Sunday, November 15, 2015

Restoration continues

We continue to peel wall paper, pull up carpeting, and  "mud" and tape walls to prep them for painting.  Our big focus is getting heat right now, as we have no heat source for the house.  We have been cooking big pots of stew, baking yummy food, and washing clothes so the dryer will heat up the house.  

Last week the gas-burning stoves were installed. 

Stove in a box 
First floor stove installed where the radiator used to be in the living room. 

Location for the second stove on the second landing where an old radiator used to be. 

 This week the plumber is coming to put in the pipes for the gas to the stoves and soon after we will get the propane tank filled and then all should be warm.  

The chickens are doing well and have finished molting so egg production will begin again.  Our neighbor Hank has gone south for an extended visit with family, so we are caring for the cats.  It's a wild bunch of activity all the time it seems.  

I went into the attic and cleared out all the old clothes that were left up there two or more owners ago.
  It was a bit of an archeological find-- old receipts from 1928 and an old letter from December 1929.  
One of the men's' suits was still in good condition for being fully exposed to critters and extreme changes in temperature.
 I have carefully put the suit aside for a possible historical society donation in the future. 

I love the old house, creaks, hard work, and history combined into a wonderful home.

Sending love and kisses from the ol' farmstead,

Monday, September 14, 2015

New views

I took a walk with Travis, Arliss, and the dogs yesterday evening and another-shorter walk tonight.
Here are a few shots I took on the way.
The boys and their dogs

Rufus in the creek

The view down our road 

Busy bee

The water table on the edge of our property-- all is well, thanks to so much rain this year in southeastern Nebraska

Our barn- circa 1910 

The sunset tonight-- the end to a wonderful day

I am finding myself smiling a lot at the way God designed my life. I am So grateful for all He had done and is doing. 

Sending love and sweet September kisses from the farm,

Sunday, July 26, 2015

30 days

Today marks one month since we turned in our keys at the apartment. In the past thirty days we have peeled wallpaper, washed walls, pulled up carpeting, and thrown out 40 cubic yards of debris and the usual refuse that comes with restoring a 100+ year old house. 
We've cut down trees, mowed grass, washed windows, and scrubbed more than I can name. 
(Red cedar)

Yes, there is a lot still to do, but when I see how much we have accomplished I am amazed.  
It's easier to see the vision my hubby and I have for the house. 
We've made new friends and been adopted by the barn kittens.

  It's been hectic and crazy and fun all at the same time. 
(A recent sunrise)

Hope your summer is all you wished for and more. 
Sending love and kisses from the farm--

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


So many amazing things come into our lives, if only we would pay attention.  With our new home and adventures we have opened our eyes to new tastes, smells, and surprises.
We have fresh mulberries on the trees all around our property, juicy, full of flavor, and the perfect treat during busy days.
My oldest has found old (100-year-old) bottles, jars, and even a thermos as we have cleaned our new home.
My youngest has found all many of animals and reptiles, which are his favorite things.
Yesterday, I learned that they-and we, have been fully blessed by our new neighbor, Hank.  Hank is older, like a grandparent, and full of wisdom, laughter, and stories.  Much like my treasured grandfathers. He has taken us under his wing, sharing his tools, stories, and insight with my family.  And especially my boys.
We had a powerful rainstorm and the wind blew down the corn stalks in Hank's garden.  So Hank and the boys worked together and stood each corn plant up and packed down the dirt around the stalk.  After hours of work, he treated them to ice cream in our nearby town.
I love it.  I love how we have met blessing after blessing on this adventure. I hope you are able to see and appreciate the blessings around you today.
Sending love and mulberry kisses from the farm,

Thursday, July 2, 2015

new house adventures

We moved into our new house last week.  It is full of boxes and projects and potential.  Travis has already set up his workshop and Arliss has already found his first garter snake.
It feels like home.

I love waking up and seeing the barn out of my window- a symbol of our heritage.
 I have grown accustomed to the birds who begin the alarm at 4 a.m. to say, "The sun will be dawning in one-to-two hours!! Be prepared! Be prepared!" I forgot how loud they can be after a year of apartment living.

 I have many different kinds of birds flying through my yard, singing from my trees and reminding me that every day is a day worth singing about.

One of my favorite parts of this new home is the discovery of treasures. The previous owner left behind a set of silver-plated silverware, the Queen Bess pattern (c) 1946. 

Now my set isn't as shiny as the picture above, the previous owner of the house didn't spend his time keeping things in the best condition.  But I love the history in the box I found.

Each day is a new discovery, I can't wait to share more with you...

sending love and kisses,
from the new-old homestead.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Home Sweet Home

Here is the house. Built in 1910- and as of today-- it's ours. I will post pictures and stories as we clean and restore it.  So excited and so amazed by all that God has done. 

Sending love and joy from the farm...

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Being still

As time goes by, I have had little to do unless it's a small enough task that I can do it in the apartment. My favorite task has been hand quilting. 
 What started out as a simple time filler has become a task and a treat to me.  My English paper-piecing quilt is nearly as big as my bed. I am so excited to see it completed. 
I have been thinking that a homemade quilt on all of the beds would be a cool addition to our 1910 farmhouse. 
Pictures to come as we work on the house and create our "forever farm." 

Sending hugs and love from Nebraska,