Saturday, December 29, 2012

A new Door Opens!

I know I should be doing a year end wrap up post, but dang what a bummer that would be. Instead of talking about what I did; I'm gonna talk about what Im gonna do.  I had a difficult year.  It did end well though and I just have to get my head around "what's next". 
So I ended up buying my x's share of the old place, its right next door to where I LIVE now.  We had already split the land up between us and my Mom and I had added to my Mom's house and am living here..but I just didnt want to let go of that land next door so I traded 4 acres of wooded land for some cash and added a bit to it and now I own the old place...its in bad shape but it can be made nice.  NOW The big question is WHAT TO DO WITH IT? I  could sell it and have it moved off the land....or tear it down and sell it for salvage,  or rent it out or just keep it for my son...and I think Ill rent it out for a while...
I showed you the house in snow in my last post, here it is in summer..

SO now the clean up will start, 13 yrs of neglect to erase and spruce up and on my beer budget that means a LOT OF DIY projects.  Im no stranger to hard work...but dang Im getting up there in age and although we all like to think we can keep right on doing what we did at 40 at 60 but the truth is WE CANT!!

So anyway....the first order is to tear down the old tool shed it had a potting shed on one end, and its all too rotten to replace so I plan to tear it down, salvage what I can of the timber and tin and use that to start roofing over the old barn.  The backside of the barn has a 3 ft x 24 ft area that was used to store feed and hay when we had horses, so that will become the new tool shed for the big stuff...I plan to add a lean-to shed at the back for the lawn equipment...and KEEP the barn stalls for critters that I plan to adopt!

NOW Ive made some progress, I tore the old roof off the barn a couple yrs ago, and Ive been keeping the pasture mowed so most of that brush is gone...

Before ....


Now even the old rafters are gone, I took those off on a different this old block barn is 24 x 18 feet it has 2 barn stalls with a wall separating the two stalls, and a wall separating the storage area from the stalls.. It will cost less to put a roof on this old barn than to start over building a new tool/storage shed.

I will be moving my martin houses back to the middle of the field and I am very hopeful I will get martins since the neighbors who used to house the colony sold their house and they took the martin houses with them! SO When that colony returns they will find their home is GONE..but mine is right across the road SO I hope to get all sorts of new life into this old house!

SO If you know some snowbirds who love PEACE and QUIET and want to get out of cold weather and come south for a winter, give them my name! ITS not as warm as FL or AZ we do get some cold and sometimes some snow...but YOU will never have to shovel snow here!
I would love to have part time tenants instead of full time ones if possible.

I hope to include some of these projects in the blog, as time goes on... so stand by for more...
in 2013 !!



  1. Sondra, the house looks nice from the outside, I wish you good luck with finding the right type of tenants! It's great to look forward and have plans and I like yours. I'm looking forward to reading how you continue during the next year. :)

    The bird houses look wonderful, are they inhabited?

  2. Sondra, that all looks very exciting, maybe just a bit of hard work, but hell, you can always pace yourself. Sounds like you've got some great ideas going there.
    If I lived nearer, I'd love to give a hand.
    All the very best for the new year.

  3. Sounds as though you are doing great!! I'm so glad. What a grand new adventure. Happy New Year!

  4. You can do it! Hopefully you'll soon have tenants in both human and bird residences.

  5. Love hearing about all your projects past and present! No doubt those martins will see your sweet pads and take over- fingers crossed! Your projects just make me want to get started on my own- the old owners of my house left tons of scrap wood around that I am hoping I can reconfigure into a nifty fence. DIY is the way to go, lots of luck!

  6. Looking forwards is always better than dwelling on the past. Glad you're finally getting things sorted and look forward to seeing your new adventure next year.

  7. Happy New Year! Mom always told me that to be happy you have to have something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to! I think you've got all that covered. Happy New Year to you your mom your kids and the dogs. Take care...I'm on my way to a boat trip, I'll be back mid-week to read this and the last post more carefully...just wanted to send good wishes for the year.

  8. I guess we're not seeing the whole picture since it looks fine from the outside (the house, not the barn.) Good luck with your new project and Happy New Year!


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