Operation Poo-Purgation: Phase 3

Today is clean up day. Yesterday the plumber came out to remove the obstruction from the drain... He found: A pair of toddler underpants A wash cloth And a dog collar, complete with tags. (We had been wondering where that got to after Cyd's bath) So... After about $1600 in damages and clean up, I … Continue reading Operation Poo-Purgation: Phase 3

Operation Poo Purgation: Phase 2

Well, the septic tank was pumped yesterday. Hooray! While it desperately needed to be done, it did not completely solve the issue, and we still have poo sludge coming up from the basement commode. So, we scheduled a plumber to come and snake the drain. Originally it was looking like it would be 2 days … Continue reading Operation Poo Purgation: Phase 2

Operation Poo-Purgation: Phase 1

Operation Poo-Purgation is underway! We had the plumbers out on Tuesday. They determined there was not a blockage in the drains (thank goodness, and miraculously so with toddlers who love to flush random things...) But, that meant our septic tank was full and in need of pumping. The first major task at hand was location … Continue reading Operation Poo-Purgation: Phase 1

Not How I Wanted to Spend my Day…

We finished some of the outside work (halfway is our specialty) and set our sights on the basement. We planned to gut the room that saw damage after the pipes burst earlier this spring and get started on renovations to move our school room and laundry room downstairs... Let me preface this by saying we … Continue reading Not How I Wanted to Spend my Day…

Kitchen Remodel: update

When it rains it pours. Not only are we seemingly 5 steps farther from our homesteading goals for this year, we've run headlong into problems that constitute the need for emergency repairs. We had an emergency roof repair that cost us every bit of our "goat money". The fascia board had pulled away from the … Continue reading Kitchen Remodel: update

Decluttering Room by Room: Living Room, Kid’s Toys

I've finally done it. I snapped. I stepped on the last block, action figure, hot wheels car, etc. I have heard the last irritating jingle! I went to the garage and I got a box. And I'm currently filling it with all of the toys that drive me nuts. In fact, that's what it's labeled- … Continue reading Decluttering Room by Room: Living Room, Kid’s Toys

Adventures in Plumbing

This is DIY project #3? #4? I don't know. It wasn't intentional. This whole "If you give a mouse a cookie" scenario opened a can of nasty worms when I endeavored to un clog the sink. Simple enough, right? Theoretically, all I had to do was remove the drain assembly, clean the wig of hair … Continue reading Adventures in Plumbing

Tertiary Kitchen DIY Project

Lack of storage space is a real issue in our kitchen space. A full out remodel job is looming over our heads. In the meantime until we can afford to tackle the project, I've been looking for solutions to the storage issue that are free or inexpensive. I lucked out and found one that was … Continue reading Tertiary Kitchen DIY Project

Homestead Kitchen Remodel: Phase 1

You know those times when all you want is just one, small, conciliatory spruce-up and you end up opening a big, fat, putrid can of worms?  Yeah... That's my kitchen right now... Maybe it was the fact that homelessness was looming over us when we bought the place or the fact that I was 7 … Continue reading Homestead Kitchen Remodel: Phase 1