Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Town House Homestead Tuesday

Closing did not go without tiny incidents, but she got there finally. For the last eleven days we have slowly been moving into the house with the help of many friends and members of the family. We couldn't have done it without them. Although we are not completely moved my daughter will be paying on the lease to the townhouse for four more months and we have all that time to finish and clean it properly before a final walk through and returning the keys. Once getting into the house it was quickly discovered that she had four minor gas leaks that have been repaired and now we're moving forward. 

This is a closer look at the overgrown garden and shed. Upon entrance to the shed we discovered some garden tools, cut up and stacked fire wood, five gallon buckets, and flower pots. Along the side is a stash of new landscape timbers and on the side you can't see is a stack of flagstone and bricks. In the garden itself which is actually fenced in there were tomato cages and a sprinkler system. I am lining up some help to get it as ready as I can for memorial day weekend planting. My tomato and pepper seedlings haven't moved yet, but just may tonight or at least this week. I am so ready to be out there working, but it's raining today. One step at a time. 

One car load at a time the canning jars have been brought to the house and landed in the breezeway. My daughter bought some heavy duty shelves for them to be store on in the basement, and this past Sunday we had some welcomed help at building the shelves and getting them into the basement. We have more to go, but for now it's progress and I can at least find the ingredients I need to prepare meals. That in itself is a blessing. 

Here is how it looks so far. Once we get the washer and dryer up and running I can make my trips down to the basement work and start organizing and updating my inventory. My actual canning equipment and empty jars will be store in the garage which will only require three stairs for my bad knees and hip to climb. Going to get busy now unpacking more boxes.Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Townhouse Homestead Tuesday

Well it's been a while and to say we've been busy is an understatement. Wow, how the time is flying. My daughter has gone from dreaming, to looking, to making an offer, to almost having the purchase of a home completed. In about three weeks we may have the keys and so far we haven't really hit any snags so here's hoping. While she waits and collects all the paper work we continue with the packing and we are beginning to feel like we live in a storage unit, but we will be ready when the time comes.

This is the view out the kitchen window. The house sits on .51 acres and as you see next to the shed there is a plot cut that has been a garden. We don't know about the condition and we won't until we can get moved and can hopefully bring it back to life.

We will not know what kind of trees those are until we see them blossom and we're hoping maybe they are fruit trees. As you can see I have my tomatoes and peppers started so if the possibility to get them in the ground happens I'll be ready and hopefully they'll be strong enough to transplant.

This is a pot of every kind of vegetable soup. I just went through the refrigerator and freezer and put the fixings to simmer. We are using what we have on hand so it's less to move, but I have to remember that there are only the two of us and this is a one gallon pot. 

Peeps Soap

My daughter needed one package of bias tape at Joann's fabric, but like most trips she comes home with more. In this instance it was a silicon baking pan in the shape of peeps. 60% off and I knew it was coming home. This is peeps soap. She enjoys making soap as gifts and she just couldn't resist. 

I on the other hand have been taking time from the hustle to finish some sewing projects so scraps can be moved along and started a new quilt. It is a bright colored quilt and it has taken me so long to decide what pattern if any to use. The foral fabric is reclaimed sheets. I have incorporated color blocks, folded fabric pinwheels, yoyo's, log cabin, and strips. This quilt was intended to be used in my dream camper or for glamping, but that may not happen for a while and it is brightening up my days to know it's finally being built. So there you have it and that's what's been going on here at the townhouse. Thank you for stopping by for a visit and have a wonderful week.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Townhouse Homestead Tuesday

Well it's beginning. I'm calling it PSP and it's exciting. Purging, Selling, and Packing. Actually it's been going on for quite some time, but it's more real now. If you follow my blog you'll know that we've been working towards a permanent move away from rented apartments and stress producing neighbors. We pinched and saved and have done everything needed so that my eldest daughter can purchase a home. This has been going on for four and a half years now. The financial process really began after the first of the year when she met with the banks to see what she could do. All went well and the search began. We looked, and liked, and lost out on properties that we knew we could work with. Then...last week she found a property that said coming soon on the computer. Her determination to find what she wanted led her to contact the listing agent and he said that he would be listing it that afternoon. She was able to see it that afternoon and it was that same evening that she put an offer on it and they accepted. To let you know how quickly this is moving, within the next two days it has been inspected and all paper work is in the hands of the lawyers and yesterday was a holiday. Next step actually applying for her mortgage. 

She's posted this picture so all her friends can see it. It's a three bedroom ranch with a full basement, sun room and two car garage. It's a flip by the listing agent and still needs love, but the inside has been completely renovated and updated. 

This is the front side yard. Gazebo included. Needs new paint but is sheltered by wonderful trees. Do you notice the space? Lots of iced tea, lemonade, wine and some great beer going to be consumed out there.

This is the back yard. Again, notice the space. That's a shed on the right and a garden that has been cut already and waiting for us to clean up and put to immediate use if this all goes well. This will be the view out the kitchen window over the sink. Total lot is .51 acres. Room for bees, fruit trees and berry plants, along with vegetables. This is not a country piece of property. It is just a lot on a quiet side street, off a busy street not far from a full busy city with a mall shortly down the road and stores, restaurants and hotels withing a couple of miles, but it is quiet and peaceful. So here's hoping that all goes well and the pre approval turns into a finished process and in less than three months we'll be moving in. 

Meanwhile in the townhouse kitchen I continue putting food up. This is barbecue sauce. Already canned is the root beer sauce and ready to be canned is the cherry coke sauce. This is a continuance of my waste, not want not, try anything attitude to use what comes my way. The question I am asked most is "do you use what you put up" or are you just hoarding food. Well we use it and have cut our expenses to a minimum and are actually eating better and having fun with meals. This is the eleven jars that came out of the dish washer yesterday. I even used an 8 oz jar of canned cheese for macaroni and cheese that I put up at the end of 2013 and it was out of this world. 

That's what's been happening for us so far in 2016. Thank you for stopping by for a visit and please send out good vibes for us. As the process moves forward I will share more pictures and ramblings of the adventure. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Thrift finds

So much happening and so little thrift hunting, but we found a couple of items. We've started the house search and process and are making it as much fun as possible. A couple of weeks ago we did a little thrift hunting, but we left so much behind. 

Just couldn't leave behind this half dozen of wide mouth quart jars and three new, never used Raggedy Ann and Andy pillow cases. Not much, but useful and items that can go on the store. Thank you for stopping by and have a great week. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Thrift finds.

In this new year with a move lurking in the next few months, and the hunt for a new home to shelter in, we have spent a lot of time purging and packing in preparation for this event. There are a couple other reasons also, but we won't go there. We are in a position where we are having to protect from two intrusions from a neighbor. When renting you have to be prepared for many things, but these were something we thought of, but never expected. So naive of us. This past week we filled a few more bags with donations and went to drop them off. In doing so we  were given a 30% off coupon to use on our next purchase. With time to spare before our next errand we decided to look around. There were good purchases and we were very selective knowing it would have to be packed to move or quickly listed for sale on line.

We found several vintage sheets, some vintage salt and pepper shakers, some collectible plates and a wall plaque for our new home. 

There were a dozen wide mouth quart size canning jars that we eagerly scooped up and after the 30% off coupon they ended up being free. I've already filled a few and the rest are waiting for my creativity in the kitchen. It feels good knowing that when I have the room to work in a larger kitchen and a space for storage everything I need will be at hand. Thank you universe and thank you for stopping by for a visit. Have a great week and wonderful weekend. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Thrift finds.

Here we go again buying what we really don't need, but oh such great finds. Some more after Christmas shopping lead us to these finds.

This collection is full of vintage Santa's. There's the planter, a set of Hallmark salt and pepper shakers, a vintage elf, a Santa ornament picture frame, some candle sticks and a holly leaf bowl. 

This is a vintage Mikasa serving plate. It's named Susan. My daughter likes to decorate her walls with Mikasa plates.

This group include a small book, a pink Pyrex loaf pan, a stacking doll, a pair of fawn salt and pepper shakers and a straw hot pad. 

We found a salad bowl set and weaving looms 

The best thrifting ever came when we found a junk spot that had a "FILL A BOX, ANY BOX", for $5.

Both of my daughters enjoyed filling a good sized box. To begin with there were canning jars, wax and lids. I was happy.

They found books, vintage post cards, a spice shelf, a large cocktail mixer, a vintage velvet rabbit, a darning egg and some Beaba brand baby food storage containers.

They found NIP green planters, vintage linens, a small Russian wooden box, a French espresso cup and more straw hot pads.

They also found a vintage kitchen prayer plate and plastic rose wall hangings. This was only half of what was in the box, but all that came home with my eldest daughter. My younger daughter found more items, but I didn't get pictures. Some items will be and are listed for sale on line, while others will be kept for future use. Thank you for stopping by to visit and may your thrift hunting be as much fun.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Thrift finds

After Christmas Thrift Shopping.

Okay, so we're not supposed to be buying anything that will eventually have to be moved in a few months, but once bitten by the bug it's hard to stop. We had to catch up with family members who also love the thrill of the hunt, so we took a day between the holidays to head out. We have gone out again since this trip to thrift shop, so I guess the bug is permanent.

We enjoyed going through the marked down Christmas shelves loaded with filled bags. Here are some metal, miniature cookie cutters, candles, two boxes of canning jar lids and a tiny Japanese candle holding figurine.

We found a gingerbread house themed holiday cookie jar, some Holley print glasses, a vintage tablecloth that is new and the darling cardboard Japanese Angel that is my daughter's favorite color. She will most likely put on the top of her next Christmas tree. 

We found holiday linens, napkins, sheets, NIP pillow forms, elastic and slippers too. The gingerbread boy is a bowl.

There were vintage sheets, more ornaments to add to her collection and this fun and bright vintage plastic tray made in Japan.

There were boxes of vintage sewing patterns to rummage through too. We got a few so we can use up some fabric in our stashes, but we were selective and left so many more behind. Okay so we shouldn't be shopping, but the bug was biting hard and we still feel the hunting urge. Thank you for stopping by for a visit and have a wonderful new year hunting.