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And then we looked for an RV~~

By January 4, 2018 General, Planning
Yep, here is the picture of whole kit-n-kaboodle.

The plan is to sell our house, and move into a temporary living space.  And so then we looked on. . . you guessed it. . .  Craigslist. . . to find an RV of sorts.  We needed something we could live in until we can move into our home.  We were searching and searching, and this is what we landed on.

No, unfortunately, it wasn’t free.  Sadness. . . but I guess I can’t get everything for free, huh?

We went to look at it, and we took pictures.  Here they are.

Going to check it out~

Going to check it out~

We are novices when it comes to these things, so we are getting shown a few of the ropes! My #1 son sitting in a chair~not like him.

We are novices when it comes to these things, so we are getting shown a few of the ropes! (Our #1 son sitting in a chair~not like him.)

Yeah, I think that he may have been in time out??

Yeah, I think that he may have been in time out??

Looking toward the back from the doorway of the main sleeping area in the front.

Looking toward the back from the doorway of the main sleeping area in the front.

Looking back toward the front of the trailer from the back bedroom space.

Looking back toward the front of the trailer from the back bedroom space.

So the door has taken a hit when it was being transported at a point it seems. We can handle that.

So thise door has taken a hit when it was being transported at a point it seems. We can handle that.

The narrow closet space behind that door.

The narrow closet space behind that door.

The slide-out with the dining table and couch. Nice space for the recliner too.

The slide-out with the dining table and couch. Nice space for the recliner too.  You can see the bedroom in the front of the trailer past the recliner.

The shower ~you can see the sky light light coming in.

The shower ~you can see the sky light light coming in.

The kitchen area across from the dining table and couch.

The kitchen area across from the dining table and couch.

I think we are going to own this trailer in a few days.

I think we are going to own this trailer in a few days.

I think I am, as I write this post, trying to convince myself that I like this travel trailer.  There are worse.  I know that.  There are much better.  I also know that.  I did not want to pay for an expensive one.  It is just temporary.  We will live in it for a short while, and it will be motivation to keep rockin’ on the house.

I will show you pictures of getting it on our property next.  But this was our visit to see it, and decide “Yes, we will buy it.”

It also means that our girls will not be moving in with us.  Although we have space for 9 people to sleep in this travel trailer, we DON’T have space for 6 people to live, actually live ~with all of their belongings~ in this space for any length of time.   Especially when our girls are 21 and almost 23 and have tons of clothes, belongings, etc., and our boys are only 8 and 9 yo.  It will never work out.

It is with sadness that I write the reality is that our girls are basically going to get ‘booted’ out, and thankfully, they are not upset with us about it.  I think they might even kind of be excited for what is ahead, even though we all know we will miss each other dearly.  They know we need to take this step of selling our house.  We need the equity from our home to be able to finish our log cabin debt free.  That is the goal.

Just “Thank you Lord!” that you provide.

 

 

 

 

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Three Mahogany doors, and some ideas. . .

By October 9, 2016 General, Planning, The Gatherings
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We picked up 3 mahogany doors today, and I have a place for each one of them of course.   They will be beautiful!  Clean ’em up, and put a coat or two of varnish on them, and I think we will be in business!

They even came with the frames! (I think this door got stored up-side-down.)

They even came with the frames! (I think this door got stored up-side-down.)

 

You know, it is so interesting to meet other people who are also repurposing items.  The fellow we got the doors from is fixing up a rental property that he owns, and so it was fun to get to see some of his work.

I also got some great ideas from the bathroom he had fixed up~~ways to save money and it looks still very nice.  I asked him if I could take a few pictures. . .

He framed in a mirror with this crown molding~~How cool is that?

He framed in a mirror with this crown molding~~How cool is that?

He made this wall with bead board, and told me about how to get the most out of it based on the size sheets it comes in.

He made this wall with bead board, and told me about how to get the most out of it based on the size sheets it comes in.

Just a close-up of the details~

Just a close-up of the details~

 

And, unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of this, but my little fellows were having a BALL with the ‘Lazarus’ lizards (see story here about the origination of these lizards to this area: http://www.nkytribune.com/2015/08/leapin-lazarus-lizards-or-podarcis-muralis-are-legends-with-a-colorful-story-of-their-own/).   This fellow transplanted some of them to this house years ago and they have also multiplied there.  There is an abundance of them~~they are all over the place.  NOT actually all over, but you can spot one frequently enough if you scan the outside of the house.  AND you can imagine how much fun that was for my 7 and 8 year old boys.  OH MY!  They were entertained!  And did not want to leave without one of those lizards.

UH. . . . . .Not yet, not now!  But maybe later. . . .

Just “Thank you Lord!” for the mahogany doors, and the great ideas! and the fun the fellows had while I checked out the remodeled bathroom!

 

 

 

 

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I shipped off my house plans. . .

By August 21, 2016 General, Planning, Possibilities, The beginnings!

So, here are my basic drawings that I shipped off to an architectural and structural engineer in Italy.  He came recommended by a fellow LHBA member builder.

The main level~~want everything on necessary on the main floor so that we can grow old in our home!

The main level~~want everything on necessary on the main floor so that we can grow old in our home!

It is scary and exciting!

 

Second floor~~yes, tweaking needs to be done.

Second floor~~yes, tweaking needs to be done.

Basement~~pretty basic, but right now it is just an unfinished basement plan.

Basement~~pretty basic, but right now it is just an unfinished basement plan.

This is a little drawing of how I want the house positioned on our land. The sun will come up in the back part of the house, and set in the front~~

This is a little drawing of how I want the house positioned on our land. The sun will come up in the back part of the house, and set in the front~~

This is a picture of a house from a magazine. I like the stone room addition on the side. We plan to do something along this line for our dining room area. I like it a LOT! Dreaming here!

This is a picture of a house from the ‘LOG CABIN homes’ magazine. I like the stone room addition on the side. We plan to do something along this line for our dining room area. I like it a LOT!

Dreaming here!  It’s fun to dream~~The plans are simple, but that is what I want.  I want SIMPLE!  I do not like complicated and convoluted.  I don’t want to spend my days cleaning bathrooms, and nooks and crannies in my house.

Just “Thank you LORD!”

Psalm 37:4 (NKJV)

Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

 

 

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Meeting with a Mason!

By August 16, 2016 General, Masonry Heater
bricklaying

We spent an afternoon lunchtime a week or so ago with an old friend of ours ~~Stan! He and his wife and kiddos went to the same church with us years ago, and she happened to be our Sunday school teacher for a time.  It was so nice to see him, AAAAAND!   . . . . . .HE IS AN AMAZING mason!  . . . well known in these here parts!  😉   AAAAAND! . . . he is agreeing to build our masonry heater!  Viola!  He has built a ton of fireplaces, but I showed him what we were looking for for our log home, and he had never seen it before.  Okay, so it is really UNCOMMON in the states, and most rich people (my own assumption here) that he builds for aren’t getting a fireplace to heat their homes.  It is mainly for looks and ambiance.  Most people have normal furnaces to heat their homes with.

He was somewhat skeptical of how well it would heat our home, and spent a bit of time making jokes about it with my husband.  There I was ~~trying to get all serious!  All joking aside, he is willing to build it, and knows he can.  So, here we were talking over what this ‘masonry heater’ is, and how it works.  I showed him the pictures from the Living Homes book that explains it all.

But he wanted more information, and he wanted to see more of what they looked like once built, and he wanted me to send him some more information on them.  So that was the first thing I did once I got home.

masonry heater

I am really trying to avoid the cost of the heat for the winters.  The winters are not harsh around here, but they do happen, and I think this would be an awesome. . . beautiful. . .  functional. . .practical. . . efficient way to heat!

workings of masonry heater

On top of that, I have found someone that is selling firebricks for a really great price if you buy a LOT of them.   And I would be buying a LOT of them!  Over 700 to be sure!   I think that is a LOT!

fire bricks

You may notice these are in a chimney of sorts.  It is actually a kiln that is being dismantled.  This is a cool story: The people that are selling the bricks told me that this kiln was the oldest wood burning kiln in the states.  So yes, the bricks are old.  The kiln was at an artisan school where they recently purchased the land, and the kiln was on their property.  Hoping to go check the bricks out this week.

In the meantime, I called Stan to ask him if he had a chance to look over the information I had sent him, or if he wanted to look more at the Living Homes book.  He asked me to bring the book to him, and funny thing, we hopped on our bikes, me with my guys, and we biked up to where he just so happened to be working. . .less than 1/2 mile from our house~~ Dropped the book off waited to hear from him!

The weekend passed, and my husband called him to touch base.  He hadn’t had a chance to look it over, (he is big into dirt track racing, and now his sons are into it too, so their weekends are full with all of the racing events) HOWEVER, when we told him about the bricks we were planning on getting, he did warn us of getting old brick that might be falling apart.  He told us that the bricks need to sound like iron clanging together if we bang them together.  It is a test, you know, to check the life in them.  And he also said to make sure they aren’t really chalky and chipped.  That bit I kind of thought about already.

So thankful for the guidance.  Don’t want to waste our money.  It is not a good deal if we can’t use them, or they are cracking once we put them in the fireplace.  So, we will go and check them out before we buy, right?  Yes!

Just “Thank you LORD!”

Proverbs 11:14 (NKJV)

14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

Thankful for the counsel of a good mason!  We’ll see what our little trip there brings forth~~

 

 

 

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The cows weren’t in our kitchen after all?

By August 14, 2016 General, Our log home journey!, Planning, Possibilities
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Oh my, so we got together with a fellow whom I am going to call Bill because that is his name.  hehe  Very nice guy!  He is an excavator, septic system installer, a driveway maker, a pond cleaner-outer, kind of your all-around-seems-to-know-a-lot-about-a-lot kind of fellow.

When you are an owner-builder, and you basically don’t know what you are doing about much of what needs to be done, you have to rely on others.  So, that is what we are doing as we go along.  Good thing we are not doing the excavating, or on these lovely Kentucky rolling hills, our driveway would have ended up washing out, it would have been steep, and it would have ended up next to the house stopping at of our basement (IF we end up having a basement!)

Anyway, he was kind to meet us, and we walked and talked about where the electric lines and water lines would be going in, and where we planned to position the house, driveway, parking pad, etc.; and then he evaluated the situation, and let us know we would have to climb stairs to get into our house the way we were wanting to build because of the slope of the hill~~these darn LOVELY Kentucky rolling hills!   What!  I want everything we will need in our old age on the main floor of our house, INCLUDING our driveway area.

So what did that mean?  He was throwing out his ideas, but I just did not want to have a driveway that much lower than the main floor level of our house.  The slope is just too much!  UGHH!  So, he had an eye for such things as these, and I guess~~ I don’t!  or maybe I should say “I don’t-period!”  So the spot we had chosen will not work well.

I would like this to happen.  You know, a log home on our property.  How hard can this be?  I am learning that I have to be just a tad bit flexible.  No, really!  I had to be flexible here~~I want the driveway level with our main floor, and if it isn’t going to work in the spot I originally chose, then we need to pick a different spot.  Okie, dokie!

“How about over on the other side?  Can we go and look at that spot?”  Sure!  So down the hill and back up the other side we go.  Okay, so yeah!  It is not the steep slope like is across the way.  And he says the driveway will work better and not be as expensive to put in, and it will help with the cost of trenching out the electric and water lines,  and the driveway can be on the same level as the main floor of our house, etc. etc.  It was sounding better all the time.

Now truth be told.  The original spot that I had chosen was at a slightly higher elevation from the spot he ended up saying would work way better.  However, as I was planning our house on this original site, I had been struggling with the windows in the house being where they were because of where the sun rises and sets; and the way the rooms in the house would receive the sunlight.  I am really trying to capitalize on the sun’s warmth in the winter and protection from the sun’s heat in the summertime.  It was really becoming quite the challenge to figure it all out with the position of the house.  But the Lord knew~~

Just “Thank you LORD!”

Proverbs 21:1,2 (NKJV)

The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord,
Like the rivers of water;
He turns it wherever He wishes.

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the hearts.

So, turn’s out the cows weren’t in the kitchen after all!   I had to be willing to change my plans.  The Lord knew what we needed.

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