Friends, I have a confession to make: we were so into our Christmas that as I sat on the sofa last night it dawned on me that it was actually Tuesday! And I had not done a blog post! We simply lost track of our days. We DID take most of Sunday off and Monday entirely off to enjoy Christmas – it was wonderful! So here is our Tuesday Tidbits post on a Wednesday.

We have continued to work on the house, but our checklist items are in the “uneventful” phase. As soon as we start putting up some decor items things will start to become fun again…but right now it’s a little boring. No one wants to see pics or video of me cleaning our 60+ kitchen cabinets in order to start moving kitchen items over (boring). And no one wants to see Trent cleaning off the construction dust from the baseboard in order to do the final caulking (boring).

We have had a little excitement with the kitchen doors and windows.  Remember, when we bought the house one of the two kitchen doors (exterior to the side porch) had been removed and bricked over. Along with this, one of the original tall, curved kitchen windows had been converted to a rectangle window. We were determined to return both the closed doorway and changed window back into their original form – and it proved to be FAR more costly and time consuming than we ever imagined (although it’s not surprising in hindsight). Below are some timeline photos of our progress.

After we gutted the inside of the home, we removed the rectangle windows added in the 1980’s.

Then we opened up the brick on the arched portion of the window to re-frame the window.

Then, we removed the brick that was used to fill-in the original doorway (we are guessing this was done in the 1940’s based on the brick used).

We then put the newly created (perfectly matching) window into place.

And as of today, we have the new window trimmed out (inside and outside), the original door and trim back in place along with the newly created (perfectly matching) door sized and in place. All that is left is a few coats of paint and some matching curved trim.

We told Niles (our cat) that moving day is coming soon…very, very soon and this is the look he gave us.

We hope you had a very Merry Christmas and that you are having a wonderful week before we all start a New Year! As always, thank you for following along!



  • December 27, 2017 Reply

    Nancy Nicholas

    I love your tidbits~

  • December 27, 2017 Reply


    I really don’t care which day you post your tidbits….just so you post them. What will we all do once you have declared your beautiful home finished???? (does that ever happen)?

  • December 27, 2017 Reply

    Judy Marquardt

    The door & windows are beautiful, even tho costly neither one of you would have ever been happy with a square window. Both of you pay attention to details & can’t imagine you with a cup of coffee in your hand every morning looking out a square window asking yourself why did we do that! 😂
    May God bless you both in the new year and with the move. I will miss your post but happy knowing you can finally sit & relax until you start doing the yard work in the spring.

  • December 27, 2017 Reply

    Patsy Thompson

    Very happy to hear you took time to enjoy the Christmas holiday! Being late is not always a bad thing…we enjoy hearing about your project any time you post it. Wishing you both a very Happy, Healthy and Blessed New Year.

  • December 27, 2017 Reply

    Gerry Ann DeCraene

    I’m like the others who posted they don’t care what day you post I enjoy reading them any day! Everything is looking so good, no so great, beautiful and exquisite. Can’t believe it is coming to a close in the near future. Happy for you but a little melancholy for me. I have been reading your post since South Bend and was upset after what happened there. Yet when God closes a “door” He opens “another” and in your case it was perfect! (As with God all things are!)

    Now I am really looking forward to the furnishings! It will be amazing!

  • December 27, 2017 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    So glad that you took some well deserved time off for Christmas. Seeing the photos here on the blog show how much work was required to change things back to original in some ways while making it all look so brand new. You have done a wonderful job this past year and it is great to see the weekly updates, yes even the (boring) ones. Happy New Year and enjoy your new home….

  • December 27, 2017 Reply


    I iam in awe. Your cat, not so much!! But then, it’s very hard to impress a cat.

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