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Firsts

I’ll cut right to the chase — here are the long-promised “before” photos of the cottage!  Mike took these when he saw the house for the first time a couple of weeks before the auction. Check the details on each photo, and come back next week for the first round of changes…

The lovely sunroom -- it, and the fireplace, were the things that sold me on the house.  Will they still be here in the end? You'll have to follow the blog to see...;-)!
The lovely sunroom — it, and the fireplace, were the things that sold me on the house. Will they still be here in the end? You’ll have to follow the blog to see…;-)!
This is the den/living room with a partial view of the front side of the fireplace. It has a fieldstone facing and hearth; the back side was made from three early-1800's-vintage chimneys.
This is the den/living room with a partial view of the front side of the fireplace. It has a fieldstone facing and hearth that were hand-hewn by the previous owner’s grandfather; the back side was made from three early-1800’s-vintage chimneys that belonged to the same owner’s family. The family were early settlers in the Cripple Creek community, likely around 1800.
The realtor's photo of the fireplace -- it made me swoon.
The realtor’s photo of the fireplace — it made me swoon.

Looks okay so far, right?  Well, all that’s about to change, lol.

The front (master) bedroom; if you're looking at the cottage from the street it's on the right front side.
The front (master) bedroom; if you’re looking at the cottage from the street it’s on the right front side.
Master bedroom closet and door to the hall and master bath.
Master bedroom closet and door to the hall and master bath.
The master bathroom -- toile and stripes; pretty busy for such a tiny space!
The master bathroom — toile and stripes; pretty busy for such a small space!

Bathroom closet; this is where it starts to get baaaad.  All the closets were gross!  Obvious afterthoughts and poorly constructed.

Bathroom closet; this is where it starts to get baaaad. All the closets were gross! Obvious afterthoughts and poorly constructed.
This is the only hallway in the house; it’s so narrow that my brother was claustrophobic when he was in it between me and his kids. It connects the den with the kitchen, and there are a bathroom and two bedrooms that are accessed from it. That cord is for the pull-down staircase to the attic.
View from the second front bedroom -- roughly in the center of the house -- out to the hallway.
View from the second front bedroom — roughly in the center of the house — out to the hallway.
Front of the yellow (second) bedroom.
Front of the yellow (second) bedroom. Note the icky carpet — ewww ewww ewww!

The guest bathroom -- a very loose term; I wouldn't subject an unsuspecting guest to this *shudders*.

The guest bathroom — a very loose term; I wouldn’t subject an unsuspecting guest to this *shudders*.

Another view of the guest bathroom.

Another view of the guest bathroom.
Entry to the third (tiny!) bedroom; it's beside the hall bath.
Entry to the third (tiny!) bedroom; it’s beside the hall bath.
Bedroom three, complete with its 7' ceiling.  I'm short, and I could touch the ceiling standing flat-footed!  That's my gorgeous crewelwork find in the window.  this little room opens onto the sunroom; the needlework gave the room some privacy.
Bedroom three, complete with its 7′ ceiling. I’m short, and I could touch the ceiling standing flat-footed! That’s my gorgeous crewelwork find in the window. This little room is adjacent to the sunroom; the needlework gave it some privacy.
Another sad little closet :-(.
Another sad closet :-(.
The kitchen, on the back side of the house -- the left side if you're looking at it from the front porch. Not too bad, right?  Well, you haven't see it all yet...
The kitchen, on the back side of the house — the left side if you’re looking at it from the front porch. Not too bad, right? Well, you haven’t see it all yet…
The back wall, resplendent in purple! Matte and gloss paint stripes; the paint was on top of -- are you ready for this -- wallpaper.
The back wall, resplendent in purple! Matte and gloss paint stripes; the paint was on top of — are you ready for this — wallpaper!?!
Another shot of the dark little kitchen -- one tiny short (broken) window, and tiny is the word -- I like to cook (bake, mostly), and I can't imagine doing it in this eensy weensy space.
Another shot of the dark little kitchen — one tiny short (broken and duct taped) window. Tiny is the word of the day for this kitchen — I like to cook (bake, mostly), and I can’t imagine doing it in this eensy weensy space.
View from the kitchen into the -- dining room?  That's what the previous owner used it for, but that door you see is the front door.  No entryway, straight into the -- dining room.  Weird!
View from the kitchen into the — dining room? That’s what the previous owner used it for, but that door you see is the front door. You can even see the front porch swing through the window. No entryway, straight into the — dining room. Weird!
Side (west) wall of the living room.  Note the circuit breaker box cleverly wallpapered to blend in...
Side (west) wall of the living room. Note the circuit breaker box cleverly wallpapered to blend in…
Now let's go through the kitchen and into the laundry room. It's what was originally a back porch that was enclosed; it's sandwiched between the kitchen and garage. It was Mike's favorite room in the house -- he liked the original wood siding and roof rafters that had been painted a glossy blue and white. It was a bright, cheery little room.
Now let’s go through the kitchen and into the laundry room. It’s what was originally a back porch that was enclosed; it’s sandwiched between the kitchen and garage. It was Mike’s favorite room in the house — he liked the original wood siding and roof rafters that had been painted a glossy blue and white. It was a bright, cheery little room.
The garage, full of things for the upcoming auction. The owner is very crafty; she did all the painting, etc. in the house. Note the ivy painted on the boxes over the garage windows.
The garage, full of things for the upcoming auction. The owner is very crafty; she did all the painting, etc. in the house. Note the ivy painted on the boxes over the garage windows.

And that’s the grand tour — not exactly move-in ready, right? What in the world are we going to do with this little place?

Infographic: Feng Shui your home

This is really interesting — and very similar to the shape of our cottage. Just take the garage off the front and move it to the back (picture a backwards L), reverse the kitchen and living room, and you’ve pretty much got it! I’ll try some of these ideas and let you know how they work out.

Feng Shui, infographic, green lifestyle, sustainable design, green interiors, green design, eco interiors, green decor, interior design, Soothing Walls, Gryffin Media

Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise

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If you come to visit us, pay close attention to the black triangular sign you see above. For those of you who aren’t familiar with a slab bridge, there’s one about a half mile from our house. Here’s the definition according to Merriam-Webster:

“a short-span bridge consisting of a reinforced-concrete slab resting on abutments”

From what the neighbors have told us, water covers the slab a few times a year; it’s happened twice since we bought the little farm but we haven’t seen it first-hand yet. Cripple Creek rises fast — really fast — especially when there are heavy rains in Cannon County to the east of us. The water runs through a wide field on the way to our road, and when it’s rolling it carries a lot of debris, including large trees, across the slab. This is a picture of a similar Tennessee bridge that’s been overtopped by heavy rains:

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Scary! Our road is paved, but you get the idea. I took these photos the day after a recent slab closing so you can get an idea of how high the water is, even hours later. It’s normally pretty placid here, barely flowing at all.

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You can tell from the debris line on the road that the water extends a good 10-15 feet beyond either end of the slab. This view is heading north from our place, on the way to the highway we take to get to civilization. The water flows from right to left — there are huge metal culverts underneath the concrete that you can’t see in this photo.Image

So, if you come to visit and that black triangular sign has morphed into the orange sign above, DON’T TRY TO CROSS THE BRIDGE! There are multiple signs on both sides of the slab, but be watchful, especially at night, if you’re out our way in rainy weather; it appears the sign-flipping is a voluntary thing that the folks who live closest to the signs are in charge of. If they’re not home when the creek rises, the signs may not get changed. Luckily there are several other only-slightly-less-convenient ways to get to us from the “back” side of our property that don’t entail risking your vehicle or your life. Call us and we’ll give you directions, or googlemap the alternate routes on your smartphone (thankfully, we have great 4G service in our neck of the woods), when the sky looks threatening!