In true Dan and Carrie fashion, we’ve been busy this summer, tackling one project right on the heels of another. With Henry nearing potty training, we opted to have our floors redone on the main floor (only the perimeter had ever been waxed and that was in 1924; area rugs have covered the main spaces for as long as the house has been occupied). Then with all the furniture out, it seemed like a good time to also paint… the same week as tomato harvest was at its peak and Carrie wanted to can up some sauce!
Some snapshots of the boy…
We went downtown for the early evening festivities on the Fourth of July, with no intention of staying for the fireworks. Henry was enthralled by the bands that played and all the people.
Henry learned to put on his own shoes (and boots) this summer. He’s now learning the difference as to when they are on the wrong foot and they need to be reversed, but as of July 9 he was clueless – and probably careless!
August 6th we pulled out the onions. Unfortunately, Henry is holding ALL of the white onions that were salvageable. Fortunately, the braid of red onions was about 4′ long.
At a family picnic in August, Henry was playing ball with Great Grandpa Ken. I’m not sure who was having more fun.
After the picnic, we went on a boat ride. Here, Henry’s holding hands of two of his “Gigi”, Lenie and Kathryn.
Same life jacket, different day. Baba and Oma took us to Torch Lake. It wasn’t hot, but it was warm enough for a swim if you were brave.
Sept 1, Back at home and in the middle of canning and painting, Carrie stopped caring whether Henry had more than “pants” on. And again with the shoes on the wrong feet… I promise, tho, he really is getting better!
Sept 8, We got to spend the day with Eli on his first birthday and went to the zoo together. Of all the animals we saw and time with his friend, HD’s favorite was the drums by the lions. Not even the lions themselves held his attention for as long as the drums!
and canning… Can you read the glass? It says “Mom’s Mason Jar”. I love all the old jars – they had Way More Character than what you can buy now.
So here it is: 8 qts of marinara, 7 qts whole or halved tomatoes, 15 pints of crushed/stewed tomatoes, 7 pints of roasted garlic & roasted red pepper pasta sauce, and 13 half-pints of corn salsa. To follow were 13 pints of “normal” salsa, but I ran out of steam for a few days. All this from 2 bushels of tomatoes – 105#.
and some snapshots of the progress…
This light is about to meet its demise. The last painters didn’t take it down when they painted mint chiffon and it looks pretty terrible. Anything we try to use to remove that paint also removes the paint that should be there
Priming in the den. Those tiles probably went up in the 60s and have never so much as been primed. The room is a lot brighter because of the fresh white on the ceiling now.
Henry absolutely LOVED all the different “toys” laying around. Here he’s arranged the paint cans and paraphernalia as a toddler-sized drum kit and he’s playing the drums for us!
This is a close up of a shadow box in the dining room. Some of the antique white had chipped off to reveal this relic: silver lame’! Oh to have seen this room when that was fresh…
Henry had his own roller and was quick to learn to say the word, too! You can really see the beauty of the refinished floors here.
The den and the dining room in their new duds.
Wall paper behind the wall trim means that the wallpaper went up first, right? that was some high quality wall paper to last 80+ years in such good condition.
The finished product in the living room. Such a calming space now, it’s my new favorite place to sit. Ask me in February and my answer might be the den, which gets considerably more sun. The main windows in the living room face east and are onto the porch so the only sunlight to come thru those is at dawn.
I’d love to hear what you think about the updates - to the site as well as the house! Leave a comment here or come and see it in person for a tour – and maybe a bowl of chips and salsa if you’re really lucky!