Greetings and Happy Thursday! People have asked us why we call our lake house “Happy Hill”? I think the name perfectly suits the house but we didn’t name it…..
Shortly after we bought our lake house my husband found a concrete marker under the house. It is part of the foundation and was made by the original owner of the house, Mr. E. He carved the name Happy Hill and the dates into the concrete before it dried. I wish we knew how he came up with the name or if his wife or children thought of it. This is how the house looked when we bought it.
Then after LOTS of paint, round up and a new roof:
I love that despite the age of the house we are only the second owners. Mr. E. and his wife built this house and lived here with their 6 children. We met a few of the children at the closing. They wanted to meet us and make sure their house was in good hands. Many people would have bought this house and torn it down, but we loved the quirky charm. So, once we found out the name of the house we started calling it that too!
I had a life preserver personalized with the name and date established. It is actually an authentic life preserver but we have it hanging on the side of the house as a decoration. It probably would look nice down on the dock but I’m afraid it might blow away.
We love our lake house and plan on keeping it in our family forever. (Not that we would ever sell it but we’ve had several offers.) We are planning some big improvements in the next year or so. We want to enclose the garage by adding doors and windows. The biggest change will come on the deck. We are going to rebuild the deck and cover the entire porch. We want to add an outdoor kitchen, a big fireplace and a garage underneath. We have the plans drawn up already but due to our stucco issue back home we had to put the renovation on hold for now. Fingers crossed we will start at least one of the projects this fall. This is a picture from last Memorial Day…
Meanwhile, the rain has FINALLY stopped and I’m hauling out my Memorial Day decorations. I left the chandeliers in the tree on the deck that I put up for the engagement party. Had I known it was going to be a monsoon for days I would have taken them down. My son put black plastic bags over them to help protect them, but I still fear they may have gotten wet. I really hope the lights still work! If they do, I’ll take a picture of them at night. They are SO pretty!
Well, I wish you a very wonderful day and Happy Memorial Day! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo Dell