Back to our latest labor of love, the little house in Arkansas. We call it “Addie’s House” since that’s the last person who lived there, she’d be my kids’ great-great grandmother. Since Addie’s passing the house has seen some renters come and go but for the past decade it’s been left to get reclaimed by nature, just slowly breaking down.
Not on our watch! So the first BIG step was the metal roof to stop the major leaks, big critters and such. I don’t have a handy picture before the roof went on but it was a hefty project. Next dire need was the front porch, one more round of a heavy, hot summer followed by a cold, wet winter and we’d probably need to rebuild the whole thing. So to buy a little time we decided on a nice fresh coat of prime and paint. Sure we could have just painted but primer is a bit more kid friendly and a good way to get them involved.
While the kids primed my husband and I sanded and then we all chipped in the to cover the porch floor with a nice fresh coat.
Nice difference, yes?
Since it can’t all be work and playing is more fun we had our first family camping session …..which turns out is quite a lot of work.
Just steps from our day’s labor we set up our house for the evening, or houses as it were. We made dinner – cheese, water crackers and salami, cold beer for the adults, sparkling lemonade for the kids, apples and s’mores for dessert followed by star gazing for our night’s entertainment. As the sun went down the cooler temps were a welcome relief as we all fell into our sleeping bags not long after the moon and stars made their appearance.
For our next round of work we’ll be diving into the fun topic of removing mildew from the house’s exterior…..don’t even get me started on the interior!
P.S. A few more snap shots