Have you checked out my home tour? Have you ever wondered why there are no pictures of the bathroom? Let me show you the before.
The after? You’ll have to wait until my next post.
Have you ever had a really big dream? Something you’ve wanted for a long time, but weren’t exactly sure you could ever make a reality? Today one of those dreams has finally come true for me. Like everything in this house, it’s not without drama.
Oh how cute we were.
I painted and scraped, weeded and re-arranged, but the house would not be tamed. Sure, little by little it got better. First our bedroom, the kitchen cupboards, then the dining room and living room all started to conform to my vision.
Then we discovered we had more asbestos than previously imagined.
Asbestos removal is expensive and we were forced to put the whole thing on hold. Suddenly a blog that was supposed to be about home renovation had a lot of posts about gardening, recipes and living well. (Thanks for sticking with me, BTW.)
Could I have done more over the winter? Maybe. But I must confess that my spirits were pretty down about the whole thing.
The Hermit and I regrouped and now we are scheduled to start the asbestos removal later this July, followed by refinishing the floors and gutting/redoing the bathroom. It feels amazing and terrifying. 5 weeks or more with no bathroom, forced to camp and couch surf like vagabonds? Bring it on.
I’m worried something will go horribly wrong–read: even more expensive. I hope we can stick pretty close to the timeline. I hope we don’t all kill each other while we camp for that long. Did I mention that neither the Hermit or I have ever camped for more than a week?
Pray for us.
Anyway, I’m holding on to the fact that my house will actually feel clean when I vacuum it. We’ll no longer have to take what we lovingly refer to as “depression showers.” (We don’t have an actual shower, so you have to sit in the bathtub or stand up and duck because the shower cord doesn’t reach to your height.)
I’m hoping to keep to my regular posting schedule through all of this, but if you see a little less of me in your inbox, it’s because I’m sanding away at my floors and camping while I wait to have a functional bathroom. Follow me over on the Shifting Roots Facebook Page, where I’ll be sharing progress videos throughout the whole process. I’ll also be sharing about our vagabond ways over on Instagram too.
To celebrate, we’ll be throwing an open house when the work is all done. Tentatively mark your calendars for the September Long Weekend. I say tentatively, because what renovation ever gets completed on time?
My husband and I have owned 4 different houses in our 10 years of marriage. Yes, we are crazy. Like most people, we started out in a smaller 1000 sqft home, moved up to 1250, and then up again to 1350. We realized that we were only really using half of our living space. We also only have one child and are unlikely to expand our family. So why were we paying for all that extra space? (Point made–a family of six rents out our 1350 sqft house.) We decided to downsize and haven’t looked back.
What’s it like? Could you do it? Here’s what it’s like to downsize in your young-family years.
What do sea cucumbers, cinnamon buns, and bulk barn have in common?
The creation of these St. Lucia Day inspired cinnamon buns.
I pride myself on being a pretty experienced bread maker by now and figured that I would have no problem whipping up traditional St. Lucia Buns (which are not cinnamon buns, but do share this lovely S-shape). Pride cometh before the fall.
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