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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…

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    Teen Temperatures

    We are still inhibited regarding our progress because of the snow and teen temperatures.  The word teens, in terms of age, has often been associated with turbulent emotional years. A time when parents need to be highly alert and involved.  We are personally past the teens in terms of our boys and we weathered that season well. Our boys grew into exceptional young men and we are thankful as we look back on that season fondly.   That was a busy time and we are now at a new busy season of our lives as we embark on this Farmhouse Revival. Snow has fallen and we have been persevering through…

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    Snowy day delays

    This snowy day did delay progress. Our area was blanketed with 20″ of snow, which put us second to the 1916 blizzard that left 35″. The 20″ we received was, therefore, a record for this 1925 construction. Paul rallied and turned it into demo day. So some progress was made:    

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    Clean up and foundation

    C lean up and foundation repair complete. This was a turning point to continued progress so this was an exciting time for us. R&R Foundation efficiently emerged with their crew and gear to complete the foundation repair within a week. My meticulous husband was very impressed with the quality of their work.

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    A glimmer of hope

      The response we have received from people about this adventure has been mostly positive. Neighbors have stopped by to say they are happy we are restoring this beauty. Other comments have been “you are living the dream”. My favorite comment that really represents the spectrum of opinions was from a young couple. I showed them a picture of the house. The husband’s response was “that’s so cool!”; his wife’s was simply “why?”. This young couple’s response is likely representative of most who either thinks we are a bit crazy or that we are amazing adventurers. Either way is fine with us. We feel confident in God’s plan for us…

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    One step at a time

    We needed to do a temporary fix on these steps for safety reasons. We are spending many evenings engrossed in online shopping for all sorts of items (faucets, lights, etc). It’s been fun doing so because we keep our vision energized as we go over plans for what the finishing touches will bring. We recall all the driving for shopping we did years ago when we were building another home. As we do our shopping at home after a long day of work we are thankful for this bonus that comes with our changing times, which means a click and delivery to our porch. Keeping our delivery people safe is…

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    Where we started

    We purchased this charming Pacific Northwest Farmhouse in May 2018. During that transition time of waiting for the sale of our family home for the past 20 years, we spent most of the summer and early fall in clean-up mode. I am including a number of photos here to share our starting point. We took 30+ trips to the dump. We took 15 trips to the recycling center for paper recycling alone. We filled two drop boxes full of metal recycling. We were on a first name basis with the workers at the dump. We thought the people there were delightfully friendly. Later we decided that they might have been…