Endings and Beginnings

Even before I knew how to name it (or identify it) one of the core principles of my life was always to follow my energy. I used to say that I was a jack of all trades, or that I had a

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Garden Upgrades 2019, Part 2

Let me start by saying that I have had mixed feelings about my veggie garden, pretty much since I put the first beds in six years ago. Because, first of all, this was not supposed to be a six year project. Also,

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The Greenhouse Returns

This thing… I’m not sure if I’ve had a single project on the farm that has brought me such varying levels of joy, frustration, and what the actual fuck. (That was the “what the actual fuck” part, in case that was unclear.)

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Garden Upgrades 2019, Part 1

Last year I used the word “manageable” to describe spring on the farm, and, I mean… that’s hilarious. I didn’t know that was even an adjective that existed in my vocabulary related to spring on the farm. But, to be fair, I

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Lake House: Winter Work and Spring Plans

Remember how I was on a cabinet building kick a few months ago? My energy level–and that magical ability to knock together a cabinet on a whim using nothing but some scrap wood and a bottle of wine–came to an abrupt halt

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Victory Lap: Year Seven

Can I just start by saying, holy shit… year seven? I mean, what the hell have I been doing for the last seven years? (Besides digging post holes, because… obviously.) Here’s what’s crazy about that. 1.) I am way older than I realized.

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A Girl and her Tent

Well, technically, it’s really a girl, her tent, and another 30 lbs of gear strapped to her back (while she hikes up a mountain) but who’s counting, really? (Uh. I am, you guys. I am counting Every. Single. Ounce. in that pack,

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The Big List: 2019

2018 was a weird year for a lot of reasons, one of which was THERE WAS NO LIST. … I know, right? This farm has basically operated on a big list written on a big chalkboard for the last, oh, five years.

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2018: The Year of Getting Stronger

Here’s the thing. While I like being strong, I don’t think I’ve ever walked into a day (or month, or year) and said, “You know what? I’d like this year to make me a stronger person.” Better? Yes. Better is easy. Better

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Wherein I Built Some Motherf*cking Cabinets

The only appropriate way to follow that title is this: Hell. Yes.  The last weeks of 2018 were nothing short of a gift. An incredible time when I had the time, the energy, and all the materials to spend all my evenings out

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Lake House: Living Room and Other Fun

It turns out there are good and bad things about the Lake House in November. The bad thing is that it legitimately is too cold to spend all of the daylight hours out on the kayaks. The good news is, since I’m

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Lake Life and Learning Curves

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of big changes, new projects, a very cold learning curve, oh, and snow… Because why not, Michigan. So, here’s the deal. My mom and I took possession of the lake house a little less

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The Lake House: A Tour

In the middle of prepping the farm for winter, traveling for work, stocking up on hay, traveling for fun, and a few unexpected life events (because why not, life?) this happened… My mom and I took possession of The Lake House! (Like, my

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Unexpected Adventure: The Lake House Edition

The last seven years of my life have been punctuated with unexpected adventures. The farm The donkeys! Almost buying a ton of farmland and then not buying and ton of farmland and being a little devastated about it! Then, being glad I didn’t

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Upstairs Bathroom: Mirror Adventures

Oh, hey, look what we’re talking about again… the second longest running bathroom remodel in the history of houses I’ve owned. (Technically there was a bathroom in my first house that didn’t have trim around the door for four whole years, so

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Building a Climbing Wall: Parts 2 & 3

I spent the better part of last year trying to convince myself not to build a climbing wall out in my barn, and then in October, I finally gave into the impulse and started, well, this… (That is not the appropriate way

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Spring on the Farm: 2018

It only took six years, but I think I’ve finally figured out how to manage spring on the farm without completely losing my shit, and it only requires two things: Do not get new animals. Do not get new plants. (For all

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Upstairs Bath: Proof That Miracles Happen

To be fair, I’m not sure that getting a project 90% of the way done in this house is a “miracle” by any stretch, but this bathroom in particular has been sucking the life out of me one rotten layer of subfloor

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I'm not interested in a mediocre life. I'm here to kick ass or die.

Formerly DIY Diva