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About KiM

Wife, mom to children with fur, book cover designer, photographer living in beautiful western NC, and author of books "The Friendly Floppy Ragdoll Cat" and "You Had Me at Meow"

It’s my super senior (geriatric) boy’s 15th birthday today :)

He still runs and plays even if he pays for it later in the day when he overdoes it. He is still the neediest velcro cat we’ve ever adopted and I couldn’t love him any more than I do. He’s got us both wrapped around his big ole paws. His hearing has declined a LOT, and he got a “horny nail” thing but other than those nothing has really changed drastically. His nerves have eased up on the gabapentin and he still eats and drinks normally and his coat is still shiny and kept as well as he’s always kept it.

So thankful to have shared these years as his cat mom. I truly wish his sister had lived longer!

Yes, he got his favorite treats for his photo session.

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and finally the kitchen on the 1 yr anniversary of getting our C.O.

I can not believe we got our certificate of occupancy a YEAR ago today. I feel like we just moved in. I also can’t believe it’s taken me a year to get to all the posts on the house we built and that we’re already working on the next one and final one…. but here we go – who needs a break anyway 🙂

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Windows, doors, studs and rain chains, oh my

This is mostly about what we did in the house we’re in now that we built and moved into last April, the alabaster modern farmhouse, but there are references to our past homes and what will be our final build, that we’re working on the land now while we WAIT on others to do what they need to do before we can really get going.

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Firsts on the new house

Before I really get into sharing more on the last house we will be building in 2022, I thought I’d share a broad list of the few things we tried new for the house we’re in now, that we built and moved into in 2021.

This will likely be part 1 on a 3 part series.

Hubby and I have come a long way over the years and house builds. Not to say we agree on every detail because we absolutely don’t. We both have what’s important to each of us, and where we can and will compromise. We also have things we like that get repeated and things we want to try something different.

This 2021 alabaster farmhouse had an entire page of “rules” I had to stick to on the design because it’s the smallest land we’ve built on and the septic took up most of the yard, moving the house South and East more than we preferred. There was also a fine line between how high it was getting in the back, how many courses of block for the daylight basement, how high off the ground to work versus how far below the road and the driveway steepness. All a balancing act of what would be best for us, and best for resale.

We did lots and lots of first.

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