Rods in trusses

The rods have been going up all week. It’s been so nice to see things moving along.

This is the number five truss….the first one done.


Zoomed in a bit.

Here, if you look really close, you can see truss one and two and four and five are done. Truss three is the problem child (the one the framers are working on here) we are going to change out one of the beams that go up the wall. So it will be the last one done.

We are really happy with the way they are looking. They remind me of a bridge truss. Thankfully we love the industrial look.
So far the rods have brought the wall back in (almost two inches). Yay!! Engineering wise it has all been very interesting, and quite the learning experience. Our front door that was almost 2 inches out is now it is plum. 🙂 So crossing our fingers that when they get number 3 truss done all will be good.
I will take another pic when it is all done. The rods look like they belong….not like a fix. I was a bit worried about it looking like an add on. But it really doesn’t.

And just for a chuckle….my three youngest stinkers making themselves (well everyone….workers included) laugh. Little C man was not getting the idea of opening the bottom of his shirt. 🙂

Hope your day is happy.
H 🙂

The yellow house

We have a little yellow farmhouse on our property. It’s the little house that Coles parents stay in when they come and visit from California.

They are coming this weekend, so the kids and I have spent the day dusting and vacuuming, and getting it ready. Here are a few photos I took today.

It really is such a cute little place. The little house was built room by room, or so we gather by the fact that every room has at least one exterior door, all except the bathroom.
I have not found out yet when it was built. The neighbor lady was one of the children raised in this house. She called Cole the other day to ask if he could unload some hay on the sixteenth of this month for her. I hope to have a list of questions for her about the property and the house.

Eat in kitchen and living room. The wood walls are shiplap.


Little bathroom

Coles Mom is an Artist. Here is a painting that her and Big T have been working on. I love it as is, but apparently it’s not done yet. I might have to talk them in to signing it so it can be hung in the new house :).



There is so much character in this house. Old board signs used on the walls.
The old owners (the brother to the neighbor) stopped by this spring and told Cole that the fancy wood door (first door photo) had layers of paint on it and he sanded it all off, to expose the beautiful old wood. I am not sure if the door was original to the house or if he found it? I have so many questions.

We are planning to renovate this house in the future…..if Coles parents decide to move to Texas.
We would like to update the kitchen, add on a nice master bedroom and bath. And add a laundry room. The laundry is in the kitchen now. And we would like to put a new roof on. And re do the porches. That’s the plan 😊.

Things are coming along at the new house. The rods are going in this week. Can’t wait to show the pics. We are really happy with how they look…..and so far they are appearing to be fixing our problem. 😄. Big happy face.

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Twelve years

The most glamorous day of my life.
Happy Anniversary to my Cole.

Photo by Torrine…my dear friend.

12 years and counting :).

I think now I might go for a jog….what four kids will do to a body.

Happy Sunday.
H ❤️


I really though I would be blogging like crazy this summer. No running kids to school, oh the time I would have. Nope…..four kiddos home all day equals busy busy me. It was the first summer in 10 years that the kids and I didn’t go to Canada. Insert sad face…..with the house we just had too much going on.

Two more weeks of summer vacation then the kids start back to school. Little T will be starting first grade and will be gone all day (another sad face). And little C man is going to be starting pre K. Just three mornings a week but he is my sidekick. It will be a big change for me. (Wow third sad face). 😉.

So here are a few photos of our summer fun. Just because 😄.

Little T celebrating the end of kindergarten.

Aaron Watson. Big C is learning Guitar and soooo enjoyed watching him play.

Stayed until 11:00pm to get some autographs.

Caught an armadillo (digging up under the trailer) and relocated it to the other property down by the dry creek.

We bought goats….this is Rosie.

Fourth of July fun.

Watching a rodeo with friends.

Little C being respectful while the national anthem played at one of their play days. (Kid rodeo)





Big T goat tying.

Big C running Barrels

The kids found tad poles in June and we watched them turn into toads. We just let these tiny little guys go this week. It was a fun experience.

I had an old window frame I found in the old barns and I had an old chalk board that someone gave me. Cole put them together. I have had this for awhile and I like to put quotes up on it. Big C asked me if he could write the quote…..we picked one off my ‘words’ Pinterest board. And it has perfectly suited our summer. We have had some building stress but…….there are just too many beautiful reasons to be happy

Thanks for reading. On Monday our framers are going to be back to put up scaffolding to fix the trusses. Rods are here…..I will keep you posted.