~~Pantry/Laundry Remodel – Phase 2 ~~

Well, we’ve had phase 2 done for a little bit now, but I’ve not had a lot of time to post.  My washer and dryer and now in place and my hot water heater has been installed and is performing nicely!  We took out the old hot water heater that was installed in the home in 1979 and was bought used then!  It’s amazing that the darn thing was still running, but it was definitely not running very well.  We could barely take 1 shower/bath at a time before we were out of hot water and it was a 40-gallon tank!  We ran new gas lines back in the early spring and went ahead and ran lines for the new hot water heater, new stove (future purchase), and an additional heater. 

It ended up raining the weekend we were installing everything, so we had to go 3 days without hot water!  With all the rain and cooler temps we’ve been having the well water was a lot colder than normal!   Brrrr!    Nothing like freezing your head while washing your hair!   But, it all worked out fine!  We just tried to think of it as camping and we did just fine!  I forgot to take pics while we were in the process, but I do have pics of what was finished!  At least it’s mostly finished.  We still have to finish sealing up a few more leaks in where the hot water heater is at, but we’ll get to that when we redo the wall in the bathroom.   We also have to put the vented cover over the front of the hot heater and then repaint the wall.

For this phase we had to:

  • replace the floor below the old water heater which had rotted away due to a leakage from the tub and washer and (possibly) the hot water heater.
  • replaced all the fixtures in the tub
  • fixed the leak around the drain in the tub
  • wired in the new plug for the washer
  • rerouted the pipes for the water for the washer
  • cut the hole to run the vent for the hot water heater
  • install new hot water heater
  • move washer to new location

Here are a few pics of what we have accomplished:

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Stay tuned for phase 3, currently in progress!  We’re expanding the hall storage closet and putting in more sturdy shelves so that I have a good place to store my home canned goodies. IMG_0026

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Pantry/Laundry Remodel – Phase 1

Well, it has finally begun.  I’ve been reorganizing my pantry off and on for a while, but now we’re into the remodeling phase.  My dryer has been out in the storage building since we moved here.  There was no place for it in the house.  That’s the way my in-law’s had it and never got around to changing it.  Well, when  my dryer died a little over 3 months ago, we decided we’d get ready to start the remodel so that when we purchased a new one, it would not have to go out in the building since we’re still having some issues with mice out there. 

So, with the money that we received off of the sale of the timber, we have purchased a new hot water heater and a new dryer.  The hot water heater is another desperate need of ours.  The one we have right now is not working very well.  Some days we have just enough hot water to do what we need and other days there’s barely enough.  Even my father-in-law is unsure of the age of this thing, but he knows that he purchased it USED back when they moved in here which was in 1978!  So, needless to say, it’s served its purpose well and it’s time for a new one. 

Several months ago, we ran new gas lines under the house, and we purposely ran one for a new hot water heater, which will be here next week!  So, more on that then.  Back to the pantry/laundry room remodel and my new dryer.

In case you haven’t seen my post The Blessings Of A Well-Stocked Pantry, here are the pics of what my pantry looked liked.

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If you notice, the flooring is not done, and it’s still kind of a mess.  Well, the “mess” portion is now all over the rest of my house at the moment until we get done.  But, the shelving is back in place and reorganized, the drawers and microwave are still in there, and the brown cabinet is still in the corner, but it will be coming out as soon as we get the hot water heater in because then the washer will join the dryer in what will be my new laundry area! 

Brian built a small wall to go in front of the shelving so that I can add some curtains in front of them, but the wall is not done yet.  Also, the new doorway is framed up but he’s not done there either.   But, we did get the flooring down and the new dryer installed.   So, without further ado, here’s what phase 1 looks like!

The widened and newly reframed doorway:IMG_0008  The small wall that will be in front of my shelving:IMG_0010 The flooring which is the same throughout the rest of the house:.  Plus, I left you a peek at what was there:IMG_0012 IMG_0013

Shelving back in place and mostly reorganized: IMG_0015

Last, but certainly not least, my new dryer in its new home! IMG_0017 IMG_0018

I can’t wait until it’s finished!  It’s so exciting to see things finally progressing a bit.  Let me tell you, paying cash as you go is a whole lot slower than paying with credit, but it feels so good to know that, as we finish something, we don’t have a big credit card bill to contend with for the next several months/years! 

So, there’s phase 1!  Now, on to phase 2! 

~Major Changes Occurred At Our Homestead!~

 

Here’s the main reason why I have been absent from the blogging world.  We have been extremely busy having timber cut on approximately 2.5 acres of our 23.5 acre farm.  We wanted to clear it out to make more pasture land.

If you read my post “Our Little Haven In The Country” you saw the pictures of our property.  Well, it now looks completely different!!  Here’s what it looks like now:

 

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Here’s what the back around the barn (the 2.5 to 3 acres we had cut) looks like:

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Right now it’s extremely muddy so clean up has not begun yet, but once it does, I’ll be sharing with you our progress.  We’re slowly moving towards getting our little farm up and running again!

When It Rains……

I know you’ve heard the expression, “when it rains, it pours”.  Well, that’s been our weekend.    Our van has been out of commission for a while now, but now so is our truck and our dryer.   This is one of those times when I’m very thankful for my faith in Christ because I don’t know how in the world I’d be able to stand up under the pressure when things start getting this tough. 

1 Corinthians 10:13 says:

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” 

God promises His children that He will not give us more than we can handle, and that as long as we keep our eyes and faith focused on Him and let Him take care of the details everything will be fine.   Does this mean that we should be lazy and do nothing?  Absolutely not.  This means that we need to do what we know we should do and not necessarily what we might want to do. 

In our case, we know that God does not want us to be in debt (Proverbs 22:7 – “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”)  so we need to pay cash for all of our purchases.  

The truck’s water pump went out which, thankfully, Brian can fix himself.  He had to work for a few hours today and then pick up the kids, but then he will be fixing the truck this evening.  The van will have to wait for a bit, though, but that’s okay.  We have one working vehicle, and that’s what’s important.

As for the dryer, I hang most of our clothes out anyway, so this is not too big of a deal at this time, but there are times when I do need my dryer.   So, we will be saving up to pay for a new dryer.  Normally, we would have this money already put aside, but we’ve been hit pretty hard with extra expenses the last few months, so we don’t have the extra that we normally would. 

Also, before we purchase a new dryer, we need to start (and finish) the laundry/pantry room remodel  so that we can move the dryer inside and out of the storage building.  But, to do the remodel, we need replace the bathtub fixtures, replace the hot water heater (which is pretty old and has been acting up for a while) and the floor underneath the hot water heater (ruined from leakage from washer over the years- most of it prior to our moving in here), and do a small remodel to the wall connecting the bathroom and pantry.  My washer is currently in the bathroom and we want to move it to the pantry (basically flipping it around to the other side of the wall), but to make it fit, we have to move the wall a bit to create a little more space in the pantry so they fit.  

I’m very thankful that my husband is very handy and can do remodeling and plumbing, AND he’s a certified electrician!  Praise God for a handy man for a husband!  It’s so nice to not have to hire out all of these projects!!   It has saved us lots of money over the years!  God has provided us with a handbook on how to handle these types of situations, and through faith and prayer, He will guide us in the directions that we need to go.

Am I worried?  No.  How many people have no vehicle at all, or no home, or electricity, etc.  I’m blessed beyond my comprehension, and I’m a little inconvenienced by all this, then maybe there’s a lesson in all this that I need to learn.  So, I’m  going to leave all these  so-called “problems” in God’s hands and let Him “take care of His business” and I will try to stay focused on what He would have me to learn through all of this.  

So, how do you handle these types of situations?  I’d love to hear from you!