Homestead Farmhouse Update: progress is happening, slowly and steadily. The last, new, exterior door has been installed after widening and improving the frame. I finished repairing the last section of flooring that was damaged by termites eons ago annnnnd I pushed the cart in front of the horse a bit by installing an accent wall made of repurposed tongue and groove wood from the original kitchen walls. Tomorrow, I’ll start reframing and installing the new windows on the front of the house. Lot’s of movement will be happening there, so stay tuned if you dare!
Homestead Farm House Update: Where to begin? Somedays, I feel like I’m burning more of this house than I’m saving. But I look at it and realize that I’m really not. Most of it is still intact in all of its glory. Renovating an approximately 100 year old farm house that’s had many, many, many years of neglect and deferred maintenance, does not come without its moments. This little house has made me bleed my own blood several times. It is very stubborn and somewhat cantankerous at times. When it bites me, I pull out a bigger hammer, sometimes a bigger saw to put its attitude back in check. I’m making progress, albeit slowly at times. This week has seen 5 new windows moved, framed, and installed. A new front door has been widened and installed, but only after repairing a good section of flooring, sill, and rim joist due to ancient termite damage. A window has been removed and plugged up too. Soooooo much work! But I WILL make this little farmhouse our beautiful and very strong, forever home. Keep. Pushing. Forward. Always. Dreams only come true if you work hard to make them your reality.
I’m not super excited about how it looks, but the taste is spot on. Crusty on the outside, soft and tangy on the inside. I still have plenty of GF Sourdough Starter in the fridge to keep experimenting with.
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Provides Protective Barrier:
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Antioxidant & Anti-Inflammatory Properties:
Its antioxidant properties can help neutralize and prevent free radicals from UV rays and pollution. Coconut oil is rich in medium chain fatty acids—most notably, lauric acid, which has some serious antibacterial and antimicrobial skills, and linoleic acid.
Hydrates & Maintains Moisture:
Provides protective layer that sits on top of the skin and locks in moisture, while also preventing transepidermal water loss (where water passes through the skin and evaporates into the air).
Speeds Wound Healing:
This protective layer helps repair cracks in the outer layers of the skin more efficiently, making it harder for harmful bacteria—such as Staphylococcus, a bacteria commonly found on the skin—to invade and cause an infection.
Coconut Oil has a natural SPF of 8
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Homestead Main House update: Finally finished getting the exterior siding replaced around the kitchen. This siding was removed to make all of the repairs/ replacement of the lower sill and rim joists. Got Michelle’s new walk-in closet framed up, and repaired the flooring in it that had been cut for the old HVAC system. I also tackled a few ceiling joists that were extremely, and stubbornly bowed. The process of straighteng those was a bit janky (utilizing a 4×4 and a floor jack), but highly effective. Unfortunately, due to poor construction, there are several more that will need straightening and reinforcing, but we’ll get there, joist by joist! Progress is happening on this little old farm house!
Homestead Main House update: Well, now that the roof is done, I can now focus my attention on the doors and windows. Two of four windows that need to be relocated are done, and the new exterior kitchen door is installed. Small progress, but progress nonetheless! Just 10 more windows to go in preparation for the new exterior siding!
Homestead update: We’ve got our brand new roof! I spent part of the day Thursday cutting through the roof to place the new Waste Line vents, bathroom ventilation fan and range hood vents. Yesterday the old roofing was removed, and the new roof installed! Big progress! Next up? Start framing in the new windows and start getting the exterior stripped of the old aluminum siding. Exterior wrapped. Windows and new siding installed! Easy Peasy?
This morning when I woke up, I started thinking about my week. The ups and down of the area I felt I needed clarity in. Then this thought “progress not perfection” ran through my mind. And I took a moment to be grateful for the steps I made this week and the steps I will continue to make.
It is easy to discouraged when we don’t do things perfectly and a lot of time, we just give up. My 30 day yoga practice, is going to take more than 30 days, and that is okay. As long as I keep showing up on the mat and giving myself grace, I am continuing to grow, to gain mental and physical strength. It might be slower than someone that showed for the 30 days consecutively,and that is okay.
For today’s self care practice, I want you to take a moment to give yourself some grace. If the area in your life you wanted clarity still seems messy, make a plan on what steps will help you feel aligned, whether it is in your body, your home, or a relationship. If you did accomplish your goal this week, give yourself some praise and hold gratitude for all the circumstances that allowed you to accomplish it.