It’s Officially Official

Officially Official!!! Our last purchase that I was dancing about and hinting at is officially ours. And I am over the moon. I LOVE Airstreams and I’m still in shock that I actually HAVE one! Even if it is located elsewhere (soon to be moved). This darling 1956 Flying Cloud 22-foot Airstream will soon be … [Read more…]

Finally – Forward Momentum!

From my emergency trip to Panama to rescue my ill father, to tree removal, refrigerator troubles, and a host of other unexpected costs, moving forward on our future Airbnb projects has been riddled with stops and starts. It seems that the tide is changing, however. Cottage West is holding steady with her new roof and … [Read more…]

Strike While the Iron is Hot?

There is a quote by Richard Branson that I particularly like: And to that end, I have made a purchase that promises to fill the next few years with hard work, around $55,000 in repairs, and keep us jumping. You may, or may not, have noticed that the header now reads “The Cottages.” As in, plural, … [Read more…]

Dreaming of Treehouses

I woke up this morning dreaming of treehouses. Air B’nB treehouses. It will be a while until this dream is realized, but I’m envisioning a 1-2-3 punch… Get together the funds to bring down the enormous old cottonwood back behind The Cottage (it’s over 100 years old and it is dying – we have been … [Read more…]

Graffiti Can’t Stop Me

A couple of weeks ago, while out and about, a neighbor contacted me on Facebook. And I came home to this… This was disheartening to say the least. Taggers tend to hit buildings that they think no one cares about. Nevertheless, we had it cleaned up within 24 hours. And along the way, I decided … [Read more…]

Show Me Those Windows!

  Our original install date was set for November 30th, 2016. At the time we scheduled it, Window World asked, “If we have an earlier appointment opportunity, would you like it?” Absolutely! And when they called on November 10th and asked if I would like them to reschedule the installation to the 11th, I jumped … [Read more…]

Porches, Paint and More

The front porch in this 1940 photo is identical to the sagging, warped, and listing one that we ended up removing. If it was original to the house, it was close to 100 years old. It had a good run, but it was time for something new! For a couple of weeks we got by … [Read more…]

Demo This!

I fought it, I really did. I liked the solid feel of lath and plaster and it seemed like such a huge job to pull it all out. And how would we dispose of it? The argument lasted for over a year before I finally capitulated. My husband Dave had made his case. We needed to: … [Read more…]

Our First Look Inside

Abandoned and unoccupied for more than a decade, here are the photos from our first look inside of The Cottage. At that time, all we knew was that a Nadine Burnworth had been the last resident to live there. After she was taken away to a nursing home sometime in 2003, the house had been … [Read more…]