Another Tuesday Tidbits friends and we had a busy, but productive week/weekend. I’ll get to the house stuff soon, but Trent and I took a little time to celebrate our anniversary. We ran into Chicago for a fun day….a little shopping, a lot of eating. There is a funny part to the story. We knew ahead of the weekend that Trent would be too booked up with work on our actual anniversary (September 5th). No big deal! He’s actually been gone on our anniversary for a couple of years due to work schedules. I even put it in my planner.

So, we planned a nice dinner in the city (knowing that it was ahead of our actual date)…only to find out from my mother that we don’t actually KNOW our anniversary date. Neither one of us – but thankfully my mother does (as she clearly stated in her text message to me).

So, as luck would have it we actually DID celebrate on our real anniversary. Who knew?!?! Obviously not us!

On a somewhat similar topic, we hung another painting in our family room this week too. It’s a custom piece by a friend and it is Chicago’s Navy Pier (where Trent proposed to me). I plan to do a full blog post on some of our artwork (because we try to mostly use local artists who all happen to be friends)…stay tuned for some great artist recommendations in the Michiana area! It’s the perfect addition to our family room.

We also took a HUGE step this week towards helping out friends and family. Drumroll please…We installed our doorbell! The house is so solidly built and so large that we can’t hear anyone knocking on any of the doors. For some crazy reason, people tend to knock on our garage door (which only opens into our garage). So, we never hear that. But for the people who come to our front door, we occasionally hear that if we happen to be in the front of the house. Either way, we now have a doorbell at the front door. It still needs some tweaking, but it’s in and we will know if someone is here. If it looks a little aged, it’s because this is the doorbell that was here when we purchased the home. We liked the button/frame and kept it.

Inside we needed to buy an actual new doorbell. Trent wired it up long before we had walls and had only one demand: the doorbell must be actual chimes that are struck with a hammer. No electronic sounds. This turned out to be tougher than I expected and the only ones available seemed to look like something out of 1980. Eventually, I found these chimes at Rejuvenation (great store, amazing catalog for house items). Once again, it’s hard to grasp the size but the largest chime is over 4 feet long. Form and function.

As you can see for yourself, Niles has been a little sassy lately. Good thing we think he’s pretty cute.

Last week we showed one of our spare parts from the house (a vintage pedestal sink) and told anyone interested to submit a statement as to why they wanted it and we would give it to someone. We had a lot of requests and I promise we saw them all (FB, blog, Instagram, email and a few of you even text me). In the end, we selected Jordan Zimmer to take home the pedestal sink. It sounds like she has the perfect spot for it. And for those of you that wanted it (and didn’t get it), just hang tight. We have some additional spare parts that may be coming available soon!

Have a wonderful week and thank you for following along!



  • September 4, 2018 Reply

    Judy Felty

    I love your painting!!

  • September 4, 2018 Reply


    Beautiful painting .. size looks substantial. LOVE IT !!

    • September 4, 2018 Reply

      Leah Hudson

      It IS substantial. 😂

  • September 4, 2018 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    Glad that you were able to get away for that special dinner and shopping, Happy Anniversary. I’ll bet the new door bell makes a nice sound with the long pipes. Maybe Niles is protesting those new and different sounds coming from that noise maker on the wall, LOL….

    • September 4, 2018 Reply

      Leah Hudson

      You are probably right!!

  • September 4, 2018 Reply


    I love reading your blogs and seeing your pictures! Niles just makes them better! Beautiful, beautiful!!

  • September 4, 2018 Reply

    Julie Smies

    Who, besides you and Trent, rang the doorbell for the first time?

  • September 5, 2018 Reply

    Lori Bauer Pottorff

    Love reading about all of your adventures!

  • September 6, 2018 Reply

    Pamela Hoose

    Always enjoy your posts. Beautiful home! Can’t wait for the information on the local aritists.

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