Handyman

Handsome has been busy creatively putting together wood for practical purposes in our house. (Say that sentence five times fast. Just kidding.) It has been so fun to watch him discover this hobby and skill.

 

Gutters & Trim

Everything is a process around here!

I know I’ve said that before, but some projects scream this reality more than others. For example, Jeremy put together all the gutters, but is a waiting for another part to arrive in the mail before he can actually attach them to the house. So there they sit!

Gutters, and using the clothesline!

I’ve been working on painting all the trim – around the doors, windows, ceiling, built-ins… for more on this “process,” read Thursday’s post!

see the ceiling trim, & olaf loves summer (in the window)
working on the trim & built-ins

Spring Growth!

Electrical

After 5 weeks, we have all, but a couple minor lights, back up and working! Woohoo!

Yard

Jeremy climbed a tree and successfully cut down some tree limbs, but there may have been a period in time when he was “stuck” (aka as in “Wife, I dropped the rope. Can you just throw it 30 ft. up to me?”) Thanks for the confidence, but even with a ladder and some climbing skills… nope! He had two small ropes holding him to the limb and was able to shimmy down to the longer rope. Hence, the scrapes!

Tulips are my favorite, and they are sprouting up everywhere! Red, yellow, orange-ish… outside my kitchen window! πŸ™‚

Indoor tomato plants have also sprouted, but it’s still a little early to transfer them. Aren’t they cute?

Re-wiring

Jeremy worked a full week over his spring break in a different “field.” A first for him, he used knowledge from his dad, the internet and his problem-solving skills to re-wire half of our house. Bye-bye knob-and-tube, hello modernity.

He removed insulation in the attic so he could get to the wires, and since the process is taking longer than expected, we are a bit bummed about the current lack of energy efficient. Spring break seemed the time to begin though, it is warmer than it was all winter and all that is left is the addition (kitchen & bath).

Finishing the wiring, and then updating the insulation is next up on the agenda. So impressed with my handyman’s evolving skills!!

Spring House Plans

Items in regular type are priorities for this Spring. Everything italicized is on the wishlist for later than spring! One of the best things about plans is that they are simply that, and thus, subject to change as time, money and life dictate πŸ™‚ Still, we find them helpful… so here’s our current to-do list.

Big Projects

  • electrical in attic
  • insulation in attic
  • new doors
  • new floors in back part of house (addition)
  • gutters

Painting

  • office and remaining bedroom
  • trim, lots of trim
  • all the interior doors
  • built-ins
  • fireplace
  • random smaller items (shelves, lamps, curtain rods)

Building

  • bench for dining table
  • baking counter & shelves
  • kitchen island
  • entry wall

Yard

  • de-clutter (broken pottery, paintings, tires, yep)
  • rake flower beds & grass
  • see what comes up! and try to identify… πŸ™‚
  • wash outside windows

Kitchen Thoughts & Fiction Recommend

We switched our fridge and the table holding the microwave and it has made the room feel so much larger and brighter! I hung a shelf I had over the fridge which works well for bread storage and I want to paint it red. I am considering also painting the shelf above the sink window red. Moving the fridge also makes me want to get a couple additional curtains more because that area feels more like a part of the room now. That was then

The plan is to make a baking area where the microwave table is currently located, so I can use that table as my writing desk. We also are renewed in wanting a kitchen island now that we can see how it would fit a little clearer, but one step atΒ  a time. We bought Baby Blue Eyes for the lower kitchen cabinets, but I’m not convinced its the right choice. Maybe we will use that gallon for furniture? What color lower cabinets would you choose to complement a white kitchen with red accents – baby blue, grayish blue, or… ?

I hosted book club this month and some of the ladies commented that our home was the perfect place to host this particular novel (The Muralist) because of the art connection, lol. We went on an art tour to the basement and I showed them the original cabinet doors. They said we should have a yard sale and use the income on the kitchen changes! I’ll post some photos in the weeks to come, but sneak preview of Europe if you look carefully above πŸ˜‰

Btw, it was a great read!

 

The Long, Hard Winter

Remember this story?

I think Jeremy and I will look back on Winter 2016-2017 as being the long, hard winter when we first bought our house. For those of you who are far away, Spokane had a record year for cold… as in the last time we reached these temperatures was before my lifetime. It was often in the single digits and we received over a foot more snow than usual as well.

Combine this weather with a fixer-upper and a tight budget, and the first few months were really tough. We felt like we were in survival mode, but we sure are learning! Here are 11 things we did to winterize and to stay warm this year –

  • put away the hose we inherited with the property
  • seal all the windows and doors w/ plastic and a doorsweep
  • leave the faucets dripping so the pipes don’t freeze
  • discovered heat tape so we didn’t have to drip as much
  • shovel right away and all the time
  • some water in the basement will prob happen anyway
  • get a boot tray and keep towels by the front door to wipe up slush
  • get cold water only from faucet and warm in the microwave to drink
  • lots of tea
  • turn the heat on immediately when getting up or arriving, then go for a run or walk, otherwise turn it off when you are gone or asleep
  • the oven and fireplace help make at least one room at a time cozy

 

Basement

The basement is for laundry and storage.

Jeremy fixed some issues with our washer early on! In January, he built a workbench. This month, he built a storage shelf, filled it up and vacuumed as much dust as he could. I’m so impressed with my handy man’s work!

We’ve also vacuumed up and took advantage of some shelving that was already there so we have a bit of extra pantry storage that isn’t completely dusty!

It’s awesome to have more organization and lighting down there because it felt like it was having a “trickle-up” affect on cleanliness and storage.

“I think we can, I think we can, I think we can…”