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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…

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    My husband has nice pecs

    Yes, its true, my husband has really nice pecs. Before you laugh or gasp, please let me correct my spelling, my husband has really nice PEX. PEX is cross-linked polyethylene. Paul removed all the old galvanized water pipes and PVC/CPVC that was added to the house years ago. He installed PEX piping, which is predominantly utilized for modern plumbing. The highlight of the new set-up is the plumbing manifold; a plumbing manifold is analogous to an electrical breaker panel. In this case, each plumbing fixture can be turned on or off at the manifold, which provides flexibility if future plumbing issues arise. This is the sort of thing that makes…

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    A picture is worth a thousand words

    A picture is worth a thousand words is an idiom referring to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed in a single picture. The author of Freakonomics reported that the original saying was actually “a picture is worth ten thousand words”. Either phrase might give a blogger pause. I would venture to assume that most bloggers agree a successful blog consists of both; engaging words and pictures. As newbie bloggers, we are appreciative of the kind and supportive responses we have received. Comments have been extremely positive with the dreaded addition of the word “but”… quoting: “I love it, BUT more pictures please”. So, here you go…pictures… We…

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    Framing up a new season and new bath

    Oh, how invigorating the bright light of the sun can be. The temperatures suggest I slip on my coat as I head out the door, yet I still feel an awakening in my disposition. My heart feels the excitement for what is to come as the sun shines brightly – the beautiful glimmer of the sun’s light through the trees gives hope for the spring that is not far off. It was just a few days ago that record snowfall brought a significant lull in our farmhouse restoration project, as it did to all areas of life. These pictures show the beginning stages of the transformation of this bedroom into…

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    Back at the farmhouse

    After a few days of inhibiting snow and a short trip to Idaho we are back at the farmhouse making progress. Our trip to Idaho included touring around the area looking at some quaint historic homes. It was a nice vacation to visit friends and family while revitalizing our excitement for our restoration project. Paul’s mind was distracted with thoughts of the plumbing he would be working on upon our return to the farmhouse. My thoughts, on the other hand, consisted of daydreams of the more final stages of the project…such as the finish on the dresser that we are re-purposing into the main bath vanity. The picture on the…