Sunday, May 27, 2018

Jabberwalky Fishing

While Jeff has been slaving away at one of his least favorite jobs (stair building), the girls have been spending hours drawing all sorts of types of bait onto different sizes of wood scraps.  They tie them to string from the plumb-bob, and lower it down into the basement stair well...
to fish...
for Jabberwalkies.

These two silly creatures have concocted all sorts of wild scenarios for their jabberywalky fishing expeditions.  There really is a lot to consider… what bait is best for different types of jabberwalkies?  What depth do they like to live in?  How big can they get?

The imaginations on these girls are endless, and it really is entertaining to watch the show.  I think Jeff needed something to lighten the mood.  He really does hate stairs.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Flooring from the Past

As we get closer and closer to interior work on the house, we had to make a decision on flooring.  Now, like most things about this house, the flooring could not be standard off-the-shelf.  Our upstairs floor joists are on 3' centers.  We need a thick floor board that can be both the upstairs floor and the downstairs ceiling... and it would be great if it fit in with the uniqueness of the house. 

After some searching, we thought we'd decided on some.  But, right before we pulled the trigger we realized that it was cut with a V-Groove, which we did not want.  Thankfully, we were pointed in the direction of some old scouting friends of Jeff's dad... who also went to school with my brother.  They are tearing apart old historic mills in Alabama and repurposing all of the materials for resale.  We headed out for a visit, and this place is an absolute wonderland!  They not only understood exactly what we were looking for, they were able to provide us with enough for all three floors!  We were even able to get some old pressure treated tongue and groove for the side porch!  So, once it's ready, our heart pine 1.25" thick flooring will be coming to us from the roof decking of the historic Langdale Mill.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Framing Up Nicely

Jeff came up with a creative way to round out that corner in the master bedroom!

Master Bath!

And another rounded corner for the powder room.

Thursday, February 1, 2018


During rainy days, Jeff has been working on turning wood from the old house that we took apart on the property into these gorgeous sidelights!  We have had the glass for years.  We found it at Scott's Antique Market forever ago, and we knew we'd find a place for them one day! 

Saturday, January 6, 2018


Wow, is it COLD!  The week or so has been brutal.  The kids and I have to bundle up in lots of layers to feed the animals, and the water situation is a nightmare!  We are simply not winter weather people... and we can't wait for things to thaw back out again!

Our new mini zebu are fitting right in, and I am completely smitten with them!  I loved my jersey (and I can deal with my jersey/angus), but these little guys have my heart!  Ivey is especially in love with them, and Kyra, our 8 months old bottle fed cow, follows her around like a puppy.  I am so glad I started out with a large breed, because now I am very confident with these little ones.

 The steer will only be with us for a few more days!  Although I've had friends finish off cattle for me in the past, finishing this one off on our own has been very rewarding.  A few days ago, I hooked up the livestock trailer (on my own- whoohoo!) and have been feeding him in it since then.  He goes in and out without hesitation now, which should make Monday night and Tuesday morning run as smooth as it can run.  I've taken hogs to the processor on my own, but this will be my first time with a steer.  Thankfully, we use a fantastic Mennonite butcher that is a joy to work with!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Wall by Wall

The Future Front Door

Finally get to see where those stars will go!