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" I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that - I don’t mind people being happy - but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It’s a really odd thing that we’re now seeing people saying “write down 3 things that made you happy today before you go to sleep”, and “cheer up” and “happiness is our birthright” and so on. We’re kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position - it’s rubbish. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a morator

Gas vs Electric

I have a question for you. Will you help me? I asked you awhile ago about geothermal vs other standard heating and cooling options. You guys voiced your opinions pretty strongly in favor of geothermal and although we haven't completely decided one hundred percent on it, we are leaning pretty heavily towards geothermal as well. Now onto the next debate! Propane vs electric. What do you think? I REALLY want a gas stove for cooking. I grew up with gas in the kitchen and I definitely want it for the Lucky house. The only need for the propane would be the stove though, especially if we went with geothermal for the heating and cooling. The only other place I might use it, would be if we install a fireplace and went with gas rather than wood burning. So what would you do? Would you install any propane or just stick with electric? Thanks for the help in advance. I truly appreciate your comments! Have a great day! Posted with Blogsy

Set Backs and a Recipe

Well it's been three weeks now and no word from my contractor. The lumber company says they gave the contractor the estimates and haven't talked to him since. I've left three voicemail messages, called a couple more times, and sent one email asking if he was still interested in the project. So I guess since there has been no response to any of my attempts at getting in contact with him, I get to start the process of finding a new contractor. As much as this stinks, it shouldn't be as hard as when I first started, waaaayyyy back here . This time we have already bought the house and have the site ready, it's just a matter of getting estimates for this exact project. The worst part is that it'll most likely be Spring before anyone can start. Now I want to cry again. I knew going into this that it wouldn't be easy but this is really disappointing. Eeeerrrcchhhh. Back up, rewind. I wrote that last night. I didn't have the heart to finish it

Photo Overload

Have you ever flipped through the photos on your phone and realized that it captures your life in ways that words never could? Perhaps you find pictures you had totally forgotten about, but they made you smile when you saw them. Have you ever looked back and realized you are blessed beyond measure and just need to be thankful for today? Last night I wrote this post . I listed a bunch of things I needed to write about. Later, in bed, flipping through the photos on my phone, I realized I had so many photos I wanted to share with you all. If I wrote a special post about all of them, I would never get caught up! So instead I am going to photo overload you all in one post. (Beware these are cell phone photos, so the quality isn't great but they sum up all that I've been up to in between taking care of the Lucky house!) Alabama trip! This is where we came up with the name for the Lucky house! On my lap is this ice cream recipe book. I read while the Hub's gol


I have been so wrapped up with the old farmhouse that I have been pushing everything else to the side. I have a half finished post about the flea market , that I need to complete so I can show you all my other awesome finds for the house! And do you remember this post ? Yeah, I'm pretty sure I posted that the day before I got the message about the old farmhouse being for sale . It's about time I show you the finished project! I also just got back for a whirlwind business trip and would love to share some insight from that adventure! Aaaannd, I have the most amazing, spectacular, wonderful, first time garden and I would love to share some recipes and photos from 'The Year of the Garden' as I am calling it! But today all I can think about is the new/old/farm house, so that's what you get! First off, I am confusing myself saying, the old farmhouse, or new house or new/old house or saying our current house, so let's clear that up. When the Hubs and

How We Bought The Old Farmhouse

It's official, we bought the house! Now I can breathe and scream and jump up and down, because the house is ours! Sit right down, have yourself a cup of coffee or tea or wine, whatever suits your fancy. Settle down and I am going to tell you a little story of the house that could. I started this blog almost a year ago. I have aways felt a need to write and when I gather my thoughts in written form, everything just seems so much more clear for me. Knowing very little about blogs, I decided to start one of my own to follow the progress of making a home for my family. You can read a bit more about it here . I've been slowly rolling along, creating a home for my family and writing about the process along the way. Here , here , here , here , here , here , here , here and here should catch you up! Whew! Then one day I received a message from a neighbor about their old farmhouse they were looking to sell. She had tried before to contact me via my blog, but the comm

August 1st

I just have to pop in real quick and tell you that today is August 1st. Did you know that? Yeah, you probably did. Today is the day, that like a million years ago, was suppose to be the day we broke ground. We may not have technically 'broke ground', but so much has happened today. I received a phone call from the home owners today and we are meeting them tomorrow at their lawyers office to sign the paperwork that will officially make us the owners of a ninety year old farmhouse that has so much potential it makes me want to cry. On top of that, I came home from book club today and found the Hubs mowing the grass around the building site. He has cleaned it all up and I was able to drive out to the new location for the first time, following the path where the new road will be. So I drove out, following the sound of the tractor and pull behind mower. As I came into the opening, I saw the Hubs on the open cab tractor mowing the area down. Seriously, I was overcome.