Category: Mi Casa

Listening to my gut: the real estate edition

Okay so I never thought I would be quoting The Rock, but this really spoke volumes for what the past few days have meant for me. On Friday we extended the formal offer for the property and on Saturday we received an acceptance from the seller. But when that call came in, I felt nothing but nausea. No giddy, gleeful…

Now We Wait…

And now we wait. I walked the property with the surveyor on Tuesday, and today, Friday, we’ve put together an offer to present to the owner. We were hoping that the adjacent property (see the cool old barn? it’s on that property.) that’s owned by the same guy, would be tacked on for a reasonable bit more, but after initially…

Let the Finger Crossing Begin…

The acreage we’ve been craving. Fairly flat with some gentle slopes and backing up to a forest. 6 minutes to town by car, 27 minutes by bicycle. In my home state but more of who I am today and where I want to be tomorrow. (We’re making an offer.) That’s all I can say for now as I don’t want…

Prepping for 2018…

It’s an interesting thing, making the decision that you will move your whole life to a completely new town. You look at everything around you and wonder, will I miss it? From the landscape to the community to the things in your own home, making the decision to relocate brings about an auditing process of sorts where you have decided,…

A Tale of Two Tables…

A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one. ~ Sam Rayburn Our first of two projects this past month was building our own breakfast nook table. The old one from Ikea that we had was fine when I was single (top left) but after Dan came along and we build the storage bench…

95 Homesteading Skills – the 2017 edition

Last year I posted this Homesteading Skills list as a way to audit our capabilities as urban homesteaders as well asĀ  and we’ve accomplished a bunch more of them. From getting through our first year as new beekeepers, to making our first batch of farmer cheese, to learning to cut up a pig and cure the meat for bacon, etc.,…

Before & After: Our DIY Eco-Kitchen Remodel

AFTER! Our kitchen is done and functioning like a champ! This last week was a bit of hell on earth as our GC up and left while I’d stepped out to run an errand, claiming later he’d finished the work, when he’d actually totally fucked up the drain/plumbing under the sink, leaving a cracked pipe and a fitting that he…

Week in Pictures

Still making progress on the kitchen remodel. Built the base cabinet frame, set the sink, cut and installed the plywood base for the counter, installed the sustainably sourced doug fir planks for the countertop and applied wood putty to the screw holes and seams so that we can sand and smooth them out tomorrow before putting a final layer of…

Tuesday Get an (Eco) Peek

OK after a few weeks of other things, I’m back to finish this project up! This final week I’m showing you the least visited area of our home – our basement. Not its fault, we just don’t have a lot of reasons to go down there since it’s comprised of the second and third bedrooms (one for the future kiddo(s)…