The start of a fresh new decade! Do you have big plans for it? I do . . . but we’ll see how that goes.
Seven years ago, we had just moved in here, and here’s what I posted on January 2, 2013.
So for an update on all of that, let’s see . . .
We had just gotten our internet hooked up here, and now we actually have an even better service since they installed fiber-to-the-home a while back.
Our new furnace has given us fits ever since it was installed, so we’ve had to have the repairman out at least once each winter (and sometimes in the summer for the AC, too). Until now, and it’s been going really well this winter so far, so cross your fingers for me that this can be our first year without having to call the repairman. Still, I’m very happy to have heat on demand, since the ranch shack we had previous to living here didn’t have heat at all, and our house in Nebraska never got above 57 degrees inside. I feel very spoiled now.
Our 1921 2-story farmhouse is still a major work in progress. Major. I think I’m not making any progress at all, and there are long periods when I’m not, but I look back at how far we’ve come, and we’ve actually done so much. It all just takes time and money, both of which I’m short on for this house a lot of the time. (I’d rather buy fabric and spend my time sewing it up!)
So much of the work (and money) has gone into fixing things that don’t show, so it looks like we haven’t done anything, but plumbing and wiring are necessary structural things that kinda needed to be done first. We also had to have a new water heater, and a new washer/dryer set. It’s always something!
And we desperately need a bathroom remodel, but it’s very difficult to find anyone who wants to take on a small job like that. Handy men in the area advertise “no job too small”, yet I find that there really ARE jobs too small, and they won’t do them. Getting someone to show up is like pulling teeth. But I’m still hopeful and it’s still on my list.
We did get a stove and a refrigerator a few months after moving in, but we went for over a year without a kitchen sink! We finally got the new countertop and new plumbing installed. I had intended to buy a new sink, but the one we took out was perfectly fine, so I just re-used it, and put in a new faucet. We’re trying to keep and use the stuff we tear out, and repurpose it for other projects if we can, both to keep it here as part of the house, and to save money.
Here’s what it looked like when we started that project in November of 2014:
I was so happy to have it in, I didn’t even wait for the backsplash, which is now in place; but I still don’t have all the doors back on the upper cabinets, altho the bottom ones are finished.
I hope to have a proper after picture to show you once I get the upper cabinets done. You can see my pantry HERE, if you’re interested. I’m not far from finishing the kitchen, so hopefully this will be the year to get lots more house projects done.
We’ve done sooooo much work outside, and the animals take precedence, so the house gets the back seat.
I still hate stripping wallpaper, and have given up on most of it, and just painted over it. I still have indecisiveness about paint colors, too, but I did put a red floor in my longarm room!
Also . . . my memory isn’t any better, and I still weigh the same, but in the best news yet, I haven’t ever fallen down the stairs!
You can see the original house tour HERE.
And the post I did when I first finished my sewing room HERE. Boy, has it changed over the last 5 years! I need to start over in there.
I want to say a HUGE thank you to all of you for following along and visiting my blog, and playing along in all my challenges. I know you have lots of choices, and I’m extremely glad you choose to visit here! I hope to post lots of fun stuff for us all this year, so stay tuned!
And may 2020 be very good to all of us!