Posts tagged cabin
Posts tagged cabin
Sundays. Our Sundays lately have been pretty predictable. We sleep in. We tidy the house. We order sandwiches to-go from the bistro down the street (a Reuben for Kaylon, a fried green tomato sammy for Megan) We turn the Jacksonville Jaguar game on the radio mainly because we don’t have a TV, but also because it’s a little less painful when you’re just listening and you’re not actually seeing them lose. Poor home team. We listen to the game and eat and draw and knit and write on the front porch all afternoon until the sun dips down and it’s time to retreat into the cozy, dark, peaceful wee cabin.
This Sunday seemed unseasonably warm out on the front porch. It felt so weird to be knitting wool socks on a 70 degree December day. It felt like early October with the warm temp, the football game on and our pumpkin still sitting out. It felt odd. While we couldn’t do anything about the October-esque temperature, we could at least get rid of the October-esque decor. So after the game we got to chopping, scooping, seed picking, roasting and pureeing. I’m seeing pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, and a pumpkin version of this smoothie in our future. So Old Man Winter, our pumpkin is gone, you can come out now.
Last night under a full moon we tossed a few lights on the wee cabin. Then the stray cat came by (and photo-bombed that last picture, see her?), we turned on some Christmas music, poured a few drinks and toasted the holiday season. We don’t normally get into the Christmas hype. I usually hate Christmas music. But this year I just decided on a whim to get into it and now I’m Christmas crazy. It’s like I’ve been resisting it for so long that once I let just a tiny little bit of the Christmas spirit in, it took over my whole body. Now I want to put Christmas lights on everything, turn up the Christmas music real loud, eat candy canes all day long and live in a snowglobe. Has this ever happened to anyone else?
The wee cabin is starting to get a bit chilly. How do you stay warm in a poorly insulated heat-less 90 year old log cabin? Chase the sunspots around the carpet with Matilda.
Happy weekend to you. What are you all doing this weekend? We’re hoping to get our poor car back so we can hit up a pumpkin patch, grab a pumpkin spice soy latte and stock up on pumpkin scented candles because I’m not sure if we’ve mentioned it or not… but WE LOVE FALL TIMES! Oh, we’ve mentioned it? Oh alright.
Dilemma: It is ridiculously gorgeous outside and there are football games on TV.
Solution: This setup. Laptop on the front porch.
Done and done.
Yesterday the wee cabin turned 86 years old! (Or at least that’s when it was last chinked. July 25, 1926 is written in the cement between the logs next to the front door. So that’s when we celebrate it’s birthday.) What a great little cabin it’s been to us. Even though possums and bats and daddy long legs love the cabin just as much as we do and sometimes come to visit, we still love this old girl. Here’s to many more years, Wee Old Cabin. Cheers!
Oh we had big plans for this weekend. We were going to Get Things Done. Various projects, yard work, moving some extra pieces of furniture out of the wee cabin.
But the heat, it wore us down. So instead we lazed around eating plates of cucumbers for lunch because it’s far too hot to cook. We spent a lot of time on the front porch as the wee cabin is sans air conditioning the front porch is the coolest “room” we’ve got. It’s perfectly shaded and we can catch all the cool breezes while reading, knitting, drinking and wiggling. Oh no, it’s never too hot for wiggling.
…because although cozy fires and delicious home cooked meals are great, sometimes you just want to camp out in bed with popcorn for lunch and the tea kettle warming on the plug in heater. Just keeping it real.
(psst… check back on monday for a giveaway! happy weekend!)
We need a name.
Many of the homes in our neighborhood have names like Lulu’s Lookout, Roy’s Retreat, Sundance and Hoot Owl Hollow. We thought we’d join in on the naming fun and give this little log cabin a proper title. We’ve been throwing around a few good ones…
Tizzle’s Log Cabizzle
The Awesome Dome
What do you think? What’s your favorite? Any other suggestions?
Whew, what a project. Once we figured out that there was some good looking beadboard and exposed log beams hiding under that 70s wood paneling and low drop ceiling, we were itching to get this re-do underway. So after a little over a week of crowbarring, caulking, painting, waiting, sawing, rewiring, painting, waiting and painting/waiting some more, we’ve got this airy and rustic little living room that looks like it would have when the cabin was built in the 20s. We LOVE it. One room down, four more to go.
All quiet on the blogging front because we took a little peak under our 70’s drop ceiling and wood paneling and found something glorious!
So with Grandmother’s approval, the log cabin renovation has begun. Woo hoo.
We’re two days in and have more work to do (Kaylon’s dad came over to check on the progress and after a whole day of painting and three coats of paint, he took one look at our hard work and said, “Is that the primer?” Low blow, Old Man, low blow.)
We’ll be back with a before and after when it’s all done.
This old cabin. We love it dearly.
We love it even when it’s freezing cold and we can see our breath in the kitchen while we’re making breakfast.
We love it even when we stare at a corner too long and get a little dizzy because every angle is so crooked it’s like a fun house in here.
We love it even when there are unwelcome living creatures that pop up in our scary bathroom like spiders, crickets, possums and a particular living thing that popped up last week so vile I’m not even going to mention it (whatever you’re imagining right now… it was worse).
We love it even though our backyard is a dirt patch and we’ve got wall-to-wall white carpet (even in the kitchen and the said scary bathroom).
Despite all of that and it’s many other quirky qualities, we love this little log cabin. It feels good. We know that it needs a lot of work and that add-ons weren’t added on perfectly. We know there are holes where critters can get in and warm air can escape. But we feel good about this place. It has good vibes, like it knows we’re here to take care of it and to put some love into it and to make some happy memories in it. And we are.
Old cabin, we love you dearly.
Who covers up the logs of their log cabin with wood paneling?!?!
A few layers of wood as insulation? No wonder its cold in here.
Don’t hammer too hard, a piece of our house just fell off.
We put in a DOOR where a WINDOW used to be!!! Hooray!!!
*The answer is five…
Carpet on top of wood floors. Wood paneling on top of bead board inside. Wood paneling on top of shingles on top of wood paneling on top of logs outside.
This week the cabin got a few upgrades. A wall of cedar shelves in one room.
And a wood burning stove in the other room.
The shelves came from Kaylon’s old house in Jacksonville. And the wood burning stove came from his uncle.
We’re so grateful to have more efficient heat in the cabin and the top of the stove is perfect for heating up a pot of tea. And the smokey smell reminds me of the wood burning stove in my Papa Kraft’s old rec room.