All Decked Out

There is something idealistic and nostalgic about a front porch. I love sitting in my rocker in the morning…taking in the fresh spring air, hearing the birds sing their morning chorus, and the occasional “hello” from neighbors on their morning walks. So completing the porch has been therapeutic for me. After sipping down a tall glass of cold…

Ignored to Restored

Hello strangers! I’m not even going to look at the date of my last post, but it has certainly been a while…Wow! That long ago, really? You’re probably expecting to find the house fully transformed by now. So I’m on here to post final “After” shots right? Huh! I wish. As usual though, I’m very…

A Wood Furnace

Since the dawn of man, we’ve heated our bodies and homes around a wood fire. Call us old fashion, but that’s exactly what we plan to do! We’ve been working towards installing a wood furnace since we bought the house a year and a half ago. You have no idea how good it feels to…

Two Men vs. An Old Balcony

Everyone told us, “The first thing I’d do if I were you would be to tear off that old balcony and front porch!” We just did get around to tackling this major project this past weekend. It was looking really bad and, like everyone else, we were afraid it would fall in any day. Parts of…

Giving old furniture a new look!

I decided when we moved to only keep furniture and décor that I really liked…or those that I could turn into something I would really like. It was part of my decluttering goal for reorganizing and simplifying my life. I kept these pieces along with some others simply because they come in so handy since we,…

A New Perspective

Our roof is nearly complete! The guys worked hard replacing rotten beams and plywood over the flat roof above the kitchen area. This was certainly the hardest and most time-consuming step. Replacing all of this wood for the roof also benefited the rooms upstairs (Study/Class Room and Bathroom). New rafters and frame-work made these rooms come along…

Playing In The Dirt

Over the past couple of days I’ve been playing in the dirt. O.K., your thinking, that crazy lady who bought that crazy house has finally gone mad. lol On the contrary, I’m very happy! I just finished putting all of my seeds in the ground. This was my first year planting seeds that we saved from…

Time Is Of The Essence

What a week this has been so far! I surely have enjoyed myself. Since Ken works on weekdays and the kids have activities in the evenings, I have been spending my afternoons home…that is at the new house. Of course I don’t know how to run electric or frame in a window, but the house…

Repair Leaking Roof…Check

Now that the holes are patched and shingled over, I can laugh at the irony surrounding our recent attempts to begin and finish this project as quickly as possible. The holidays made it difficult to find time to devote to the house which is an hour drive from where we live. During the holidays the…