yikes!). In the entrance hall, I picked a dark teal. I think that once we start hanging some pictures, this will look really good.

The color actually looks a bit darker than it does in this picture.

For our bathrooms, I picked a light grayish green blue. I really like this color, especially in the master bathroom. As you can see, it’s divided into three rooms, the back one being the tub and shower room. In some lights, the paint looks sage green in the front rooms while in the shower room it looks bluer. The color looks gray in this picture, but it’s actually a lot warmer.

The restful color in our master bedroom

I selected a deep green blue for our bedroom. This is the first time I’ve had a house with the ceilings painted the same color as the walls, and I wasn’t sure what it would be like. Nor was I sure that my husband would like such a strong color. But after spending days in there while they painted the rest of the house, he pronounced the color “restful.” The ceiling in that room has a sort of layered effect. I don’t know what you call it. And the color makes it stand out more.

Mostly kids will be sleeping in here.

Finally, I let my 8-year-old great niece select the color for the small guest room upstairs. She picked a really bright turquoise. Note the stuffed animals on the bed.

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4 thoughts on “Dear little deer and the state of renovations”

  1. The place is looking beautiful! Worth all the work it took to get you up there and get it to this point. Very different lifestyle from Austin, with nature right outside and a climate that will grow plenty of flowers and make deck-sitting pleasurable.

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  2. We have a lot of deer here in town, just wandering all over the place. I often come down in the morning to see one or two just lying in the backyard as thought they belong to us. 🙂
    Your colours look nice!

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  3. Oh, that reminds of a time we took a bus tour from the American side of Glacier National Park to the Canadian side. We ended up in a small town that we teeming with deer. They were lying in people’s yards, eating the flowers out of flower boxes. I’ve never seen anything like it. Thanks about the colors!

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