Saturday, February 12, 2011

Livinf in a 100 year old farmhouse, Part 1

Our old farmhouse started over 100 years ago as a cube. Two rooms downstairs and two rooms upstairs. The first add on was a kitchen, built overtop of the old root cellar. The old outside south door became a window. Then a bathroom was added along with a large cement front porch and a small back porch. Next the back porch was enclosed into a mud room. Lastly, the front porch became a living room and a small bedroom, and a small cement front porch was added. It has brick columns and screen windows and door.
A remodel in the 70's divided the kitchen into two tiny rooms, a kitchen and a breakfast room with corner cabinets. The cabinets were shallow and built down for the comfort of a family of 4, the tallest of whom were 5'6".

Our massive family moved in! Seven children, two parents. My husband was 6'5", our sons were 6'6", 6'2", and 6'1". Two of the girls were 6' and 6'1"!! The breakfast nook was ridiculous, the guys looked THROUGH the mesh cabinets. Nothing was big enough to contain our pots and pans, no more than two of us could be in the kitchen at a time. One night I came home from work to a large empty room where my kitchen/nook had been! The guys had ripped everything out in a few hours. What's a mom to do?
I ordered pizza.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Even though I no longer have school age kids, and it's been a LONG time since I've been a part of public schools, I still find myself watching the closings to see if "we" have a snow day! So, I now give myself a snow day. Jammies, hot coffee, books, knitting, my fave shows on TV, and permission to not go anywhere!
It's only 4-6 inches, but this is Indiana. Panic ensues and there are not enough plows to make it to the low priority roads, such as ours. In all fairness, the drifts can be close to 2 feet with the crazy wind we have. The guys are pretty good at using our 4WD or tractor to pull cars through.
We, however, at this moment, are safe, warm, and fed. A perfect snow day!