While I have never personally completed a marathon, I have finished a couple of 10K races. I can imagine that installing sheetrock, mud, texture, trim, and paint is the slow and steady construction equivalent of a marathon. In our case, the finish line meant the sweet relief of new carpet upstairs! When we hit the… Continue reading The sheetrock marathon
I was riding shotgun in the car with my husband, when I came across an email from Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Market describing the #CHIPSTARTER contest to promote Chip's new book, Capital Gaines. The Texas couple is famous for their home renovation TV show Fixer Upper, which seamlessly blends family values and talented, but… Continue reading Chipstarter contest
With a plan to deviate from, my husband started tearing out the guest bathroom upstairs. The toilet, sink, and shower had hard-water stains from the minerals in the well water. Even with a deep cleaning, the stains refused to budge and made the whole bathroom feel unsanitary, so we planned to replace them. During tear… Continue reading The renovation expands
As I mentioned in previous posts, we found out the day of closing that we would need to turn one of the bedrooms into a nursery, and air conditioning was going to be a priority. Since we were already staying with family while we worked on getting the water and electricity turned back on, it… Continue reading First plan for renovation
Maybe it was the late summer heat and the effects of dragging furniture across old carpet. But combined with my newfound super sense of smell in the first trimester, I was really struggling to stay in the farm house. My daily commute wasn't much better.
About a week after we closed on the farm, we were ready to bring a couple cows on to the property. I use the term "ready" loosely.
When we closed on the farm, it had been quite a while since cows wandered the property and the fields had been touched. Before it got too cold, we had to figure out a plan for all that grass. The biggest pieces of yard equipment we owned at the time were a normal push mower… Continue reading What to do with all that grass
There has been an obvious time gap between my first post and this one, and that is intentional. I wanted to be able to tell the story of our farm acquisition without leaving out a key detail that colored every decision for months afterward. Going back to our closing date, which was a Friday, I… Continue reading A sweet surprise at closing
It's fun to see people do a small double take when they hear those words. "We bought a farm!" After the initial shock wears off, we usually get some follow-up questions: Why'd you want to do that? Do you have any experience with farming? Can I come see it?