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    Insulated from the world

    Old houses are often considered spooky. That could be a result of mental images from books or movies. Or, it could be because old houses were not insulated, therefore being cold and loud. The echo and/or creaking sound that can occur with the slightest movement can create a spooky feeling. Insulation is the remedy for that spook factor. One small part of our immense cleanup project was to remove feathers that were in the walls. They really aren’t feathers though. They look exactly like feathers but, the feather-like material was actually fiberglass that was stuffed into the space created by the flare of the outer walls. How those acted as…

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    The grass is always greener…

    The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence…not true for us. Since we don’t have a fence yet that could not be true. More so, we are so thankful for the opportunity to restore this farmhouse that we are too grateful and too busy to wish for more. Also not true because we are enjoying our grass, weeds and all, more than we can say. Mowing was fun with our first riding lawn mower. The smell brought great joy. Which of your five senses do you consider your strongest? Of course there are challenges if any of the senses are absent, yet I am going to…

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    I wrote a story about a broken window

    Have you heard the saying “windows are the eyes of your home”? Interesting thought, right? Occupants look out into their world and let the light of day shine through them. In the past, windows were not used the same way we use them today, functionally speaking. The purpose of a double hung window was for ventilation. The top sash would be lowered to allow the hot air to leave the house, while the bottom sash was raised to allow the cool air in. With modern heating and air conditioning, the purpose of a window has changed. The purpose of bringing in light is the motive for much modern construction. Huge…

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    We are Rockin’ it!!!

    Did Rockin’ it get your attention? It’s true though, we are sheetROCKINg it! At this point, it is just delivery and staging but we are excited because progress is progress. This is a milestone because Mr. DIY (can you guess who that is?) didn’t try to do it all himself. The funny part of that is that the guy we hired to help him is a UW Physics graduate. Whatever it takes, right?

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    To everything there is a season

    We are in a new season of life as we “empty nesters” revive this house and bring it into its own new season. The progress has seemed slow as all the foundational work of plumbing and electrical is completed. Soon the progress will seem faster as it is more visible. Analogous to raising kids, the time seems almost strenuous at the time but we need to remember to enjoy the process and not rush it. We ordered 64 Giant Thuja trees online. We ordered these small trees because they are quick growers (growth of 12″ to 24″ expected per year). We were pretty disappointed when we received the order because…

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    Stories of Old

    Here is our charming farmhouse long before we got here. What stories would these people tell?: Spring is in the air. There is still a crisp chill but the bright clear sky is drawing people outside. The smell of fresh cut grass fills the air. We are so close to the Centennial Trail that cyclists continually stream past the house. Some people might be annoyed by the number of cyclists that come by, not us, we LOVE it. We love the excitement that comes with spring. The increased activity yields itself to meeting neighbors because they are out walking, which means we have the opportunity to meet them and hear…

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    Old and New

    “Sooner or later, everything old is new again.” What an unconventional thought. Coming from Stephen King I suppose unconventional is expected. What was he thinking when he said that? I know for a fact that he was not thinking the same thing I was because I chuckled and thought about Paul’s tractor. The OLD one we purchased with the property and the NEW one that is now his new toy. Paul and I are usually like-minded, and we are also very different. Watching a movie together is an intentional event because we do not like the same genres (with exception to HGTV of course, we are both fans). Our conflicting…

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    Light work is not light work

    “There is no shortcut for hard work that leads to effectiveness. You must stay disciplined because most of the work is behind the scenes.” (quote by G. Kent) Paul is loving the process and the work that is being done to bring light, and power to the farmhouse. We actually do have light, but the entire existing electrical system is being modified to fit our new design plan. The behind the scenes work involves wiring and rewiring the entire house prior to insulation and drywall. There was significant effort 20ish years ago to upgrade the electrical via new breaker box, new wire, and removal of the existing knob and tube…

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    A little background

    When people see the enormity of our farmhouse remodel I can understand why they might question how my crew (consisting of one) can take on such a project without a “team”. The kind of team that swoops in to get the project done in a week like seen on HGTV. We have some contractors lined up, but for the most part, I am his team; really more support staff, not a heavy lifter. It’s not that people doubt him, their speculation is understandable considering the extreme nature of the project. For those who have been to our lake house and heard that story, they get it. The fact is that…

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    BOOM! The bucket boom truck is gone!

    I anticipate you have heard the question “if a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?”  The answer varies from person-to-person. So, if we have a bucket boom truck that is so buried in blackberry bushes that nobody knows it’s there, does it exist? There is no philosophical debate about that question.  The answer is YES.   After some cursory property clearing a bucket boom truck was revealed. We discussed what to do with the truck. Discuss was all we did about it because that truck was near the bottom of an exceedingly long to-do-list. Although we decided…