Old doors and the shocking cold we’re having

Dec 16 2016
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As I’m writing this (Wednesday morning Dec 14th) the sun is shining with enormous sun dogs flanking it and they’re so bright it looks like we have 3 suns! The reason for the sun dogs is that it is literally only minus five degrees outside. That’s right, we have a high that is a negative number today, tomorrow and throughout the weekend too. Oh wait, its gonna warm up enough on Friday (a whopping heat wave of 10 degrees above zero!) so it can snow. lol wow. Have I mentioned I’m not a big winter person? Yeah, I can’t say that any of this excites me in any way. On Saturday we now have a low of -25 degrees! It could break a record! We’ve been hit so hard with such cold, wind and snow that the roads have been treacherous almost every day for the last month, I literally LOATHE my drive home from work and the fact that it gets dark at 4:30 now too isn’t helping matters at all…

UPDATE: December 15th, 2017. Joe and I are now divorced. I will not be deleting blog posts like this one as it is still a diary to some extent of my past and that still matters to me. I wish I had been more honest about how things were going to you guys here on the blog… I thought things would get better. There was always something: once this happens then he won’t be so angry… But, eventually, he ran out of excuses and I had to face my reality that I was wrong about Joe in every way possible. Grandma’s house is completely mine so now it can actually become what I dreamed it would be on all those late nights alone when I was renovating it. Happiness does not always come the way we expect it to (sometimes it even takes a broken heart to get us there) but I still believe in happy endings!

I love Minnesota: this will always be home to me but as I get older I do find myself growing more tired of the cold. In our little household however, I am alone in my sentiments, yesterday my husband was literally skipping to his shed for his ice house and all of his ice fishing gear. Last night Joe was on the phone for two hours with ice fishing buddies trying to figure out the lakes he wants to hit this weekend. (My only plans this weekend is making sure I take my vitamin D and remember to stop at the liquor store on Friday.) I actually love to ice fish with Joe but peeing on the ice with a -30 wind chill on my backside is really just not something I look forward to. We have our own secret lake and the fact that Joe takes no one else there is really sweet in a north country hill billy sorta way that somehow I find both romantic and charming. (Clearly Joe married the right chicka.)

Very cold snowy road northern minnesota winter

Meanwhile, in the house, my basement workshop is all but complete save for a few finishing touches. (We will NOT be getting those livestock rubber mats down here to cover the concrete floor with until spring as they are now under two feet of snow.) I still need to get that barn door hung on our basement bathroom but I’m not yet sure if I just want to use hinges or try to make it a slider, still contemplating that one… I want to stain the stairs because, now that they’re fixed, I think they’ll be “prettier” stained. I actually got a bunch of artwork hung on the walls down there and just need to make some kind of final decision on where I want my stereo to go, I’m really considering putting it on TOP of the refrigerator because it is SO huge but do I really want to get on a ladder every single time I want to turn it on? I also just got our Xmas tree up for the same reason I put it up every year: I got all my gifts wrapped and needed a place to put them. Joe asked very sweetly if it would be ok if he did not participate and I laughed and told him that this is Christmas damnit and neither one of us should have to do a damned thing we don’t want to do! So, he worked on putting new line on his fishing rods and I put up the tree and we were both happy 🙂

Installing old doors and dealing with the incredible cold in northern Minnesota in December 2016

So last week I got all kinds of excited when Joe liked my idea of rearranging our master bedroom because I hated having our bed under the windows. So, one day, I moved the bed from the south wall to the east wall. Holy sh*t, we had no idea how big our bedroom was! This is SO much better! There are (of course) problems though: Joe now doesn’t have an end table because he was using the dresser and now my end table no longer fits because we now have less then two feet on either side of the bed. So, my end table is now sideways and I stole the little table from our master bathroom for Joe as a temporary fix. I have to find new end tables for us! The big problem is that I am very picky and really really really frugal and live in the middle of nowhere so the pickings are slim! This is the type of bedside table I’m dreaming about finding but they need to be much uglier and in much worse shape so that I can afford them lol.

When I moved our headboard I took the opportunity to “fix” it. Before I was using a french cleat that was WAY too small so, with a little creative thinking I ended up “hanging it” using some chest handles I found at our local fleet store and now its solid and hanging flat against the wall like it is supposed to. Next up I have some serious holes in the sheet rock to fix under the window where the headboard used to be and I also have to fix our hardwood floors where the wheels of our bed damaged them 🙁 Did I mention I still have plans on building and replacing our bed frame? Yeah, still working on that…

Cool antique old doorCool antique old door
Cool antique old door

A couple of weeks ago I brought the last four old doors from our garage to my basement in preparation to get them hung in the house. We were still missing a door on my office, on the basement, on our master bedroom and a door to our utility room accessed from our basement bathroom. With my table saw now all set up I was stoked to get to work on them. They are VERY old and VERY heavy and yes, amazingly, all the handles work just great! Joe and I hung the one to the utility room and YUP it is staying just like that, I’m not touching that ridiculously cool chippy cracked old white paint finish. The other one we hung that day was between our main home (our dining room) and the stairs down to the basement. It is the color of poo. And the color of poo was painted over orange (my mother’s choice when she was teenager) and that was painted over white (I think). I’m going to paint it with shiny black rustoleum: the color of poo really doesn’t mesh with our style. The other two doors are waiting for us to cut them down (they’re just a little too wide) and hang them up. The one with the crystal knob will be going on our master and the other old door with all of the locks will be going on my office. I will probably paint both of them black too but one side of my office door was NEVER painted and it just screams at me to sand it down and stain it… we shall see.

Old antique doors and some seriously cold weather

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Brrr indeed keep warm Tarah!Or you can come and stay with me in Greece where the coldest it gets in my neck of the woods is a semi-chilly 40!

I’m so in love with your house and style. You are so fortunate to have Grandma’s house and all the goodies that came with it. You’ve recreated the old to function with modern technology, but kept the old look,keeping it homey and inviting. And your stories are so descriptive that I can picture every move you make! Thanks for sharing all your ideas and treasure hunting in the barn. And the picture of it with snow all around is beautiful. I’ve never experienced such a snowfall or the freezing temps, but have always wished for them…however, your descriptions of it… Read more »


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