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Paint Color in an Old House

If you want to change your living space, the first thing that comes to mind is paint. Finding a new paint color can change the whole room in the hours it takes to dry. It sounds so easy. My problem is paint color vs. light in my house. And the fact that paint chips are utter crap. In an old house, there is a lot to paint. High ceilings, miles of trim around every window, door, and wall and built-in, not to mention all the decorative elements. Environment I live in an area that is cloudy and dark for about 8 months of the year. Dark colors are not a good choice, no matter how trendy. Someone had painted the bedrooms in my house a dark grey. It was like walking into a cave. Immediately depressing. Changing the trim and wall color made the rooms more airy and classic. NowRead More

Tackling the Blackberry Bushes

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, one of the things you have to deal with is blackberry bushes. I have to fight on a weekly basis to remove blackberry bushes from my yard. They are insidious! They lurk under the soil of the yard and spring up where you least expect it and will take any opportunity to spread and are impossible to destroy. They the cockroach of the plant world. Blackberries have one redeeming quality. The berries are nice. For one month, we pick like crazy and then back to eleven months beating them back. Taking Back The Yard The yard had been neglected for a while. The previous owners were in the midst of rehabbing the house when they decided to sell. The yard was not their a priority. It’s also quite large with areas that were completely ignored. The deer had babies in one of thoseRead More

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New House, New Adventure

The first time I drove by our new house, it looked huge. Way to big for our family to handle and probably requiring too much work to restore. But the yard… I could see lots of space for a garden, chickens and maybe even apple trees. All the things I really wanted in a yard. And there is a garage. And… The more I looked at the house, the more I started to like. Plus it would cut my hour long commute to about 10 minutes. I called the realtor the next morning.   The house was build in 1895, or there about. It’s a interesting mixture of old and new. One previous owner had updated some areas, another had updated others. They’d had grand plans, but stopped halfway for some reason. Their work was my gain! There’s a fully updated kitchen, but bare walls and floors in the diningRead More

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5 Reasons to Start a New Blog

I’ve been blogging since well before there was the word ‘blog’. My last blog was shelved more than two years ago. All sorts of job issues gave me little time for my family, let alone finding time to write a blog post. Something had to give and it was the blog. Finally, my life has swung back into an area where my life is more in balance and I can get back to blog writing and creating. Five Reasons to Start a New Blog You haven’t blogged in a very long time.¬†Although my former blogs were great, it’s hard to go back. I miss big hair and stirrup pants, but they’re in the past and so are my former blogs. ¬†I miss writing for an audience. Especially for an audience who loves things like building chicken coops or planning out gardens or making jam. I’ve been writing since the tenderRead More

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