In February of 2009, my husband and I bought our first home located on a few acres in Johnson, Vermont. We live here with our dog, Ollie, two cats: Elvis and Atticus, six Nigerian Dwarf goats: May, Chutney, Poppy, Juniper, Willow, and Jokers Wild, and about fifteen laying hens. And to top it all off we welcomed our daughter, Isabel, into the world on January 11th, 2011.

We're slowly updating our 1850's farmhouse while steadily working towards a healthy, meaningful, self-sufficient life together.

This blog details our endeavors along with our successes and failures- all in good fun. Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon!


May and I enjoying some sunshine


Slow and Steady

Lovingly Posted by Melissa Monday, December 7, 2009

We decided, now that the Thanksgiving craziness is over, we would get back to work on our guest bedroom.  When we left it we had put in two new windows, installed new (non-rotten) studs in the walls, and foam board insulation.  Kyle had spent some time during his vacation to put up a few lengths of the fiberglass insulation but there were still spots that needed to be finished up.

So, Saturday we finished putting up the kraft-faced fiberglass insulation, filling small spots that we missed initially with the canned spray-foam first before covering it forever (fingers crossed).  Before moving forward Kyle ran a length of electrical wire through the wall to the hall closet from the exposed outlet so we could install a light in there.  Hopefully soon we will be converting this akward hall closet into a closet for the bedroom (which currently has nothing for storage space, minus the one dresser that we happily transplanted in there from the living room).

At this point we went ahead and put up a sheet of 4 mil plastic as a vapor barrier along the entire length of the wall.  Once it was solidly in place we cut out the holes for the windows and called it a day.  That night we really noticed a HUGE difference in the comfort of that room.  It was fairly toasty considering that the vent is still currently shut, so we were pretty thrilled with the transformation.

On Sunday we put up a few sheets of drywall and then spent alot of time cleaning up the guest bedroom.  We had initially kept up with the mess, trying to keep the dust down to a minimum but as time progressed we started slacking in that area so to work in there meant stepping over or around various building materials and tools (not to mention the need of a ventilator).  So, with broom, shop-vac, and contractor bag in hand we did a quick assault on the mess and it really makes the room feel closer to being finished.

Before I bother taping and mudding the drywall seams and screws we'll probably cut into the wall going into the hall closet.  More than likely this project is going to require some major demolition as well, resulting in the installation of yet more drywall.  But I see an end in sight.  I'm hoping that with just one more weekend (ok, maybe two) we'll be able to start priming and painting the walls again. 

We'll install a new, white-trimmed, ceiling light to replace the ugly, brown one and then I hope to use some wood caulk to fill the gaps between the floor boards.  I've done some reading and it sounds like caulk will expand and contract with our boards unlike wood filler.  The previous owners had actually filled some of the gaps with plaster but due to expansion of the boards all of it has cracked and we've removed the majority of it as it looks worse than the gaps themselves.  It is just frustrating how much dirt, hair, kitty litter, whatever gets down in these gaps and it looks terrible.  Not to mention that if something is spilled on the floor it just seeps in between the boards.

So I'm sure we'll be making a run to the hardware store later this week to grab some supplies for the final push to get this room finished.

On another note, we got eighteen eggs this weekend!  So almost all of our girls have started laying!


  1. Donna Mae Says:
  2. Wow!! 18 eggs just on the weekend! I guess it was peer pressure eh?
    Love that you posted the pictures, you guys are doing an awesome job!

  4. That room is going to be so nice and even nicer because you did it your selves. Great job!

  5. JWLW Says:
  6. HI: LIZA AND JOHN’S GARDEN enjoyed our visit to your blog. Great job on the blog and the effort you are putting into your place.

    Enjoy your evening,

  7. Melissa Says:
  8. Thanks everyone for your nice comments. I just can't wait to be finished so I can show official before and after shots! :)

    Hi John- thanks for stopping by! Always nice to see a new face around here. Hope you'll stop in and visit us again soon.

    Good night all! I am off to wrap some birthday presents for my darling husband!