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Friday, August 6, 2010

Our Fleet, Our Muffler, Our Cabin, Our Home


Greetings, Cascade Bluff Blog followers and friends, and my apologies for not posting for SOOOoooo long! Here's the latest -- and then some -- from our continuing adventures at Kathy and Val's New World!

So, this perky guy, Dave, is smiling because he's just sold us that luscious red vehicle, a 1998 Ford F-250 with many thousands of miles on 'er. Her name, by the way, is not settled yet -- any suggestions? Here's a hint -- what's red, tough, and very noisy?
'Cause as you see here, our "new" truck's muffler rusted through and came crashing down to earth, right in the middle of the I-35 construction project in Duluth, MN, on the way north a week or so ago. Poor Val, she was on her way up by herself (I was 80 or so miles behind her with a loaded van) and "bang!" She thought a tire had exploded at first, but a quick inspection revealed the muffler, impaling the hot sticky asphalt, during rush hour (of course) and in the middle of a detour...


...Several phone calls and a noisy ride through Duluth and a few hours later, and we met up at The Muffler Clinic...



Overnight in Duluth at the Day's Inn (it ain't Cascade Bluff, but there was a Starbuck's across the street so we lived!) and the fleet was intact. Here's a shot of 3/4ths of our fleet: Panzerbruinen on the left, Babe in the middle and the as yet unnamed red truck... Kinda crazy, we know -- two ladies, four vehicles (the Prius, AKA "Cloud Pine" is back in Minneapolis) but, but, but... we NEED all of them! We LOVE all of them!
The Ford F-250 and the Jeep live up north now, one in the rental garage in Grand Marais and the other up at Cascade Bluff. For you future visitors, you can take your pick -- the back of the truck is a mighty fun ride!

Now here are the latest shots of progress on the Cabin In The Middle of Nowhere. Here are the finished interior stairs... beautiful craftsmanship.



Nick working on the finishing touches for the loft stairway...


The cabinets in the Mistress Bathroom...


Who the...!?! Oh, yeah, that's Stephen, cabinet-maker extraordinaire...
Get out of the way, Stephen...

Here's his handiwork, the upstairs bath cabinets...

And the kitchen! We love it!



We finally have a great place to display some of the pottery and baskets we've acquired over the years, from art fairs and travels to flea markets to inheritances!

No kitchen is complete without a pair of lucky Elephants (these are salt and pepper shakers too) with their trunks pointing toward the door... which in the case of Cascade Bluff, is in pretty much any direction...

Our first loaf of artisan bread baked on site... Mmm...

Cookbooks... Including one appropriate for our age group...

...and the pantry, not yet filled up with staples...

All cooking and no relaxin' makes for very dull grrlls, so here's the greatest deck in the world...
Close ups of the deck cable railing...


Summer in Cook County is Art Fair season, and these are some new art-y things from the Hovland Art Fair of 2010... A mobile of old spoons and funky beads...

...and some brilliantly colored glass bowls... We do like primary colors!
And at the end of a long, wonderful day, there is the sky. Ahhhh, bliss!

Thanks for your patience, and we're heading up again next weekend, and hope to post more photos of the newly finished garage, some exterior stairs, maybe a screen porch... and who knows what else. Stay tuned!

4 comments:

  1. What's red, tough and noisy? I think you should name the red truck "Flo". As in Aunt Flo.

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  2. Thank you for posting such a useful, impressive and a wicked article./Wow.. looking good!

    Mufflers

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  3. You have such a lovely home, Kathy and Val! I do love the rustic texture of the wood. That’s the thing I love about wood; it gives you that natural vibe that adds appeal to the space. And when you combine it with other elements, like metals and cables, you can create and see an interesting contrast of texture in the space.

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