Category: The Castle House

My Castle House. 0

My Castle House.

There was snow on the ground this morning. This is the view from my kitchen window in the morning. That barn roof is normally black. Today it was white with snow! Later we got hit with some crazy, crazy sleet while we were at the art teacher’s house. Rosie takes homeschool art class taught by a local artist in his studio on Tuesday afternoons. There are three other kids in her class. She loves it! They do painting, pottery, drawing, basically...

Meet Hans and Kristoff. 0

Meet Hans and Kristoff.

I called the property manager and told him how the ashes exploded out from the fireplace. Except I didn’t mention I pulled off the pink foam board…I sort of glossed over that part. Ahem. He said he didn’t mind if we had the chimney professionally cleaned and unblocked as long as we paid for it and didn’t ask the owner to pay. I’m down with that. Exciting! It’s the end of the season, but I will have a functioning fireplace next...

Quick Thoughts. 0

Quick Thoughts.

I can’t remember if I wrote about this or not, but we’re here at this house for the long haul. Not only can we never afford to move again, the stress of moving is awful, and we need to stay here until we pay off all of our debt. So we can move in maybe four years, if we wanted to. Which means I’d better get used to living here, right? The good news is I am quite in love with...

The Eruption. 2

The Eruption.

Our house has four fireplaces. They’re all the original Victorian fireplaces and they’re for decoration only. They’re blocked off, which makes me sad. I would love a cozy fire! In the homeschool room (actually a dining room) the fireplace had this hideous strip of hot pink foam board about six inches wide and the length of the fireplace stuffed across the chimney hole where the smoke would go up, blocking it closed. You could see the pink foam board if you...

Lacking. 0

Lacking.

I’m having such a hard time adjusting to living here. We live downtown in a town of about 30,000 people. There are always people walking around outside on my street. No privacy. People here aren’t nearly as friendly as the last community we lived in, which is a little more than an hour away. It’s so noisy. My neighbors talk and yell all night long. They have barking dogs that are louder than my own barking dogs, and the most annoying...

Just Pictures: Henry at 6 months old. 0

Just Pictures: Henry at 6 months old.

My perfect six month old boy! He’s so close to crawling. He can pull up to stand! He can scoot himself backwards on a slick floor, and he’s almost able to go from belly to sitting back up. Mobility should be happening any day. I’m scared! Henry loves to hammer, and bang, and throw. He cries hysterically when you take things away, like the iPhone or cords. He loves strangers, he’s the most social charming boy ever! And he has one...

Cheeky Little Bugger. 0

Cheeky Little Bugger.

Yesterday Tyler was in the kitchen buttering a biscuit that I’d just taken out of the oven. I’d gone upstairs to nurse Henry in bed, because Henry prefers to only nurse snuggled under the covers. According to Tyler he saw something out of the corner of his eye and glanced over to see one of the biscuits on the back of the pan lift up and fall back down. The pan was pushed up against the back of the stove, under...

Big Changes. 1

Big Changes.

I have many things to update about here.  We no longer live in the cabin.  We had no home for about a month, and I had to give away all of my chickens and ducks. We live downtown near Tyler’s work now because we couldn’t find another farm to rent in a hurry. Soon I’m going to copy and paste a big back log of entries from my private blog. I’m waiting to get things all settled with the landlords of...

Budgeting & The Keys to The Castle. 0

Budgeting & The Keys to The Castle.

Today we signed the lease for The Castle House. Eeek! The rent is $1200 a month, which is comparable to other subdivision houses in the area. I would prefer cheaper rent, but when looking I’ve found there seems to be two categories. Nice-ish places that are around $1000+ or older, run down smaller homes that are $700-$850 a month. After the cabin I’m choosing something in the top category, thank you very much. We can mostly afford it, so why not?...

Lost two homes & a grandma, then gained a castle. 0

Lost two homes & a grandma, then gained a castle.

Where did I leave off? We spent days cleaning up my grandma’s old house and moving things in there, trying to get it ready to be livable. It was completely Grandma’s idea, of course. It still had some piles of stuff, but it wasn’t too bad. It was clean enough that we could stay there and be ok! My grandma had been helping, she was in charge since they were her things. She kept telling us how happy she was that...