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Carmella
The Wyoming mountains
I am Carmella Rayone, lover of good design, good writing, good food, and the four good men in my life
Interests: interior design, handmade, photography, education, family
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Hello! Welcome to the blog. I'm glad you found some inspiration here. To answer your questions, because of our catastrophic loss in the 2008-2009 real estate crash, my husband and I were in complete unison in thinking outside the box for our housing needs going forward. We wanted to pay cash for our house, so that meant it had to be small. The small size necessitated an offloading of all that was extraneous in our lives, so for us, the getting rid of the excess was a step toward our goal (which, compared to the 'fire' we'd been through, seemed like freedom to us). When we explained to our boys what our options were (either pay cash for a small cabin that would be ours forever, or pay rent for who knows how long and never see that money again), they didn't hesitate to choose the cabin. The boys have always shared a room, and we've lived a moderate lifestyle, so downsizing into the cabin was, for us, more an opportunity to define what was most important, and get rid of the rest. I would gently encourage you to do what you can in living a more meaningful life that's less cluttered for you, personally, while at the same time respecting that your family members may be in a different place. You never know what time and loving example can produce.
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What a fun idea, to roast potatoes and apples in burning leaf piles! So sad that burn bans can take away these times. Wow, I can't imagine such a long fall season as you enjoy there! I'd be in heaven (though I'd have a very hard time frying in the summer heat first!)
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Yes, this Mama cat is a sweetheart. She and one of her daughters were given to us a year and a half ago. Then, they each had a litter of 4 (a year ago summer), we kept one from the litters, so now we have three. All spayed/neutered now and such sweet personalities added to our lives. We've stuffed straw under the shed for them, and have a heated cat house for when it gets really cold. So cute, though, when they just want to come inside the house for a bit and look around.
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Oh, would love to do this with goats' cheese! Love goats' cheese
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Yes, my grandma made pickled beets. I have to say that they're one of my favorites, too.
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So simple, so good. Yesterday, I roasted some baby beets with olive oil, salt & pepper, cubed squash, onion , garlic and thyme. So yummy
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I just had beetroot hummus for the first time at my 40th birthday party! A friend of mine made it & it was so very good!
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Yum!
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I've never tasted Beet Borscht. Always curious, though
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Through the Day at Assortment
So many ideas, Kat! Thanks
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I wouldn't have known!
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Seeing far on a late afternoon run. What are you loving today? . Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Assortment
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A puttery kind of day, it was. Warm quilts and long snuggles, tea and a good book. Slow morning. Home. Then, the unpacking and settling in. After that, outside called the loudest. Golden autumn sunlight, golden autumn leaves. Golden autumn,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Assortment
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I walked the leaf-strewn streets, and found a rope swing waiting. Maybe I'll go back there today... Wishing you the loveliest of weekends, friends! . Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Assortment
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Mostly, my time over the past few days has been spent like this, in the draftsman's office, nudging these cabin plans to completion. I can make quite the mess, I've decided. The process of home design is certainly a creative... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Assortment
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In the Rockies of Montana, there's a little timber-frame cabin. A schoolhouse, really, built by a dad using his own sawmill, where the mom and boys (all of them, our long-time friends) spend portions of their days learning together. And... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Assortment
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The good thing about this chair, is that we can sweep the Nellie hair off it in the morning with our hand broom. She can't be on the couch or our bed, but this chair is hers.
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2014 on Over The Edge at Assortment
Sounds good, Lisa!
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2014 on Over The Edge at Assortment
Yes, this has become Nellie's chair. She knows she's not allowed on the couch or our bed, but she claimed this chair as a puppy and sleeps there every night (when she's not snuggled in a certain boy's bunk upstairs).
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2014 on Over The Edge at Assortment
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Sometimes, that's how it feels. A bit over the edge. Hang on by your toenails, if you have to! Wishing you a lovely weekend, friends. I'll be settling what needs settling at home, then heading out for a string of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Assortment
There's just something about them, isn't there?
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Yes! Good memory, Karen! That is the very friend who painted this.
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Oh, how fun would that be?
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Thank you for reading here, Louise. If I ever have prints made, I'll keep you in mind.
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2014 on The Perfect Storm at Assortment
I hadn't even noticed that I'm drawn to stormy art until I was writing this post!
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