This Week at the Farm: One Year Anniversary!
This is an extra special weekly farm update post! Because this week at the farm we’re celebrating our one year anniversary of owning it! Can you believe that?! Of course in one way this year has FLOWN by, but in another it seems we’ve lived here a long time. Let’s recap what this year has looked like and all we’ve done so far!
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If I’m being 100% honest we aren’t nearly as far as we’d planned to be when we reached this milestone. But like so many things in life, you realize as you get older that there’s a lot that isn’t in our control. Also let’s face it 2020 has been a hard year for everyone to navigate.
After purchasing the farm we sold our other home, and moved out here in October. One of the biggest unexpected set backs for us has been that the house, property, and buildings were left full of the previous owners belongings. We spent a great deal of time moving things out of the house, especially the basement, and we’re still cleaning up the property and buildings.
Basically much of this first year has been just taking the farm back from the extreme state of neglect it was left in for such a long time. Sooo not a lot of the fun stuff lol! But we’ll get there and pictures don’t lie we have made some definite progress!
Photos Then and Now
I thought it would be fun to start the tradition of recreating our first photos here at the farm each year! Also I want to give a huge shout out to the man sitting next to me! I couldn’t and wouldn’t want to do this life with anyone else! He’s the hardest worker I know and is truly the backbone of all we do here at the farm! Love you babe!
Things We’ve Done This Year at the Farm
Anyway I think it’s important to focus and reflect on what we have done! So I’ll do a breakdown of what we’ve accomplished here at the farm in it’s first year and link the blog posts that coincide for ya!
Sealed the Basement
Shew the basement was a NIGHTMARE! There was a couple inches of water setting and we counted over 40 frogs as we rescued them! Ick! I remember telling Ed there’s a whole ecosystem down here! The basement was also wall to wall junk, much of which we had to scoop out with snow shovels because it was an indistinguishable ruined wet mess. After cleaning all the stuff out we pressure washed and sealed the walls.
Ed found multiple reasons the basement was wet and fixed them. I’ll forever kick myself for not taking before pictures of it, but to be honest that was the furthest thing from my mind. At the time we were just on a mission to get it clean and dry. It now serves as a storage and a storm shelter if need be.
We had an HVAC system installed upstairs and a new one put in downstairs. This fall we’ll be working on more ways to make this old house more efficient!
We also got some dream kitchen appliances!
We painted all the downstairs ceilings, and all the rooms downstairs except the bathroom
Plumbing and Wiring
Ed has fixed multiple plumbing and wiring issues. Nuff said because those are all the details I know haha!
We found an easy inexpensive way to change our windows!
We modified an old pharmacy store counter as our kitchen island! He installed our farmhouse sink and made a spot for a microwave, dishwasher, and storage! Still one of my favorite things we’ve ever done!
We added new lighting to the living room!
Peg Rail Shelf
We built a peg rail shelf for the kitchen/entryway!
We installed a wallpaper mural in the kitchen!
We refinished and installed new old front doors!
We renovated the barn stable for our sheep! And built a pasture for them!
And as you may or my not know were currently fixing up our 1922 chicken coop for the ladies 😉
I did built some raised garden beds outside too!
You’ll hear me use this word a lot coming up, but one thing that we’ve also tried to work towards this year is establishing some long term homestead investments. We got some Babydoll Sheep, which we’ll be breeding. They also help with the mowing and contribute to the compost bin! And we got egg laying chickens who also help with pest control. This Fall we’ll be planting some fruit trees and firming up garden plans for next spring.
This Week at the Farm: One Year Anniversary!
I’m sure there’s more that I’ll think of later lol! And I’ll do a photo and video tour of the farmhouse and property soon too! While they’re something I definitely want to document and share it’s also hard because again most of what we’ve done this year isn’t stuff you can see or would notice because it is basic upkeep and maintenance. You’ll see a cleaner but still unfinished house inside and out, but not all the blood sweat and tears it has taken to just get to this point. All that stuff has to be done before getting into renovations though. And that just means this next year will be amazing, right?! 😉
I honestly can’t wait to see where this next year takes us on this fixer upper farm journey, and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to bring you along for the ride! As always thank you so much for your support and encouragement! It means more than I could ever express!
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