Friday, August 29, 2014

The Great North Woods

That's the semi-official name for where I live. Also, The North East Kingdom.
Whatever you call it, it's gorgeous. Everyone reminds me of the cold, sometimes brutally cold and snowy winters. I've lived in Montana, people. Trust me, been there, done that.
We are already scavenging up warm clothes, blankets, quilts, etc. for the cold to come. Boots are high on my agenda, too. And warm socks. CUTE warm socks for me. Yeah, I have something of a sock addiction.
Pictures...if I can get this computer to cooperate and keep the internet connected (Damn you, Fairpoint Communications. You are not fair, do not communicate and there seems to be no damn point to your service...which rarely works!)
First...the basement. NOT a good thing. The place looks like a weekend retreat for serial killers!

 Yeah. That's going to take a LOT of work. After getting the plumbing fixed, we are basically out of money BUT we still need a furnace to survive this winter. So...trying some creative financing (i.e., selling a gun or maybe two or possibly getting a home improvement loan)

Sunrise the other morning. The pics aren't very good...sorry! But the sky was awash with such lovely shades of pink, blue and lavender.

 I love looking at the sky here. The stars at night are simply blazingly bright as there are very few lights way out here in the country.

And here's Charlie. The goats and alpacas are delighted with the grass...although a bit confused by it at first!

 Tin ceilings. Yes, I have them! Have been doing a lot of research on the care and maintenance of them.Some idiot in the past covered several ceilings here with that gawdawful looking Styrofoam type ceiling tile. YUCK!  And the wallpaper in some of the rooms is so U-G-L-Y.

 So, yeah...cosmetic issues, we haz them.
It's a lot of work ahead of us...we know that. It will take time. I know I can't accomplish everything overnight. I would LOVE to be able to, but unless I win the lottery tomorrow, it is not gonna happen.
Still, it's an old house with a few wonky floors and ugly wallpaper, but it is of very solid construction.
It's over 100 years old and has stood strong through all those winters and spring storms and autumn winds.
I love it.
As most everyone has heard, SciFiChick over at the Bacon and Eggs blog passed away from a heart attack. I was shocked and saddened by her death. Sci always came across as so vital and enthusiastic, even when she was having a rough time. She was such a good writer and her blog taught me a lot. I never met her in person, but we did exchange a lot of comments back and forth over the past few years. I met her on a forum and she inspired me and encouraged me to start this blog. I will miss her.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Took me a couple of weeks to get internet set up, sorry about that!
But we are here.
No plumbing for the first week, so I had to rent a port a potty. Had to put up a corral for the animals and the rooster and his hens are still in temporary quarters in the garage.
But at night, I hear the river chuckling and dancing over the rocks and that lulls me to sleep.
The air is cooler here (thank goodness!) and more humidity, so I feel better.
The house is definitely a fixer upper. We got enough of the plumbing fixed up to live on the second floor for the time being.
So many projects, so little money, lol!
But little by little, we will get it done!
I should be able to post pics on my next post.