Drinking Beer & Building Shit: Donkey Shelters

First, a warning: Sad farm shit ahead.  About this time last year, I walked out to the barn one morning and found the older of my two donkeys, Doc, laying unresponsive on the ground. He was alive, but barely. The vet lives

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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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Creating a Small-Space Home Gym

There are a lot of difficult things about living in a big, old, temperamental farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, but on the upside, I don’t lack for bedrooms or floor space in this house. Technically it’s a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom

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Victory Lap: Year Six

Can you guys believe that I bought this place six years ago? That’s insane. When I started blogging (and back then blogging wasn’t even really a thing) I was twenty-three. That was thirteen years, three houses, and a whole lot of power

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Upstairs Bath: Finish Work and All The Swears

Progress on the upstairs bathroom is– and this is a phrase I haven’t used in conjunction with progress around the house in a long time– coming along nicely I mean, to be honest, there is nothing nice about it… this bathroom is

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The Long-Neglected Upstairs Bath

Three years ago I had a great idea. An idea that was mostly driven by my desire to have one bathroom in this house that contained a tub suitable for soaking. Anyone remember this tub (with an effing fireplace?!) from my last

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

Creating a Small-Space Home Gym

There are a lot of difficult things about living in a big, old, temperamental farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, but on the upside, I don’t lack for bedrooms or floor space in this house. Technically it’s a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom

Read More

Victory Lap: Year Six

Can you guys believe that I bought this place six years ago? That’s insane. When I started blogging (and back then blogging wasn’t even really a thing) I was twenty-three. That was thirteen years, three houses, and a whole lot of power

Read More

Upstairs Bath: Finish Work and All The Swears

Progress on the upstairs bathroom is– and this is a phrase I haven’t used in conjunction with progress around the house in a long time– coming along nicely I mean, to be honest, there is nothing nice about it… this bathroom is

Read More

The Long-Neglected Upstairs Bath

Three years ago I had a great idea. An idea that was mostly driven by my desire to have one bathroom in this house that contained a tub suitable for soaking. Anyone remember this tub (with an effing fireplace?!) from my last

Read More

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