Sunday, September 30, 2012

Gosh...been a year already?

I can't believe that my last post to my blog was almost exactly a year ago on October 6th, 2011.  So much has happened since then and I felt I should come on here and tell y'all about it before you all assumed that I disappeared or was sucked into the Bermuda Triangle or something.

As most of you know, my mother passed away in April 2011.  I was fortunate enough to be able to purchase my dream home with what mom provided me and I have spent the last 9 months working on a lifesize home instead of my miniatures.

The home had been vacant for over a year and was neglected. What was advertised as an inground pool in the fenced backyard should have read "large swamp-like hole in the ground surrounded by a rickety and falling fence".   This poor beautiful house needed a new roof, new yard, new and redone flooring, all new paint, plumbing work and some electrical, and a ton of other stuff.
However, one of the things that we really liked was the fact that not much had been done to the home since 1964 when it was originally built.  I had always wanted a vintage home and this was the one. From the day I saw it (Christmas Eve morning, 2011) I knew I wanted it.  It would take everything I had and then some to buy it and fix it up, but there was something about the home that was calling to me.  It wasn't until after we had purchased and started fixing it up that I found out some interesting news.  I met the sister of the man who used to own the house and raised three children in it.  He was diagnosed with Leukemia and fought his cancer battle for over eight years before it finally took him.  He made sure his family was all taken care of and then in his will he asked that the house he loved for so many years was to be forclosed on. He said that he wanted to make sure that someone would be able to purchase the home and hoped it would be someone that would love it as much as he did.  Mr. Satterwhite, I can assure you that I absolutely love your home and it is truly a dream come true for me.
I'm still working on fixing it up so we can move into it, but that day is getting closer and closer.  I promise that one day I'll be working on miniatures again.  I'm excited about some ideas that I have been playing around with and making notes.  My brain is always going and I don't think smelling all those construction fumes and inhaling sawdust does anything to help with that. HAHA
In closing, here are some pics of our new home.  Sure don't look like nine months of work. Thanks for letting me share them with you and I hope you will be hearing from me again soon.

Till later!


  1. Congratulations on getting your Dream Home! Houses always need a lot of work... (it's just easier in mini... LOL!)
    It looks like you will love being there! I look forward to seeing more of your projects!

  2. It's good to hear you're fine... welcome back to blogland! Wow, you sure had some business to do in the meantime... I can understand why you fell in love with this house.


  3. Hi Dale,

    I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, I didn't know, I'm not online that much.

    What a wonderful new home though! So light and airy and I love the pool too, and I can see you have been a busy bee ! I see you have been busy in the garden too! ;o))

    Welcome back!
    Michelle :o)

  4. Thanks everyone for the wellwishes. It is great to be back and getting comments.

  5. I love that pool and don't worry you'll get it all taken care of, I bought an older house too and it's taken us 7 years to get to where we are now..we still aren't done with it but it's coming along. I want to remodel the kitchen..extend it over the garage and add a bathroom.

    you're never done when you buy an old house but I love mine and wouldn't trade it for the world.

  6. Well, your home sure looks beautiful now. Great work on the updates. Aren't vintage homes great?