A number of big (and little) things happened in 2014, we put windows in the
On the home improvement front we had weeping tile installed on the north side of the house, along with a 'French drain' which has made a huge difference in how much water ends up next to the foundation or in the sump pit. Not a pretty job, and it certainly doesn't offer much as far as improving curb appeal, but oh so necessary as the water table is naturally high due to all the bedrock we have.
|so. much. water.|
Sadly, we lost our pup Peanut on a camping trip last summer due to someone else's carelessness and I'm not sure it's something any of us will ever completely "get over" as it was an entirely avoidable incident. If the person responsible for baiting traps had taken a moment to think and inform the campsite that they had decided to put poison out we wouldn't have even been there. Period.
|RIP Peeps Louise.|
After losing our sweet girl Peeps, we were fairly torn up, but about a month later made the tough decision to adopt another pup from a local rescue who was on death row. With more than a little apprehension, we welcomed Winifred into our family. We're just not a one dog family, never have been. It took some adjusting but now almost a year later I couldn't imagine our 'pack' without this spaztastic-snugglebutt.
|Mush, J, V and little Wyn; July 2014|
Some other changes that happened in 2014 include monetary ones: we paid off our truck (one of the largest bills we paid monthly) and re-signed on our mortgage despite our original "five years then GTFO" plan. Our taxes are low, the neighbours few, and despite the local disdain for our neighbourhood, its gentrifying at an alarming pace and we'd be fools to sell in today's market (we've got a good thing going here and we know it). J went back to school (twice!) to upgrade his tickets and was successful. I really couldn't be prouder of all his hard work.
The biggest, most exciting thing we accomplished in 2014 was putting in a successful bid on a recreational property. Though the legal paperwork wasn't completed until early 2015, the wheels started turning last spring/summer. There is a huge amount of work to do out at the camp property, including some maintenance on the existing cabin and some much needed dock repairs but I for one am pretty excited BECAUSE CAMP.
I let the cat out of the bag over on instagram a few months ago because I'm really awful (literally the worst) about keeping exciting news to myself. You can follow along with our projects on my insta account with the hashtag #4acresofnowhere if you're so inclined, as updates will probably show up there long before they're posted here.
More recently we built a raised bed garden and tore down the outdoor dog kennel. We're hoping to grow some of our own veggies this year but we'll have to wait and see what the weather has in store for us. No "counting chickens" and all that. The kennel was awesome while it lasted but has outlived its usefulness; Wyn can climb in, out, and seven feet directly up to nose at the barbecue. Husky mixes, whatcha gonna do? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
|ignore the mess, please.|
|mid tear down pre-cleanup|
As for the house, we're gearing up for a huge, anxiety inducing renovation. We're ripping off an entire section of the house (pictured jutting out in the above image) and rebuilding from foundation to roof so we can actually have a real bathroom and not just some weird porch conversion. Expect my twitter and instagram feeds to be filled with desperate and hysterical weeping as well as cries of "Help I'm scurrrrred!" or "I need an adult." It's going to be fun, I promise.