Well, we accomplished what we head out to do. The trailer is all packed with all our “important” belongings and ready to go. We packed all we needed, three piece living room set,some pictures, beds,mattresses,some linens, tables, hutch, dishes and pots,dining table, chairs, new stove,dressers… and a bit more. We had to play puzzle for a while to make everything fit into 16 feet of space – but we did. Except for some personal papers with sensitive info on them, everything else is packed and ready to go. Soon Eddie will take it to the farmhouse.
I have found that the cats hate an empty house, since they don’t have where to climb and jump. Now, it is running mania all over the space. They have even gotten annoyed at each other at some times – interesting reaction. It is time for them to get their summer coats and with no furniture around, cat hair flies all over and I find myself vacumming the entire place twice a day or more.
With everything packed and just four glasses, a couple spoons, four coffee cups, a frying pan, a cooking pot, and four plates left, plus clothing and grooming essentials, we have managed to survive. This presents a profound message to me – how little we really need to live day by day, and how much we complicate our lives with stuff. We actually can function with what we have and the rest is truly excess. Excess that is just to “make pretty” and useful when having guests and entertaining others. I will probably rethink the 16 foot trailer once we are ready to unpack and simplify some more.
A heavy “do it yourself” restoration is ahead of us – that will be interesting, since the farmhouse needs to be gutted out. It will take us a few months of hard work and long days to do it, since it is only the two of us doing most of the work. We still have to take down the walls and ceiling, and start fixing some rotted wood. We have left the place empty and taken all garbage out, including ripping apart kitchen cabinets. The farmhouse is now empty of stuff, except for an old heating stove and a water heater. Here are some pics of the work we have ahead of us, some were taken before we cleaned up and ripped some stuff apart.
Kitchen before we ripped cabinets out – a true nightmare!
This stuff is gone now, rooms are empty
More craziness! This farmhouse was abandoned for almost three years!
Leading to upstairs
Part of living room – tiny bathroom is there too.
Here’s one side of it.
Here’s the other side
Back room of the kitchen, floor needs repair.
The wood is fine here but needs sanding and repainting.
Upstair, more sanding and repainting on this floor, the wood is actually good.
It is obvious that the home went thru some awful redecoration trances over the years, and later,through major neglect. The rooms on this 100 year old farmhouse are actually pretty roomy, except for the back room and the bathroom (a later addition); the entry or foyer, living room, kitchen and two upstair bedrooms are an exact 15×15, the back room is a 14×11 and the tiny bathroom is 8×4. This gives you an idea of the work ahead of us, but it should be fun, interesting non the least! Hope you enjoy this post, till’ next one!