:: housekeeping ::
• The TexasNorth hoodies are making their way across county and country. Except when I forget. Sorry, Liz. Let me know when you receive yours, ok? I need that 4% of sanity back. I hate it when special things are in the mail… somewhere… out there. AND, if you’ll take a photo of you and your new BFF hoodie in a fun place, I’ll put you up on the blog. If you’re sad you missed out we DO have a few extras. Send me a message and we’ll see if we have your size in the version (heads or tails) that you want. If you’re sad about your version… if the size is just totally wrong or the hardcore headshot is just too serious for you or the tails version is making you walk lopsided, we can switch you out. Just give me a yell. We’re all about happy people here at TexasNorth.
• I spruced up the comment section a bit. You can now reply directly to another person’s comment if ya like. Fun! [insert me clapping here]
:: home ::
We moved to Montcalm Avenue in October of 2006. Rylie was born a month later. While the structure is original (an old migrant house), we gutted the entire thing and basically started from scratch. When we finally spent our first night (the day before the very first hayride) the outside siding was 90% finished, the inside had one coat of paint, the basement was unfinished, and drywall patches were numerous.
Three years later, we have two mortise and tenon porches (which will receive metal roofs in Spring). We have red metal siding. Only the bathroom needs it’s 2nd coat of paint. The basement is 50% finished. There is a wood stove that provides 80% of our heat in the winter. We have a garden, we have 5 acres of tension fencing, we have 35 chickens, and we have 8 longhorn cattle with 4 calves on the way.
Home for us is 900 square feet. It is 2 bedrooms with another in progress. It’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer… and it has the best view anywhere around. Home is quiet and calm (when the cows aren’t loose and the chickens aren’t battling for bread). Home is a place where every corner hides some personal achievement. I stained those floor boards. Rylie found a screwdriver and that’s why there are pockmarks in the wall. Curt… well, Curt did everything. Electrical, heavy lifting, painting… everything.
I like our home. I like that this is a place that will continue to grow with us over the years. I am so grateful for all the hands that have helped along the way. I love that people feel comfortable in our little, dusty home.
I am thankful for our home.