House Updates.

Well, I bet you were starting to think I had kicked back and was reading a book, enjoying a nice cup of tea.

Wrong.

Progress has still be occurring.

Slow…but occurring.

So, big news. Garden 2.0 has been started for 2017.  I know.  I am nuts. After holding a board meeting, the board (mom) and I decided that it would be best to expand.  Now, this does not necessarily mean I will be planting MORE.  But it does mean that I will be giving myself more room between plants to work.

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Which really means, I’ll be giving the weeds LOTS of extra space!

However, I am really excited about the expansion.  My compost bin will now be within the parameters of the garden.  I will…of course…be adding a couple of new plants.  Overall, I think it will just give me a lot more room to enjoy!

In other news….the grapevines!!!!

One of the most exciting things I found when I moved in last fall was the grapevines.

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They are very overgrown and a big bushy mess…but they did produce grapes!  I was a little late in picking them, but I was still able to get enough gathered to make some AMAZING grape jelly!

I am going to skip all the pictures in the middle (mostly because I didn’t take that many…lol!).  But I will say this, I now believe that I will never be able to enjoy store bought grape jelly again!

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It was definitely a labor of love….but oh my.

So. Worth. It.

Wrapping up this crazy weekend was a BIG day at the house!

We had a work day scheduled with Mr. T and Dad anyway (I’ll be posting an update on the storm cellar soon….we are on the home stretch!)  But then I was able to get someone down to come down and take the gutters off.  Plans are also in the works for what the new roof is going to be and possible window upgrades!  Thing LONG TERM…but it’s nice to know the options…especially in regards to the windows.

So, before an after!  The falling apart gutters and dilapidated gutters are GONE!!  I know it doesn’t seem like much, but it’s one baby step to the entire process of bringing this house back.

Mr. T thinks she’s sexy.

I think she’s getting sexier the more we get down to the basics.  I literally CAN NOT wait to get all of the trim cleaned up and painting white again.

This is going to be a very long and slow process…but little milestones like today keep me hopeful!

Peace out peeps.

 

Mini Pallet Recap!

Oh. My. Goodness.

In the last 48 hours here in Ohio, I have felt the first signs of Fall.  The crispness in the air, the golden leaves laying on the grass, the first head cold of the season, the snakes moving into the dining room…

So, last night, I slept almost 9 hours.  Whether it was because it was finally perfect sleeping weather or the fact that I was literally exhausted, it was wonderful!

Last Sunday, I hosted a great mini-pallet painting class at the house.  I really can’t express to anyone, besides my ever-patient mother, how stressful having the classes can be.  Between prepping for the class, cleaning house, making food and then teaching….there are MANY moments I wonder if it is worth it.

But then, everyone shows up, the laughter begins, the creativity starts and it’s just wonderful to see everyone have so much fun making things!

With being back to school for the last couple of weeks, prepping for the class was even more challenging!  But, it all got done and I think they turned out great!

I started by cutting apart pallets to make these mini-pallet canvases to paint.  It was a labor of love to say the least.  But just like everything else, once I got the first few made, they were pretty easy to put together.

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After a few solid hours working in the new and improved Girl Cave, I was well on my way to being ready for class.

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Now, for the heart attack of this story.

At the time I was wrapping up, it was about 10 pm.  I headed in the house determined to knock one or two more things off of my To Do list.  So, I quickly decided I would water the plants (sometimes remembering to do that can be harder than you think!).  Got my watering can, headed into the dining room.

To find this bastard.  **Warning…there is one cuss word.**

So, needless to say, after beating the poor thing to death with a flip flop.  I called it a day!  lol!

Anyway, back to the class.  Everyone did an amazing job!  It was the first time that I offered for everyone to make something they would prefer (instead of me selecting the theme).  It was great!  Plus, this way, I knew for sure that everyone would be able to take home something they would really enjoy to have in their home.

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Although I like to pretend my dining room is more formal and fancy…I love seeing it covered with creativity.

Now, you’re probably wondering why it’s so dark?  Because not only was it one of the hottest days of the summer (and there have been PLENTY) but we lost power after a storm rolled through.

These women were such troopers.  It was sticky and hot and dark.  They were rock stars!

Just look at what we made!

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Because of the loss of power, I wasn’t able to get a group picture…but here are some of the other gems!

Plus, this darling!  She had a bonus day…she even lost a tooth while she was at class!IMG_20160828_175507281

She also won the award for the most paintbrushes used.

Ever.

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Overall, I couldn’t be happier.

No worries, I have already started planning the next class.  Not to mention, I still have people interested in doing another pallet class…so it looks like the work will go on!

More to come…

Fall wrap up is on full swing…so be patient with my lack of blogging.  I am sure by the time December rolls around, I’ll be driving you crazy again with all of my random thoughts on life.

Peace out peeps!

 

 

Reality Check

So, the house was built in 1857.

The first electrical air conditioning unit was invented in 1902.

But AC wasn’t available widely until after WWII.

That’s a difference of 45 years.

The life expectancy of a person in this era was 37 years. Literally, they couldn’t live long enough to experience the joy of cool air.

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Yep kids…check that out!  It was 1880 before small electric stations could provide power to a few blocks at a time.  So, if everything went smoothly, they could have had power at the house by 1930.

1930.

The first fan was invented in 1882, but it was pretty useless until electricity made it out here to the country.

So, that means, nothing…nothing until at LEAST 1930!

Now, more details of living in the past.

Clothes.

This is a modern version of what the woman of the era would have worn.

Thank you to Fashion through History for the contribution.

I mean, just look at those layers.  Not to mention, there was no such thing as Dri-FIT back then.  Just cotton and wool, primarily.  Not to mention, it wasn’t think cotton like we are used to today.  There was a blend called Linsey-Wooley which was very common in Colonial America. If you are really interested, you can even purchase reproduced materials here.

Not that women on the farm wore corsets, but they for sure wore petticoats.

For bedtime…it was almost as bad.

I am sure these are bit a fancy for farm life, but you get the idea. It had to have been rough. I can only imagine.

Not to mention…Bonnets.

They wore bonnets.

So, when it was all put together…it was like wearing a sweat bag all day long.

All of this brings me to this point.

I have toughed out this summer.  Partially because I didn’t have many options with only one outlet upstairs. It’s been a tough summer in Ohio.  Needless to say.

So, last night, in the middle of the night, when the dogs and I were miserable, I was thinking about the people who built this house and how they survived the heat.

I have come to this conclusion.  I have no idea how they did it.  Nor can I imagine how everyone smelled with the weekly baths and all.

I am thankful to live in 2016…even with all of it’s woes.

If you would like to read more…check out these sites for some bonus fun facts!

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Now, go enjoy your electricity and hopefully air conditioning!

Peace out peeps.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Mornings

Morning everyone!

I am sitting here this morning working on canning beans from my garden.  I am praying and hoping that my first experience will a pressure canner is nothing but wonderful!  lol!

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But it allows me a moment to be “present”.  I just finished paying bills and I am sitting here with the door open and the fragrance of cow is wafting around.  Mr. T. would love it right now!!  I get to take a moment and enjoy the progress of this summer.

I mean, just the success of the beans alone, it’s pretty remarkable!

I shouldn’t call it a success until I am done canning them, huh?

Anyway.  The beans are a result of my first big girl garden.

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I pretty stinking proud of it.  Bonus, it’s actually producing vegetables.

I feel so confident, I am starting a herb garden by the house today.

I know.  It’s awesome.

So, in the spirit of being present….and reminiscing all at the same time…it’s hard to believe how much has occurred in 8 months.  The house is coming along. The deck/patio area are almost done in the back.  The storm cellar is just waiting for a drain and a new door (once completed, I will give the full recap of that project!)  We are redesigning the entrance steps on Wednesday.  School starts in 14 short days, so I am in the big push to wrap up the major projects for the summer.

Another perk…I am starting love living out in the open and looking forward to more adventures daily.

Next up….I think I am going to be a Chicken Complex so I can have chickens next spring.

Anyway, it’s just a great, quiet morning. It’s actually a nice temperature…which is glorious without AC in the house.  It’s just nice.  Peaceful.  Whole.  Wonderful.

So, I hope you are having just as wonderful of a morning.  It’s a great way to start the day!

I am seriously starting to wonder about this pressure canning.   It is  definitely an exercise in patience.

Peace out peeps.

 

Cicada Love

Morning!

So, as we are reaching the end of the Love Season for the 17-Year Cicada here in Northeastern Ohio, I have to admit two things.

One.  I think I might actually start to miss them.

Two.  I have learned a whole new appreciation for their plight in this world.

 

My largest interaction with them over the last few weeks was at the Parental Homestead while cleaning stalls and working with the ponies.  I’ve dealt with them in water buckets, on halters and lead ropes, getting down my shirt, in my hair and boots, the constant drone of their love call hum…it’s been interesting to say the least.

 

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Interesting facts I have learned about them.

  1. They are active while they are underground for those 17 years.
  2. Their wings fill with fluid to expand out in order to take flight.
  3. Most dogs love to eat them.
  4. Many get crushed in the mass exodus to make it a tree while emerging from their underground abodes.

Check out more on fun sites like Cicada Mania.

Just to make it slightly more real…

But, I have also had a lot of time to ponder their existence.

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Their main goal upon exiting their tunnels is to procreate the future generations.

So, it makes one wonder….at least me…because I might be the only weirdo on the planet who thinks of things like this…

  1. Do Cicadas have dating preferences?  I mean, when they exit the ground, are they all hung up on the qualifications of their future partner?
  2. Are there ones that play the game?  “Well, I’m just gonna wait and see if something better comes along?”
  3. Are there ones that take on the “hit it and quit it” philosophy?
  4. Is one cicadas song more appealing than another?
  5. Or does Mother Nature just take over and it’s a matter of functionality, not individual preference?

I mean, as humans, it gets so complicated on the journey to find a mate.  There are so many preferences and ideals to be attained, only to be squashed at any point in time.

After swimming in the deep end of the dating cesspool, trust me…I know.

How can these bugs make it look so easy?

Anyway, enough of “Deep Thoughts With Lyndsey” for the morning.  I am sure your brains are starting to bleed from the randomness of trying to follow my thoughts!

I promise the next few posts are going to be all house related!  There is SOOOOO much happening, it’s hard to know where to start.  But there will be LOTS of before and after pics coming!  Most exciting…work on the storm cellar starts next week!  That should provide lots of entertaining stories!

First painting class this  Thursday!  Can’t wait to share the results!  It’s going to be great!

Peace out peeps.

 

 

 

Too Little. Too Late

Morning everyone…

This post is a bit of a PSA.

As we are all fully aware, we are given a very limited piece of time to enjoy this world (when you compare it to the timeline of all existence).  It’s so easy to slip into a groove.  To get busy.  To cut corners.  To take advantage.  To just try and survive.

This week, I had a personal event that occurred that really made me realize how much some things are not worth it.  Every day should be spent happy.  I mean, I am not talking drunk at a party, laughing your pants off happy (that would be really hard on your liver).  But I am talking about the kind of happy that when you go to bed at night you can review the day and think…”Yep, not too shabby.”

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Happiness seems so elusive at times.  But I believe it’s because we strive for things that are predetermined by the world around us.

Thank you Pinterest.

But in reality…Your happiness can only be determined by YOU!  I think there are few steps to help you get to it, which I pretty much have to remind myself of on a daily basis.

Set REALISTIC goals.

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Bringing some of my teaching wisdom in here!

Sounds easy, huh?  It’s not.  We all want MORE.  It’s monster living inside us that is fed constantly from a sensory overload of EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE we go.  So, step back. Reassess your goals and make sure you are setting yourself up for success.

This is not new crap, we know it.  We just forget it, because the machine of life can take over.

Don’t be the “Too little, too late” person.

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Whatever you do…don’t become the  “Too little, too late” person.  When we cut those corners, cheat time or people, we become THAT person.  The person who will regret those choices.

So, take the time to…

Love those in your life.

Show them they are important.

Tell them before it’s too late.

Make yourself a priority.

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Really, I have to say this??  But yes, I do.  Be you!  Speak up for yourself.  As a woman, I feel like we make a LOT of concessions for the betterment of those around us.  But, it is ok to take a stand for ourselves.  So, be ok and PROUD of the fact that you have a voice.

With that being said, don’t be an ass…lol!

Find the silver lining.

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Even on the worst days, there are silver linings.  You just need to pause.  Sometimes finding that one thing that can make you smile is all it takes to push through.  So, look for it.

So, it’s Friday.  Enjoy it.  Take a moment for yourself.  Make someone feel the value they are to you.  Breath in every moment…because it’s just a blip on your timeline.

Peace out peeps.

 

 

Whew. Part 2.

Yesterday, I started to share the story of our big family reunion over the holiday weekend.  Because it’s my blog and I make the rules around this place (about the only place I can!) I decided to focus on the stunning family home first.  I mean, that’s important stuff right there!

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But while I was going through the pics from the day, I realized there was so much else that happened that was EQUALLY as cool!  I know, it’s hard to comprehend…but my family…is awesome!  We are definitely a group of talented, passionate characters!

We like food.  Not just any food either, but good food.  Really good food.

So, the prized guest as this event was Mr. Pig.

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While my Uncle was toiling over Mr. Pig….my Momma was toiling over the Mini Piggies!

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Oh. My. Gosh.

I know, cuter than you can handle huh?

It gets better!!

Wait for it……..

You know, you really can’t do “Wait for it…” in a blog?

Because I can’t control your pace at reading.

Well, I guess I sorta can….

BECAUSE I JUST DID!!!!! LOL!!!!

Ok, what you’ve been waiting for!

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Look at their little butts!!  The tails!!!  I mean, come on…that’s adorable!

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Now, here’s the tale that goes with these darlings.  They were made out of a quilt that originally came from the farmhouse.  My mom took the quilt apart and made these pigs for all of the 1st cousins to have an heirloom from the farm.

Talk about heritage and tradition, huh?  It runs deep in our clan.

Even the rag rug this piggy is laying on.  It was made on my great-great-10x-grandfather’s loom.  Which, I currently have in my classroom at school for my students to use!

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You know what else runs deep in our clan?

Crazy.

Truth.

I mean, it’s in my veins…I feel it, can’t avoid it.  I just feel bad for anyone near me when the need to do/make something hits.

Like my Momma.

It was documented.  The picture of her working on these at 3:15 in the morning the night before the reunion (for the record, she stayed up until 5)

But I love her.

Plus, I love oxygen…so I won’t share the pic dad sent.

Now all of the Mini Piggies are in homes with our family members and hopefully will continue to be passed down through the generations.

Lucky for me, my family also LOVES photos….so I’ll leave you with this little blast from the past.

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Me. Circa 1997.  Good thing I still love bibs!  Btw…2016 is the “Summer of the Bib-Overall”. Watch for it.   Big news.

Peace out peeps.

Moods and Weather

Listen.

I am a total weather person.  I LIVE for the 70 degree days, blue skies, slight breeze and warmth of the sun.  When those days pop up….I soak up every ounce of EVERY moment of them and I store them.  Like a chipmunk with nuts.  Or is it a squirrel?

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Whatever, you get the point.

Right now is one of the most challenging times of the year for me…mentally.  I know…every day is a struggle, but right now…it’s a damn obstacle course to get through the day.  Like a American Ninja Warrior course. My work as an elementary art teacher is sucking every bit of life out of me.

My patience.  Gone.

My urge to be healthy.  Gone.

My energy.  Gone.

My brain.  Gone.

Most of my urge to care at all.  Gone.

So, I need Mother Nature to step it up.  Quit throwing out these crap days.  I need sunshine…for like DAYS IN A ROW.  I need to be able to play in the dirt.  Mow my yard without trying to coordinate it between two jobs and the sobbing tears Momma Wild is throwing down from those heavy gray clouds.

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My yard is loving it.  My tractor is not. 

I get it, she must have bad days too….but doesn’t she know????  Lots of us feel a lot better when she blesses us with those glorious, amazing and healing days of sunshine and warmth.

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Here’s to everyone in my boat.  Keep bailing those raindrops out.  Hang in there…because there will be one of those glorious days coming soon.  When it does…absorb it.  Harness the warmth and save it…you’ll need it.  Especially if you live in a place like Northeast Ohio.

I mean, there was a VERY specific reason the Ravenna Arsenal was built here.  (Which is a super fascinating place to learn about in the chapters of U.S. history….perfect for a rainy day!  hee hee hee)

Hang in there.  I keep telling myself the following…

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Thanks for letting me dump my emotional baggage on you for a second!

Peace out peeps.

Legacy Smegacy

Morning everyone…

I have been thinking a lot about this legacy stuff lately.  It really has been hitting home with me about what kind of legacy I would like to create.  Recently I have decided that I must be leaving  the crazy lady legacy.

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I have some new neighbors that I met this past weekend.  It made me laugh that one of them immediately labeled me as a city girl with a little bit of country it in me.  So, it got me thinking….if I had to label myself, how exactly would I label myself?

 

Let me start  by stating that I hate labels.  In fact, I pride myself on breaking labels and normally look for ways to break the expectations that labels conjure up.  But, if there was one label I had to adopt…it would definitely be the “crazy” label.  It gives you a lot of room to be you.

I am so proud to be who I have become.  Not to sound egotistical.  But it’s true…To be hard working.  To be a friend.  To own my quirks.  To be ok in my not-so-perfect skin. It’s such an amazing feeling to be at peace with who you really are.

So, own it.  Be you.  Start today.

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Be strong.  Be soft.  Binge watch TV.  Take a nap in a hammock.  Listen.  Feel unconditional love.  Eat Swenson’s.  Feel the sun.  Bake cookies.  Learn new things.  Listen to music.  Snuggle in blankets.  Hug a 4-legged furry friend. Enjoy a beverage.  Be smart.  Go shopping.  Get dirty.  Pamper yourself.  Work hard.  Help someone.  Drive fast.  Love the smallest moments. Stay away from drama.  Be a friend. Forgive. Stay the course (thanks Samantha for reminding me of this one) Own it. Own being you.

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Most importantly, I follow this goal daily.

To go to bed at night knowing that I did the best I could with what I have.  I tried.  I tried really hard.  I might not be perfect.  I might make a ton of mistakes.   But somewhere in the course of the day, I did one or two things that were good.  Great even.  All in the effort to know that when my head hits that pillow, I can get my sleep knowing that tomorrow is another chance to do even better.

And just remember….You might not be everyone’s cup of tea…and that’s 100% ok.

 

Class tomorrow!!  MADE PREP MODE is going on!  Pics to come!

Peace out peeps!

 

If I had a kid… Chapter 1

So, I don’t have children.

But, I often times think to myself …what if I did have kids?  What little tidbits would I want to  impart on them?  What life habits would I want to share with them?

With all of this being said, I decided that I would start my book.

Now, this blog is designed to talk about the house and everything with it.  But I kinda feel like this is part of it.

Leading me to Chapter 1.

This past weekend I was very sick.  Let’s be honest, I’m still sick.  But I managed to get 4.5 hours worth of mowing completed before I couldn’t move on Sunday evening.

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When I was a kid, whenever I would get sick, my mom would always insist that I get a shower and put on clean clothes.  I always hated her for that.  The effort.  Ugh.  I mean, you want me to bath…and change clothes….double ugh!

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But as an adult, I value that life lesson more than ever.  So much so, it’s my first chapter topic.

When you feel like death warmed over, get a shower.  Put on clean clothes.  It might only help for a brief second on the whole timeline of life, but for that precious moment, you will feel better. You will feel alive again.  You will have a clear head.  Truly, there is nothing better than the feeling of being “clean”.  It’s amazing how that shower will make you feel better.

So, I will continue to add chapters to this wise book…wait in anticipation for my words of wisdom!

Peace out peeps.