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I was contemplating eating a second pudding cup.

Mr. Cottage said he wouldn’t judge me if I did.

Yeah, that. Keeper.













First, he peeked out, showing one eye, then his beak.  Then he tilted his head back and laughed hysterically at me.  That woodpecker took great pride in eluding my camera.


Frequent trips to throw out scratch to help warm the chicks and bring the eggs in as soon as they are laid so that they don’t freeze.

I was up a good part of the night worrying about the girls getting frostbite.  Looks like Wyatt has a bit on his comb.  I’ll have to keep an eye on it.

We lost power during the day yesterday the house got a little cool, not too bad.  The good thing I can say about this extremely cold weather is we have sunshine and thank goodness, we don’t have snow.


Sweet little nest earrings and pendants ready to go to the new art shop in town.  If you are local, Sweet Art Emporium will be opening February 9th.


Eggs baked in cream, such a decadent way to start the day.  And yet, I do it.  More than I should.

Seems I am especially unorganized and messy in the kitchen these days.  What am I saying?  My kitchen is always messy.

Our gardens bestowed copious amounts of basil this past summer, made my heart sing with joy.

We have been enjoying it all winter because I froze so much of it.  We had it again this weekend with a meal of shrimp Fra Diavlo and crusty bread with basil dipping oil.

Sunday I made roasted pork with vegetables, rotkohl, smashed potatoes, and gravy.  Comfort food.

Rotkohl – German Red Cabbage – with apple – if for no other reason the colors are such eye candy and it speaks to my German heritage.

The scent of cloves and bay leaves simmering – divine.

Recipe here.

I purchased a box marked Cherry turnovers at the bakery counter at the grocery store.  When I  got home and opened the box, I was surprised to find that the box had been mislabeled and they were not cherry.

Don’t cha just hate that when you get yourself all craving a certain thing and it isn’t?



Over the weekend, our tile guy came back and laid the replacement tile that Mr. Cottage ripped out a few weeks ago.

He will return this weekend to finish everything up.

Then I will probably dance necked in the bathroom.

After, he leaves of course.


Our plumber hero dudes came back and finished hooking up the bathroom plumbing in the addition.

First, they helped Mr. Cottage remove the old vanity and toilet.  Parting is such sweet sorrow – I mean after all we have logged in almost thirty years on that old toilet and vanity.

The old bathroom upstairs is where the new addition opens to the original house. So, in order to get over to the addition, you have to walk through the bathroom – yeah we have been living with this walk-through situation for a few years now.

This entire room will eventually be completely gutted and will just be a hallway that connects the old part of the house and the new part.  But that’s further down the road.

  There wasn’t room to get the new master bathroom vanity to fit through the opening of the new/old without removing the sink and toilet.

Once removed, they began the hard part.

   We all held our breaths until mission accomplished.  They had taken the new vanity for the hall bath up a few weeks ago, but the master vanity is much larger.




Bringing the new vanity up the stairs, around the corner, up the second flight of stairs, through the hall, and the old bathroom into the addition.


Coffee break.

Yes, I did.


Setting the master vanity in place.

I can’t even tell you how awesome these guys are.  All their hard work, showing up when they say they are going to show up and always with a can-do attitude.

  AND no plumbers crack – ever. 🙂



Here are a few shots of the new guest/hall bathroom, which replaces the one that is being torn out.

A work in progress.  The walls need to be painted, the trim needs to be installed, ac vents and exhaust fan cover are missing, outlet/switch covers need installation, oh and yes we need a door.


I purchased the rugs at TJ Maxx.  I didn’t realize the larger one next to the tub is a big oops until I cut the tags off of it.  The design is irregular.

  We’ll live with it.

We will install the mirror, towel and paper holders and curtain rod after the painting is completed.  The window curtain is tacked in place with push pins for now.  Such elegance.

A turned wood plant stand my Grandpop made probably 40 years ago holds a plant from a friend, in a pot that belonged to my mom.





The chippy multi-colored metal stool used to be in my art studio.

It is the perfect height to hold my magazines and other goodies for easy access while lounging in the tub.

I fell in love with all the layers of paint and now it feels all fresh and new, (new old) serving a new purpose.

  It also ties in the colors from the curtains, red, green and yellow.  I plan to bring more of these colors in with a collection of vintage items that I have collected over the years including a collection of metal Boy Scout first aid kits.

I used the tub last night to take a relaxing hot bath. It is enormous, and it is heated and bubbles too.  Something I haven’t done in at least 20 years.  Our old bathtub is original to the house (1930’s) and seems quite small.  I might also add rather gross, all stained and some icky stuff that won’t come off no matter how much scrubbing is done.

  Then there is the too much me, not enough tub thing.


The grout needs to be sealed before we can use the new shower.

For now, we are still in limbo, using part of the old and part of the new.  We use the toilet and sink and tub in the new area and the shower in the old.

  We are this close to being able to use these new bathrooms…


I hope y’all are all warm and snuggly safe from this crazy weather.


Thanks for popping in today.

xo Kim

13 thoughts on “No plumbers crack – a farmhouse renovation update

  1. LaDy says:

    Little by little (and big) you’re getting there! Nice job and good going on pushing forward.

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    1. You know what it has been a push, and there have been a lot of times when neither one of us wanted to keep pushing. Feels good to be making progress. xo kim


  2. Pam says:

    I’m happy your remodeling is moving ahead on a more positive note. Love the colors you are using – those shower curtains are gorgeous! As always I love seeing all your pictures of the house and animals. And your food pictures look yummy!

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    1. Hi Pam – Things are moving along much smoother now. I’m starting to feel good again about it all and enjoying the process of picking colors, and the little touches. Sometimes it gets a little overwhelming, so much to do and all the little details. The progress feels good though and keeps us moving forward. Thank for commenting on the photos and food. xo kim


  3. Gerri says:

    Wow! Your new bathroom looks amazing! 💕💕

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Gerri, we are quite pleased so far and keep pinching ourselves that this is really ours. XO Kim

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  4. Mrs. N in Japan says:

    I do know how it feels to be moving forward when you are remodeling! If even a small thing was done I’d shout- “yay!!!”
    Tubs are awesome. Since moving to Japan almost 9 years ago I am so spoiled by the culture of hot-tubbing here.
    Your Rotkohl brought back memories….my family is German- parents moved to the US in 1958. We had Rotkohl just about every Sunday.
    Thanks for the info about your camera ( another post) ….nice! I hauled my camera out and am going to do some studying…..xo

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    1. Connie, I’m fascinated by your stories of life in Japan. Maybe I need a 👘 kimono to wrap in after my bath! When we were in Germany I was amazed at the many different types of cooked cabbage, and pretty much loved it all. Enjoy your reacquaintence with your camera. Xo kim


  5. lindasschaub says:

    I love how you tie it all together Kim … the colors, the vintage pieces, and your story and photos as well – it is perfect. It already looks amazing, even without the final finishing touches. Hope Wyatt recovers from his touch of frostbite … enjoy cookin’ up a storm, once Spring arrives, you’ll be too busy outside to whip up all these delicacies! Take care Kim.


  6. Debra says:

    Hello-I LOVE your nests! So delicate and beautiful. The bathroom is beautiful now-so I can’t wait to see the ‘after’ pics. Speaking of ‘plumber’s cracks’ ( we were, right?) I wish more men were more careful of that ahem….well, let’s say maybe long underwear would be the answer.:)


  7. says:

    Yes, you did take that pic of Mr. Cottage on the john. For shame! 🙂 I got confused — a brown vanity and a white vanity… I like the white one best. What’s the latest head count on the chickens? I was amazed to see Mr. Cottage feeding so many of them!


  8. Annie says:

    I wanted to stop at the peek-a-boo bird. 😁 So adorable! But then there were good stories waiting. There’s so much happening at your home. No power, artwork, chickens and frostbite, delicious food to be cooked and eaten, and finally the massive struggle up the stairs and the grand reveal. I’m glad you pinned the curtains up before your dance!


  9. DA Squires says:

    Love everything, Kim!!!! And so happy that you are within sight of the finish line!!! Your cozy home is so welcoming and charming…and adore all the gorgeous feathered residents : ) Honestly makes me nostalgic for a wintery day and comfort food that definitely tastes better in colder temps!! xo


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