The Happy Crazy House

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We always knew that we would end up here.  Both Dave and I thought it would be closer to retirement, but we always kept an eye on the job openings…..and here we are 🙂  A large factor in our decision, is the proximity to the lake.  Dave and I are lake people.  He has had a dream of having a cabin on water since he was a kid.  I added that to my bucket list the first year he took me to Lake Metigoshe when I was 23.

I have posted about the lake before:

Our stay on the Canadian side

4th of July

So pretty and fun. The girls are looking forward to waking up next to the water during the summer months.


Pics of us getting settled into the cabin for the season.


Jules made sure we had flowers for the table.


Evening on the lake


And now I am off to prep for an extended Fourth of July Holiday.  Follow along on Instagram....



I am going backwards a bit…but I just wanted to revisit so I can congratulate myself on not freaking out.  no joke

We landed in town with little fanfare, got settled in, the girls into their new school, etc, etc, etc.  On my second day of work a giant blizzard rolled into town.  Now, normally I would be prepared and know exactly when I need to close up shop and head home BUT this was my second day of work and I was not connected to the right news stations or social media contacts, nor was my phone up to date on storm warnings in my new location.  I left work about an hour later than I should have.  That left me driving in a full on white out blizzard…20 miles to home.  I *could* have turned back to town and stayed the night with Dave’s Aunt but my girls were already on the bus headed to the house.  I was determined to make it there, so that there would be no way they would be left alone.  I turned on the GPS on my phone to ensure that I did not miss the turn south on the highway….and thank goodness I did.  You lose track of how far you’ve gone when you are creeping down the road at 2 to 5 mph.   I needed to make a left hand turn and I could not see across the road to verify that GPS was even right, I just turned and prayed.

Imagine looking into a wall of white and not seeing anything until you look out the driver side window, look down and only see a yellow line and nothing out in front of you.  And since I obviously did not stop for pics.   Here is a road pic from a town just down the road.

About 5 miles from home the girls’ bus suddenly appeared to my left and I knew that they at least made it home and were not stuck somewhere.  As the GPS announced that Kramer was approaching, I took the first entrance in….mistake.  I turned directly into an unseen snow drift and got stuck.  I called my sis in law at the bar (that she just purchased) and asked if the girls were with her (they were) and if I could leave the truck in the snow (no).  She sent a patron who was stuck in town as well to pull me out.  I will ALWAYS hold this gentleman in high regard.  The snow and wind was brutal, but still he came to help me.  We were snowed in for 2 1/2 days.  Crazy!

ND Facebook

North Dakota Highway Patrol: Facebook

As a result of that snow storm, I was also involved in a car fire.  After the town and roads were cleared, I drove the truck into town for work….mistake.  As I was leaving to go home for the day, the truck started acting funny, so I pulled down the street that has a truck shop.  My truck starts filling up with smoke.  The girls are freaking out and I am trying to figure out how I am going to put it out.  As I am pulling the kids out, a very nice man from across the street ran over with an extinguisher.  Fire Doused!  he was an off duty fireman…..seriously!!  Issue?  Compacted snow.  Arg.  Obviously no pic of that either.

As an added bonus my beloved Land Rover (totally vintage at 1998 hahahahaha) blew a hole in the side of the engine as I was taking Dave to the airport….60 miles away in sub zero weather.  Ack.  What a nightmare.

All in all – not the best start that I could have hoped for.  But I put on my big girl panties and kept it together.

Dave ended up purchasing a Monte Carlo to drive back and forth to the airport with and its a been a great car for commuting.


Super cute, right?

And I now drive a White Chevy Pickup the Dave has christened Snow White.  just to annoy me

It was a dramatic start, but everything seems to have calmed down.  We are house hunting and I cannot wait to show you whats up with that.

Have a good day Peeps!

Hey Peeps – It’s been awhile and I apologize.  There have been some major changes for our family and I am just feeling settled enough to start typing/talking about it.  I have accepted a position in a different state and we have up and moved.   We now live in Dave’s hometown in North Dakota.   To give you some insight into how small his hometown is….our addition to the town has increased the population by 13%.


Dave grew up on a farm 2 miles from a town of 30-ish, 20 miles from a town of 2,500 and 60 miles from a town of 30,000.


View from the farm yard into the field



Looking across the highway into the fields west of town



Moon is high over the Fire Hall Fundraiser

If you follow me on Instagram you have seen the change in locale.

J Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge


Storm rolls in over the pasture

Join me as I document our new adventure on the prairie.

After long last the upstairs bathroom is done.  Yahoo!!



First photo of the bathroom for this blog.  ehh.


And here we go –

to start with – the tile!  sigh.  It matches the entry landing, the basement landing and the basement bathroom.  It is so awesome to walk through the house and feel that kind of consistency.

don’t worry – that side edge of the vanity below has since been cleaned up.

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So bright- squinty.

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The paint is up, the trim is in, the vanity is in (so gorgeous and shiny white).   I also decided to go with a vintage-y looking mirror to contrast the ultra sleek vanity.

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I know I keep saying it – but seriously……2013!!!  That is when I started this thing. And now its done.  I am so excited to be able to cross this off my list.


Have a great day Peeps!

What to work on, what to work on??  Our 2016 list is looking good and I only have 2 items that are moving over  to 2017 and 1 (!) of them is already past the halfway point. (Hint: it’s the Basement Bathroom)

  1.  Basement Bathroom
  2.  Guest Bathroom
  3.  Stair Treads
  4.  Back Patio

Basement Bathroom


So close, I can almost taste it.  Ceiling, shelves next to sink to balance out the retro (!) mirror and a small door to the sump pump.

Guest Bathroom

Hague Blue

All the things.

Stair treads

the happy crazy house entry stairs

A nice sand and poly is due for these babies.

Back Patio

the happy crazy house back patio garden raised garden

And here is a pic before the fence was put up in front of the Playhouse

the happy crazy house back patio

We would like to have a built in BBQ and kitchen in this corner….we’ll see what we can come up with.

Looking forward to getting on with these projects and crossing them off my list.  my favorite activity

At this time last year (2016!!) I posted our plans for the year.  We were pretty successful, which I can truly say…I am surprised about that.

Here is the list as described on Jan 4th of last year:

  1.   Master Bathroom – started
  2.   Guest Bathroom – vanity purchased
  3.   Downstairs bathroom
  4.   Front porch roof
  5.   Finish front walkway
  6.   Terrace hill to the chicken coop

Master Bathroom – Done!

the happy crazy house master bathroom

Guest Bathroom – In Progress

Downstairs Bathroom – In Progress.  thisclosetobeingdone

the happy crazy house basement bathroom

Sheetrock, mud, tape, texture are on tap for this weekend.

Front Porch Roof and Front Walkway  – Done

At dusk

At dusk

Terrace hill to chicken coop – Done

the happy crazy house chicken coop

I also added a few things back in November.

  1. Back Gate – The back gate is up….but I have no pics for you 😦  fail
  2. Furniture placement in the basement – the fireplace is here!

Dave flies home later today and we will be hammering out as much of the basement bathroom as we can and laying out our plans for 2017.  I will have our list ready for you next week!

Enjoy your weekend Peeps.



Which bathroom?  Is that the question you are thinking in your head?  How about both bathrooms?! Hells yeah.

Basement bathroom has seen the needle move the most.  As I said in my Instagram post, this pic makes me feel like we have taken several steps backward.  It is a positive thing though….we are prepping for tile.

We are prepping for tile on our landing as well.  Check out that retro linoleum:

the happy crazy house tile prep

I can’t make it around the corner for a pic of the bathroom but here is the landing:

the happy crazy house tile landing

Such a good look for you 1970’s house.

the happy crazy house basement bathroom

Looking in from that door

I am eagerly anticipating the grout being completed and the laundry (!) getting hooked back up.

Upstairs Recap:

I have been planning this bathroom for AGES. (read years)

Hague Blue

Hague Blue

***Chris H – did you see that I took your advice??

Future plan for this bathroom –

  • finish painting the walls blue
  • floor tile (same as basement and landings)
  • new tub insert
  • price out tile for the shower portion (may be a full insert, may be just a tub)
  • install white toilet
  • install white vanity
  • new trim
  • evaluate the art

More pics to come as we complete each project!  Happy New Year Peeps.


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