Category: Mi Casa

Before + After = our new roof!

A big giant horrendous project is now behind us – and it wasn’t even one we DIY’d! Our house now has a new roof. The metal one, while in good shape, was covering four old crappy layers of roofing on a house and had been put on with NO ventilation whatsoever! Plus, to be honest, a BLUE roof leaves pretty…

Before and After: Guest Bedroom

BEFORE: The guest bedroom was actually the least obnoxious room in the house. Originally I had referred to it as either “the white room” (you know how the seller was obsessed with shades of ecru and cream everywhere else) or “the normal room” (because the other two upstairs bedrooms have slanted ceilings and skylights). That being said, lacy chiffon curtains…

Early Comparisons…

Well, this beats the hell out of the view of the three-story tall-skinny that was jammed up against our side fence outside our kitchen window several years back. Morning fog? A front yard the size of our entire city lot, that this time next year will be a sweet little orchard? The sounds of birds instead of sirens? Yes please!…

Before and After, Part 1

When I arrived solo to open the house up, I noticed things that I had not paid as much attention to before. For one, all of the walls were either cream or ecru (the latter being more like “baby poop brown” as Dan calls it or “latte” as I politely refer to it) – even the trim! For a 1947…

Getting Sentimental…

Saturday is upon us and several more showings are on the schedule. I need to leave the house spotless, immaculate, unlived in yet welcoming, inviting to a buyer who will hopefully see themselves in this garden we are leaving for them in this kitchen they will inherit, in this home I have made over the past 12 years. And whenever…

Two weeks of nausea…

When your offer is accepted on a house you want to buy, the nausea is ten times worse than when you’re waiting to find out if they accept your offer. At least that’s how it is in our situation. You schedule the home and inspections on a 70 year old farmhouse. You receive a 20 page report detailing all the…

Checking in…

There’s not a ton to report in our daily lives. I have been keeping one of those 5 year journals where jot down a sentence or two every day and this is the 4th year of it, so needless to say there is some history building up in it. Normally I just look back on my blog but this particular…

Happy Birthday Duckies!!!

Our girls are one year old this week!!! Seems like just yesterday we were┬ápicking them out online, building the duck coop & run out of repurposed materials, then racing to the post office to pick them up, laughing as we could hear their high-pitched CHEEP CHEEP CHEEP! behind the counter and then setting up their first “house” in a big…

Moving Forward…

We are trudging forward, slowly but surely, towards our goal of getting outta dodge and into a smaller coastal town environment. “Astoria or bust!” is our mantra, and the little things are getting checked off our list… Where we live it is now required to have our Home Energy Score calculated before selling a home, so we found a discounted…