Category: Cabin life

A morning of archery

A morning of archery

This morning after our daily family breakfast, we decided to spend some time reading out on the deck and enjoy the beautiful cool morning weather. Not long after we ventured outside, Grasshopper found some sticks and started using them as a bow and arrow. It was so nice to see him using his imagination and creating his own adventure. After a while I asked him if he wanted me to put on a piece of elastic so he could try shooting his arrow into the woods. This all lead to my Hubby asking Ladybug if she wanted him to get her target out of the shed so she could practice; it’s been years since she has had a place to practice. After watching Ladybug for a while, Hubby got the itch to pull his bow out and he got in on the practice. It was a lovely way to spend the morning.

While the others were practicing, Grasshopper was safely sitting on my lap watching.

Baking day! Pumpkin muffins

Baking day! Pumpkin muffins

Autumn is my favorite time of year. The smells, the colors, the falling leaves! And pumpkins!

We discovered our little guy loves anything with pumpkin in it. Wednesdays are our baking days where we try new recipes and the kids are the chefs. Today they used this recipe to make Pumpkin Muffins. They turned out great!

While little guy was holding them for the pictures, he kept saying “I’m hungry” hehe, it was hard to get him to look away from the muffins 🙂

Wow, it’s been a while!

Wow, it’s been a while!

I think I was overwhelmed with everything we were trying to get done, plus doing the blog, so most of my updates ended up on instagram (which I no longer update at this point). We moved into our cabin on April 16th of this year! We are finally home! It has been a rocky road since moving in, with almost daily challenges, but every time I come home from a doctor’s office, the hospital (hubby had unexpected surgery earlier this year), running errands, etc, I always say out loud how truly thankful I am to finally be in our cabin!


We did it! After we got the occupancy approval we embraced, cried, laughed, smiled, felt so many emotions! But we did it!

End of 2017

End of 2017

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last posted an update.  I think it got to be too much to do it all and keep a blog going.  It’s now almost the end of 2017, so it’s a good time for an update.  The cabin isn’t done, but we are now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!  As of yesterday, the subfloor is finally all replaced!  It took months and months, and Hubby fell through the floor twice, but it’s done!  I’m over the moon excited!
 

What we accomplished this year….

  • Put in piers for our cabin
  • Got the cabin moved over 30 miles to it’s final home
  • Completely gutted the cabin, down to the studs
  • Replaced damaged studs
  • Put on a new roof
  • Put in all new windows, 13 total I believe
  • Put in spray foam insulation
  • Had an electric pole installed and got electric to the cabin
  • Replaced the back door (front door will happen in 2018)
  • Did more than a dozen dump runs with all the demo materials
  • Got the water and septic all hooked up
  • Completely redid the entire bathroom
  • Replaced all the floor insulation
  • Put in all new subfloor
  • Repaired the underbelly
  • Put on new skirting
  • Had a new furnace installed
  • 2018 WILL be the year the cabin is done and we finally get to move in and I can’t wait!

     

    My favorite picture of our waterfall

    Picture after skirting was done, I cleaned up the outside, we did another dump run, and I created that cinder block design around our septic tank access so no one runs over it.

    Just a different angle

    This was after I cleaned up a lot of construction mess and got it all loaded in the trailer

    Little guy always wants to help!  Above he is helping carrying the pieces of skirting, below he is helping install it.  He loses interest quickly, but is always eager to help!

     

    Dialysis supply boxes – Cabin living

    Dialysis supply boxes – Cabin living

    Our dream wasn’t always to live in a log cabin, the dream started forming after my Hubby was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), a hereditary life threatening medical condition that can lead to kidney failure.  He was just 30 years old at the time and at stage 3 kidney failure.  In June 2012, at the age of 34, he started peritoneal dialysis when he reached stage 5 kidney failure.  After a year on peritoneal, he suffered life threatening complications that lead to 6 surgeries in 6 weeks, lengthy hospital and ICU stays and starting in-center hemo dialysis.  In-center didn’t work for him, he was miserable, so we started training for home hemo dialysis and that is what he has been doing ever since.  For most of his 4 years on home hemo dialysis, he used a purflow machine, which made the 40 liters of dialysate he uses for each treatment (he does 6 treatments a week), but several months ago, the plumbing line to the purflow sprung a leak and they switched him to pre-mixed dialysate bags.  He needs 4 boxes, which is 8 bags, at 5 liters each, to do his daily treatments.  It’s a LOT of boxes.  Those boxes take up a great deal of space and when we move into the cabin, they take up most of the living room.  We don’t mind small and simply; it was our goal with the cabin living, but this many boxes will make living pretty hard.  Our cabin is only 2 bedrooms, we are creating 3 by turning the eat-in kitchen area into a bedroom, so that means our kitchen table needs to go in the living room, along with all the other stuff that goes with a living room.  Most days we don’t think about it or focus on it, but every now and then it causes us stress and tears.  I was really hoping we could foster parent again once we were in the cabin, but seeing how little space we have, we won’t pass the home study, which breaks my heart.

    Here is a little tour of our cabin, with lots of work still to be done before we can get our occupancy certificate and move in.

    Cabin tour video on You Tube