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Blog posts : "General"

Time is fleeting!

It seems the more progress we are making, the fewer entries I make here. Most days I'm so ready for bed after daily to-do lists that never seem to end and I keep forgetting to write down all the wonderful things that are happening here in the mountains.

We just hosted two amazing guys from Englan…

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Silent pipes are still stunning pipes!

This week has been a big one. While we have a fantastic plumber who is working on getting our furnace going, or more specifically all the leaks fixed from pipes being burst over the years our lovely church has sent empty and cold, we tackled a different set of pipes on the main floor.

The massive…

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One finished project at a time!

Something rather thrilling happened here last week. While I was in the main sanctuary and Morton was down in the basement containing the furnace and four large oil tanks, and a wonderful man named Jack, I heard a strange and beautiful noise. It was the sound of the furnace starting!

Hopefully the…

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Two days

Our original idea was to spend all of Morton's days off of his work at the church, working on projects. We figured within 10 years, everything would be the way we wanted it. Little by little, one goes far.

According to my rough schedule on the big picture of the project, we are so far ahead of sc…

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Gone too long!

My two weeks or so trip was extended a bit. Two months or so in Arizona has left me with hundreds (seriously, I have filled an entire notebook!) of ideas, sketches, designs on my Pinterest board that I want to happen and most importantly, a to-do list with a deadline.

You see, the grandchildren t…

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Leaving on a jet plane

As winter does what winter does at our lovely 1870, I'm going to be heading west to Arizona to spend some much needed time with the grandchildren.

Morton sadly isn't joining me for this trip and his trips to the 1870 are very dependent on his work schedule and the weather. Thankfully Jimmy, Amy a…

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January Resolutions & Solutions

This year is going to be different. I'm not making resolutions, but rather reflecting on all the things I want to find solutions for in my life this year.

With a project as big as The 1870, you can imagine my to-do list is an ever-growing notebook. I'll stick napkins I've done drawing on in it, p…

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Looking for a cozy library and reading nook

Books have always been a creature comfort I loved. Nothing brings back more nostalgia for me than seeing a set of Childcraft books at a yard sale, library sale or at the home of my grandchildren.

These books were sitting in my living room growing up, giving me Internet access way before home comp…

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Kitchen Sink Kitchen

The room is tiny, tucked under the balcony that once held the organ and a chorus of singing voices. There is a big sunny south facing window in it, but it's just six and a half feet wide by 14 feet long.

When we bought the church, I think it's last use had been a little nursery for the little one…

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If you've ever remodeled anything you know that it always takes twice as long and costs twice as much as you planned. That is totally the case here at our lovely old church!

As we are working on one project, several others have a way of popping up. Speaking of up, you don't get any taller than our …

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Go West!

So much time has passed since my last post! It's amazing how fast time really goes. Sorry for the slacking, but I promise, it's been for a good reason.

My daughter and her family (my darling grandchildren included!) moved to Arizona in July and I've been out there four or five times since then. I…

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To say this project is a big one is a serious understatement. The amount of hours spent on everything we are doing is just mind boggling.

Over the last few weeks I've been spending all my time actually living and working in our home. It's fantastic when I wake up at four in the morning and feel t…

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Inspiration from the area

Last night I had the pleasure of speaking with a group of lovely people from a nearby church about stained glass. They are considering making panels for their doors and we were going over the basic first steps of what needed to happen before you cut your first piece of glass.

Stained glass is som…

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The1870 Diary - Day 1

Where has the past year gone? The time hasn't just flew by, it' traveled at super sonic light speed.

August 2014 saw me looking at this beautiful for the first time and falling madly in love with it the moment I drove up the hill. The position of this incredible building is at the north east end of…

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