Follow our journey to transform a badly neglected farm house into a home. Learn what worked and what did not and see how our projects worked out.

The first time

It was a Friday night May 3, 2013 and my husband suggested we go for a drive.  In my mind, I'm hearing, "I don't have to cook, yeah." "I want to drive past a property first," he says.  Here we go again.  We've been doing this on and off now for months.  We've never been able to find something … Read more about The first time

Why we chose a snowblower instead of a snow plow

The property is 2.76 acres.  Enough that our "normal" lawnmower would not work.  We knew that we needed a riding lawnmower but after almost 38 years of having our own lawns, we had never had this much to mow.  Time for research. There are so many options and some of the people we talked to knew … Read more about Why we chose a snowblower instead of a snow plow

It was meant to be

My mind kept screaming that there was SO much work, but it felt right.  As we drove onto the property that first day, my husband looked down outside the car window on his side and said, "There's a dove right here."  I caught my breath and knew that it was a sign.   I knew this was our place.  It … Read more about It was meant to be

The offer was accepted!

On Monday, right at 3:30 my cell phone rang.  I was teaching a class at Cedar Lakes Rug Camp.  My husband had driven me down and I thought he was calling me.  Instead, it was Tami, our realtor.  "They accepted your offer," she said. I didn't hear much after that.  I was unable to talk to my … Read more about The offer was accepted!

The learning begins

We have done so much research on ponds, well, septic, cold storage structures, pole barns, propane appliances that I feel like a first time home owner.  Everything is so much different.  We like the ability to be self sufficient, but we quickly learned that we did not know the first thing about some … Read more about The learning begins