06 March, 2014

Bedside Reading

I thought I’d share some of my favorite books that I’m using while on my journey of home ownership. As an English teacher, I always like a good read that helps me accomplish both research for an upcoming project as well as information that I might be lacking when it comes to remodeling, building, gardening etc. So, without further ado, here are my (so far) favorite reads.

01 March, 2014

Finding the Perfect Place

So I should probably update the world with the newest news of my newest house. 

Unfortunately, my previous love (I may have been slightly delusional when falling in love with this house which apparently is how it’s supposed to happen, right?) and I were not meant to be.

By this, I mean that the sellers of my great remodeling project were unwilling to put a new roof on (asphalt shingles over cedar shingles do not equal home insurance) or install the vapor shield underneath the house (because it sits on a natural spring, whodathunkit?).

15 February, 2014


Having inspections done on a house that you’re buying is quite terrifying. You’ve hired someone to go into every crack and crevice that you will be responsible for and find every miniscule detail of what is wrong with it.

I would describe it as having a child and believing that when that child is born that it is perfect and beautiful and can do no wrong, which of course every mother thinks about their children and this house is kind of like my child at this point.

So, I have this perfect child and then I've gone to my most honest friend, who of course always tells me the truth no matter what, and asked that friend to tell me what they think about my child and, of course, instead of lying and saying my child is beautiful like everyone else has said, this friend proceeds to point out every flaw that my child has and then hands me a big ole’ bill for their words of wisdom. 

Sigh, if only child bearing could be easier. 

05 February, 2014

Welcome Home!


Recently, I bought my first home (yay!) and it is quite the fixer upper! 

First, let me explain the whirlwind adventure that searching for a house (which is probably not as whirlwind as it sounds) has been. 

It started several months ago when I was browsing Pinterest and saw all of these cute (what I consider cute) home improvement ideas that other women were doing to their homes. Suddenly, it dawned on me that I didn't want to continue renting an apartment for the rest of my life. I wanted to buy my own house to do cute home improvements to!