Since moving to the South and spending so much time working in the garden, some afternoons nothing hits the spot like a glass of sweet tea. I used to be an unsweetened girl but now, well hard work and sweet tea just go together. But, I still want to stay on track with my health goals so I have discovered the secret to perfect sweet tea without the insulin spike and inflammation sugar can cause. Allulose. It is found found naturally in fruits like figs and raisins. The mix I use also has erythritol (sugar alcohol) stevia and monk fruit extracts that are plant based sweeteners. So you don’t get that after taste that you get with certain natural sweeteners. Just a refreshing glass of ice tea perfect for a summer day. Enjoy.
8 cups of water
Pitcher of ice
5 black tea bags
2 Tbs Allulose Baking Blend (I used Whole Earth)
Fresh lemon (optional)
Steep tea bags in 8 cups of hot water.
Fill pitcher with ice. Sprinkle 2 Tbs sweetner mix over ice.
Take tea bags out of water after desired strength (about 5 min) and pour tea over the ice.
Fill glasses with ice, pour tea and serve with fresh lemon. Fresh mint and other herbs in your garden would also be delicious. Enjoy
After a great visit with having both our boys home for Easter, we were back to work.
Shane took the lower cabinets from the main house and brought them up to the mobile. He made some modifications and installed them, plus created an island for us to install a dishwasher. It will be a great addition to the kitchen and there is so much more counter space.
We finished up the wall repair and painting in the living room so it was time to start decorating.
We found a great table and chairs set and a sofa, both on Marketplace. Then a chair at goodwill. We unpacked some pictures, hung the mantel and the tv and it is starting to feel like home.
We also were able to bring the cats up into the mobile since the floors were safe and we were able to block off the remaining bedroom we need to finish.
Now that our bed is up in the mobile home and we are sleeping in here, it was time for Shane to build a closet. I was keeping my clothes in the RV and using it as a big walk-in closet.
We picked up the flooring, so it was time to tackle the last room that needs subfloors.
This room was the most damaged. The floors were badly rotted and Shane found an ant colony and a very large spider while removing the old flooring.
Once the subfloors were in and sealed it was time to move on to the walls.
They were covered in nicotine and mold so we scrubbed them clean to get ready for paint. There was also some insulation that needed to be removed.
While Shane was busy with the floors, I was working on painting the bottom cabinets in the kitchen and stripping the doors for paint.
We are excited to be coming into the home stretch on this project. We are down to finishing out the master bedroom and bath. Laying the flooring. Tiling the backsplash in the kitchen and painting the outside. We will also be building a deck off the front and adding some planters for flowers. Stay tuned to see total transformation.
The beginning of week 11, we were excited that our boys were going to be coming home for Easter. That meant getting the bedroom in the mobile home ready for us to move our bed in, so that there would be enough room in the RV for everyone to sleep. We also wanted to get the kitchen up and running so that we could cook while everyone was home.
While Shane was busy up in the mobile home, I was down in the garden. I created raised beds for the vegetable garden. I planted some corn and beans in the first bed and was watering when we had a surprise visitor.
A gentleman pulled into the driveway with a tax sticker and said he owned the RV. We were lead to believe in escrow that it was detitled and was included in the property. He was a family member that had been living there previous to the sell of the property. We immediately called our real estate agent, who called the listing agent and the lawyers office that handled our deed. Shane and I got online, did some research and did find tax records indicating that it was owned by this gentleman. So, all work on the mobile stopped. Until the title was settled, we decided that it was best to not move forward. Fortunately, Shane had requested a survey to be done when we were in escrow. This would be the second time that we needed it. The first time, it showed the property was 1.99 acres, not the 3.5 it was listed as. Now, the mobile is clearly marked on the survey, so the lawyers office and the listing agent were well aware it was there and did not do their due diligence to make sure the title was clear.
So will that was getting cleared up, Shane moved onto repairing the fencing from when we had the garage installed and all the grating done. I moved forward with getting the garden planted. I planted potatoes, garlic, onion, and lettuce. I also had to run into town for more rye and hay. Then, I planted more rye grass to help control all the mud from all the rain we were getting. I also used some hay on the walkways in the garden in an effort to control the mud there.
By Friday, the listing agent finally made contact with the seller and he did admit that the other family member owned the mobile and he offered him $500.00 for it, never heard from him, so included it in the sale of the property. We gave them until the following week to resolve the issue.
Rainy weekend gave us a little down time to do some online research and order some needed supplies.
Monday, we learned from the seller he was able to secure the title for us, so we jumped into cleaning the mobile. We scrubbed and steamed all the windows and any walls that hadn’t painted yet.
We were back on track getting ready for Easter and picked up a picnic table for outside and a John Deere ride on tractor mower to cut the grass. Then cleaned and prepped the RV for our kids to visit and moved our bed into the bedroom in the mobile so we would have a place to sleep.
Once we received the title, we went straight to the DMV to put it in our names.
The week wrapped up with us filing Easter eggs for the big kids, getting our grandson’s Easter basket ready and grocery shopping for the holiday weekend.
We were ready for a few days off and some family fun!
Week 9 started with painting, painting and more painting.
We painted cabinet doors, ceilings, walls.
We also got paint samples for the outside of the mobile home and my She-Shed.
Shane was very busy finishing up the bathroom. Shower was grouted and floor tile went down.
Then we had a rainy day, so we went to check out Campbell’s Covered Bridge.
We wrapped up the week getting grating quotes since everytime it rains, it was running in all the wrong directions, towards the house, the garage. We hired an awesome company that did amazing work and we ordered another bin to get rid of trash.
The best part….. our grating contractors used their equipment to load it which saved me a bunch of time.
They also cleaned out the overgrown garden area so I could get ready to start planting.
Meantime, I was learning to do subfloors.
Week 10: The grating was done and my garden area was ready.
Then more rain and with all the new grating, everything was a muddy mess. Planting rye seed to grow some grass and help our new slopes for water drainage not just wash away, became a priority.
I prepped the soil, planted and covered the seeds with hay so the birds and guinea hens would not eat the seed to give it a chance to grow.
Next week I start on the vegetable garden and Shane will begin repairing the fencing.
I was recently asked if I thought I bit off more than I can chew with this project. 2 acres, 2 homes to completely renovate, a garden to start, learning to raise chickens and other animals, being away from friends and family. It does sound like alot in that context, but I have a clear vision of what I want. The most clear I have ever had. In the past, it was to be the best I could be in the moment. Wife, mom, friend. Now, I clearly see a life that will being me joy, my spouse, my kids and my grandkids. I have a spouse that shares that vision. We are building a legacy. Something I never imagined when I was younger. To become more than you thought possible before, you have to think it into existence. You have to believe it. Pick thoughts that grow your dreams.
In life, as we work towards our goals, it is hard to stay in the moment and appreciate all the abundance we already have. When we are focused on where we are going, it is easy to miss the little joys we have in our everyday life. This week, take time each day for gratitude for where you are and who you are. The journey towards your goal is yours to be proud of and to enjoy.
Happy St. Patricks Day. To celebrate since we don’t have kids at home, I made grown-up Green Eggs and Ham. Thanks to Pesto, Spinach and Parsley we got our greens and for the ham, I used uncured, smoked ham. Perfect for today, or any day of the week.
We ordered a trash bin, scheduled quotes for HVAC systems for the house and mobile, glass quotes to repair broken windows in mobile and had our internet moved up to the mobile while the power is down to the main house. Shane continued to work on the mobile home.
He repaired the flooring under the water tank, ran the plumbing for the water tank and did all the plumbing under the mobile.
I got busy loading the trash bin as soon as it came.
I made a dent in the pile, but we are going to need another bin.
Meanwhile, Shane got the shower surround framing done with a shower nook, moisture barrier and backerboard up for the tub, and the drain working.
The power line was taken down, ready to be moved under ground and the cable line was taken down and moved under ground, so we are ready for the garage installation.
We wrapped up the week meeting with the architect and making some changes to the floor plan of the house and picking out paint and tile for the mobile home.
Week 4 began with a date day to explore Greenville and to pull permits for the new service panel.
While my husband was busy working on the bathroom in the mobile home, I got busy doing demo in the pantry in the main house to get ready for the new location for the service panel.
And then my fun demo project took a turn.
I found severe damage and rot to the studs supporting the walls and had to go deliver the bad news to my husband.
He came down and took out the floor and the news was even worse.
How that corner of the house was standing, we have no idea. The bathtub in the adjoining room is falling through the floor. Studs were so rotted they were not touching the ground and support joists were crumbling in my husband’s hands.
We got busy cutting wood and my husband was able to save that corner of the house. He attached new studs to the old ones, replaced floor joists, added moisture barrier and replaced the subfloors.
The one highlight of the week is I did find some tongue and groove wood in the kitchen walls.
And the new service panel did make it’s way into it’s new location.