After ignoring some strange noises in our house for several days, I woke up yesterday without any running water. We’ve had frozen pipes before in the kitchen on really cold nights, but it hadn’t been that cold and this was affecting our whole house. Reuben asked me to open the hatch to the crawl space to get an idea of what might be going on, and this is what I saw.
Fortunately, Reuben was able to make it home quickly and we drained the water before it reached the electrical panel.
Turns out our hot water tank had rusted through and water had been leaking out, slowly filling up the crawl space (that explained the noises…). Yesterday morning, water got to the point where it lifted the pressure tank up, so our well was continuously pumping water straight into the crawl space. After five hours of draining the water, installing a new water heater and fixing the plumbing (thanks again for your help, Jack!) it seems to be back to normal.
Moral of the story? Don’t ignore strange noises in your house.
I made this little blanket for a coworkers baby shower over the weekend. Finding out about the shower only a few days before meant I needed a quick gift.
I had been thinking about trying something like this for a while, so now I had the perfect reason to make it. And I’m so glad I did! It was quick and easy, and paired with a set of booties, made a great gift!
Looking forward to making more of these!
While Reuben keeps busy with work and home renos, I’ve been spending some time quilting. Inspired by online projects, I took up quilting almost a year ago and quickly became addicted. I love choosing colours, coming up with a design and sewing it all together to create something unique. Here’s what I’ve created so far.
My first project – a simple patchwork quilt for a friend’s baby
All wrapped up and ready to be given
“Limerick Forest” – For our newest nephew. Appliqued owl design on the front and backed with a super soft Minky fabric
A polar bear quilt for my sister
I’ve got another quilt in the works and have big plans for many more in 2013!
Last spring we decided to build a garden shed in our backyard for some extra storage. Although Reuben finished it a while ago, I didn’t get around to taking any pictures of it until recently. We found a couple doors in our garage and decided to use one of them in the shed, along with a window from one of Reuben’s past job sites. Hopefully we’ll get around to staining the shed next year. In the meantime, we’re looking forward to having this extra space for storage over the winter.
The bedroom renovation is almost complete and we’re well into renovating the dining room. I was able to help a little bit with drywalling both these rooms, which made me more appreciative of all the work Reuben does on our house. Here’s a picture of what our dining room currently looks like. I will try to post some ‘after’ pictures soon.
Our bedroom renovation is well underway. The plaster and lathe is gone, its insulated and the drywall is starting to go up! Thanks to all those who have helped so far!
Here’s what it currently looks like in there.
And a picture of our growing garden:
It’s been a great long weekend so far and with the help of family we were able to accomplish a lot. The weather has been beautiful so we spent much of yesterday outside, finishing up the vegetable garden and working on the lawn. Reuben’s parents brought over their rototiller and riding mower which got put to good use while Reuben’s mom and I went to get plants at the local nursery. We were able to plant peppers, onions, beans and beets and there’s still room for more! It’s so nice to have a bigger garden and I’m looking forward to eating fresh garden veggies later in the summer. Many thanks to Jack, Margo, Ben and Luther for all their hard work! Thanks Reuben for building the garden and shovelling in so much dirt!
Our new ‘terraced’ garden
Father and son team working on the roof
It’s hard to believe we’ve been in our house for over a year now. It was a great year, but a cold winter, so we’ve started some more renovations to help next winter be a little warmer. We ordered new windows for almost the whole house and as soon as they were delivered, Reuben got to work installing them. Although they’re not all in yet, we’re really looking forward to having windows that open this summer and keep the cold out in the winter.
We also decided to build a garden shed in the backyard for some more storage. It’s not quite done yet, but thanks to the help of our friends, its getting close.
We’ve got a lot of projects on the go and a few more planned for the summer so I’m hoping for lots of sunny days to be able to finish them all up!
This past weekend, we dog-sat my sister’s Doberman, which gave us motivation to head to Limerick Forest where we were able to enjoy the beauty of winter. Here are some pictures from our walk as well as some from the storm last Friday.
The Old School House covered in snow
Looking towards the park - note the tapped Maple trees
Reuben and Thor taking a break on the boardwalk
Our living room renovation, back in December, was the first real work we did to the house. It was the first glimpse at what was behind the walls and would determine how we would procede with the rest of the house. Fortunately, there were no big surprises, just no insulation behind the several layers of wall. The worst part of it was the plaster dust. We were warned about it beforehand, but were definitely not prepared. It gets everywhere. Behind furniture, under boxes and inside cupboards. We’re still finding it in places. But overall the renovation went smoothly thanks to all the help Reuben had. The living room got put back together quickly and we’re just waiting to do the windows before putting the trim back on.
Here is what it looks like now. If you saw it before, it probably doesn’t look much different, but at least its insulated.