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    When is it time to smooth things over?

    I would guess that we have all done or said something that gave us a feeling of regret?  For me personally, that usually happens when I am tired and become impatient with someone for no reason of relevance.  Paul has been the recipient of such a response more than anyone because he gets the best of me at the end of a long day.  For me, a time of fatigue goes along with impatience.   When that impatient part of me surfaces I typically get and immediate feeling of regret.  The recognition that I said something in haste is a response that tells me I should smooth things over by explaining…

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    Honey do list

    Do you have a honey do list at your house? Do you need to take out the garbage, mow the lawn, take the dog for a walk?….What is on your honey-do list? Paul’s Honey Do List: Tile: kitchen, bathroom (wall and floor) Install shiplap throughout the house Repair floor (feathering in old growth fir into gaps in existing fir) Refinish floor Install trim Refinish doors Refinish built in cabinets Install finished electrical Install plumbing and lighting fixtures Install wood stove and pipe Install kitchen cabinets Build kitchen island Build counter in the laundry room Level and resurface floor in the laundry room Build 2 barn doors Finish air conditioning installation…

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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?