Sunday, July 3, 2016

I haven't posted in a while.  There's not been much change on the actual housing front of our project but DH has been busy getting crops in the ground, tearing out fences, plowing up pasture and the like.

Here is a view from last winter with the "bunny house" as we not so lovingly call it.  It was a "cute" little shack made out of old aluminum storm doors and the like. Ugh!

Here is this spring with the "bunny house" gone and some of the trees out.

And now freshly planted with sunflowers.  With any luck I'll be able to post pictures around Labor Day of a bright yellow field loaded with sunflowers.  :)

Thanks to our wonderfully techy nephew and his toys, we have a great aerial view of our property now.  The roof you see in the lower left is our property.  The one in the upper right is the neighbors. You can't tell from the picture but the grove of trees right at the neighbors property line is a hill so we can't see each other from the houses.  This picture is looking northeast.

Here's a better overview of the north end of the property where the house sits.  In this picture, east is at the top.  It's really obvious from the picture how overgrown everything is around the house.  It looks like trees are growing form the roof. 

Looking south, this is the field you saw above in the first 3 pictures. This shot was obviously taken before we plowed it up.

Not sure how soon more progress will happen. There are things to be done where we currently live as well and that may be the remainder of the summer.

Thanks for following along with our project and have a wonderful 4th everyone!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

And it's gutted

 The house is gutted!  So, so much better than the before pictures, not?

Remember the basement before?

Here's the after.  This is the creme de la creme of the project if you ask me!  It was so, so  bad and now it's swept clean!  

We do get water in the basement tho so we have to figure that out and we have to find the septic.  The soil pipe goes straight out of the house about 8ft into a hillside so it must make a turn which has yet to be determined.  We are just praying that there is a septic and not a cess pool.  Time will tell.

No need for a gas mask to enter the house now!

The house will sit this way for awhile.  We are hoping to start the rebuild in the fall but we'll see how that timing goes.  We've been busy drawing houseplans and visiting home improvement stores to get an idea of what is even available for homes now.  Our current home was built in 1998 and much has changed since then.  DH is busy preparing the property for a crop and continues to clear fence rows and clean up around the place.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Property Update

A few more pictures on the property we are re-habbing.  
These are from a few months ago at the end of winter. 

Enough trees were cut that we could see and enter the house.

There were a number of sheds on the property but I use the term shed loosely.

These are all gone now. 

From where I work at our church, I can see the back end of this property. I always know when I see smoke that he's hard at it.  I'm so proud of how he stuck with this project.  He worked his tail off these last months and the property looks so much better!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Already slipping

I'm already slipping back into my old ways.  It's been a couple of weeks since I've posted anything.  Sorry but life just gets so darned busy!  For instance today, we have a 50th anniversary open house and a high school graduation to attend and if the morning warms a bit more a flea market we'd like to go to.  So much for a restful Sunday.  I love our Saturday night church service btw.  If we didn't have that and threw in church this morning too yet, the day would really be out of control.

Anyhoo, I've been busy planting flowers (pictures coming in a few days as long as they survived the frost last night -- frost on May 15?  Seriously!?!) and keeping up with the random stuff life throws my way.  

Yesterday I was able to spend most of the day in my sewing room.  I've been attempting to do that for months with no luck but now that I am down to the wire on getting a quilt done for a new grandbaby due to arrive early June, it was a must!   Here's a sneak peek at some of the fabrics in it.  The overall picture will have to wait until baby arrives. :)

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Sunday, May 1, 2016


This young man turned 8 one week ago today.  I asked him a couple of weeks before his birthday if he wanted a gift or if he wanted lunch and to go shopping to pick his present out himself.  He picked the shopping trip.

Yesterday was the day.  Mr. O. is a pretty easy keeper.  He didn't want to go to Big Town an hour away.  He was content with WalMart 10 miles from home.  I did tell him he ought to know how much I love him if I took him to WalMart on a Saturday afternoon.  Yikes!  I barely do WalMart at 6:30am on a weekday morning. But I digress.

He picked a lunch of cheese curds, Dr. Pepper and strawberry shortcake frozen custard. It's his birthday afterall!  

After lunch and shopping, we even made a stop at a new little candy store nearby.

We had a wonderful afternoon together and I, for one, loved the one on one time!

Saturday, April 30, 2016


The last few posts I've talked about all of the work that we've done and have yet to do on the lil piece of paradise we bought.  

Tonight, I want to focus on the true paradise this property is.

These are a few of my favorite things ...

I've always had a fondness for violets in the springtime and this place is loaded with them.  Everywhere and I mean everywhere.  

The apple trees are just starting to bloom.  So pretty and the smell is heavenly.  I love all of the trees and greenery on this property.  At least for now I do until the skeeters and bugs all start buzzing in a few weeks.  

Rhubarb - we have our own rhubarb, people!  Rhubarb!  It's not very big as it's pretty shady where it's planted and we will eventually transplant is elsewhere on the property.  But for now, I have rhubarb!  It's skinny but it's rhubarb!  Did I say we have rhubarb?  Just making sure.  No more robbing my sister-in-laws rhubarb bed.  [note all the violets surrounding it]

and DH's little piece of happiness for our paradise... finally, a bulldozer to push more trees over and clear the fencerows [insert - Tim Allen's tool man chant]  It even has a 4-in-1 bucket.  I'm not sure what that exactly is but it was important that the machine had it so I'm good with that.  ;)  DH is a happy boy!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

House project - interior

Strap on your face mask and come on inside to our house project.  This is what "as is" looks like.

The Kitchen

 The plus side is since the woman passed in 2012, the family has kept the power and heat on.  This would have been extra nasty if the power had been shut off.  Did you know that eggs eventually evaporate and there is just a shell left?  Just a little something we learned through this.

Again, so thankful they kept the power on.  There were 3 freezers full!

One of the two bedrooms
Living room

The back sitting area

And the creme de la creme .... the basement

One of our initial options was to clean the house out and maybe even rent it out for a year or two until we were ready to re-hab it for us but that was,  The smell was so bad even after removing the belongings that we gutted it to the studs and the subfloor.  Understand when I say "we gutted it" what I'm mostly saying is "DH gutted it".  I helped a few times but this was mostly his winter project.  What a guy!  The smell even through a face mask drove me right back out the door. We've gutted flooded homes after Hurricanes and I can honestly say I've never smelled or seen anything quite like this.

Please understand, that I am not trying to poke fun at or belittle the woman who lived here. In fact, I actually felt sorry for her.  As I was cleaning out the freezers, it really saddened me that she lived there by herself with her only family out of state with freezers full of food possibly for when they came to visit.  It makes me wonder how many other elderly live in wait of a visit from their far away family.  Truly sad and we are just as guilty as the next.  

Saturday, April 16, 2016

House project - exterior

Ahhh, and now for the house......... 
This home has been neglected for many years.  From what we can tell the house was built in the early 70's and was still in the original owners hands.  The woman that lived here lost her husband back in the early 90's and did what she could to keep things up.  From the evidence we can see, she was a hoarder tad eccentric.  They had one daughter who lived in North Carolina and only visited once or twice a year.  After the owner passed, within a year and a half the daughter also passed so we purchased the home from the owners son-in-law and grandson.  

We had to crawl under the shrubs to get in the door when we went to look at it.

There are a number of holes in the side of the house.  
Holes in the house = critters in the house.  :(

 As far as the exterior of the home itself, outside of the holes in the fiberboard siding and a few cracked windows, the house seems structurally sound.  Stay tuned.  Next time, when we take a tour of the interior. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

We bought a project continued.....

The views and sunsets on this property are amazing!  These pictures were taken before any trees were cut back and it's still gorgeous!

And again, the lay of the land is wonderful!

The land is what really sold us on this piece of property.  The house, well.... let's just say, the house alone wouldn't have done it.  BUT will be very worth it in the end.