Cleaning the Basement

I feel yucky. Even with a mask on, I spent maybe 30-45 minutes cleaning in our basement and my allergies went nuts. Yikes. I had asked my husband what it would take to get that space useable, and about how much time... He said, "whenever you can go spend time down there and come back … Continue reading Cleaning the Basement

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DIY weekend projects

Our dining room needed some love. Some affordable love. By affordable, I mean mostly free. So, I got out some paint left over from the living room and finally painted as I had intended to 2 years ago when we moved in. Before: After: And then, to update the weird lightswitch covers, we spent about … Continue reading DIY weekend projects

Library Organization

Well, I think I may have a problem... Other than my daughter having the flu, and being quarantined from church last night and this morning- I hung two 43-inch shelves and only freed up one shelf and emptied one box of books... I suppose that's a little progress, but I'm still overwhelmed by the quantity … Continue reading Library Organization

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