Bathroom Renovation: Do You Mean There’s No Hot Water?

| 6/14/2010 2:07:04 PM

Red Pine Mountain logoThree years ago, Mountain Man and I took a rare vacation to the Ozarks.  We fell in love with the beauty of the landscape and the friendliness of the people.  With the population consisting of more cows than people, Mountain Man and I felt right at home and as we wandered the back roads, we wondered what it would be like to live in a place relatively untouched by time.  Our question was to be answered around the next bend.

There it was.  A dilapidated ranch house sitting in an overgrown garden surrounded by even more overgrown fields.  A tattered “For Sale” sign hung from an ancient oak tree.

We walked around the property.  I was busy imagining bringing the gardens back to their former glory.  Mountain Man was eyeing the house.

“What do you think?”  I asked.

“I can do all the work and I can supply most of the materials.  We wouldn’t have to spend much, and we could get away from Vermont for the winters and make some money at the same time.  Let’s find out how much they want.”

Turned out the ranch was at a rock bottom price because of its condition, and we proceeded on with our plan, and hopefully, in the end, we’d sell the ranch to someone who would appreciate it as much as we did.

6/26/2014 6:38:14 AM

I have to confess that I am impressed and at the same time inspired by your determination. You people know your business and I can only learn from you. Before reading this I thought I cannot install my by myself, now I feel like everything is so much easier to handle if you put passion in it. Keep up the good work!

Mountain Woman
6/17/2010 1:42:24 PM

Hi Nebraska Dave, Coffee and hot water; two necessities for sure. As to the traveling farm concept, Mountain Man has that under control. We traded in the RV and MM is designing us a new animal/utility/people trailer so the entire farm will come along because I can't bear to leave anyone behind. Multi tasking trailer he calls it. Yes, I'm definitely in a different season of life and I so enjoy my elder years. It's amazing to me that so many women weren't interested in MM because of the way he lived. I sure came along at the right time and I think we were meant for each other. He lets me be myself and I cherish him for his heart and his love that shows through in the way he takes care of me and our animal family. Maybe if we roll through Nebraska, we'll stop and visit and enjoy your beautiful patio. Thanks again for the kind comments.

Nebraska Dave
6/17/2010 12:39:47 PM

MW, you truly have transitioned into a totally different season of life. I really enjoy hearing how you have come from one life style into another. I have accomplished the same with my life. You have moved into such a wonderful time of life with totally different goals and needs. I think it’s totally awesome the goal of restoring a broken house and neglected property. However, your animal menagerie has grown to prevent easy travel to enjoy the new property for the Winter, but it truly appears that doesn’t matter and the whole ordeal is about the prevention of the demolition of a quite salvageable house. You have become quite content where ever Mountain Man resides. That’s as it should be. His talent to fix things in a very timely manner is quite rare in the male species. I know that you appreciate it. You have indeed found a diamond in the Vermont wilderness. I am always fascinated with your stories about modern day wilderness living. Your style of writing leaves me with anticipation of the next post. Keep up the posting and hey, I like a hot shower after a sweaty day too. See ya next time.

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