Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Room With a View

We finally got our windows installed a little over a week ago, and it has been so enjoyable to see the outside world clearly again while still maintaining our warmth.
(Not that we needed warmth this week. haha)
 I know some of you have really been wanting to see some pics, and I'm afraid my only excuse for not posting sooner is I was just too lazy. It has been a very rainy, muddy week and all my energy and ambition looked about like my yard did. Therefore... not much got done that wasn't vital to existence.
 But today the sun is shining again, and since I have about 30 min of downtime before we have to leave for church again I thought I would share my "point of view". ;)
                                         Living Room before windows (All of them looked like this but this is the only one I remembered to take a pic of.)

                                        Living Room the night Ed installed them …I love the way the lights are        reflected in the glass.
                                         Living room daytime view
                                        My Sunny Kitchen! :)
                                           The dressing room/closet …didn't actually have an opening here before.
 Our yard since this week.                                            My Room! With a view
                     This is a panoramic of the loft, so it's a little skewed but we will put a window in here too.
                                    The new quilt on my bed. Yeah, the pillows will be getting a facelift.
                                        A gorgeous and rare luna moth we found one night!

                              Well, my time is up. Gotta run. Hope you enjoyed the view! ;)

Friday, February 27, 2015

A few of my favorite things!

I have been looking at milk paint for a couple years now, wanting to try it out, but it wasn't really a priority before. Now we are talking kitchen cabinets and other details and I wanted to give it a try. So I ordered a sample of all Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint from  The Ironstone Nest and it came in last week! I was giddy!
 I had also found a gorgeous piece of fabric on ebay that seemed perfect for the cabin, and that came in as well! I'm pretty sure there isn't much that makes me as happy as new fabric and new paint! (Ok, maybe a new book. ;-)
 I've already mentally painted every piece of furniture we own (and some we don't. lol).

 Keep watching, cuz I'll be posting some of my experiments in the not too distant future. =)

Adventures in Roofing (and other things)

I promise I haven't been spending all my time on Pinterest. Much as I would like to. We have also been living life and "getting stuff done".
 Several projects are coming to completion, and I'm so excited to share them. One of the biggest things is getting our roof finished. Hahaha. I'm sure you are wondering how we have lived for 16 months with no roof ?!?  Don't worry, we haven't been huddled in a hovel with rain dripping in. We have managed quite well and stayed cozy! But it has been a work in progress:
 Stage 1:  Oct 2013--We started with a heavy duty double layer of blue tarp and a layer of Tyvek over our rafters.
Stage 2:  March 2014--We transitioned to beautiful pine beadboard ceiling with a layer of Tyvek  for waterproofing and flashing trim (with tarp and Tyvek left on the porch roof).
Stage 3:  Feb 2015--We began our final stage yesterday by getting rid of our last piece of roofing tarp on the cabin and installing corrugated sheet metal on the porch roof. Today we added insulation and corrugated metal over the top of our beadboard and Tyvek on one side of the roof, and tomorrow, Lord willing, we finish the last bit.

It has been a bit of a slow process due to many circumstances. Not the least of which is doing all the work ourselves, with 8 kids in tow.  I will be the first to say they have been a HUGE asset in this adventure! But it also makes things chaotic interesting. One minute you are on a roof nailing down boards and sheet metal, the next you are mending a cut on a nose with super glue. Not me. Ed.
  Sure is handy to have a guy around who can handle everything from building cabins to patching up kids. ;-)
 We have gotten so much done in the last month though, and several more projects lined up to finish too. Our windows have been ordered and will be installed next week hopefully. And the kitchen got insulation and board walls. The intense work seems to go in spurts. Some months it's just a little thing here and another thing there, and others, it seems there aren't enough hours in the day, or days in a week.
 I won't even tell you when the kids had a bath last, but at least my laundry is staying caught up.  ;-) And we are doing the bath thing tonight.
  I had hoped to post a few pics from when we started, but those are inaccessible right now so here are a few from the last couple days.

 Side note here about the chicken nest….we have 5 hens and they have finally started laying again over the last month or two, after a long while of nothing. But the last few days (maybe a week?), not only were we not finding what I thought was all the eggs, but then one of our chickens went missing. After many searches, we naturally assumed the worst.  Then, suddenly, today she comes clucking into the yard happy and healthy and we were able to find where she had hidden out. 29 eggs, my friends! and that is a record.

 More pics later. =)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Happy world

Everyone has probably seen the meme " All I want is a cabin in the middle of nowhere…….and wifi". :) Well, my friends, I now have it all. A cabin in the woods and wifi! The best of both worlds if you will. So now if you are wondering what I'm going to be doing with my week ….wonder no more. I'll be on Pinterest!
        Check back later I might have a real blog post on here! ;)

Sunday, December 14, 2014


Sometimes I think one of my biggest mistakes as a blogger is only posting when I feel like I have something big to share, but I was just on a friends blog and was captured by her style. They aren't always long posts, but usually very thought provoking, and giving a relevant picture of her life too.
 Something I need to learn.
  I'm just bouncing around today so in the spirit of randomness here goes.
Sunday:  We stayed in town last night because the girls got a chance to go see Anna Laurie perform in The Nutcracker and the rest of us spent some quality Pinterest time with my sisters. ;) Ed is working, kids are currently watching some Veggie Tales, and I'm online while we all wait on our much belated soup to cook (well, ed isn't. not sure what his lunch was today. ;) It will be back to church at 5 for kids choir, followed be evening services. I'll be heading straight home after church since I hate driving at night and don't want to prolong it if I can help it.
  This week will be spent hopefully getting our homestead whipped into shape for any random company that might drop by. aka Pete and Holly are coming and I want them to be impressed. lol. Also hoping to finish up some Christmas gifts I've been trying to work on, and then get stuff wrapped. Sleep and meals are debatable but I suppose the family would appreciate it if I gave them some thought too.
 Also on my mental to do list is to begin to set some goals for 2015. Even as I type that it seems weird, cause I'm not used to using 2014 yet. C'est la vie, huh?
  Relationships. Goals. Beginnings and endings. Old things and new things. Journals, blogging, and scripture memory. Teaching and being taught.
  I told you. I'm random today.