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    We can’t agree

    Our cozy nook/breakfast room/keeping room/back porch:  It’s not often that we do not agree.  This is one of those rare times.  Paul wants to call this area “the back porch”.  I don’t like calling it that because we have a front porch.  I would like to call the porch “the porch” and not add front or back to the name.  My opinion is that it needs to be easy to say.  This room is the place where we sit to have our morning coffee.  I would like to call it one of the following: nook:  defined as an area adjacent to the kitchen.  A term that dates back to colonial…

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    Move that bus

    If you have ever watched a fixer-upper show you know what “move that bus” means.  For those shows, a team of workers swoop in to do a complete remodel in a week.  The homeowners leave for the week and return to the house when the remodel is complete.  The scene in the show goes like this:  A large bus blocks the view of the house, the show host shouts “move that bus”, the bus drives away and the owners see their beautiful newly remodeled home.  This is the dramatic time that is often accompanied by screams and/or tears. This is our “move that bus” moment….our bus is an RV. Ours…

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    We are stocked up

    Something that seems really terrible at the time can turn our okay.  Our pantry is a visual example.  I’m going to pause that thought to make it clear that we are not minimizing the severity of the situation with the Covid19 virus in any way. Just saying, stay positive, we will weather this storm. We have shared with many people that our first two months of owning this house was a time when we did nothing but dump runs.  We were on a first-name basis with the workers at the transfer station. This is what the interior of our hall closet looked like: Worked our way to the bottom layer:…

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    Guests are welcome

    It was 15 months ago that we moved out of our four-bedroom, with bonus-room, house to transition into our empty nest season of life.   That was not a simple transition because we moved to tackle the remodel of this 1925 farmhouse.  While trying to maintain the original charm of the place, we did some modernizing to make the house more functional and updated.  We remodeled the bedroom at the end of the hall into the ensuite.  Closets were taken from one room and given to another in order to expand the upstairs guest bath. For this guestroom, adding the finishing touches to make this room cozy is the easy and…

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    Did you make your bed today?

    A few years ago I read Make your bed: Little things that can change your life. Written by William McRaven, a retired Navy Seal Admiral. It is an inspirational story.  The title, Make your bed, in a nutshell, says that when you start your day with your bed made, it sets the attitude for the entire day. I made my bed today and it was very exciting and had special significance because it is our first day to make this bed in our Farmhouse.   It’s starting to come together. This house was not insulated.  I can’t imagine how cold this bedroom would be without insulation. The original fir flooring before…

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    Give me a break!

    That term “give me a break” typically has a connotation of frustration or disbelief. Not this time, this time it’s meant literally.  “Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one conscientiously separates the past from the future.  ….. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”  – Maya Angelou We actually had two breaks from our project.  One forced break to deal with our flooded basement and a voluntary break to visit our son in college.  It was a lovely time.   Now…

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    My thoughts are flooded with thankfulness

    Yep!  FLOODED!  The trim finishing came to a screeching halt when our basement almost became a swimming pool. Swimming is great, BUT NOT in our basement! When I got home on Tuesday, the two-inch hose draped across the driveway was the first sign that Paul did not have a great day. When he greeted me he said, “well, I’ve had better days”.  His exhausted comment meant that he had not made the progress planned for that day because he spent his time pumping water from the basement.  Gallons of water rushed through our basement floor via hydrostatic pressure.  A bit of backstory of our basement…..there was about half an inch…

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    I have a new fan

    Paul is my fan, I’m his fan too. We thank all of you who have been following our blog and staying interested and supportive in our process. We are so pleasantly surprised to have 7000+ views. Thanks for being fans of our blog. Now, we have a new fan.  Our new fan is tall, dark, and very handsome…..which is our ceiling fan. The fan not only looks great but it will also help to circulate cool air in the summer and warmth from our wood-burning stove in the winter. This was one of our late-night online purchases when the transformation of our master was a mere vision. We love the…

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    I want to go to the bathroom

    Before you think I am giving to much information, let me emphasize that I say I “want” to go to the bathroom, not I “need” to go to the bathroom.  This is actually the first room we consider complete.  I would love to spend the day reading a book while soaking in this tub, but there is trim to be primed.  Progress continues to make the rest of the house look like this. This was once a bedroom that we transformed into the ensuite.  The only bathroom upstairs was a tiny bathroom that we called the “porta-potty” because it was that small.   This room is one way we are making…

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    Seven

    7 inch baseboards are being installed. Baseboards being installed is another of many parts closer to this room being complete.  We are restoring the original baseboards. This involves the process of figuring out what goes where because it was all in a big heap in the basement. This is followed by repairing any broken pieces, filling holes and cracks, sanding, priming, painting, cutting, installing, etc. As with much of this project, it takes time but it’s coming along. 7 thousand views have been exceeded on our blog.  We started this farmhouse restoration project blog as a way to journal and share our journey with our friends and family. It has…