Saturday, September 24, 2016

HE Knew Before We Knew

I remember this day well.
We discovered that the porch was falling from the house!!!
Thank goodness our carpenters saw this.
Sweet Hunter had them go up in the ceiling of it because
he was considering raising the ceiling.
Boy were we surprised!!!
Thank goodness it was fixable.

This is one of my favorite pictures of our grandson!
He was still so little.
Right when we started our remodeling project here at the farm,
our daughter decided to get in to Real Estate.
So we had the babies for 2 weeks.
But they pitched in and worked hard as they could!
We fixed "Little Bit" a bed in the swing outside!

We also found out the seals that hold the house up were rotting.
Remember, our farmhouse was built in 1887.
Thank goodness, Sweet Hunter is used to these surprises!

After tearing some of the floor we found this old vinyl under the wood.
It was layers and layers of this stuff!
Might I say ugly???

Another room we had to tear the floor out!
The rooms were painted different colors in every room.
The ceilings are 11 foot high.
It was beautiful even though we were tearing it out.
Sweet Hunters goal was to keep the integrity of the old,
yet bring some of today in to the house.

Still at it!
I remember this well.
At one time the original bathroom was in this area.
We didn't know that until we started tearing out.
I remember water being under the floors!
But we found the leak and stopped it!

Another one of my favorite pictures of 2 of our grands!
Sweet Angel & Little Bit.
I don't know what I would have done without her
during this time!

2 More of our Grands....
"Brother & Little D"!
They worked so hard.
This was 2 years ago.
It is amazing how much they have grown!

This is a closer look at the back porch.
As you can see, it was almost rotten.
This was screened in and we tore it all out.
My dream one day is to enlarge it and screen it in again.

Going through all these pictures trying to catch up my blog and found this.
The lady that used to own the house was a doll collector.
These are just a few of the ventriloquist dolls we found!
Aren't they cute?

Keep watching my updates and hopefully you will see the finished project soon!!!

I can't help but think of this verse when I think of how far we have come.
We didn't even realize we had these desires but HE knew before we did!

Delight thyself also in the LORD:
 and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Psalm 37:4

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Looking Back

I won't ever forget coming to the house one morning
to find my best friend pulling weeds out of a flower garden right next to the
kitchen door.
I don't know how long this garden had been there
but it had beautiful flowers in it.

We were so excited that this farmhouse was actually ours
yet, so overwhelmed not knowing where to start.
This house had so many outside doors.
You can see on the back where we had closed one up.
We eventually closed that window up too right next to it.

This is a view of the back porch.
It was a screened in porch full of stuff and lots of wasp nest.
I was glad to see it all torn down.

This is the opposite side.
This is the side of the kitchen.
Notice the antenna.
I wish I had kept that.
I think paying for t.v. is such a waste.
The seller told us that him and his brothers
would climb down that antenna pole
to sneak out of the house.
 He said they would sneak down to the river.
I loved that story.

The flower garden that my best friend, Vicki worked on ended up down here
at the bottom of the driveway.
We ended up enlarging our kitchen and
when the carpenters started they just dug it all up
and threw it aside.
I was just sick. But I got out there and got it all up and replanted it.
It doesn't look like much here but when it blooms it is beautiful.

These pictures are 2 years ago when I first planted it.
Now, I use this area to plant things people give me
until I can decide where to put them.
Its in the shade and kind of cool and down near the river.

This picture was took after we had done a lot of cleaning up.
We were taking one step at a time.
Looking back at these pictures makes me realize we have made a lot of progress.
Right now, I am trying to update my blog since I have been away so long.
There will be updated pictures soon.
Thanks for joining me on my journey going down memories lane.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Before and After Bathroom

I didn't get pictures of the whole bathroom BEFORE but this is part of it.
This is what it was like when we looked at the house.
I actually liked the bathroom.
What am I saying....I loved it all!!!
Anyway, it also had a blue shower/tub combination
and a blue commode.
The sellers had remodeled it in the 70's.
But we took it all out and made it ours.
Sorry about picture quality.
But this piece of furniture was sitting in the bedroom with
a huge old t.v. on it.
When "Sweet Hunter" saw this he told me not to sell it
because he knew what he wanted to do with this.
So I marked it sold.

Next thing I knew, we were at Ace Hardware
and he bought this 12.00 bucket.
He came back and told me what he wanted to do.
OH I LOVED his idea!!!!!

So here we go.....

This is the AFTER.
After Sweet Hunter done his thing. 
I found the faucet at Lowes.
But I just love our bucket as a sink.

Isn't it beautiful?

The 2 framed pieces my Sweet Mother gave those to me.
The Coke soap dispenser & the soap dish were bought at an estate sale.
I knew I had to have a claw foot tub in this house.
Sweet Hunter wanted to keep some of the old
but also bring the house up to date.
A friend heard I was looking for a claw foot tub
and just so happened her daughter was fixing to take one out of her house.
So....there we went.
And got it.
It is one of my favorite things in the house.

 Our daughter, Trouble, bought the tray with the mirror.
It was so perfect!!!!
Our niece bought the wreath on the tub.

This little old chair was here at the farm up in the shed.
The wash board & heart wreath,  the burlap stocking was here in the house.
The quilt tops were made by the sellers Mother.
I am planning on finishing those one day!
These things were here at the farm.
We found both of them up in the shed.

I LOVE this.
Our daughter, "May May" called and told me about one of her
friends selling this.
I said absolutely!!!!

Our towel racks came from Ace Hardware.
They were made by the Amish.
The old ironing board was here at the farm.
This little table was online and my Granddaughter, Tris
saw it and called me.
I ran out and got it.
I LOVE it.
That door knob laying on the table was off an old door
that we took out.
I wanted to keep something.
The tissue holder sitting on the table was from a friend.
It originally had plants in it.

This canvas was a gift from a friend.
I think she's one of the most talented people I know.
Where we love is........
home that our feet may leave,
but not our hearts.
That is soooo me!!!!

Last but not least....
The Amish made tissue holder and
another gift from my friend.
This had greenery in it but I made it to hold
So I leave you here....
in the bathroom.....
at the farm!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

And 38 Years Later

It all started because two people fell in love.......
Our cup runneth over!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Therapy At The Farm

 This 12 x 60 trailer was on the property when we bought it.
My first thoughts were it might be salvageable.
But then when I went in and saw a snake skin hanging from the kitchen cabinet,
those thoughts left me and so did I!!!!
I got out of there quick!
They called this the doll house! The sellers Mother was a very well known person around town.
She was a teacher and everyone loved her.
She had died several years before we bought the farm. We bought it from her son.
She collected dolls. Lots of dolls! They were actually awesome!
Lots of treasures! Vintage stuff.
We cleaned it out the best we could. My daughter, "Trouble" helped a lot!
To be honest, I could not have done all I did without her!
She is a  take control kind of person and that she did.
I was exhausted.

We sold a lot of the stuff that was in the trailer.
I kept some but not much.
I was over it.
I think I did a post about all the dolls. I will have to look.
I might do another one since I'm starting fresh here on the blog.

We found someone to tear it down.
I will be honest I was glad to see it go.
It had never had electricity hooked up.
I think it was just used for storage.
I just couldn't see the end.

I don't know if you remember but when we bought this place
we had just lost my " Mother in Love."
I was kind of lost because for the last 7 months I had been her caretaker.
When she passed away, I didn't know what I was suppose to do.
I had grandchildren who kept me busy but I asked the Lord to help me find my place.
And he gave me the farm.
It was sweet therapy for me and kept me busy.
To be honest, we haven't stopped since we bought this place.
We are still working.

It was a good thing though. I needed it. But I am ready to slow down some now.
We haven't even took a vacation since we bought this place.
We are taking some time for a few little day trips just to get away.
I need it.
Well, the trailer came down. I actually planted a garden in its place last year.
It did really good. I was glad to see it go.
And then there were these buildings.
Tearing these down were kind of bittersweet to me but
Sweet Hunter did not like them so close to the house.
They were full too.
There was so much love in this place.
I wish I could find the picture of all the canned goods that
were in these buildings.
Sure, they were old and rusted lids and I knew they had to go,
but I also saw a lot of hard work that the Mother did for her family.
She must have loved them a whole bunch.
I agreed they had to be tore down because of rats and snakes but
I still kind of wanted to keep them.
I had in my head that they would have made great chicken coops but
Sweet Hunter was right. It was jus too close to the house.
The little garage had a great concrete floor in it and we kept that.
Our plans are an outdoor kitchen one day soon we hope.
Then there was this camper. There was actually 2.
This one could have been a small trailer but no doubt it was very old.
It was full too.

We had it tore down too.
It was right across from the big trailer.
We did save those steps.
They are on one of my chicken coops!

I'll be honest. I was glad to see the campers go too!
Little by little we have cleaned the place up.
I am excited to show you the rest of our journey.
I might show you things that are in another post that I have forgot about
but since its been so long since I have been here I am just starting where I am.

This farm has certainly been therapy for me.
God is so good. HE knew exactly what I needed.
You see, when we first were married we bought a farm.
I think we bought our first little home in 1981.
Precious Memories.
I think we have went back in time.
Its a good thing.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose
under the heaven...... Ecc 3:1

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Shed

When I decided to get started back blogging I didn't exactly know where to start
and then I remembered what Flylady says.  She says to start right where you are so
this shed is what we've been dealing with lately.
This is the way it looked when we bought the place. 
It was full of stuff!!!

We ended up tearing half of it down and using what we could.
I stored my chicken feed in silver trash cans in there.
We had a lot of outside stuff in there and all our lawn mowers, tillers, etc.

Two days ago this is how it looked.
Yep its gone!

We are going to rebuild it soon. The concrete pad will be
all enclosed.  I am so excited because I have never got to
really unpack my upstairs yet and fix it up.

There will also be a place to put all our trailers,
outside equipment, & hopefully a boat one day!
That's my little dream. We have always had a fishing boat!!!
We need some play days!
We are slowly getting all our toys back!!!

This is what it looks like today!
We are getting there!
Since day one Sweet Hunter has wanted this gone.
He had a vision of what he wanted.
Its a slow go but hopefully we can build it back soon.
I was so worried that my chickens would not understand because
they free range and they loved the shed but they are adjusting well.
I do wonder what they are thinking!
Kelly Corrigan