(^ Clifton Mill pre-lights turn on)
Yellow Springs has been on my radar for quite a while and we finally had the opportunity to go! Those of you who have been to Saugatuck, MI,.. Yellow Springs is very similar (minus it not being a lakeside town). It is small, bright, artsy (very hippy), with so many things to do nearby, good restaurant (craft cocktails + food), Dave Chappelle, and some great dive bars. This place is ideal for warm weather, but winter time has some major perks, including the insanely beautiful Christmas lights display at Clifton Mill, which was our main reason for going. We stayed in the Tower Suite at Jailhouse Suites and it was just perfect (looking forward to checking out Arthur Morgan House next time). Trip highlights were pretty much everything… Cards Against Humanity at Yellow Springs Brewery, the lights at Clifton Mill, dinner at Winds Cafe (where we saw Yellow Springs native, Dave Chappelle), Buckeye game at The Gulch, morning coffee from Emporium Wines and the Underdog Cafe, Glen Helen Nature Preserve Exploring (Raptor Center + the actual Yellow Spring), and lastly but certainly not least, famous cheese curds from Young's Jersey Dairy. Already so very excited to get back this Spring (and next Fall to get a Christmas tree).
And the rebuilding continues…
(^ The last of demolition - getting up the linoleum floor in the old kitchen)
(^ Finished taking up the old floor boards and have begun cutting new, clean boards to replace)
(^ Framed in the new doorway into the 1st floor bathroom and hung the door! This was a first time for all of us, but after lots of leveling and re-leveling we finished and it hangs pretty damn near perfect)
(^ Drilled out spots in every bedroom for the smoke alarms)
(^ The living room had no ceiling lighting, so we put in a box that will hang our new lighting fixture. We drilled a pilot hole from the crawl space, had E climb a giant ladder to drill out the entire hole, then screwed in the box from the crawl space.)
(^ E & A in the crawl space trying to figure out how/where to drop down the electrical for the switch that will control the living room ceiling fixture. Success!)
One of the best parts of Thanksgiving weekend is the Ohio State vs. Michigan game. Though we rarely go to the game (E's anxiety during this game is through the roof), when it is home, we always go down and tailgate with all our friends in celebration of the big game. This year was no different. Love this day.
This year our Thanksgiving day was spent with E's side in Sidney, OH at his aunt's alpaca farm. There is no better place to spend this chilly Thanksgiving day than here -- running around in the cold + snow with the alpacas, warming up inside with 7 and 7s, giving thanks for our family, and sharing stories with all the cousins. Dinner was at my parents house with the Rigsby crew. A great way to finish up our day. Feeling very thankful.