Talk Till Dawn – 15

Creative Cain Cabin's Talk Till Dawn Series

I’m excited to share with you a new series I’m starting called, “Talk Till Dawn”, I want this to be about my everyday life, the things I’m reading, eating, my everyday ups and down, along with photos that I’ve taken over the week.

I haven’t decided yet how often this will be, right now I’m just going to get it going and see what comes of it. I encourage you to share with me similar situations and we can all support one another.

My life and home is far from perfect even though I always share with you pretty home decor picture. Now from time to time I’ll give you a look at how things can get out of control like everyone else’s life.


Easy Fall Porch Decor Using Natural Elements

It’s time for another episode of “Talk Till Dawn”. Let me see it seems like it hasn’t been a very interesting month but I did stay busy. I moved the guest room around, I like the bed placed like a day bed against the wall it gives me more room for my office and right after I did it I got a call from my Step Dad asking if he could come and stay. I had to laugh, I told him certainly he could come and stay; it looks like the room will need to be moved around again. Oh well it’s always a good excuse to give it a thorough cleaning. He’s driving by himself all the way from Florida to Michigan and it makes me nervous. This will be the first time he’s made the trip without my Mom to do half the driving and read the map. I noticed when I was in Florida in October his GPS isn’t always accurate so they would use a map to verify. I think it’s going to be a hard trip for him and it will be the first year my Mom won’t be coming along with him to stay at the cabin for the summer.

Orb Filled With Field Stone Surrounded With Summer Annuals In A Whiskey Barrel

On a brighter note the weather’s been a little warmer and we’ve been able to work on my oldest sons house a little more. For those of you who don’t remember he and his fiancé purchased a barn on 10 acres and they’ve been doing a barn to home conversion. It was started last fall and he got as far as new siding, framing, windows, doors, electrical, plumbing, tub and toilet install. Next will be a new roof and drywall then the Amish can measure for the custom kitchen. I’ve take photos along the way and I’ll share them here once the process is more complete. They hope to move in at the end of summer and are planning a wedding on their property.

Garden Shed Exterior Decor and Landscaping

Remember I told you last month about all the roof damage we had due to high winds? Well our roof man will be home from Florida this week and come over to give us an estimate, and start work as soon as he sees fit. I also have the exterminator lined up for next week (it’s a must when you live in a log home), and the window washer for the week after that. Ya know what all this means? It’s looking like spring in my neck of the woods. The grass is just starting to green up and I’m seeing a few small buds on some of the flowering trees. Soon I’ll be making a trip to the nursery to get a few large bags of compost for my garden. I planted yellow peonies last year at the end of the season and I’m anxious to see if they’ll flower this year.

Raised Garden Bed

Every other year I have to purchase new cushions for our outdoor furniture and this was the year. I went with gray this time, and once I get the porch decorated I’ll share a few pics with you. Every time I make the purchase I think to myself it’s almost as cheap to buy new furniture as a well. The new cushions were $240 and I think I only paid $250 for the furniture with cushions. Seems crazy to keep buying new, but I still like the furniture I just don’t like needing new cushions every other year. They still look like new but I spend a lot of time outside sitting on them during the summer months and they get broke down over time.

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Do you remember last month me saying our electric bill would be through the roof because of our furnace going down? Well my cost prediction was right; the bill was $680, I about choked. Our furnace is a GEO Thermal unit and it runs off our pond but with the part off we had to use the backup furnace, which is electric. I’m glad we have a backup but there’s no way we could use this on a regular basis with the cost.

Spring Flowers

I’ve been toying with the idea of selling both our homes and moving. Slowly I’ve been talking about it and easing hubby into the idea. I love where we live, I love the view, I love that we built it with our own hands, and I love we were able to see our dream come true but I feel it’s time to move on. I think we need less to maintain as we get older and I’d like hubby to retire soon. With selling both home sand downsizing we’d be able to add more money to our retirement fund and he could hand the business over to our oldest son.

Spring Viola

I check Zillow almost every day and in my heart I know something will become available when the time is right. I learned long ago not to force it, when it’s meant to be it will all fall into place. Until next time take care and thank you for spending the time talking till dawn with me today!




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  1. Gosh Dawn! I can’t imagine you without the cabin! We had thoughts of selling our place because of the constant upkeep but we decided to do a little remodeling instead. Hope your step-dad arrives safely!

    1. Jane I’m ready to have something smaller and not have to maintain 2 homes. I want it to be easy to clean and not a lot of room to keep unwanted stuff. Hubby will need a huge barn so a big barn and small house is what we’re looking for.

  2. Cheryl Major says:

    Dawn, I so envy you with spring arriving. I am still waiting for the snow to go but by May it should be gone. I hope your stepdad arrives safe and sound. We two also ponder on the idea of downsizing. We love where we live but the house is large and in 3 years we will most likely be empty nesters. We have 5 kids and 7 grandkids at the moment so I can not see anything too small and yet it is a lot of work to keep up a large log home. Your son’s new barn home sounds awesome. I always admired them, I can’t wait to see pictures.

    1. Cheryl, we too will be empty nesters this summer and I’m just not wanting the upkeep of a large home. Ours needs to be chinked and restained this year and I’m dreading that.

  3. Thanks for writing – I always enjoy your blog. Jane Windham’s too.

  4. I can’t imagine you leaving your log cabin, but things change. I hope the right thing comes along.

    We downsized when we were in our late 40’s- less space to care for, less room for “stuff” and to a place we wanted to spend our retirement years. I’m so glad we did it then because I couldn’t imagine doing all the moving now that we are 70.

    1. Carol, yes we are 50 and ready to make life simpler. I’m looking forward to something smaller but right now the market is hot around us and things are snatched up immediately once they hit the market. I will keep watching and when it’s meant to be it will all fall into place.

  5. Barbara Livdahl says:

    Oh Dawn, we are considering a move, too. We’ve been in our home over 30 years but we are not mortgage free. Five buildings and 1 1/2 acres of land is a lot to care for. Hubby retires in 3 years. I have my eye on smaller properties within walking distance to Historic Downtown Poulsbo. Best wishes as you discover your next steps!

    1. Barb you sound like us. We have 2 homes 10 acres but are luck to be mortgage free. My ideal place will be a small home with a big barn for hubby. I want something that’s easy to clean and maintain.

  6. Someone is putting garbage on your comments section. Please check it out. I’ve never seen this happen on a blog of this type.

    1. Thanks Pat, My server went down for four days and when it came back up I’m getting all the spam comments I’m still trying to figure out how to fix it 😕

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