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Sometimes You Need a Break

There’s a lot of messy, nasty work involved restoring a home to a normal state after its been abandoned for two years. Sometimes you just need a little break from all that yucky work so we took one. Even though this is still work, it’s fun building something new.



After a long wait, the kitchen cabinets arrived from Cabinets To Go. Naturally we were anxious to see what they looked like assembled. So we decided to have a little fun and put one together. Well, actually, I watched, retrieved tools and took a few snaps.

Hand tools only....well, for the most part.

Hand tools only….well, for the most part.

It’s true that putting the cabinets together yourself adds one more thing to the ‘to do’ list, but the money saved is well worth it. Also, the cabinets are all wood, (no fiber board) and they cost less than half what you’d pay in the store.

The sides of the cabinet boxes are plywood, the fronts, drawer boxes and frame are all solid wood. In our case, cherry. Overall, the quality is excellent! Assembly went pretty smoothly and as with all projects of this nature, by the time we get to assembling the last cabinet we’ll have it down to a science.

Ta-da! One down and many more to go.

Ta-da! One down and many more to go.










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Let’s Go Outside!

It’s warming up and it’s time to take a break from the inside work and head outside for a while. The outside of the house also needs a lot of attention and that includes the landscaping.

It’s kind of amazing how many plants actually survived two years of neglect. There were lots of tulips, daffodils and hyacinth that bloomed out front and several rose bushes that sprang to life in the back. There is also a beautiful peony, (photo later), that is very well established and has lots of buds. The ants are working on persuading the blooms as I write.


We won’t be doing anything fancy or expensive right now. We’ll be using what we have on hand in the way of pavers, rocks, relocating plants, bringing plants from home, etc. There’s so much work to be done inside, we can’t really splurge on outside acoutrements.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a before photo of this area, so an after photo will have to do. This bed was full of weeds and grass, all the bricks were practically buried and the plants were in dire need of pruning. It took a while to lift the bricks, reset them and do the work but it looks a lot better now! Nothing fancy, just a nice bed with a few rose bushes, bleeding heart and a couple hosta plants. Anything would be an improvement!


Please ignore the ugly dryer vent and dirty siding. All will be fixed in time 🙂

The wait is over so we sent the dough.

When buy a house online through an auction site, all the money is generally transferred via wire. The title company gives you all their bank account particulars, you go to your bank, fill out a form and send them the dough.

Immediately after you sign the document, there’s a giant sucking sound when all that money leaves your bank account and makes its way through the Federal Reserve into theirs. In other words, it’s gone. Bah-bye!

At a traditional closing, everyone sits at a table in a nice conference room, documents are signed, certified checks are given and you get the keys. Not when you buy a house online. It doesn’t matter to the seller that you’ve got a minus sign next to a large sum of money on your account ledger. They want you to wait. Yes, more waiting.

Once the funds clear the Federal Reserve and show up in their bank account, the title company sends an e-mail with instructions regarding the lock box on the door as well as the code to get in. They don’t tell you how long this will take, only that it doesn’t happen ‘instantly’.

Well, that giant sucking sound (that was the dough leaving our bank account) happened ‘instantly’ so what do you think we did?


Didn't Al Gore have trouble with a lock box?

Didn’t Al Gore have trouble with a lock box?