We hope that you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend! Buchanan has the most charming parade on Memorial Day. We loved getting to hang out with new friends and neighbors watching this event and honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. We’ve heard all about the various holidays in this tiny, Michigan town and I believe the rumors are going to be accurate. Pure Michigan!


It took a couple of noisy and messy days, but the roof on the main house now matches the roof on the new garage. More importantly, the house roof no longer leaks or has holes large enough for critters to get in through!



However, that’s not even the best news…ever. The below pic of this “mini” dumpster is the last major dumpster to be delivered to our property! Yes, we will still need to make large trips to the landfill and we will still use one of the small commercial style dumpsters in our backyard. BUT, the enormous, ugly dumpster that has been hanging out in the front yard since February (and being emptied at 5am each week) is just about done. Best. News. Ever. If you are one of our “lucky” neighbors that have randomly been receiving the 5am alarm (courtesy of the trash company), as of this week that is O.V.E.R.

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The majority of our weekend was spent getting the new subfloor in the entire house. It’s just about complete and since we left the original subfloor, this will simply add to the sturdiness of the floors (something you can’t get too much of in old homes).


Landscaping starts today and we are ready for it!!  More pics and info to come on that very soon. Enjoy your week, friends!



  • May 31, 2016 Reply

    Nancy Nicholas

    I so love watching you and your young energy bring life back to this beautiful property.

    I do hope you will allow tours once you are finished. I would gladly pay to tour your home.

    Continue to live life and do not waste a single moment.

  • May 31, 2016 Reply

    Gerry Ann DeCraene

    Can’t believe how fast and complete you both do things. What a beautiful home you will live in soon.

  • May 31, 2016 Reply


    Wow, such progress! So excited for you!

  • May 31, 2016 Reply

    Beth Murphy

    I live on Lake Street and have wanted to stop by, but then think about how busy you must be, and decide not to. I am so excited to see what all you are doing. Looks great! Also happy the big, ugly dumpster is gone. I never heard it at 5:00 AM, but certainly saw it. Buh-bye!

  • May 31, 2016 Reply


    Just wanted to let u know that I have been following you since the other house. But I am here from Maryland for my Mom’s 90th birthday party and was able to attend your parade yesterday! But the best part is that I got to see your house!! Now I will know better when you talk about certain things. Seeing your house was the highlight of my weekend!!

  • May 31, 2016 Reply


    Im going to admit..not going to miss the 5 am dumpster wake up call…BUT I knew it wasnt forever……..AND Your roof was done in record time…very nice. Love watching the progress

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