It begins.

Bob returned to work this morning; a new job for the new year.   It was strange to see him so nervous and agitated yesterday.  Not like him, but I get it.  It is hard to imagine, but after years of having no trouble at all in locating his next job, and having never been let go in the way he was, ever, I understand his trepidation/excitement about the first day of work.

We spent the time off doing more around here than we anticipated, which is not to say we did nothing up on the mountain.  However, we realize that there will be time enough with his new schedule to get up there and accomplish something, and there will be less pressure to leave so early and rush back home.

Our plans, for the mountain are to finish the bedroom, reroute/replace the plumbing, and hook up the hot water heater.  The latter is of utmost importance if we are to be able to stay overnight and work the next morning.  It is cold up there.

We have begun with patching and painting first.

Demolition-Patch-and-PaintThis bedroom, inside wall is the old outside wall composed of board and batten hardwoods.

Our plan is to remove the wood, and save it of course!  We will then put up a vapor barrier and wallboard to match the rest of the walls.  This will close up all the gaps that let in the cold, and let out the heat in winter.  And vice versa for the summer months.


An event which I will discuss Wednesday has shown me some of the beauty hidden within our forest.


Hobbit-Hiding-placeAn enlarged view should remind you of a special Hobbit hiding place. 😉


We are becoming accustomed to not having it our way, to waiting for God’s plans for us.

And, in spite of the hiccoughs, we find ourselves enjoying the journey.

Though, if we must be entirely honest, we would like to arrive at our destination a bit more quickly.

See you Wednesday!

10 thoughts on “It begins.

  1. Littlesundog says:

    Oh so good to hear an update on what’s been going on with the two of you! I hope Bob enjoys this new position and can share his most excellent skills with other people. How long of a drive is the new job for him? I really enjoy the photos of the Mountain Farmlet showing the progress. Now if things would just hurry along a wee bit! 🙂

    • Lynda says:

      Lori, his drive is about 20 min. vs. the 25 min to the old job.

      We have the heat turned on to the Mountain Farmlet now, so we can work when it is freezing outside now. That should speed it up a bit. It was impossible to work in winter last year. The house would get freezing cold inside and even if the outside was bearable the inside never warmed up!

      The work is piling up exponentially on the property. Fallen trees, downed by wind, the TVA’s trash (more later today) and lack of a tractor to deal with it all are daunting at the moment. But, the outside will keep itself for the time being. We just need to focus on the house for now!

  2. shoreacres says:

    What a delight to find an update. I hope all went well for Bob at work, and that you don’t get too much of the cold that I hear is spreading that way. It’s certainly spreading down here, too, and it’s going to be bring-in-the-plants time in about 36 hours or so. Maybe earlier, if I feel energetic.

    I’m with you on the importance of that hot-water heater. Yes, you could build a fire and heat water over the coals, but… Well, there are certain conveniences that a girl just deserves!

    Happy New Year to you. It’s so nice so see you here.

    • Lynda says:

      They make water heaters that work with your wood stove to heat up the water for you. In weather like this I think that method might be a bit lacking. I am a shower taker not a bather. Well, unless it is a claw-footed soaking tub like the one we installed in our master bath in California! (I miss my soaking tub!)

      Happy New year to you too, Linda!

  3. pattisj says:

    Agreed, we prefer arriving at our destination sooner. Happy to hear Bob has a new job. Hope his first day went well, and he’ll enjoy working there.

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