Sunday, November 29, 2015

Changing seasons

The seasons have change from hot and humid to frigid and cold in a matter of a few weeks. We went from sleeping with the windows open to be bundled under blankets.  Thankfully we are used to cold, I am originally from the Wisconsin/Illinois area and my hubby is from Colorado.  

  Ice everywhere

  Iced seats 
    Frozen gravel roads 

This last week we finally had our heat installed.  The original owners had a boiler and radiator system, but when we moved in the system was no longer sad to use so after getting quotes for furnaces, duct work and such, we went with two gas stoves, one per floor.  The stoves have been such a blessing.  

  Warm stoves, warm toes 

The weather has been cold, ice storms, potential snow storms are coming... And we will be warm.  So grateful. And now I can begin to decorate for Christmas.  

 The upstairs stove lights

 Cedar benches smell so good

Wishing you and yours blessings, warmth, and the sweet gentleness of Christmas... 

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,