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A Nighttime Visitor

A Nighttime Visitor

When I arrived home last night, I discovered that we had a guest in our home. Video of our surprise guest (note: opens in a separate window) He must have gotten directions from his friend, the flying squirrel.  Unfortunately, his friend visited before we had our cat, Meriwether, so I came home to hearing thuds...
I Dream of... Water

I Dream of… Water

My inspiration– what’s been keeping me going this past week– is the knowledge that soon, we will have new pipes, and therefore dependable running water. David has done so much this past week to get us water but he’s just no match for Mother Nature and her sub-freezing temperatures. People say to just leave the...

Inspirational Bloggers

This Thursday I decided to share with y’all some inspirational bloggers in my life.  I’ve only ever met (face-to-face) one of them before, Lesli from myoldcountryhouse.com, but these other bloggers inspired me to 1) start renovating a farmhouse with David despite neither of us knowing what the heck we’re doing, and 2) to share our...
Be Gone With You, Poison Ivy

Be Gone With You, Poison Ivy

Poison ivy has been the bane of Lynne’s existence since we moved here last summer.  Every project we’ve done outside (which has involved a lot of clearing out overgrown bushes, trees, vines, etc.) has resulted in her getting an awful blistery rash.  It’s actually gotten so bad she went on steroids. The worst part?  Lynne’s...
Inspiring Garden: Monticello

Inspiring Garden: Monticello

If you’ve ever visited Charlottesville, chances are you’ve gone to the estate of President Thomas Jefferson: Monticello.  I had the pleasure of touring Monticello (for the first time ever– such a disgraceful Virginian I am!) last November with my family and fell in love with the beautiful restored gardens. Easy on the eyes, isn’t it?...
Half-Bath is DONE!!

Half-Bath is DONE!!

The half-bath downstairs is done!!  It took a while to finish the last few touches, but with some more help, it is the first room we can officially cross off our list!  Plus, thanks to my brilliant wife and some very helpful family, we did it for just $318: Sink: $118 from www.wayfair.com Faucet: $53 from www.overstock.com...
Fixing A Broken Pipe (Thanks Winter)

Fixing A Broken Pipe (Thanks Winter)

When we were Prepping for our First Winter Storm, I discovered what turned out to be heat tape on many of our pipes under the house.  I thought this slightly-more-expensive way to keep our pipes from freezing was great…  As of yesterday morning, our pipes were frozen 7 out of the 11 days prior, so...
Inspiring Charlottesville Farmhouses

Inspiring Charlottesville Farmhouses

I decided I’m going to start posting once a week about something that inspires me… and since today is Thursday, I guess it will be every Thursday! This week I’m writing from Kansas City and wishing I were back in Charlottesville with warmer weather.  I thought I’d see what all was going on around Charlottesville...
Bedside Tables

Bedside Tables

In our bedroom in Alexandria, we didn’t have any room for nightstands or bedside tables, but in our new house in Charlottesville the rooms are all very generously sized and we decided to get some! Here’s a pic of our bed in our new bedroom: very obviously lacking bedside tables.  We’ve kind of been using...
Roof: Before and After

Roof: Before and After

It’s a bit late but I thought I’d share pictures of our new roof with you! Just to recap: before we put on a new roof, we had a very old one that leaked with broken solar panels on one side.  I wrote a previous blog post as the roofers were working.  Here’s a picture...
Chopping Down Our Christmas Tree!

Chopping Down Our Christmas Tree!

Many people every year decide to cut down their own Christmas trees.  This year, Lynne and I were one of those families!!  Well, I can’t say it was quite the “traditional” way of cutting down your own tree in a forest or anything.  Actually, it was more like yard-work 🙂 We had this decently sized...
Surprise Christmas Decorating

Surprise Christmas Decorating

With Lynne out of town for two straight weeks for work, I thought about how nice it would be to surprise her with Christmas lights for our first holiday season in our new house!!  The front porch, I thought, would look best all lit up with holiday cheer, so I went about devising a plan:...
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