Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Hurricane Matthew and a Free Gift!

We received a phone call today asking our help with some further Hurricane Matthew clean-up.  (We still have roads closed, trees down and many people whose home are not safe to live in.)  This time we've been asked to help prepare meals for the volunteer workers who have and are coming in from other states to help gut houses and do the hard work of cleaning up from the flood waters.

We'll be preparing for about 20 workers for each meal ... what a blessing our well-stocked pantry is in a situation like this!

At any rate, I'll be occupied with this for the next several days and won't have a lot of time for being online ... thank you in advance for understanding.

I do have a freebie for you though that I hope will be useful.  I first saw one of these at a little non-electric Mennonite store back in the summer.  I loved it and thought how useful it would be so instead of paying $18 for theirs, I came home and started putting ideas together for one of my own.

Now, I want to make it available to you ...  Food Preservation Log ... 18 pages  (click on the link to get your free copy.)

I would love to know what you think.  If this is something you find beneficial would you consider making a donation of any size?  Any and all size donations are appreciated.  If you are unable, it's okay, you can still download the Food Preservation Log at no cost.


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Thanks!
patsi




Our Journey to a Mortgage Free Home ... #11

(You can read previous entries in this series HERE.)

STOP ... HIT THE BREAKS!!!!

It's time for an insert ... the kind where you realized you omitted something very important and you have to go back and insert it ...

that's what we're doing in this post ...

inserting something that I should have included before now ...

Remember what the outside looked like from the beginning?


As you can see the outside needed some help.  It was most definitely not 'weatherized' and as you can see had holes in various places. We knew that eventually one day we wanted to put some nice siding or maybe even brick the outside but that was way down on the priority list and in the distant future. But, we did need to put something on the outside for cosmetic reasons and to protect all the work that was going on inside.  So, we opted for this siding ... It's supposed to last for 20 years ... that should give us enough time to be able to put what we really want on it!



The first layer was tar paper and then the siding was put up ... boy oh boy, did we ever work hard on this part ...  (We are so thankful to the friends and neighbors who came and helped!)

Don't you just love our temporary steps!!!  They were unsafe and we took extra precautions when on them ... but it was the only way we could get up into the house unless you used a ladder and we'll just say that I'm not into ladders and leave it at that!  We purposefully built the foundation so that the house would sit up high off the ground to make things like plumbing and any future work or repairs that needed doing under the house easier.


the back of the house ....

The roof looks really bad doesn't it?  But it would have to wait ... we had repaired the hole in it and patched it up so that it was not leaking ... a new roof would have to wait a little longer!  Remember, we were (and are) paying as we go and that meant we had to wait on a new roof!


painting the siding came next ...


... painting all done ... the whole house!

See, this was an important part of the journey that I left out!

In our  next entry we'll go back inside and get to work ... which will be in January after the holidays are over!

Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

My other blog :  She Hath Done What She Could

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