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Kitchen evolution

You know that feeling you get sometimes when you go into a restaurant and take a closer look around and think to yourself – I should NOT be eating here.  It isn’t usually a single thing but a bunch of little things that add up to a not so good feeling in your tummy.  Well my friends, that is how I used to feel about the room we now refer to as the temporary  kitchen. It started off as a room with a mini fridge and a broken full size fridge for dry storage.  Some furniture made it a place to set stuff down but it wasn’t cozy or friendly or inviting.  This was the one room that needed some TLC and it would give us back a place to cook, eat and be happy.  Let me take you back in time . . . . .

After a couple of years, I couldn’t take it anymore and convinced Laurie to let me clean it up.  And it started to look a little better.

A room with a purpose
A room with a purpose

Then, a sink was added and we didn’t know how to act anymore – we were *that* excited!

And finally we went all in and did the entire room.  Painted, plastered, refinished floors, chandelier, custom island, storage, electrical, and full size appliances!  Words cannot describe how grateful we are for finally having a kitchen but now we can’t imagine not having it.

MH kitchen

Even since these photos, more work has been done to make the space comfortable and special.  As always, thanks for visiting 🙂


Patio project – take down that tree!

As you can imagine, planning a patio requires a lot of prep work – starting with clearing the area.  In the case of MH, this means removing a tree.  Specifically, a dead tree covered in vines (including poision ivy) but still a very large tree.  Here is the tree years ago before I went on my “killing” mission.

Tree covered in vines

Luckily, over the past year or so I have been on a mission to kill all things viney or with thorns.  This particular area has been sprayed (repeatedly) with brush killer and vines have been cut at the root.  Luckily, those things actually worked and we were able to get through many of the layers of vines – some of which had actually leapt across to the roof! 

After some brush killer and vine cutting
After some brush killer and vine cutting

What an eyesore!  Luckily, with Laurie’s patio plan, the tree had to go and we had Ray and my dad to help take it down.

Grateful for my dad - he can handle the big chain saw
Grateful for my dad – he can handle the big chain saw
The interior of the tree was hollow and at one point we could see through it!
The interior of the tree was hollow and at one point we could see through it!

With the tree gone, the area was ready to prep for the new (gigantic) patio.  Woo hoo!  First, we started by tilling the soil.

Pre till
Pre till


Post till
Post till


Then we tamped the soil to compact (for the base).

post ground tamping
Post ground tamping 

Now we are ready for the next steps – preparing the base!

What have we been up to you ask?

A few things 🙂  First, over the winter we worked on raising funds for upcoming projects.  That meant making and acquiring more items and selling them.  As you can imagine, most of the projects at the hall are expensive and while we are willing and able to put in manual labor, materials and professionals still come with a cost.  In order to offset these costs, we started to buy things at auction and create/fix up items with the intention of selling.  Mostly we take our items to local consignments shops but we also use ebay and craigslist.  Here are a few examples:

Chair we no longer need
Repurposed footstool


Tutu puff ball light (handmade)
map shade
Lampshade with map (visible when turned on)
Euro pillow (reversible) – silk

You never know what kind of crazy items we might find or make 🙂 

We also discussed the plans for this year – Laurie has decided it is to have the porches redone (thanks to Denny) and build a patio!  Here is where the patio will be going:


Side of house (moving towards back)
Long ago “before”


Progress has been made – additional posts to come 🙂

We hope everyone had a wonderful winter and is enjoying this gorgeous spring!