It’s time for another Tuesday Tidbits! While we had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, we still managed to keep the momentum going at the house. Things are moving along quickly and we want to keep it that way. The pic above shows where I have spent most of my time this week…caulking window trim. I believe I am on caulk tub #19 for just the main floor (not kidding). The front windows are clearly a focal point both inside and outside and part of the reason we fell in love with the house instantly. However, for the rest of our lives I will refer to this set of windows as the beast. I have scraped them, primed them, painted 2 coats on them, filled the nail holes and now caulked every single seam. They will need one last final coat of paint to be fully finished…which will allow me to simply enjoy the beast and never touch it again!

Just a couple of weeks ago, I removed the old paint off the original door hinges (using my crockpot). Well, we decided to leave them natural and just do a clear coat to keep them from rusting.

As I was looking for what paint to use, I asked Trent what kind of metal they were. I just assumed they were steel. His guess was iron, but he said he was not totally sure. However, he told me to bring them into his business the next morning while one of the inspectors was in. Since Trent’s company deals with various types of metal, the inspector has a gun that will give an immediate read-out on the material type. He pointed the gun at the hinge and it read out “95% iron.” So, for all the various items on the house that we are pretty sure about…this one we know factually.

Before the questions start coming in, this is my husband’s business in which he is president/owner (yep, I’m super proud of him). And yes, I shamelessly took advantage of this for a personal reason. BUT…in my defense, I have cleaned the entire office (bathrooms and urinals included) for the last 5 months each week to help keep the starting expenses down. We’ll call this little favor my paycheck!

Back to the topic: so, knowing that the hinges are iron means that they will rust without some type of paint on them. We decided to go with just a clear coat to keep them natural looking. The main floor doors should be hung this week and I cannot wait! Doors really finish things off.

A few weeks ago, Trent went on a trip to northern Canada/Alaska and did some serious fishing while up there. He caught several salmon and halibut and had a cannery (I’m pretty sure that’s the word??) professionally clean the fish and package it. They helped him decide which fish should be packaged as filet, hot smoked, cold smoked, etc. They took the fish and said they would prepare everything and ship him the finished product in a few weeks.

Last week the new refrigerator was delivered on Monday. On Tuesday the fish was delivered…in multiple coolers like this. Pounds and pounds of fish. We like to eat seafood, but this is a stretch for even us.

As you can see, our entire freezer of our brand new fridge is filled. Stuffed! Since Tuesday, we have been handing out seafood to friends and family because there is zero chance that we will ever eat all of this! It should also be noted that this is the most full our freezer will ever be.

We have a system in place for our tile jobs. Trent slowly lays out all the tile, cuts all the pieces into place and the removes the tile and sets it up elsewhere. These are the 4 steps for the breezeway all ready to go. Next we will install the heated flooring parts and then the tile ready to go into place for the final time.

As always, thank you for following along and have a wonderful week!


  • November 28, 2017 Reply

    Judith Heston

    I get so excited reading your blogs. Not only are they informative, interesting, a teaching format but oh so historical. I hope to do a “drive-by” to see your creation when I visit South Bend again. That way I can really in-the-flesh say Ah. Thank you both for your work and preservation.

  • November 28, 2017 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    Your home is looking better and better with each passing day, thanks so much for the updates and references to products for us all to try. Great job with the hinges and the clear coat will save them from rusting. Congrats on all the fish, that was a really nice one in the photo. Keep up the good work…..

  • November 28, 2017 Reply

    Julie Smies

    You didn’t tell me you were cleaning urinals in addition to the zillion other things you do like running marathons, selling houses, sealing the beast and volunteering at your church, etc. Have you been cloned? Are there 2 (maybe 3) of you? I continue to stand amazed. I’m honored to be a friend.

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