Tuesday, April 18, 2017

John's house

John lives in the desert and I live in the mountains, so we're about 3 hours apart and we travel between our two homes to spend time together.  It's a long drive, but it's worth it and we get to show each other our towns, which is really fun!

Anyway, I thought you might like to know what we get up to down at his house.

I usually get there on a Friday, while he's still at work, and am greeted by the big three...

Miss Daisy, Lucky boy, and Beebee.

Then when he gets off work, we might head to dinner, where he makes me laugh by making faces.

And then I make him laugh by doing something ridiculous.

Sometimes we stay home to cook dinner and/or bake.

Then we watch movies or work on a model train layout.

We both have a huge passion for trains.

A while back, I told him how my grandfather used to take me to see the trains passing through my home town in California and we'd put pennies on the track before the train went by and then look for the flattened coins.

I also told him that I missed it and hadn't done it since I was a little girl.

And you know what? 

This sweet man surprised me one day by driving to a local train track and handed me change to put on the track.

It may sound silly, but it made me cry.

He does things like that.


Anyway, I digress...

As I was saying, we've been putting together and painting buildings and houses for a train layout.

This is one of my contributions:

Not great, but hopefully I'll get better at it :)

The next day will usually involve an adventure of some sort.

I'll share the one we went on last time in my next post, but you can see two of them 'here' and 'here'. 

Sometimes though he has to work a half day on Saturday, so I'll read and/or tidy up for him and play with the pups.

This last weekend, while he was at work, I took a few pictures of his creations around the house. He makes furniture and things from old scrap and maybe I'm biased, but I think he's pretty talented.

This is a shelf for hats, mail, and keys by the front door:

Another shelf:

And a table:

This is his collection of bottles that he's found out in the desert and some that are just sentimental.

Aren't they neat?

Hopefully soon, we'll be going digging again and I'll be able to take pictures of it, so you can see what it's like.

Here's a candle holder by his kitchen sink:

And lastly are two old window frames that he turned into something you can hang things on.

Oh and I couldn't pass up an opportunity to share a photo of his neighbor's puppies that like to hang out on their trampoline.

See the hole?

Yeah.... they're destroying it LOL

Anyway, Sundays are our day to just hangout for a bit before one of us has to head home.

Sad as that is, we know that the next weekend will come in just a few days and we'll be able to do it all over again  :)



  1. His furniture designs from salvage are very creative. My father and brother are big model train enthusiasts. My dad's entire living room is trains and track. My brother sells model trains. It's really a serious hobby. Isn't it!? If you haven't already, I hear that the Verde Valley train is suppose to be really neat, though I've never ridden. The Scottsdale train park has a kid's train as well as Anthem. Anthem's only runs on the weekend. xoxo Su

    It sounds like your relationship is a lot of fun. I missed how you met.

    Today, I was just joking that our toy poodles and pug need a trampoline, because the kids next door just got one. That photo of the dogs is too funny.

  2. i am loving the bottle collection---so interesting and just think where all those came from and how old they are and what they had in them at one time? So fun!

  3. What a wonderful bottle collection! DH and I enjoyed digging for treasures too.

    John is a sweet guy, making you laugh, giving you coins for placing on the train tracks, and all of the myriad of things that he does to let you know just how much he cares for you. Enjoy all of your times together.

    His creations are great! I love the window frames with those beautifully colored old bits of wood inside.

    Enjoy your week, and have fun this weekend ~ FlowerLady

  4. Love his bottle collection!

  5. Where did you find this wonderful, handsome, and talented man????????????????

    Yes, that old bottle collection is precious. Ooops, he would not like "precious" but you know what I mean. -smile-

    Oh and when you go there, is your daughter home with your doggies? Or do they go too?

    Btw, I am so very, very happy for you. to have found such a lovely man. Yes I am.

    Lots of gentle Spring-time hugs,
    Luna Crone

  6. Sounds like you guys really make the most of your time together. I love his creations, he is very talented!! Hoping the weekend comes around quickly for you again! xoxo

  7. My Uncle love trains, big, small and the memorabilia. Johns home looked like my sister's and her late husband, full of treasures that you can find in the desert. The dogs greeting you, knows you well to welcome you inside. The pitties are sure enjoying themselves, we had a brindle pittie, was a very loving dog when our daughter was a little girl, we still miss him. A long drive, but worth it being with a kindred spirit.
    Have a beautiful cool day in the mountains,
    Kathleen in Az

    1. I'll bet their home is a place I'd enjoy ;)

      It's staying pretty cool up here, but I know it's warming up for you. Stay cool, my friend.


  8. I'm so happy for you, sweet friend, that you found someone so wonderful to share your life with. His creations are awesome, love them!! I think my favorite is the candle holder!

  9. Rue I am so delighted that you have found such a treasure in John. His collection of bottles is impressive. I too am a lover of trains and can't wait to see your layout. I hope you are enjoying a lovely spring and may you have a wonderful week.

  10. How lucky for the two of you to have found each other. Sounds like you have settled into a lovely routine to have some quality time together. He obviously is a good listener. I like that! '-)

  11. I like this guy. He's funny, he cooks, he tinkers, he collects, he makes great stuff, and most important he's thoughtful and does nice things for you. And he's pretty easy on the eyes. He's a keeper. Hugs, Nancy

  12. It is amazing when two people meet who share the same passions and make each other laugh. I like the way he sees art and appreciates time.

  13. I am so glad you two found each other! My husband loves trains and model trains, too - though we don't have any. His wood creations are amazing! Love the bottle collection, too.

  14. Hi Rue,
    I just loved this post. It simply made me smile. It is the little things that make life special. Working on the model trains together, taking you on a train date and making dinner together, all of it makes me smile. I am happy for you.
    I love the bottle collection, I would love for you to do a post on a dig.
    Love, Carla

  15. I love his work. And I loved your post. I see you smile as you type it out but then I read some sadness in your voice about the distance and a whole week between. Love the puppies meet you at the door. As for the coins on the track, he sounds like a keeper for sure. I teared up reading that. Thanks for sharing.

  16. How sweet to take turns visiting each others home and town to spend time. The doggies are so sweet and what a great welcoming crew! Your love of trains together is so sweet. Happy Wednesday only a few days to go before seeing each other again.

  17. Hi sure, I didn't realize you two lived in different towns. Nice to learn about each other's area.
    John is so talented, I love his work.
    You and your critters enjoy the day.

  18. Thanks Rue, for giving us a glimpse of John's place and his artful creations, and collections. Yes, he is talented! I love that you both share a passion for trains and that he planned the trip to the train tracks, with change...so endearing, he is.
    Happy traveling to each other's homes!

  19. I love his old bottle collection.

    Keep making him laugh.

  20. That is the exact relationship I had with my now husband. Two different cities 2 1/2 hours drive from each other. Needless to say, I know how you look forward to weekends :-)
    My husband got involved with model trains as a hobby about 5 years ago. He is now part of a group that get together weekly. He loves it!


    1. Sounds like very similar relationships :)


  21. What a lovely time!
    Trains! I spent my childhood watching them come and go with my 'gramps'. I adore model trains and especially the houses for the landscape.
    Thanks for coming bye to see how I was. I had a hard time but, it was knowing I had sweet friends that kept me going.
    Many hugs sweet girl.

  22. Laughing is good and I always loved a guy who could make me laugh. BG still can make me laugh after all these years. Love the bottle collection and I can't wait to see where you went on your adventure! Take care, Cheryl

  23. Oh Rue, you sound so happy -it's great.
    Loved the tour around John's house and loved the photo's of the train model building ...
    Laughing together is such fun too!

    Enjoy the rest of your week, the weekend is almost here!

    All the best Jan

  24. When I saw the thumbnail photo on my blog list I thought those were 3 horses! Ha! I think you've found your soul mate. :o)

    Enjoy the weekend!

  25. Hi Rue, John sounds like such a sweetheart and wow he's so talented. Love his repurposed treasures. The bottle collection is awesome. What an incredibly special thing to take you to the train tracks and give you change like when you were a kid. Wow what a moment.
    Have a great weekend ahead. xo

  26. You two make a wonderful team and couple! John is definitely a sweetheart and very talented too. I am so glad you found one another and are able to make it work despite the distance that you both have to travel to see one each other. Be blessed!

  27. Oh the back and forth must be both fun and difficult. My darling's place was just across town. He lived on the south side and I on the north. John has an eye for decor and furnishings. Am sending a link to another railroad enthusiast I know just because I am always fascinated by this pastime.

  28. What a devoted duo you two are, Rue. John's creations are wonderful; lovely that he reuses different materials to produce such pretty and practical items. Your travels, driving alone to each other's homes and together on the open road sound romantic.


  29. How wonderful Rue! He is surely a talented and very caring man. His creations are amazing. Does he sell them? Your adventures sound so fun. My husband and I love outdoor adventures of any kind. Your building you created is lovely, I think you are great at it! So happy for you :)

  30. He sounds like a wonderful man, Rue, and I am so happy for you. You deserve a guy like that AND he is talented to boot! The things he makes are very similar to those that a man my daughter is dating makes. He has several 'yard' pieces, too....all old 'discards' in someone else's eyes. Love that you get to spend every weekend together. xo Diana

  31. What a sweet post and I really love the furniture John's made and his bottle collection! Blessings,Cecilia

  32. I would say he's a keeper! Glad you found each other. Enjoy your weekend!

  33. I really love his table with the bottles! Oh, and the train story is precious. How neat that he did that for you!💗

  34. I love the train story! I am new to your blog and really enjoyed this post. Jackie

  35. Looks like you both enjoy vintage things, and how great that you share a love of trains. I loved the story of you putting a penny on the railroad track. xo Deborah

  36. I like his style, Rue! I think you've met an original--and he's met one too.

    I have to say, as sappy as it sounds, just reading about your weekends makes me so happy for you that there are tears in my eye.

  37. Oh my word- he's so clever! That's the kind of stuff that sells well on etsy, should he ever want to make a go of selling his talented wares. How neat.

    I think you two are really making a good go of things, and you seem like birds of a feather for your strong love of vintage. ♥

  38. I gotta say, I'm jealous of that old bottle collection. Gorgeous, I would love to have that :-) And those older windows are stunning, I love them! The hubby and I love going on weekend adventures, just driving to an old town we find, exploring, trying the local cuisine. It's one of our favorite things to do. And it's even better when you can take the pups with you!


Thank you so much for leaving a comment. It means so much to me that you took the time and I read each and every one. If you don't have a blog, look for a response under your comment. I try to get to them within a few days :)

For some reason, the comment box doesn't always show up, so if you want to leave a comment, replying to someone else's comment seems to work. If not, you can always reach me via email, located on my side bar. Thank you!