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Entrance Improvements

Because this house used to be a barn, it has a rather unusual layout. The front door used to be 12 feet further from where it is now, beside the big viewing windows. But that seriously cut into the “living room” space, so it was moved to its current location in the front corner of a stall, and another door was cut from the stall into the main room and 3 steps installed because the main floor is higher.

The problem with that, is the front door looks like the back door of a warehouse, so much so that people have walked around to the back door the first time they visit because it is way more inviting than the front.

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Our landlady is amazing and thinks our ideas are worth paying for, so she forked over the money to pretty up the entire entrance, including labour.

We started by cutting a hole in that door and giving it a window.

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So much better! Now the entry inside has some natural light, whereas before, the only light in there was from a little window in the inside door to the main floor. It was like a dungeon. Ok, it still is like a dungeon, but now you can see what you’re tripping on.

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Next, we needed some kind of shelter over the door, and something to keep rain from dripping on our necks when we walked to the carport, and to keep snow from piling up right where we walk. Extending the carport roof would accomplish that, so that is what we did.

We started by pouring a footing. When I say we I mean Darryl. Unless I say I did it.

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Then we (Darryl) poured a littler footing on top of that, and stuck the metal post bracket into that.

We got the 10 foot 6×6 timbers from a local sawmill, cut fresh for us, for $30 each! One of them is the post, and the other spans the space from the corner of the house to the post, to hold up the extended roof.

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I stained the rafters and the post and beam. Yes, I did it, not Darryl. He had to go to work.

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Darryl put them up. I helped with a couple of the heavier boards here and there when he needed it.

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Then he put up the 2×4’s and tar paper, and finally, the extra metal roofing that matches the existing roof.

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It’s still not totally done. It needs the fascia finished, the front of the post stained, the stubborn piece of siding replaced, and the porch light moved. But we love it and it feels like it’s always been this way.

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Darryl wants to use some extra unfinished siding he found in the barn to finish the underside so you can’t see the tar paper, but the rafters would still be exposed. That would look amazing! But we have other things that need doing first. Like firewood and prepping next year’s garden.

I stuck some things around the door just to make it look a little more finished, but I don’t like it. My log wall is coming along nicely though. It’ll help keep the snow from blowing up against the door. And I think it looks cozy.

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So here it is before…

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And after!

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So much better, don’t you think?

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Anniversary Photo 2016

Here it is!

This year’s anniversary photo! Enjoy!

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Darryl is holding a flapping chicken, Sadie is holding Donna Trump the duck, Chad is holding one of the kittens, I’m holding Justice, obviously, and Tirzah is eyeing something. Maybe the cat.

Always a good time. This photo is also posted in the sidebar with the previous ones if you want to look back. I’m sure glad I started doing this 10 years ago!

Hey There

I’m back again after many moons to give you a very general update.

I often think there’s nothing left to blog about, until I go back and look at photos from the last YEAR and, oh my goodness, there’s so many things I could write about!

Like Tirzah turning 2. My favourite age. They’re so cute!

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Or the puppies we sold. (Don’t let your dogs have puppies in winter! Lesson learned. We also sold their dad, and their mom disappeared one day and never came back. We think she tangled with a bear and lost. We are still dog-less.)

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But those puppies were nice enough to buy us a dishwasher.

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And help buy this black beauty in time for my birthday. Happy Birthday to me!

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Then Chad turned 5.

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We took the kids to the Wildlife Park.

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Sadie had a huge seizure and we were flown to Children’s Hospital for a few days. She’s fine.

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Then she turned 7. I need a time machine.

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Our ducks finally hatched some eggs. One duckling is tufted. I named it Trump.

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We added another farmhand to the roster: Justice Margaret. 8lbs.

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Several family members came to visit.

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We spent some time at our little private beach. I worked hard on my tan.

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We sold our milk cow, Moola. We miss her milk (and ice cream).

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We went “camping” in a cabin at our friend’s ranch in buckshnuck and had a great time. Cause that’s what you can do when you don’t have a cow to milk.

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Our two cats had 6 kittens between them. Now we’re back down to one cat.

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We had this huge crazy storm…

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…that blew our car shelter across the vacant 10 acre property next to us and into the next neighbour’s yard.

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Sadie won a few ribbons at the fair for her artwork and a photo.

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And I found out I have the best banana bread in town.

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And the cutest duck.

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We picked sweet corn and ate it raw right off the cob. And froze a bunch too.

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Chad was finally ready for me to cut his hair.

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I think the prospect of no more knots in his hair convinced him.

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And that takes us to mid-september. I have more coming! Promise!

 

 

Not Important

I am breaking my blog silence with a totally unimportant and silly post.  See, there’s this website called Better After that shows makeovers.  Mostly of furniture.  I catch up on it once in a while because the author is so funny.  She comes up with the most funny and creative post titles and her writing style is sarcastic and hilarious.

Anyway, she has an annual Ugly Lamp contest where you get to vote in several rounds of ugly lamps, and finally, vote for the ugliest lamp of all.

There was this super ugly lamp at the Share Shed in town, so I snapped a picture and sent it to her.  She replied, “HAAAAAAAA! Ok, this one made me laugh out loud.  What in the world???!!!  Thanks so much for submitting this Rebekah, it’s hilariously terrible!”

And then I forgot all about it.

Until this morning when I clicked on her website and found the Ugly Lamp contest results.

No, my lamp didn’t win.

Told you this was unimportant.

But my lamp make it into the competition!  It was in the 3rd round, but it was up against some of the nastiest, worst lamps on the planet, so I wasn’t surprised that it didn’t win.

I know you’re on the edge of your seat to see the ugliness of this lamp I found, so click here and scroll down to entry number 18.  Don’t forget to read the commentary on all these lamps.  And if you want to see the winning lamp, click here!

FYI, these lamps are pretty horrific.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

What Do We Do All Day?

This winter has been unique, not just because we moved to a new house in the middle of Nowhere BC.  We have other unique circumstances this season.  Darryl was laid off his construction job at the end of November and we’ve been living off EI since then.  He’s applied at the mine and the mills in town and had a couple of interviews and medical tests by one of the mills, but they may not tell him if he gets the job for up to several months!  Despite that, our winter has been awesome!  We love having Darryl home with us, and we’ve grown so much closer as a family.  God had been teaching us things that used to be such a mystery to us, and He’s opening our eyes to what we’ve been missing.  We are so grateful for His Word and for His amazing provision for us!

This new lifestyle agrees with us so much more than when we lived in the big city.  Our neighbours are becoming friends, we have TIME to do the things we love doing, and those things don’t usually require a lot of money.  We only need one vehicle at this point, and though we think a truck would still suit us better for getting hay and firewood, how else would we get to know the neighbours?

I find myself having a fuller social life than I did living in the city.  I play badminton at the hall across the lake once a week, attend a mom’s group at church, a home group at a friend’s house, and now started attending a ladies bible study just down the street.  There’s also a kids play group at the hall once a week, but I don’t usually go to that.  Those are just the regular functions.  I go riding with neighbours once in a while, and chat with the librarian when I return my books.

When I’m not out socializing, I can be found sitting by the fire…

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…improving my domestic skillz…

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…drinking earl grey (caffeinated or decaffeinated, depending on the time of day.  I’m not addicted to caffeine)…

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…playing with the kids…

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…reading to the kids (a major part of Sadie’s schooling)…

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…curating the art wall…

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…honing my craft…

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…taking goofy shots of the kids…

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…and self portraits (see the reflection in the eye.  No, I don’t think I look like a horse)…

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…and of course, making food…

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…and cleaning.

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Yep, that’s about it!  I wouldn’t change a thing.

Except the cooking and cleaning part.

Winter On The Farm

We are totally enjoying living here.  The view is incredible, the house is cozy and warm, the people are welcoming, the drive to town is relaxing and the weather is lovely.  At least, this year it is.

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A snowblower came with the house so Darryl was able to clear the driveway with it for most of the winter, until something on it broke.  Luckily we haven’t had a serious snowfall since, and it doesn’t look like that’ll happen until next winter.

One of the great things you can do with a snowblower is make mountains.  Right in front of the carport is a turnaround with bushes in the middle.  Darryl blew the snow into the middle every time he went around the driveway and got that hill close to 9 feet tall.  The kids LOVE climbing up and sliding down.

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Here’s Chad sliding down the snow mountain.

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We got about 2 feet of snow at the deepest, but with all the warm spells this winter, it didn’t last long.

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I used trees to make the front door look more like the front door.  It turned out to be a convenient place to store the snowshoes too.  We strapped those on a few times.

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This is the lower pasture in the morning, taken from the upper deck.  The lake has been frozen over all winter.

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While I was up there getting that picture, I snapped one of Darryl with the milk pail.

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Moola and Banner have lovely thick coats.  They’ve done well this winter.  They have run of the whole upper pasture, but Banner has one path up to the top by the neighbour horses and Moola doesn’t venture beyond the water trough.

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Kai can’t get enough of chasing snowballs and he’ll spend 4 hours straight following the snowblower around, leaping into the air to catch the snow coming out the chute.

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Then he can’t move the next day.

Deer wander across the property almost every day.  I caught a few pictures as this group of 9 walked up the driveway one morning, stopping to sample hay by the barn and check the bird feeder.

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This winter has gone by so fast!  It’s been gorgeous.  We love being able to see so far, and watch storms coming in.  We’re getting pretty good at predicting the weather by watching the smoke from neighbour’s chimneys, the outside temperature, and the barometer.

On sunny days, the house is bright and airy inside, and on cold or cloudy days, we’re cozy and warm, though it’s usually too hot to sit by the fire very long and we have to open the back door for a few minutes to cool off.  I haven’t been able to wear a sweater in the house all winter.

Hope you enjoyed these photos of our first winter in the Cariboo!