Home renovations

Huskies and Cats + Back Patio Progress

One of my biggest worries before we brought Niva home was that she wouldn’t get along with Malcolm. I’ve heard that Siberian huskies and cats aren’t a good mix because huskies have a high prey drive for small animals. It was definitely a gamble to bring Niva home to a cat without knowing how she or Malcolm would react, but we had a few things going for us:

  • Niva is a very submissive dog
  • Niva is a puppy
  • Malcolm is a very friendly cat
  • Malcolm has been raised with dogs

Siberian Husky and cat sitting together

It’s totally true that Siberian huskies have a high prey drive. They are also pack-oriented dogs. I think Niva saw Malcolm as part of her pack when we brought her home, so she doesn’t hunt him. 

If you’re considering bringing a husky (or any breed of dog, really) home to a cat or vice versa, I would take into account each animal’s age and temperament before making any decisions. It’s definitely possible for cats and huskies to live together, and it’s amazing to watch them play and live in peace and harmony when they do!

Okay, onto our back patio renovation progress. I wish I had more before pictures, but I snuck into my archives and found this one below from a post I wrote in 2014(!). Our back patio area had wooden railing and a canopy with wooden beams and a ceiling made out of…. I don’t know?!

We eventually took the old canopy down and would put up the one below when we had gatherings at our house.

Lighted pop up canopy at night

Jimmy took down the old railing and posts and put up steel beams. 

Back porch with steel columns and porch swing

He then painted the beams, made and painted new railing, and added some landscaping.

Back porch with black steel columns and black steel mesh railingsBack porch with landscaping, rocks, and mulch and steel mesh railing

Then, it was onto the canopy! It looked like this on Saturday before the boys got to work.

Steel beams for canopy in backyard

It looked like this last night while we ate dinner outside for the first time in a long time!

Black steel canopy for yard that looks industrial and modernSteel canopy painted black

Next, we will be working on a little outdoor kitchen area. Can’t wait!

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Life Lately

I feel like I haven’t posted about my life lately in a while. So, here we are!

Mom and baby girl smiling

I have to say a huge thank you to everyone who commented on my post about losing Lola. It meant so much to me. We’re doing okay. I knew I would be sad when she passed, but I didn’t know I would feel this sad.

It’s like there’s a hole in our lives without her. I keep finding her fur around the house, or will accidentally think “I should walk the dogs” and then realize she’s gone. We are moving forward and just doing our best. Losing Lola definitely inspired me to be present and love on our little family as much as possible each and every day. ❤

Mother and daughter in matching coats

Speaking of our family, Sadie girl is doing well! I feel like she is growing and changing by the minute. She is starting to say a few words (with meaning!) like ball, uh oh, mama, and dada. She also ran for the first time the other night (send help!), loves to dance, and is doing really, really well with her eating and swallowing.

She’s just a little ball of fun, curiosity, determination, and joy. We’ve had family members babysit her a few times over the past couple of months and she has done great. It’s really nice to have a break every now and then 🙂

I recently found a sled on Craigslist and scooped that puppy up for winter. Jimmy and I are hoping to pull her around in our neighborhood, yard, or on local trails this winter!

Baby girl sitting in LL Bean sled

Jimmy and I have been working on a big project now that summer is over and fall is in full swing. We’re renovating our kitchen! Jimmy has been wanting to do this project since we moved in, but I’ve always been resistant because I know how much work it will be, how long it takes, and how torn apart the kitchen will be.

I finally decided (you know, once we had a 13-month-old…) that it would be worth it in the end and dove in, starting with our cabinets. I’ve been removing hinges, puttying wood, and sanding my little heart out while Jimmy paints.

Gray kitchen cabinets

We’re going with a gray, yellow, and white color scheme, with black hardware. Can’t wait to see how it all looks. And I can’t wait until it’s all done because our kitchen is a disaster zone 😉

When I’m not getting my hands dirty with kitchen projects you can find me reading or crafting (wood burning has been my jam lately). I read The Sound of Gravel (<– affiliate link) and could. not. put. it. down. I also just finished a memoir about midwifery (<– affiliate link).

It is well with my soul wood sign

One of my latest wood burning projects!

I think that’s about it for life lately. Missing Lola, enjoying our little family, reading, crafting, and working hard around the house!

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