Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Sad "Welcome" & Some Fun News

A Sad "Welcome" & Some Fun News
We got an e-mail last week from the previous owner that a friend of his, who lives out near our property, was driving by and noticed that the door to the schoolhouse was open. He stopped in and closed it, then notified G.G. about the break-in. G.G. then drove out and propped a heavy bucket behind the door so the wind wouldn't blow it open.

So, we have roofers come out. We're not there. Obviously it's an absentee-owner owned property. So why not see what there is to take?! Unbelievable. They broke the door jam to get in. Whether anything was taken remains to be seen as we won't be able to get out there again until we get our place in KY sold. "NOT HAPPY" is an understatement. We don't know who did it, but it certainly felt like a pathetic way of introducing themselves to us. I'd love to find out who it was. I would definitely press charges for breaking & entering.

Granted, hubby says there's nothing of value inside, but that's beside the point as far as I'm concerned. There are things in there that I have crafty little plans for, and with luck those things are and will still be there. 

I am sooo ready to move! LOL It's fun making plans in my head and on paper and on the computer, but I'm ready to begin implementing them!

We recently acquired a couple of pigs, so if we keep them they'll be moving with us....adding to our menagerie. Technically, we now officially have a "hobby farm"! Sounds good anyway. LOL Maybe that terminology will bring a buyer. Soon! 

We also acquired a pet pig! She's a Miniature Vietnamese Pot Belly Pig. We named her Amanda. She belonged to an elderly couple who had to go into a nursing home. We got her from our neighbors. They didn't know how old she was or even her name. So we named her. She's a real trip! LOL I've had one before - well, my sons did. Her name was Morticia and she was not "miniature"! She grew to over 4' long and close to 400 lbs, at least! They had her for almost 12 yrs. We figure Amanda is no more than 2 - 3 yrs old, so we should have her for at least another 10 yrs.!

Meet Amanda:

 Yes, we spoil her! She's obviously used to it!

She likes her new pool!

She "sits" and "begs" for treats! LOL

Amanda is completely house trained and goes out with the dogs when they go out to "potty". She & Hoodoo, my Boxer, enjoy playing tag together. She & the other dogs have a tentative relationship so far. She doesn't know what to think of Nici, our Macaw. But she has learned that Nici throws down food! And Nici has learned Amanda's name quickly, yelling at her just as she does the dogs.

Our house is an ever interesting place to be!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Roofer Sent Pics

Roofer Sent Pics
The roofer sent us pictures of the work in progress and after the roof was on. He'll be sending more now that the downspouts & gutters are on.

That is a steep roof!

They look like ants crawling around up there! LOL

Lots of work, glad it's them and not me!

Roof complete!

 Perfect timing! No one can resist this type of shot if they're in the right spot at the right time! Beautiful!

Friday, September 7, 2012

New Roof is On!

New Roof is On!
One project taken care of, woohoo!

When we finally get around to the other roofs, we will definitely be calling these people. They get on the job right away, no bullshit excuses and delays.

So anyone in the north western part of Kansas and need a roof, call Aqua Shield Roofing & Construction, LLC (Oberlin, KS) 785-475-2533. Shane was the man we dealt with.

Now for the next step, sell this place so we can get moved out there! We have so many plans that are on hold and it's driving us crazy. We have the dogs' fencing planned, the hen houses & horses' loafing shed planned, the fence lines are drawn out on the computer aerial photo, the garden & greenhouse set-up are designed, and the interior of the schoolhouse is all planned & designed. Waiting totally sucks! LOL

Oh well, in the mean time I'm wildcrafting & harvesting seeds from plants I want in my gardens and around the property. I'll also acquire the native Kansas plants as well.....being the Region Leader for the Kansas Native Plant Society kind of makes that a "given"!

So, we'll just keep the property on the market and wait. :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Rant: Roof Delay ~ Found Another Roofer

A Rant: Roof Delay ~ Found Another Roofer
Nothing is worse than a company that is incapable of following through as they promise.

Almost 7 weeks ago we signed the contract for the roof and sent them payment. We were told that as soon as they received the contract (we emailed it back immediately) they would order the materials, which would take about 3 weeks to come in, and then the roof would be done shortly thereafter.

When we called them last week their cell phone always had a busy signal. Seriously? Cell phones don't have busy signals, unless they have an app for calls they don't want to take. Pathetic. 

When we emailed them they never answered that either. Nothing whatsoever.

So hubby called the office and spoke with the office manager and told her to have the salesman call. Two days later he still hadn't so hubby called again, and left another message. The salesman was "unavailable at the moment". 

Three days later the office manager calls back and says that the salesman had just left for the day (it wasn't even 10 am). He couldn't call himself prior to leaving? Seriously? Pathetic. Anyway, the message from the salesman was that the materials weren't in yet (we'd gotten an email on 8/3 that they'd been ordered that day - 18 days after receiving payment, 22 days after receiving the contract). It would be "sometime after that" that the roof would be done.

Sorry, not good enough.

So hubby called another roofer, the receptionist said she'd give the message to a sales rep and have him call. He called less than 5 minutes later and said he would go out to the property immediately and get back with us when he got there. And he did.

He said he'd send us the quote tomorrow. We fully expect to receive it as he said. He also knew immediately who we were dealing with when hubby explained the problems we were having. Apparently it is modus operandi for that company! (For those in Kansas, that fail company is Roofmasters - don't use them!)

This new company said they could have the materials in a week and the job done within 2 weeks after. THAT is how a business should be run!

So now we have the fun of waiting for the other company (Roofmasters) to refund our money so we can get the other company to do the job.

I think one of my biggest pet peeves is when a business is so lax and who-cares in the way they treat their customers. Until retiring I'd always been self-employed and I absolutely never forgot that "the customer is always right" and did everything I could to make sure they were satisfied. Over 25 years in business and 3 very different businesses, thus very different clientele, I have a very good idea how a business should be run and its employees should conduct themselves. Roofmasters needs a few instructions on all of it. We will never recommend them to anyone. We will steer them away. And I hope more people do the same.

Ok, I'm done ranting. Hopefully the next time I post it will be that the roof is complete!

Oh, we also decided on a different shingle. Less expensive, and it doesn't have the extra benefits of the Solaris, but it's a very nice looking shingle, strong, and it will look really nice on the church.

Heritage: Thunderstorm Grey

Friday, August 17, 2012

Awesome Find ~ A Child's Casket!

Awesome Find ~ A Child's Casket!
Oh boy do I have a great new project! While hubby was visiting the property to take a look around he found this child's casket in the choir loft.

As I posted previously, hubby called me once he was up and exploring (we were pleasantly surprised that we had perfect cell phone service out there!) He went through the schoolhouse first and then the church. In the choir loft of the church, in the dark (as there's no electricity on yet), he found a child's casket. It was all covered in dust & dirt, and the outer fabric cover was coming off. LOL Your typical so-not-what-you-want-to-see-when-exploring-dark-empty-creepy places! He learily opened the casket lid and saw that the interior, while thankfully empty, was still in perfect, pristine condition! Woohoo!

I told him that he had to bring that back to me! I had to see it - and make it pretty again!

So here are the pictures of it (the last picture has the best surprise of all!):

While still in the choir loft.

The casket front.

The casket left side.

The casket back.

The casket right side. No, that's not a split in the wood, it's actually sawn that way, but not all the way through. Not sure why, but I'm going to find out!

The casket top. As you can see, there is water damage and warping on the right end. It is also split about a third of the way down the top. Not sure how to repair that, but I'm going to do some research to find out if it's possible. Or pay someone who knows how!

The casket interior. Isn't it beautiful! It's in perfect condition! Some child would've looked so beautiful and peaceful wrapped in such soft, fluffy, silken beauty.

The casket pillow. This is so sweet! It's not some flat, cheap thing either. This pillow is about 4" thick and beautifully tufted in the center.

The casket handle. Beautifully ornate and nickel plated! It was this shiny already, I did not "shine" it up for the pictures.

The manufacturer's postcard was inside. Notice the stamp in the corner? One cent! LOL Awesome!

This is the back of the manufacturer's card and it includes all of the information about the casket: the customer's name (who turned out to be a local business owner and banker), the town (Hoxie, KS), the casket number (14), and other pertinent information. But the most awesome bit of information is the date. October 2, 1933.
October 2nd is my birthday!

Seriously, what are the odds of that!???! 

I mean, finding our dream property that has both a church and a school on it. Then finding a casket in the church, which is odd enough already. But finding that casket with it's manufacturer's card and that card having that date on it! Granted, it's 27 yrs older than me, but out of 365 days in a year and all the years that company made caskets (50+) and all the years that this church was there (1930's - 1980 - close to 50 yrs!), and all the years the church sat empty (32 yrs) this casket was there, waiting for us to find it - for me!!

How totally, unbelievably awesome is that!!!!?????!!!!! I'm so excited I can't stand it! LOL can you tell?

So now the fun begins of restoring the wood - or re-covering it, I haven't decided yet. There is alot of glue on the wood that will take quite a bit of work to remove. Plus, I have to be very careful not to stain or damage the interior fabric. I'd never be able to get that back in place! So I have to very carefully work around it.

Once completed I'm going to use it as a coffee table or side table under a window or something.  I know, I'm sick! In fact, when hubby found the casket, his first thought (after seeing, thankfully, that it was empty!) was that his "creepy wife will love this!" Oh, he is sooo right! LOL Does my honey know me or what?! Luv u too, my great big hunk o' man! 

So, the project begins. I'll be sure to post updates as I progress with the project, so keep an eye out for them!


Since finding the old child's casket and the subsequent research I've been doing, we've found out that the schoolhouse & church were built in the 1930's, not the 1940's. Cool! So they're a decade older! (Still don't have an exact date yet, but I'm working on it).

Love it!

Staying Home & Getting Things Done

Staying Home & Getting Things Done
I decided that the money it would cost for me to take my trip out to the property could be better spent working on the shop downstairs, getting it enclosed and less "barn-like" looking. Which should make it easier to sell. Hopefully.

Yes, I'm more than a little disappointed about not going. I'd love to see all of it myself. Never mind digging through all of that "stuff" all by myself! I would've separated out what I considered salvageable or re-usable and made sure hubby didn't decided otherwise! LOL To him if it's not in perfect condition, it's not worth using. Throw it away.

Yeah, throw it away, like all of the bicycle rims he found in the schoolhouse basement closet! Well, I knew I could find a use for some of them. And I was right! Check this out:

How cool is that? A perfect trellis for vining vegetables! 

As an architectural interest, you could connect them end-to-end in rows and connect the rows for a border fence. Granted, not one to keep anything out per se, but definitely would look pretty with vining plants growing all over it! Attached to a lean-to support, it would make a good cucumber or squash trellis. Heavier hanging fruits & vegetables would need a bit more support, but the same trellis formation of bike rims could be used, just have cross-bracing where the rims come together, or attach the rims to each side of the boards, with the rims in between. Lots of options, you just have to see what works best for you.

Another use could be to connect 3 with long wooden stakes. Screw the rims to the stakes at about 12" intervals, leaving the stakes long enough (at least 12", maybe longer) to be shoved into the ground. This would be a good tomato plant support.

These are just a few ideas. I'm sure I'll come up with many more once I get my hands on everything that's just waiting for me out there!

But in the mean time, we'll plug along working on the downstairs. And with luck someone will just drop by because they saw the ad for the property and will be buyers not shoppers. We had shoppers drop by a couple of days ago. Would've been nice if they were buyers. We are sooooo ready to go!

Soon though, I'm sure. Soon.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Hubby's at the Property Now

Hubby's at the Property Now
Well, he arrived about 1:30 am and slept in the back of the Expedition (we'd made a bed in the back with a futon mattress for him to sleep on).

He said that I will be in heaven because it is pitch black out there at night! Awesome! The stars will be so easy to see. And the Milky Way. I just might have to get myself a telescope!

He also said there are sure to be lots of "boogers" out there to get us. LMAO rolls eyes Hubby gets the willies easily! LOL

He called me when he got up (about 8:20 am) and began his walk-through of the property. We were very happily surprised that the cell phones were working out there! Woohoo! I was thinking I wouldn't get to hear about the place until he went into town. Instead, I got to "walk" with him as he described everything he was seeing. 

Ooooo, the goodies to be found! I can't wait for my trip out there after he gets back. We had to take separate trips because of the dogs, the birds, and the chickens (the horses are fine w/o us for a few days). We didn't want to have to board any of the dogs, and traveling with birds is a pain in the ass. And, the chickens need to be fed everyday, as well as locked in at night and let out in the morning. So both going at one time just wasn't an option.

So, anyway, while walking in what will be the horse pasture, he found a pet cemetery with 4 headstones with the pets' names on them: Boomer, Poo, Babe, Kit. Awesome! So, we're going to put a nice fence around the area so the horses can't mess with them. I think I may bury some of Czar's ashes there as well. (Czar was our White Doberman that was killed the day we were leaving to move to Kentucky). Here's a picture of Czar:

RIP Czar: 9/29/2002 - 9/6/2008

Another really awesome find - and in a very weird place - was a child-size casket. Hubby found it at the top of the bell tower....??? Go figure. I mean, what on Earth was it doing up there? I told him he absolutely has to bring that back home with him! I want to see that in person, asap! LOL Yes, I'm a bit "weird". He said the velvet needs to be replaced - not a problem - and the wood needs to be refurbished - also not a problem, and it should be beautiful again. Apparently it still has the casket manufacturer's label still on it.

When I go out I'll be taking pictures of things he wouldn't have found interesting. Such as the plants, the architecture, and other things that catch my interest. I'll also be bringing back things he never would. He's all for throwing everything out. I on the other hand, have plans for so much of what he would consider "junk".

The brick shit-house apparently really stinks!! Oh, big surprise there! NOT! LOL We'll be filling it with rocks & debris, then filling with concrete and resealing the floor with a pouring of concrete to bring it level. That was going to be his machine shop, but he feels it will be too small, so it's MY storage building for all my goodies. You know, all the things he would throw away, but I know I can use! :D 

Oh, the plans that are whirling around in my head right now!
Hubby is now on his way to his sister's new place that we bought for her. A huge Victorian home on 4 acres (only $9,000!). It needs paint on the exterior and some minor cosmetic work inside, but otherwise it's perfect! Here's a picture of my SIL's new house:

LOL Hideous turquoise that will be changed to yellow once they move out there. They're in the same boat we are - can't move until their property sells. She'll be excited to see more detailed pictures though, rather than the few that we currently have. The architecture inside is incredible! Here are a couple of samples:

Isn't this built-in beautiful?! Love it!
Those glass doors allow access from the other room as well, a pass-through - how cool!

 Check out the detail around and at the top of the doorways! Love the oval in the front door too!

Anyway, if I learn anything new today, I'll update. If not, then I'll post pictures when I return.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Ooo, Goodie! The Roof is Going on Soon!

Ooo, Goodie! The Roof is Going on Soon!
We got an e-mail this morning that the materials will be delivered and the roof renovations will begin by mid-August! Woohoo! It's going to look sooo nice!

We're going to go out for our first look at the place, probably next week. I can't wait to get my own pictures of everything. Never mind getting to go through all that stuff in those buildings! I am such a hound for scrounging through old buildings for left-over things! It's incredible the things I've found over the years. I feel that the things left behind feel lost until they're taken again and given new life. Rotting into the ground is such an ugly way to end existence - even for inanimate objects.

The trip out there should be interesting. Gris-Gris & Hoodoo will be boarded (not happy about that) and Ve'Ve' & JuJu will go with us. As will Nici, our Macaw. As for Thor, the little Robin I raised, well he's still coming around for his feedings and he doesn't like to be out in the big scary darkness, so he spends his nights in the house. I'm not sure what to do about him - take him with or leave him here to fend for himself for a few days? I'd just die of guilt if anything happened to him!

Well, that's about it for now. When we get back I'll be posting pictures for sure!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Finally Got the Deed

Finally Got the Deed
We finally received the deed to the property in the mail. We actually had to call to have them send it to us! Hubby called and "miraculously" they had "just received it and will send it right out". But they had to search for the file to verify our address. Duh. LOVE competency, don't you?

I'm going to visit a friend in TN tomorrow. We rented a car for a week, so hubby will take a trip out to take a look at the property (as well as his sister's Victorian house that we bought for her). She's so excited about getting out there. LOL So are we. God, I wish this place would sell!

We're doing some renovations downstairs in the shop and enclosing it with a ceiling, which will be the floor for the apartment upstairs. This should add to the sell-ability of the place....and add a nice chunk to the bottom line as well! Doing the renovations until the place sells beats sitting around waiting and wishing it would sell!

Other than this, nothing else is new. I'll post new pics when hubby returns from his trip out to KS. Wish I could go as well, but with the chickens, horses, dogs, birds...well, that would be impossible! Maybe some day I'll make a trip out there by myself and leave hubby here to tend to the "family". :)

Either way, I'm so excited about getting closer & closer to getting moved!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ideas & Plans Abound!

Ideas & Plans Abound!
With all of the stuff left in the buildings, I can't wait to get started going through it all! In the pictures we can only see clearly that which is closest to the camera. I can only imagine what's not visible!

I've been going through sites & blogs of those who've made things using the "reduce, reuse, recycle" concept. I've posted links down on the right under "Other Great Blogs!", as well as put some of their badges to the right. Be sure to check them out, they really have some great ideas!

Hubby's idea is to scoop it all up and haul it to the dump! NOT if I have anything to say about it! There's a huge pile of old wood that I can't wait to go through to find pieces that are perfect for projects. In fact, I have one in mind already, but it's contingent upon there being enough good wood.

I'm planning on bringing some of the old barn wood we have here on our KY property, from our 100 yo tobacco barn. I want to make a large farmhouse table with it. Combining it with some of the wood from the new property will give it lots of character and meaning.

There are soooo many creative people online and I'm having sooo much fun browsing their sites for ideas. I hope some day to be able to share some of my projects as well.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Roofing Ordered!

Woohoo! We've signed the work order contract and are on the list to have the roof put on. The roofers are about 4 weeks out and then it begins.

I've asked them to please save the wood shingles because I can re-use them in sooo many other projects - the greenhouse & hen houses especially. If there are enough good ones I may even be able to sell some of them....and they can sell for a pretty penny! Plus there are so many things still in the buildings that can be salvaged, used, or sold.

If we could just sell this place we could get out there and begin working on our final home! (I refuse to move, ever again!)


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ok, It's Decided.....We've Changed Our Mind

Ok, It's Decided.....We've Changed Our Mind

LOL, Yep, sure did - already - knew we would - told you we would too - it's just inevitable. But it's a good change, of course. The shingles we really like are top-of-the-line, excellent in quality & durability, but the ones we decided to switch to are also far better at heat reflection from the sun. Twenty percent better!

CertainTeed's Presidential Shake, Impact Resistant, Classic Weathered Wood was the original one:

Love the architectural difference the various shaped shingles produce.

CertainTeed's Landmark Solaris Gold, Impact Resistant, Max Def Weathered Wood is what we've ordered:

These are lighter in color and look a bit more like weathered shingles, and they almost match perfectly the real wood shingles they're replacing (which we're keeping so I can use them in other projects, such as the lower section of the greenhouse I'll be building from old windows - but that's a (much) later post).

As the website explains, "Landmark Solaris GOLD IR forms a barrier between your roof and the sun that reduces your roof's temperature by as much as 20 percent in the summer." And out in the middle-of-nowhere Kansas prairie.....we'll need it!

Their site also states about these shingles:

  • Rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) for cool roofs
  • Landmark Solaris GOLD IR shingles may qualify for credits/points in LEED, NAHB and other "green" programs
  • All colors are ENERGY STAR® qualified roof products
  • Tough fiber glass reinforced base to help achieve the highest impact resistant rating from U.L.
  • Tested to withstand the impact of a 2" steel ball being dropped from 20 feet in the air
  • In some areas, insurance companies offer homeowner discounts if you install an impact-resistant shingle
Discounts, tax incentives, lower cooling bills in the summer - all good things! I can't wait to see the finished look!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

OK, It's Decided

OK, It's Decided
We're going with the fiberglass shingle roof (Classic Weathered Wood).

We loaded up all the dogs for a "bye-bye" and drove around town today looking at roofs. While the newer metal roofs looked good, the older ones were faded, dented, and really didn't look very attractive. Granted we have no idea how old those roofs are, but we really want something that is long-lasting & durable. We don't want to have to replace it.

So, we decided on the shingles in that very classy looking "Classic Weathered Wood". It will look great on the church roof - and eventually the schoolhouse roof and the shop.

Once our place here sells, then we'll have the schoolhouse roof put on, and then after hubby redesigns the shop roof to extend out over a concrete pad in front of the shop (i.e. the former "brick shit house") is when that roof will be applied.

Oh, and here's the "bye-bye" crew:

Gris-Gris (pronounced gree-gree):

This is hubby's dog, but she's a Mama's Girl. Fat & squishy, she's awesome to cuddle up with. Just don't let her sit on you! OMG!


This guy is my buddy! We go on walks together as often as possible.

Ve'Ve' (pronounced vay-vay):

Ve'Ve' is Gris-Gris & Hoodoo's daughter. She & JuJu (and 9 other siblings) were born on my 50th birthday! Awesome present!


JuJu was the first born of the litter and is our "special" guy. He's crippled in all 4 legs. His back right leg is dislocated (vet tried to fix it, but it didn't heal back), his front legs are missing the foreleg bones, and the back left leg is stunted. But he is unbelievably strong, runs around without a problem, plays hard and is a spoiled rotten brat. And he's the one that runs shit around here!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Quote for the New Roof

Quote for the New Roof
Well we got the quote for the new roof. So now we have to choose whether we want a strong teal metal roof or a very strong (lifetime warranteed) fiberglass reinforced shingle roof.

This is the teal color for the metal roof:

And this is the fiberglass reinforced shingle color, called Classic Weathered Wood:

Decisions, decisions!

Each has it's own benefits: 
1) The metal roof is less expensive (so we can have all the roofs done at the same time), quickly installed, far fewer pieces to install.
2) The shingle roof is quite expensive (so we would have to hold off on the schoolhouse roof), very strong and durable, comes with a lifetime warranty.

My personal choice is the teal - because I looooovvvvvve color! And its durability is more than all we need for our lifetime. The only problem being that the color may eventually begin to be less vibrant and thus may have to be replaced. The shingle roof will stay perfect long after we're dead & gone! LOL That sounds bad! How about, "it will stay perfect long after we pass it on to the family member we decide to leave it to"? Yeah, that's better. LOL

So that's all that's new at the moment. More later, once there's more to share!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Thank you, House Blogging!

Thank you, House Blogging!

We've been introduced on House Blogging as one of their newest blogs (also see their badge on the right column here on High Plains Settlers). This is a very cool sight where you can see what others are doing  with their homes. There are thousand of ideas for style, color, architecture, gardening, you-name-it! All from people like me who like to blog, humbly toot their own horn, and share what they've learned and what they've accomplished.

So, thank you very much House Blogging!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

So It Begins!

So It Begins!
We found our new property online, like the others, and again, bought it sight unseen. We had planned on our Kentucky home being our final place to retire, but the humidity is killing us. The constant change in barometric pressure gives me migraines, and the humidity is really messing with our joints. Getting older and getting achy may be normal, but there's age-induced and environment-induced. We can only ease the former, but we can certainly actively do something about the latter. And so we are. And at our ages (I'm 52 and hubby's 59) we choose to do something about it while we still can! LOL

In the previous post I showed pictures of our first Kansas property. In the tab bar above, the 2012 tab has all of the pictures that were sent to us for the property we will now be renovating. The pictures in the header show them shortly after they were built in the 1940's (still don't know the date yet, but I will once we move out there and do some research.)

We printed out the aerial of the property from Google Maps and have already designed the fence lines for the horses, chickens and, most importantly the dogs.
Here's is our planned finished property set-up - but as we all know, things tend to change....often! LOL
This picture shows where the horse shed is in the pasture along the central dividing fence, the chicken pens & houses immediately next to that. The green box at the bottom is the carport. Behind the church (the large rectangular area) is the greenhouse, garden, beehive and propane tank (behind the greenhouse). Next to the church and in front of the greenhouse, in the corner of the fences, is Nici's cage. She's our Blue & Gold Macaw - and she loves being in her 5' x 10' cage all day everyday when it's not too cold (or too hot). 

Meet Nici. These were taken 4 years ago. I just had to put her up on the fence with the Autumn trees in the background, because the gold leaves matched her feathers. She had fun inspecting the new (temporary) perch.

So, back to the placement descriptions: The small green rectangle at the top center is hubby's machine shop (LOL formerly a "brick shit house"!) and the last green box just below the shop is the one room schoolhouse. And that's it - for now! As I said, things always have a way of changing, and once we're actually out there working on the place, I'm sure we'll have numerous changes to make! LOL

But most of it will have to wait until our property in Kentucky sells. The roof will go on the church immediately so as to keep it from obtaining any further damage, which luckily is quite minimal according to the roofer we had go out, take a look, and get us a quote for a metal roof. A nice teal metal roof over that terra cotta colored brick will look great! The trim will probably be cream, and the exterior doors in teal. But so far, that's as far as we've gotten. And that's quite likely to change! :D

So that's what we have so far. Check back every now & then to see what's new. I'll be updating when ever something happens, regardless how small or seemingly insignificant.

Have a great day and many Blessings!

We Love Kansas So We're Moving Back

We Love Kansas So We're Moving Back
We were living in Texas, but loved Kansas. So when we found a property we liked, we bought it sight unseen. It was 19 acres with an awesome 104 year old 2-story Fence Post Limestone farmhouse. But during renovations it burned down completely. I mean there was nothing left but the rock walls! The fire was so hot it melted the aluminum window frames down to nothing, and the entire inside structure was nothing but ash & rubble. I'd never seen anything like it!

It was 20 miles from anywhere in the middle of fields and hills. The house itself was situated in a deep valley, sitting along a watershed. (Later found out that it tends to flood sometimes! ooops!)

Here are some of the "before" pictures of that cool old farmhouse:

Check out this design! I've never seen anything like it before.

This was at the top of the door sills. Such interesting detail!


Love the deep windows - it also shows how thick the walls were!

Now for the "after" pictures - you're going to flip!

Re-building wasn't an option - obviously, so we decided to move east to Kentucky to be closer to family who were in Georgia, my sons and hubby's sister. My sons have since moved back to Florida and we want his sister closer so we can help her out (we're not getting any younger, you know!) (We also bought the Kentucky property sight unseen!)

So, we decided a year ago that we wanted to move back to Kansas, and thus the search began. Again. We put our place on the market, have had 2 buyers but each time the sale fell through. The most recent time being just this past week. And as a result we were afraid we'd lose out on our dream property: 3.58 acres with a 1940's brick church and one room schoolhouse! We've always wanted to live in a renovated school or church - and this property has both!

But I'll save that for the next post!