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Our Remodeling Thru The Years

The first room was a large room and we made it into 2 rooms, one a bedroom and a bonus room. I’ll have to take some pictures when we go back. Missed taking them when done. Find some regular picts?

The backyard when hubby and his brother put up the fence. The two houses are gone behind the fence. They finally tore down. The two photos with the insulation and junk is now inside and a laundry room. Will find those.

It’s a 100-year-old house, two houses put together. I believe it was a shop house before someone lived in it. In fact, as a kid walking by a man would sit in his chair and wave to me. Nice person. He later died in the house and someone else moved in and began to fix it. I don’t think I ever told the kids that. Shh.

The green room became the oldest kid, daughter, is the room below the fence picture above. Then it became the youngest son. Painted it for him. lol

You can see the finished fence up above with hubby, thinking.

The blue room is actually the covered carport and became the second kid, son’s room. Then after him the third kids got it. We tore up the carpet because it was very dirty and were planning on different covering. That’s the youngest grown now son. I think he was a sophomore in the picture?

It was the only room completely finished before we tore it up. lol

I have so many pictures to sort thru. I think that is why I get bored, we have always been busy remodeling.

Right arm get better! 🙂

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Venting

The more I look at the free account the madder I get. It’s changed that you can’t even put share buttons on, it use to be free for those. Everybody is money hungry. I do some marketing on other sites and because I don’t pay, they say it’s private and don’t show my site, use to. ugh. I’m more stubborn, I will enjoy without. ugh.

At least I can see all my media photos without having to wait to add them I can just scroll through them all, 10 years’ worth. 🙂

My blog is more about practice writing and ideas and meeting new people. My “drinking bar” so to speak. lol

Last weekend hubby and I went 4 hours west of here back to my hometown, where we met one another and where family and friends are at. It was fun. We hadn’t stayed in a hotel forever. I know weird thrills. lol Good talks and good food.

The best ever pizza at the local bar, Reload, my daughter use to work there and she would pile on the toppings for us. Well the pizza is still yummy and I can eat it without the fake teeth! lol

The friend’s son made us dinner on Saturday, real mashed potatoes, smothered steak, homemade gravy, and I had ate the green beans already. He went to cooking college and enjoys making food for fun.

I needed people interaction, friends. But to be honest, my friend has dated hubby’s brother the last 20 years, engaged but who knows if they will get married. Just a piece of paper, right? So family too. Best of both worlds.

Hubby cut up his impala for parts for his impala here in JC. From one junk car to the other junk car. lol He likes it. His brother and him like old cars and fixing them up.

We drove around a bit and was surprised to see our little town added a small store

This is the new one. Funny story. My friend said the wife, owns Family Dollar and Dollar Tree, the husband who owns Dollar General, and they got divorced and to compete with him, she built family dollar. lol Typical small-town drama. Hope they make it work. The town is only under 2000 now.

We have had this one, my ex-boss use to rent to this company when I worked there (20 years). Then, sadly he passed away, and they built up along the HI way. Smart, they were down where the original store was when I worked there in high school.

I moved back from college and worked there again. The other grocery store sold to the boss, and we moved to the bigger building. We used to have two grocery stores and several other stores, meat place, convenience stores, etc. Town died in the 80s when Haliburton moved out. Sad. So did businesses. Then super Walmart moved into a town north of us about 28 miles and businesses died even more. It was hard to compete. My old supervisor owns it now, we didn’t get to see him maybe next time. I made a lot of friends there and still have.

My friend who is engaged to hubby’s brother is one friend I use to work with at the store. She got smart and quit and went to nursing school. She’s doing great, 5 more years and retiring, she can’t wait. I’m jealous, she has been on so many cruises and trips. She did it right changing careers. She’s a people person, helps anyone, but not afraid to give her opinion. We had many a drunk nights and went to dances. Fun.

Fun memories.

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Oberlin Puzzle House (nickname)

I miss our backyard. Though these days it is nothing but grass weeds. lol This was in 2012. I worked on it for the oldest son’s graduation party. Fun.
Definitely no stepping stones anymore. i put them out front. Grass has grown over now.
Grass has overgrown it. The bottles were a sugar drink that the son drank.
Can’t even see the white rocks anymore.
The middle son’s tree from school. The only one we planted. lol It’s grown into a bush like tree.
Most is all grass now or rather weed grass. lol
No longer have the swing. Winds blew it many times so we threw it away. Miss swinging. The canopy is here in JC in the garage. Maybe someday put it up.

The driving on the road hubby did after army retirement kept us not coming back, and then the pandemic didn’t help any, and finally the last year and half my stroke really changed stuff. I like to take charge with stuff on my own and can’t now. I still have little use of one arm and slow energy. I hate it. But not giving up just less I can do. Changes things a lot. Won’t look like that anymore but glad I took pictures.

Stay in shape people because you may regret it. I do.

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Stormie Weather

There was some weather back home where we still have our house and grandparents. Knocked out windows and did car damage. Pretty good hail no tornado but did damage. Sometimes the wind does worse in that area, northwest Kansas.

Our house. Sad. The only one thank goodness.

Grandparents house. So sad but it needs work done anyway just wasn’t ready for this. Old windows, many storms, board it up until we fix the house with new windows. So glad we have family there to help us take care of it. With gas prices it is a little hard to go fix, a 4 hour drive from here. We are going to fix it good just need to do the roof this fall first. Many things to fix but it will get done because we want to. It is for the grandparents even though they are gone to heaven. The family house, my home for most of my life. A small town but lots of good memories.

Our house is going to be broken down and use at grandparents. Lots of good wood, remaining windows, kitchen counters, etc. It is the right thing to do for the family I hope they will see that. Would be nice to win the lottery but that won’t happen. lol

Life stuff happens.

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Books, Shelves, and More

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My current books on one lonely shelf. 🙂

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This wall will sometime in the future be my rows of shelves for my books. I have not brought all my books from the Puzzle House yet. I am waiting until this is done so we don’t have to work around them. I have well over 1000 books. A few years ago I cataloged all but the paperback Harlequin novels on a phone app. I lost the app when I changed phones.

Bummer. I will catalog again one day. 🙂

I don’t think I will bring the Harlequin novels here, thinking I will keep them at the Puzzle House. After all, need books there too!

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This is my library at the Puzzle House. I miss those shelves. Hubby did a great job making them. Once all the books are off I need to sand and put a clear coat on so I can actually dust them. It is rather difficult dusting right now because the cloth sticks to the shelve. I didn’t sand only painted. I’m thinking of doing some wire doors in areas of the shelves. I think that will be neat looking.

Currently this room was our master bedroom. We are now going to make it our living, library, storage closet (to the left there which was my walk-in closet) and TV room. 🙂

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My favorite collection is my V.C. Andrews novels. I am behind on buying them and way behind on reading the new ones. 🙂 I first read My Sweet Audrina in Jr. High. I was hooked. I have only read this one and the Flowers in the Attic series. Yes, I am way behind on reading all the other series. I kept buying them because I knew I would read them someday. I think that day is coming.

Do you buy collections or series?

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Rip It Up…Again!

Our kitchen tear up Kitchen at the Puzzle House.

Our weekend was spent demolishing our kitchen, again. I do believe this is the third time we have removed the cabinets. This should be the last time for several decades, I hope. 🙂

When I moved into this house it had a very small kitchen. I love the size of the kitchen now. It is more than doubled the old size.

After twelve years of living in a construction zone, we moved across the state for hubby’s military career. Now, we only have to live in it during a weekend and then we get to ESCAPE!

YAY!

I can handle that. I think we all were tired of the dirt and boxes of stuff packed everywhere.

It does look a heck of a lot better and hubby does a wonderful job. Plus, it keeps him busy, mind and body. 🙂 It is paid for can not complain there. It would be nice to win the lottery to finish it all in a timely manner than little by little.

We always joke we should have tore it down and began from scratch and then we remember we were living in it, that would not have worked. 🙂

It all began with a very poor roof!

Then along came a water pipe break. That began the kitchen and bathroom remodel after the bathroom had already been remodeled once.

Yes, we have had to demolish several rooms a couple times. It’s a learning journey. I like to call it Murphy’s Law. One problem is discovered and it creates another one. Ugh.

I could actually call this the Money Pit house.

Loved that movie and I love this old house. It has character. It is one of a kind.  😉

I am going to hunt down some more pictures and will show as much of the remodel as I can. We have done better lately of taking pictures than we did in the beginning.

Be looking for future blog posts! 🙂

Have you had any remodel nightmares? 🙂

 

 

 

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It’s All Ours…Puzzle Castle!

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We paid off our mortgage last week! It is officially all ours. What a great feeling. 🙂

It is a very old house with many issues but they are slowly being dealt with. We were living there full time until last year when hubby went active duty for the Army to finish out his time for retirement. He will have a total of 35 years in by Feb. with 20 years active time. We are planning on sticking around the area for awhile mostly because of job opportunities and so we can finish the remodel process on the house without having to live in it. We had been living in it for the entire last twelve years of remodeling and what a challenge that was.

Of course, when one problem happens another one is discovered when owning an old home. One year we had a water leak in the kitchen area which resulted in tearing up all the plumbing which then resulted in remodeling the kitchen, which still isn’t completely done. We actually lived for six months with our kitchen drain pouring into a large bucket we had to dump. 🙂 Life was interesting.

It does make for some fun and interesting stories. I have begun looking for those pictures and will post in another post later with all the progress. We do change our mind a lot on what we want a room to look like. 🙂 Luckily, we do a bit here and there before too much of it is finished. It is all with extra cash so no other loans out. I’m lucky hubby likes to do the work so money is saved there. Or is it? Just kidding. It is a learning experience.

One of the first projects was a total redo of the roof. It had not been replaced in a long time. When I moved in I rented the house from a sweet old man that lived across the alley behind it. After a few years, his health went downhill and he ended up passing on. The family lived elsewhere and didn’t want to deal with it. In fact, for a year I didn’t have to pay rent. They didn’t want any. In that year, the roof was majorly leaking, so I got a lawyer with the help of my current boss at the time, and we drafted a letter that listed all the needed repairs on the house and offered 5,000.00 for the house. They accepted the offer. It was mine. 🙂 Of course, I was young and had to have a loan, which the loan company put other debt into the loan and thus I had a mortgage debt. Not a major one, but enough for a single mom of two.

A year later, in waltzed my wonderful husband into my life, who just happened to like working on a challenge.  🙂 Me, him, several friends, and my dad fixed the roof from a generous gift given to me from my daughter’s grandparents. We tore off two layers of asphalt shingles which was attached to just the wood rafters. Underneath we saw the rafters were made out of anything and every size of wood imaginable. And talk about long nails used! We pulled so many nails out. The rafters are blue painted, pink painted and regular wood. I guess they used whatever they could way back when. (So far I have traced the house back to 1910)

Yes, we left the rafters as is and put the proper sheets of wood across the rafters to which the new tin roof was screwed down to. The tin was so much easier than all those asphalt shingles. That was in the year of 2000.

Over the last thirteen years we have had to deal with a small leak over the kitchen when the wind would blow just right it would get up under the roof line. We tried flashing and everything we could think of. Glad it was just an occasional leak. Now, this Fall my hubby decided enough was enough and set to fix the problem for good. A whole new roof line with a better roof pitch! And this is what we got. 🙂

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It is another bedroom and finally a second bathroom. I don’t know how we raised a teenage daughter with one bathroom plus me and four males. I guess now when hubby completely retires down the road and we move back to live full time he can have his bathroom and I can have mine! LOL 🙂

I have officially named our house the Puzzle Castle. I always wanted to do that. Like you read in novels with estate homes. 🙂 I can’t afford a fancy castle so why not. It is a gigantic puzzle! It is our family home that we live in part time for now. So many wonderful memories. We hope to pass it down to the kids, but of course, completely finished. 🙂

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Our Very Old House

This is the beginning of what will be our new bathroom at our house in my hometown. The last of the dirty slat wood! Yes, it is a very OLD house. Actually, it was two buildings that were put together way back when and made into a house. It looks to have been a second hand store at one time.

This is what we found when we took the siding off to put new on. We have asked around but no one remembers it. It might just be that long ago. Interesting.

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Back to the bathroom, the history of the bathroom has had many occupants before now.
First moved in:
Oldest son’s room (he was a toddler and didn’t sleep in it much) 🙂
An office
The daughter had it as her bedroom for years.
The two youngest boys shared it for awhile.
My dad’s room for about six months.
Lastly, a computer and art room.

It’s final purpose will be our wonderful big bathroom. I bet it takes a good year to get done. I am just glad we don’t have to live in it while we are working on it like all the other remodels. A short weekend will be just enough time and then high tail it out of there back to where we currently live. It has definitely been an interesting challenge. Hubby and I call it “An Adventure”! 🙂