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    Rain, rain, go away…

    Remember that simple little song “rain, rain, go away, come again another day….”  That is a very old song that many of us remember from childhood.   That silly old rhyme comes to mind as we are waiting to get our exterior paint completed. Historically, this time of year there is typically only 20% chance of rainfall.  Why does it seem like that 20% is all summed within the days we want to paint our house? Not really, but it seems that way because we are excited to see the house painted. Painting in progress: Paul’s front porch progress.  Old decking will be replaced and repurposed: Truly, we love Washington State. …

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    Old is new again

    “Sooner or later everything old is new again”, quoting Stephen King. I am not a Stephen King fan. That’s not to say that he is not a good writer.  From what I am told, his writing is finely crafted. It is his genre that does not appeal to me, more specifically it scares me. There are a couple of people in my family who read all his work. That is how I have come to know his quote “sooner or later everything old is new again”.   For this old house, we are reviving what was left abandoned and neglected.  We are making the old new again.  One of many steps…

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    We are Falling behind

    Fall is definitely in the air.  The sunlight is showing itself later and the air is crisp.  We commiserate the waning of summer while enjoying the beauty of the leaves that cover the trail where we ride our bikes.  We are really not falling behind, we are embarking on the Fall season though.  We are actually feeling really good about our progress, yet the arrival of this new season does bring with it a sense of urgency.  We do think it was a good decision to prioritize the progress of the exterior so we can paint before Fall is in full swing. We love the colors the new season will…

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    We have desided

    Yes, we know the title is spelled incorrectly…be patient… We desided (decided) to take another week away from the farmhouse to spend time with family.  The time away would have yielded much progress, but our decision to relax with family was a good one and we had a wonderful break. We are back and continuing our farmhouse restoration project.  Here is the reason for the spelling fopaux: we are repairing the 94-year-old siding in preparation for painting.  We are literally desiding; de (meaning removal)-siding (94-year-old house siding). While the original siding was in remarkable shape, the years had taken their toll in particular areas. Our decision to change the porch…

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    More P’s

    What?  More P’s?  Yep! Picking Pretty Plums Past Pears Post Property Purchase.  Please Provide Participation. Take a look at all those yummy plums! Please participate by sharing your favorite plum recipe.  This weekend I will be making plum bread, plum chicken, and plum apple crisp.  Do you have a favorite recipe? Please share. The pears are not on the plan for the baking weekend because they need more time. With the four acres we purchased with our charming farmhouse we were blessed with an abundance of fruit and nut trees.  I would like to pretend I know what I’m am doing, but the truth is that I have no idea…

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    P to the 8th power

    PPPPPPPP:  Posting Proficient Paul’s Porch Progress Pending Pricey Painters  Here is where we started: (wanting to give you a genuine feel for the project by including the picture of all the junk that was left on the porch) Front porches are as American as apple pie and the history of the American front porch is in some ways the history of the American people as well. The porch became a thing approximately 125 years ago when “porch” just meant a covered entry over a door. What started as a symbol of status and evolved as a functional design ended up being a catalyst to the ideal American town as gathering…

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    Coffee with a bit of sugar

    We are loving our coffee with a bit of sugar.  It is true that we love those mornings when we have time to sit while we sip our coffee and converse before we dig into our projects, but the coffee in our cups has a bit of cream, not sugar.  The coffee that we love with a bit of sugar is in reference to our finishes.  The name of the floor stain is called “coffee” and the paint color that we will use throughout the house is called “bit of sugar”. Next up on the project list are the countertops. The island is being constructed from repurposed wood from the…

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    Filling in the gaps

    As a teacher, the importance of helping a student fill in the gaps is a big part of my mission.  A student will often become frustrated or discouraged if they don’t understand and then come to the dreaded conclusion they are dumb.  Helping a student fill in knowledge gaps can help them push past that feeling and learn that putting in extra time is often all that is needed. Creative ways to keep students motivated to make that extra effort is one thing I think about when I am painting shiplap.   There is a lot of time to think as I am painting the nickel gap of each board with…

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    Taking the pressure off

    To take some pressure off our schedule we hired out the roof cleaning (pressure washing). While the roof was being cleaned progress was happening in the kitchen with the first shiplap installation.  Next…cabinets! Sorry, floors are covered but will soon be revealed. They are refinished and beautiful! Before:  

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    Taking off a layer in the summer heat

    A person living in Washington state understands the concept of layering.  Just yesterday we were wearing a t-shirt and sweatshirt even though we are in summer.  Today the sweatshirt layer was removed and only a t-shirt was needed.   The stripping of a layer for this old farmhouse is not nearly as simple as taking off that cozy sweatshirt.  Stripping the 94-year aged paint layers is going to take a lot of work and time.   We don’t want to neglect this sweet old place for another winter so the exterior is being bumped up on our priority list.  We will do some rebuilding of the porch and removing the layers of…