Trials and Strong Backs – an Adventure in Remodeling

In previous posts, I’ve alluded to the fact that there’s a big remodeling project in the works here. A project involving timbers from an old barn, being repurposed in our also-old house. That’s been ongoing for a few weeks now, and it’s been interesting, to say the least.

First, play some Twilight Zone music in your head… and then imagine if you will… a world with disruption of impressive proportions… Continue reading Trials and Strong Backs – an Adventure in Remodeling

The Epic Mess. Also known as “Fixing the Fireplace”

Last time I shared the saga of two hand hewn barn beams that made their way from the task of holding up a barn in Jay County, Indiana, to adorning a stone-covered hearth wall in our home some 50 miles away here in Madison County, Indiana. it was a multi-step saga with frequent messes being made along the way, but the biggest mess was yet to come. Continue reading The Epic Mess. Also known as “Fixing the Fireplace”

“I got this, really. How hard can it be?” – A chapter of My Stubborn Valentine

Last time saw my husband Rob expending considerable time and effort, orchestrating the demolition of an old barn some 50 miles from our home in Alexandria, Indiana – hauling the timbers back here for an undetermined project, and storing them safely in a rented barn down the road. The effort was a success, but it concluded with both of us exhausted, and not too keen on wrestling those big beams around any more. For a while. Continue reading “I got this, really. How hard can it be?” – A chapter of My Stubborn Valentine

“Tell them that we will take it.” – A chapter of My Stubborn Valentine

February always finds me sharing Valentine’s Day stories, and this year is no exception. Most folks view the adjective “stubborn” as a negative trait. And indeed the very first word of dictionary.com’s definition is “unreasonably“. However, option two and three are much more flattering in that they tell us a stubborn person is:

fixed or set in purpose on opinion; resolute and

obstinately maintained, as a course of action

These describe my Valentine (husband Rob) to a T. Continue reading “Tell them that we will take it.” – A chapter of My Stubborn Valentine