Homestead Update

July has been a real scorcher this year. I mean, to quote my husband, Blue blazes could take a lesson from East Tennessee's July. We've not had a good (or any) rain in coming up on 3 weeks so everything is looking a little dried out and crispy. Which, while those qualities make for excellent … Continue reading Homestead Update

French Drain= Fenceline Swale Solution

For the last...2 and a half years? I forget... We've been fighting against runoff from our neighbor's place. Technically, it's from the cattle pasture on the other side of our neighbor's place... I digress. Anyway, with the latest storm and flash flood, we (almost) lost our potatoes, tomatoes and peppers, kale, rhubarb, Fennel, Lavender, Swiss … Continue reading French Drain= Fenceline Swale Solution

Paper Floor Update: 10 Months Later

Last August (2019) we ripped out our pea-green 1970s shag carpet...yep... It was horrible. And since we hadn't decided what we wanted as far as long term flooring, we (I) decided to try a paper floor. 3 (now 4) kids, 2 dogs, and 10 months later, here's how it's holding up. The biggest issues are … Continue reading Paper Floor Update: 10 Months Later

Projects and Pretty Things

Projects get tackled so much quicker when you aren't a slave to debt. I had been so used to scrimping and saving every extra penny that it is actually shocking how when there is some financial freedom and wiggle room, we're able to 1) give more, 2) meet savings goals faster 3) afford ancillary projects! … Continue reading Projects and Pretty Things

Friday on the Homestead

There are so many things that NEED to be done that it's difficult to prioritize which to do first. I opted for re-catching strawberry runners. Yep... Re-catching. My 1 year old decided to "un-catch" them at some point. So I went outside to check on them today for a customer, and found many uprooted, unpotted, … Continue reading Friday on the Homestead

This and That

We've been in the midst of a super busy, hectic season of life recently. My husband was in a car accident last week, and he wasn't injured, thank the Lord. But, that means we're dealing with another auto insurance claim and waiting to hear if his car (which we were over half way to paying … Continue reading This and That

Prayers, Putty, and Patches

Still diligently working on the renovations around the house. We had an insurance inspector come to take pictures of our home. I'm so glad they didn't call to schedule, so I just had giant garbage bags I was filling with debris. Lord willing, we won't be penalized for purging our garbage; it's not our natural … Continue reading Prayers, Putty, and Patches

Simplicity in Hospitality

I've been working on about 1,000 projects all at once. Mostly because a lot of them require dry time. So while I wait on one, I start another. The front door was looking super rough thanks to my ridiculous dogs scratching the Dickens out of the brick mould and the door. Nothing a new brick … Continue reading Simplicity in Hospitality

Farmhouse Renovations Progress

Busy, busy, busy! We've been cleaning, and repairing, and updating like crazy! We got the barn wood plank wall up, and I started filling the seams with joint compound. I had the idea to pipe it in like frosting and then smooth it with a little bitty putty knife, which worked exactly as easily as … Continue reading Farmhouse Renovations Progress