I am blogging our transition to a simpler life, a new (old fixer upper) home, some semblance of sustainability, being prepared for disasters of the natural and unnatural kind, living on less by being frugal, life at a slower pace, a small (tiny) business and semi retirement. God has blessed us so richly it seems I have a need to share it!
(and sometimes I just rant!)
We got the keys on May 28, 2012 and spent a month moving possessions,
painting, getting electricity reworked, new plumbing, cleaning etc.. We spent our
first night in the house on June 30, 2012. In honor of our first
anniversary in the house I have put together a little before and
after show and tell. It is still a work in progress and we have
pages of project lists, but I think we have done all right so far.
I am going to begin outside. (Before on the left and the after on the right hand side)
There was just no room to park or pull in cars.
This is the front of the house
So we pushed the lawn back and put down new gravel.
The pretty lawn was doomed by the trencher that had to redo the main
That will soon be a cobblestone pathway to the back yard, I hope.
That is exactly what it looks like – a building blocking the drive!
The building came down and the drive is cleaned up.
It used to be a family lot, parents and kids and they never had a fence between the two houses before, sort of makes it a little less strange!
To the back yard-
The view across the back - from weeds to garden
The weeding was such a chore – by the time we moved in I had 4 ft
The aspen corner. Hubby calls it the 'dear blind'
The first day we looked at it I said that red wall would have to go!
Looking from dining/TV room toward kitchen
From the kitchen to dining/TV room.
I can cook and watch the news!
Looking north toward the kitchen area
Looks smaller with the furniture!
Looking south into living room.
This past winter that wood stove was our favorite piece of furniture! We are very pleased and frankly surprised at the amount of heat that thing put out and no smoke!
I think we got a lot done – but we still have more to do – hoping
to get the exterior painted this summer, put in a couple of paved
pathways and at least one more raised bed. Keeps us out of trouble! (In theory!)
It takes time when it's a cash only - no credit lifestyle but it's very satisfying that we've managed to get this all done without debt!