My Happy Place


The pipes in the old farmhouse thawed. We could finally do dishes and laundry again. The heater caught up with the drafts and we reached above the shivering-while-still-inside point. The dogs actually went outside voluntarily again. And so did we.

Three miles away, to forty acres so remote you have to drive through three creeks one direction or ford a river in the other, to the top of a hill….

This is my happy place.

Behold the new farmhouse, for it is filled with insulation!!!!

And yet it taunts me with its not-quite-doneness.


  1. Nicole Reising says:

    Hugs on freezing! Your house looks absolutely fabulous! I’m so excited for you guys. Doesn’t look like it good be too long and you guys could be moving in! :butterfly:


  2. Sheila says:

    Hi. We live in similar circumstances, sans the new house. Looks very nice and warm. Enjoy!

  3. Dru says:

    Amazing. I’m sure you mentioned it before, but when is the completion date or move-in date for your new home?

    Stay warm. We’re getting temps in the 50s today. Let’s hope your temp rises as well.

  4. julie says:

    wow the house is great! I just found your blog about 3 days ago and I love it. I am going to make the cornmeal biscuits with dinner today! Have you ever been to You would love it! Check it out.

  5. Bayou Woman says:

    I guess I need to read archives so I can read background about the design of this house. The ground floor looks like blocks, which makes me think cellar, but it’s above ground? Regardless, is fantastic! I know you can’t wait to get into it. I’m so happy for you and your happy place!

  6. Suzanne McMinn says:

    The bottom floor is actually an above-ground basement. It’s being completely finished inside with two bedrooms and a bathroom, plus storage area and a den.

  7. Cherlyn says:

    Wow! Looks nice and peaceful to me! :yes:

  8. Alice Audrey says:

    So how much do you have left to do? Have you got the plumbing and wiring in yet? If it was just dry wall I’d be over there with my mud in a heartbeat.

  9. Suzanne McMinn says:

    There’s just wiring, plumbing, and insulation inside so far. No drywall yet!

  10. Tori Lennox says:

    The new house looks fabulous!!!!

  11. Jan says:

    I too found your site a few days ago. I look forward everyday to your blog. So much entertainment (just peaceful, quiet living is entertainment, or should we say escape) and such an awesome lifestyle. You also need to check out Tasha Tudor’s site. She is a 90 yr. old woman who lives as if in the 1800’s in a remote part of Vermont, is also an author and illustrator, and her life totally fascinates me. Thanks for the joy!

  12. Susan says:

    Your new home looks terrific! :shimmy:

  13. Estella says:

    Think warm thoughts! Your new house will be finished soon.

  14. Susanna Holstein says:

    The title of your blog intrigued me, and when I saw the photo of your new house I knew you had to be somewhere in West Virginia. Hello from Jackson County. I enjoyed reading your blog.

    Granny Sue

  15. Renna says:

    Here in my little corner of Texas, we’re having spring like weather. We actually used the a/c in the van going to church this morning, and I turned it on in the house this evening. :fan: I wish the weather would make up it’s mind. A few days ago, I was freezing my patootie off. 😮

    I’m happy for you that your family has thawed out, along with the pipes. Your new home is positively gorgeous. Will you have a room for cousin’s mother? :mrgreen:

  16. Carol W says:

    It looks fantastic. I bet you can’t wait! I love the new website and blog, I’m trying the recipes.

  17. OneCowgirl says:

    I lived in WV years ago – and LOVED it. Though I often joked it was the most backwards place and I still tell stories like getting a license took two trips to the DMV b/c the camera traveled around and was only available on certain days of the week. As the WV license plate slogan reads Wild and Wonderful – it is just that. I still carry images of beautiful WV tucked in my mind –

  18. becki says:

    I’m with Renna. In Texas we had cold (for us) weather, and now back in the low 70’s. We even cooked out last night!

    BTW, it may sound corny, but I believe old houses have their own heart. When my husband and I were looking at houses, our house whispered “you’re home” to me as soon as I peeked through the front window.

    Build new memories in the new place, but remember the heart that lives within the old.

  19. Donna says:

    What a beautiful home and I know the children appreciate it that much more, having experienced the old farmhouse lifestyle first. LOL’s beautiful – I saw the kitchen photos, on Princess making bread page. Beautiful!

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