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2010 – The year of “le Moulin”

February 1, 2010

Chers Amis,

Happy February!  Happy 2010! To say that I am behind a bit on the blog front would be an understatement, but life goes on au moulin and each day seems to leave a bit more moss on the wood and a few more cracks in the drive.  The old lady is getting a bit tired and needs some work so dh and I have decided to take the plunge and do some much-needed bricolage and limited remodeling in 2010.

We have dubbed it the “Year of the house.” We have so much we need to do and a very limited budget considering the scope and even less time (and experience), so this will be an adventure. I use this half optimistically, half sarcastically.  I really want to try to share some of our projects, resources, and results. It should result in a positive transformation.  Here are our basic projects in no real order:


  • replace crippled, aging garage doors and add second opener
  • Have house and front porch  painted (this will NOT be DIY given the 3 stories and large amount of carpentry needed due to bees, trees, and woodpeckers. No joke. I’ll take pictures. I should have known that the gentle tapping last year was not just Robert Downey trying to get the ladies’ attention)
  • stone path from garage to deck
  • redo roof of deck overhang (part of our deck is covered)
  • re-gravel and grade driveway
  • replace drafty, moldy! windows in Master Bedroom and Dining room
  • hardwood in dining room and kitchen
  • add wainscoting in dining room
  • make new window treatments for DR
  • paint all downstairs molding and doors white to match new windows
  • add new decorative moldings around entryway
  • move Washer and dryer to basement from pantry
  • redo kitchen – gut totally saving only dishwasher and fridge.

Whew!  I am tired already, but excited.  The first project – garage doors!

à la prochaine!

–Marjorie

PS – This picture was taken of the end of our drive on January 8th when Atlanta received a stunning (ha!) 1 inch of snow.  Unfortunately, it did leave a thick coating of ice on our road that did not melt for 5 days and almost trapped us in the neighborhood!


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. hélène permalink
    February 2, 2010 3:19 pm

    Bon courage. Il me tarde de voir cela !

  2. February 2, 2010 3:59 pm

    Does that mean you are coming for sure????!!!!! Dis “oui”! I will have to have it done by juillet (plus ou moins:-)

  3. February 16, 2010 3:10 am

    how exciting marjorie!
    can’t wait to see what you guys do with “le moulin”.
    so glad you are back.
    i mean…where else in the blog world can i speak french?
    🙂

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