Posted by: Diane | June 25, 2016

How We Are Surviving WITHOUT Air Conditioning

…so far!

You heard that right friends.  Our lovely new house does not have AC.  And everyone knows that it gets hot in Texas in the summer.

So what are we doing to beat the heat?  Read More…

Posted by: Diane | June 14, 2016

How I Created a Faux Flagstone Floor in My Kitchen

I wanted something pretty for my kitchen floor.  Something that would bring the feeling of natural colors and textures into my cooking space.  I would like to decorate my kitchen in shades of green, blue and brown that give it an earthy, woodsy, herb garden feel.   Read More…

Posted by: Diane | March 17, 2016

How I Stained Our Concrete Living Room Floor

I was very lovingly reminded by one of my daughters that I haven’t updated my blog in a while.  I must apologize.  While I have many things to write about, especially when it comes to the house we are building, I simply haven’t been writing.

So here is a post for you to enjoy.
(Picture heavy! )

I decided to stain the concrete floors in the kitchen and living room.

Read More…

Posted by: Diane | September 13, 2014

Progress on the house

Well, things are slowly moving forward!   We took delivery of some wood siding that will be used mostly inside the house, but Allen decided that we would use it on one exterior wall that will be part of a garage one day.



We are working on getting electricity to the house as well.  Allen and the kids dug a hole and set an electrical pole a couple of weeks ago and then ran conduit underground to the house.


Hopefully I’ll have a usable dryer by the end of the month!   Here is a picture of the future laundry room:


You can see the breaker box there with the conduit running up to it.   There are also a few wires run from there to rooms in the house for future lighting. 

Slow but steady.   I’ll be glad to have a dryer for laundry on the coming cool, drizzly days.

Posted by: Diane | June 22, 2014

Poison Ivy, how I hate thee…

…let me count the ways:(the itching,

the ugly, oozing blisters,

the itching,

the way the rash spreads for days which only prolongs the misery,

the burning,

the fact that I seem to get it not from actually touching the plant, but “secondhand”, which makes it impossible to avoid,

the itching,

and OMG the awful blisters that ooze and crust.

Do they sell calamine lotion in 55 gallon drums?  Actually, my favorite remedies are hot water (or a hair dryer) on the rash, and peppermint oil.

Does anyone else have any helpful remedies for easing this truly satanic malady?  (Straight from the pit of hell, I’m tellin’ ya.)


Posted by: Diane | January 20, 2014

It’s always something

2014 has gotten off to a challenging start.  There have been lots of little problems cropping up that have required our attention, seemingly on a daily basis.  I’m presently sitting at the picnic table in our new house as I write, watching the little birds flit around the front pasture. We haven’t done much work on the house lately owing to weather and a temporary redirection of finances, but that’s not a problem.

The problem is that all of our old “homes” have chosen this time to start acting up and demanding attention.  Especially in the electrical and plumbing departments.   Madlen has had to abandon her nest in the cabin for the sleeper sofa in our living room because of electrical issues and then broken water pipes.  Those pipes have survived past hard freezes without problem, but not this year.

The electricity problem started with just some blinking and progressed to the point that it blew one of their video game transformers and outlets quit working.  One of the twins got zapped when she touched the refrigerator door.   And Allen has been unsuccessful in tracking down exactly what the problem is.   He checks an outlet with an ohm meter and it reads as it should.  But plug something in and the power drops to nothing.   Combine that with the fact that our last electric bill was increased by $200 and you know you’ve got a problem.  I suspect an electrical “leak”.
Henceforth, the cabin will be a large storage building.  Good news:  the water heater (almost new) can be moved and used in the new house. 

As for the water pipes, Allen had the foresight to install a few cutoff valves a few years ago, so that water could be shut off to individual buildings or faucets.  Very helpful when you have a leak somewhere!

Since the cabin was also our laundry room, we have had to adjust our routine  a little.   We moved the washing machine back in to our trailer where it used to be, however, we no longer have a plug for the dryer in there.   It was used to install the electric stove in my kitchen.  So we will be line drying clothes for now.


Do you use liquid fabric softener at 6 times the amount recommended by the manufacturer to give your clothes (and the one square mile of atmosphere surrounding your dryer vent) that “fresh laundry” scent?


What your nose  is really craving is that “wind and sunshine” smell that only comes from hanging your laundry out to dry on a clothesline, fence or drying rack.  It’s free and it won’t trigger chemical allergies in others when you walk past them!  Not to mention that you’ll sleep better when you crawl into bed between those fresh, sun-dried sheets and know that your electric bill will be lower!

(brought to you by the Council on Good Ideas)

This morning we had to make some fence repairs.  The fences are goat strong, but apparently not horse-stepping-on-wire-and-stretching-to-eat-grass-over-the-fence strong.  We’ve woken up to her wandering about the yard for the past three mornings.  And apparently she has a thing for licking the hood of Allen’s car.  Not cool in his opinion, but pretty funny in mine.

It’s probably time to take some laundry off of the line and hang some more out.  Allen will be home soon to go fix a water pipe at the church and build a few more walls in the house.  For all the little setbacks we are still getting a lot accomplished.

Posted by: Diane | November 17, 2013

Progress on house

Little by little it’s coming along.  Here are photos from last weekend and this one:

The blue tarp above covers the last wall opening where they can deliver materials for ceiling and walls so we don’t have to carry it into the house one piece at a time.



This will be the living room window:

We’re working on the north walls this weekend:

Posted by: Diane | October 15, 2013

Almost ready for concrete

The exterminator came today and treated the soil that will be under the slab.  The concrete workers also arrived early this morning to check the situation out.  They did a bit more digging around the perimeter and then laid down the plastic and rebar.  They’ll come finish that job either tomorrow or right before they pour the concrete.



Posted by: Diane | October 13, 2013

Getting ready to pour

We’re planning to pour the cement floor this Friday if we don’t have any weather that delays the concrete man’s schedule.  Last week we had a few loads of sand spread inside the forms that Allen put up.  This weekend we are digging trenches for the edge of the floor and installing the PEX water pipe. 

Everyone is helping:



Micah digs while discussing a video game with his friend, Hunter



Laying down the PEX


The trench inspector

Posted by: Diane | October 13, 2013

Getting ready to pour…

We are hoping to get the concrete floor poured this Friday if we don’t have weather that delays the concrete man.  Last week we got a few loads of sand and had them spread inside the forms Allen put up.  This weekend we are digging the trenches for the edge of the floor and where the PEX water pipe and an electrical conduit for the kitchen island go.

Everybody helps:



Micah digs while dicussing a video game with his friend, Hunter.


Digging a trench for PEX water pipe


Straightening the PEX


The trench inspector

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