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Warm + Toasty

2381 is officially christened.

Cheers to our new special place.

Cheers to our new special place.

Broken-in as our most special of all special places.

Warmed-up as a hideaway for the people (and animals) we love, to laugh, overeat, drink too much, sleep in, be loud or be quiet, and enjoy some of our beautiful, dwindling, pristine places in this country.  Continue reading

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Cabin Blues

We never thought our new cabin would give us the blues, but it has.

So many of them.

This many, to be exact:

Porcelain Vase?

Porcelain Vase?

Norwegian Night? (could go for one of those)

Norwegian Night? (could go for one of those)

Jellyfish Blue? (didn't know they were blue)

Jellyfish Blue? (didn’t know they were blue)

Isis Wept? (DAMN that's a great name)

Isis Wept? (DAMN that’s a great name)

Twinkle Twinkle? (seems kind of depressing for that name...)

Twinkle Twinkle? (seems kind of depressing for that name…)

Lake Henry? (where?)

Lake Henry? (where?)

Artistic Blue? (aren't they all?) Marina City? (sounds so very, very blue)

Artistic Blue? (aren’t they all?) Marina City? (sounds so very, very blue)

GOD I HATE PAINTING. Even just a tiny little bit of brand new trim. Especially when you don’t know what color you’re dealing with. And don’t want to cut out a piece of your old trim to get a sample (although, in hindsight, we could have, and should have, just done that).

But, now we have a new friend in the Arnold ACE Home Center. His name is Matt, and he works the paint counter. And he is happy to help you one, two, five times in the same weekend.

STEELE BLUE.

STEELE BLUE.

TA DA.

No more painting. Seriously.

Time to get to the “vacation” part of the “vacation home.”

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Expansion

We’ve officially moved into 2381!

Sam waking up to the chirp of squirrels in the pines on his first morning at 2381.

Sam waking up to the chirp of squirrels in the pines on his first morning at 2381.

We just spent our first weekend there. It was a little more work than we expected, and yet there was still something so blissful about it… Even when we’re doing work in our vacation home, it’s still our vacation home. Continue reading

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Mustang Bones

Trent and I both had Friday off for the July 4th holiday last week, and in true Team Temple fashion, we used that free day to…

Drive up to Arnold and do our home inspection on the new house (and other stuff you do when you’re closing on a second home)!

The basement at 2381, where most of our home inspection focused.

The basement at 2381, where most of our home inspection focused.

“Having fun” on your day off is not for sharks like me. Even on holiday weekends.  Continue reading

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Adventure Season

It’s full-on adventure season now!

Our search for our perfect second home sure didn’t take too long. With a lot of research, careful planning, rock-solid financial strategy, and one dedicated weekend of nonstop looking, we locked in on our 3 bedroom/2 bath dream mountain retreat and are now in contract on what we’re referring to as “Mustang Ranch” in the town of Arnold, CA:

Welcome home to the woods...

Welcome home to the woods…

For many reasons (to be revealed here in due time on the blog), it feels so meant to be. We might even be closing ahead of schedule (!), so… Continue reading

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