The Pointless Pursuit of Perfection: Dog Fence Edition

Posted by Kyle

As winter turns to spring, projects around the homestead are starting to ramp up. We are still buried by at least a foot of snow but the temps have been hovering around 0°C for the last week or so and it’s starting to melt :D:D:D

This past weekend, Bonnie and I tackled a little DIY dog fence expansion. You see, our dogs aren’t what you would call “good dogs.” They tend to run away at any chance they get (they are half husky after all). We (mistakenly) thought that the 3′ wire fence we installed in the summer last year would contain them (HA!) but turns out once the snow gets 18″ deep and the dogs bend the top down a little they can basically step over it. So after the 50th time they escaped we decided we needed to do something about it.

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Review: Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations

With Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations

Posted by Bonnie

All opinions in this post, as in everything I write, are mine and mine alone. I am in no way affiliated with Rustoleum and the information in this article is from my own experience with no influence from any 3rd party.

When we bought this house we were excited with the kitchen but it was really ugly. I wanted to update the appliances and the counter top was a very unattractive, water damaged blue laminate. The reason we were excited was because the cabinets were in super good shape inside and out; from our previous renovations we know first hand how expensive cabinets are so we were glad not to replace them… Problem being they were a natural oak color which didn’t appeal to us (me) AT ALL. Kyle wanted to leave them as they were but I REALLY wanted to paint them and promised that (at 7 months pregnant) I would handle everything from taking them off the hinges to prepping, painting, and replacing them.

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When your effluent pump breaks

Or rather, when it never worked to begin with.

Posted by Kyle

So by now you know that the week we moved in to this cursed house our well completely died. But what we haven’t mentioned yet is that very same week our effluent pump died. To be fair it probably never actually worked to begin with but still… No water in, no “water” out… Like I said, cursed.

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Oh, Well….

First unexpected cost… and it’s a big one.

Post by Bonnie

After living in the house for a week I turned the kitchen faucet on and… no water. Not a drop. Turns out this is one of the problems with purchasing a formerly vacant home. The well pump was sitting at the bottom of a galvanized pipe for five years, unused. Then we purchased the home and used it – a LOT. During the period of vacancy sediment settled into and around the well pump so when we started it up again the sediment created a blockage, effectively rendering the pump useless. So, we called a repair person.

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