Tuesday, June 14, 2011


You all know that our dad has a huge workshop.  Years ago, before Mitch and I were even born, dad built an apartment upstairs in his workshop barn.  This apartment was for his mom, Dotty, and she lived there only a short time before she passed away.   Mom and dad have been renting for a number of years now.   We lost our tenant recently and they have been working like dogs to get this apartment shipshape for another tenant. 

Today we had a "picnic" upstairs in the apartment~
 Mom and dad couldn't decide if they wanted their shrimp pizza to be red or white so they got half and half!  They decided pretty quickly that they liked the white better because it tasted more buttery and stronger of garlic.

 This is the family room in the apartment.    Dad hung all of the sheetrock so the barn frame was exposed.   The floors are cherry. 
 This is the bedroom.  
 And the bathroom.   Around the corner is the shower. 
 And this is the small but very efficient kitchen.  Dad built the cabinets.  His mom wanted pine with cherry raised panels.
And you all know that I don't do stairs anymore.  Dad had to carry me upstairs and then back down.
Dumdum mom totally forgot that I needed rugs to make it easier for me to get around and of course there are NONE and to make matters worse, she washed and waxed the cherry floors so I needed to tread lightly or end up on my furry butt!
 You're probably wondering why our dad is wearing black leggings.  That's his compression outfit.  His legs still retain fluid and these fancy socks and pants keep the situation pretty much under control. 
It's great fun for him to wear them when it's 90 degrees outside!  Yea, right!

Look who he caught nosing around our vege garden - probably deciding if she should lay her eggs there.  Another Mrs. Turtle only this is Mrs. Snapping Turtle!   YIKES!
She will be loaded into the back of our pick-up truck and relocated.   Anytime we relocate a turtle, we go for ice cream!  yippeeeeeeeeeeee
Keep finding those evil turtles, dad!

So until next time.............

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch


scotsmad said...

Turtles equal ice cream. We like that.

Beautiful little apartment. Should be easy to find a tenant.

XXXOOO Daisy, kendra & Bella

Stardust said...

I'm always amazed by your family's work. You will be bored silly living with us becos of what little things we do or make.

I LOOOOVE the cherry flooring! You be careful with the waxed floor though.

Here's wishing daddy pinker health and keeping cheerful with his new fashion item - the high socks.

Penny and Patches said...

What a great apartment! Anyone would be lucky to live there! Your pawrents are soooooo talented!

Our dad had to wear those sockies for awhile and he said it was like trying to fit 10 pounds of s**t into a 5 pound bag, every time he put them on. We hope your dad can get rid of them soon!

Penny & Patches

Reilly / Bree said...

That is a beautiful apartment - you should have no trouble finding someone to rent. The wood work is just so pretty and we can see all the love and care that went into it and what is even better - I am sure they get to see bits of your beautiful garden too. Those compression stocking are evil - they tried getting Mom to wear them in hospital but they bought her out in a rash all the time and she said they hurt ! You be careful Miss Maggie - we don't want you slipping and hurting yourself.

Gus said...

The apartment is lovely. Are renters allowed to have dogs? If so, we will rent it! Muzzer will come and stay with us, but we would love to go for ice cream and pizza with you anytime.

Gussie n Teka

parlance said...

Wow, I'd love to live there. It looks so airy and light, and completely inviting.

Mack said...

That apartment is awesome!

Watch out for those turkles guys!!

Ruby and Penny said...

We love the apartment. Hope you find a tenant soon.
Enjoy the ice cream.
Love Ruby & Penny

Schnauzer Days said...

What a lovely apartment, hope you get some nice dog loving tennants in there ;-) Snapping Mrs Turtle - yikes!! Hope you managed to re - locate her, and got some icecream for your trouble, have a great week guys, Dex & Lou xxx

♥I am Holly♥ said...

What a beautiful apartment!! It looks like a great place to live! Snapping turtles...oh my....watch out for those and go eat your ice cream!!! Lots of love, Holly & Mom

Thor and Jack said...

That's a beautiful apartment! We bet you'll find a tenant soon!

Thor and Jack

Remington said...

Very nice! And it is so nice of you to relocate the turtles and it's even better when you get ice cream too! I am going to go and look for a turtle!

Jake of Florida said...

Turtle relocation = ice cream. We'll have to teach our pawrents that equation!

The apartment is lovely -- anyone would be fortunate to live there with such beautiful amenities. Your dad and mom are artists!

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

SissySees said...

I'm still drooling. Love cherry, hardwood floors...

Sam said...

Hi Maggie and Mitch, that's a really nice apartment you have there. One day it could be a B&B suite. I get carried too, up and down stairs. It's okay and I'm not nervous anymore. Everyone is very careful. My dad's dad had that fluid in the legs thing. My dad said it was gout and that it really hurts. So that's not good. Anyways thanks for the tour and I'll check back soon.

Hollie and Janie said...

Did you say you need tenants? :) Such a lovely place!! Maggie, you look like royalty being carried up and down the stairs!
I hope you guys got a bit of pizza crust!

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie said...

Super apartment. We hope you find a lovely tenant who will share ice cream with you both.

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

Kari in WeHo said...

that apartment is beautiful!


Amber-Mae said...

That apartment is REALLY nice! I would love to live there! And YUMMY!!! That pizza looked delicious! I hope you pups got a few pieces each.

Sue said...

Watch you toes around those mean turtles. Wish we got ice cream when we meet a turtle or a toad.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

violett said...

also think the apartment will be rented out again soon. Your father is a good craftsman. He can do everything. Wood is his Speciality. A very good carpenter. Like the apartment with self-made furniture to me good
Lots of love

animal lover, quilt lover said...

hi Maggie and Mitch & Sue,
You all are true blue friends!!!
Love the apartment!! Good source of income.
I hope George is doing better and better!!
xx, Fern
Ps we relocate turtles too!!

George the Lad said...

Nice apartment, if black tights are helping dad then that's good.
That's one big Turtle!!
Have a good week
See Yea George xxx

rottrover said...

The apt. is gorgeous! We'll be right there!! Your dad's a trooper to wear tight leggings in hot weather! What ever helps him feel better, right? Be careful Maggie!

-Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

Anonymous said...

Wow what a Grrrreat apartment! Mom wants to know if your Dad will come on over and make some cabinets for our kitchen. Oh, Mom said add a new house to that and then the cabinets! Mom says your Dad is a true Craftsman!

I say lets go look for turtles cause I want ice cream!

woos, Tessa

The Army of Four said...

Pizza and ice cream. Can me and Dave come rent that apartment? Ha roo roo roo!
Play bows,

Anonymous said...

Gosh! What a Most Beautiful apawtment! I bet just about anybuddy would feel lucky to live there.

Oh, sorry. I gots to go look for turtles now. Ice cream...yum!

Wiggles & Wags,

Bocci said...

That apartment looks cool, Maggie and Mitch-hope you geet another tenant soon! And i love that comment you received about "turtles= ice cream-ha!

Stop over to Bocci's Beefs when you get a chance-we're doign a cool give-a-way that we'd love you to be a part of!

Benny and Lily said...

you guys always have some pawrtying going on over there. Eating pawrtys, building pawrtys, turtle?
Benny & Lily

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

What a beautiful and cozy apartment! Mom loves those cabinets. She really misses her cherry cabinets in her very old home in MA - they just had refinished the 1929 kitchen when Dad took a job in Kansas and they had to leave the cherry cabinets behind.

TD would love to see that turtle. Hope you all enjoyed your ice cream.
Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Lorenza said...

I am sure you will have a new tenant there soon!
The apartament is pawesome!
Aaaand... another turtle! Hmmm.... well... I see ice cream for you in your near future!
Kisses and hugs

happy said...

That's a really nice and cosy apartment! We're sure you'll get a new tenant in no time. Take care and watch your steps, Maggie!

Sherry said...

Is the ice cream hidden under the turtle? We want to go out turtle hunting!
Alanis & Miro
Love the floor!!!

Teddy Bear said...

What a beautiful apartment. We are sure you'll find renters in no time. Oh those turtles!!! He looks huge!

Teddy Bear & Sierra

Sherry said...

Alanis and Miro are sharing an inspiration award with you. Come see why!

snoopydog said...

What a great post! The apartment looks amazing. What a clever dad you have. Have fun! Ros and Oscar

Ina in Alaska said...

Shrimp Pizza? Sorry, but no --- (respectfully). The apartment is adorable!

So funny, Mr. O had to carry the Diva Halle up and down our office stairs when the elevator broke.

Snapping turtle = ice cream... sounds wonderful!!!!!!!!!!! Such interesting characters visit your home!

Kess And Her Mama said...

Cosy little apartment! Good luck with getting a new tenant. So how many times did you end up on your butt?

Sam said...

It's really nice that your dad carries you up and down the stairs.

My sister is building a barn, and I keep telling her to check our your older posts! Your buildings are beautiful!


Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

We lurvvvvve your apartment and would like to rent it! Mommy just told us it's like 2000 miles from here, so maybe not. That pizza looked yummers. And your papa is a very natty dresser...that compressionwear might just catch on! Snaping turtles are very mean. One snapped an oar on our uncles row boat in PA!! Have a good week.
Smooches from pooches,
BabyRD & HOotie

The Thuglets said...

WOw..the apartment is fabulous!

Now that shrimp pissa looked dalicious....but ice cream as well? Corrrrrrrr

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Sally said...

What a beautiful apartment.

Nice woooh

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi M & M & Sue,
I surely wish you could send us some rain too!!! We have a woods fire going on about 6 or 7 miles from us and the smoke is so bad I couldn't work in the garden or walk this Am. The wind is bringing the smoke right here. I sure hope they can get it contained soon. If the fire comes around here-- BY BY house!!!!!
Yesterday was an all time high. 105 degrees and a fell like temp was 115 !!!!!!
Tom works in the heat every day all day and it is really making him so tired!!! He takes 2 gallons of water with him each day.
xx, Fern

Oskar said...

I agree, the turtles for ice cream deal is a good one. That looks like an adorable little apartment!

Nubbin wiggles,

Archie and Melissa said...

oh my gosh!
what a magical space you have created!
anyone would be so lucky to live there!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Gee ... do those turtles really bite?

Sierra Rose said...

Beautiful wood details in the loft! A great place for pizza too :) Glad you had a ride for the stairs!
Nice to see you pals. We don't see too many turtles around here...not sure what I would do around a snapping one!

Sweet hugs,
Sierra Rose

Two Schnauzers from New England said...

Hi, Maggie and Mitch -

The apartment is beautiful! We can tell how much work you Dad did to make it look so nice.

That turtle is so HUGE. Mama doesn't like snapping turtles.

Love -

Hershey and Kaci