Our Tree House workflow ebbs and flows, but with a big backyard project coming up and a closet overhaul we’ve been noodling on for weeks, it’s safe to say that we’re back in the thick of it. During the one and a half hour drive from Chicago, I open our to-do list while Scott keeps his eyes on the road, and we talk about what’s coming down the pipe, what needs to be unpacked and what needs to be measured, photographed and organized. We watch the clock and time our drive just so, in the hopes that we’ll make it to Michigan before Lucy’s dinner, easing her into the transition from one time zone to another. As soon as she’s down for the night, we pour ourselves a drink, and we work.
In the midst of it all, it’s easy to forget to catch our collective breath. Of course we want Tree House to be a restful retreat, but it can be tough to shift our mindset from renovation to relaxation. In our DIY adventures, we feel a mix of excitement and nerves (the good kind) and pure exhaustion (because when do we stop?) and wanting to do it all (and right now!). So as a promise to ourselves and each other, we make it our goal to always stop, pause, and stare into Lake Michigan. We take off our socks and shoes. We choose beach stones for Lucy’s jar. We skip stones. It might be one of my very favorite feelings, to see the lake on one side and a forest of trees on the other.
Sometimes, a fog will settle over the dunes and trees, and it is the prettiest sight to see. As luck would have it, I never have my camera on hand during these moments, but maybe that’s for the best? Maybe we should just see and appreciate? (Who am I kidding.) We’ve been chasing that elusive fog for weeks now; it’s my personal mission to create a physical memory. Maybe it would make a great photo for above the sofa?, we think. Something big, like this. (I’m so inspired by this foggy piece!)
Scott promises me that we’ll catch it soon, and my camera is stuck to my side, just in case.
• I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket for years, and I finally found The One. Maybe not so ironically, its name says it, well, perfectly. I took a risk and ordered the bright cerise (so cheery!) and sized up for a slightly slouchier fit. Watch out, gloomy weather! I’m ready for you.
• We visited Scott’s family over Labor Day weekend, and during the drive, we listened to the entire first season of Serial from the beginning, there and back. Although it was a re-listen for me, it was Scott’s first time! I’m curious, who listened to season 2? I started, yet it didn’t hold my attention in the same way. But! Season 3 – dropping next week (here’s the trailer)! – is taking a deeper dive into the criminal justice system, and we’re all there for it. (Speaking of podcasts, what are you listening to?)
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Happy weekend, all! My best friend from college is in town from Los Angeles, and she’ll be meeting Lucy for the first time. We plan on eating pie, enjoying the weather and not working even a little. What are you up to?