When I moved in this house over 15 years ago there was an old furnace in it that wasn’t safe to use. So my husband took it out. And we used gas wall heaters that were already there. One in the kitchen and one in the living room. That was it. And there was absolutely NO insulation in any of the walls. (Are you starting to understand my aversion to cold?)
I used an electric heater quite frequently most winters, in my girls bedroom when they were little. And in my bedroom when the babies were still sleeping in our room. And sometimes just because I was cold. I used to call Travis during the day to ‘remind’ him how cold it was in here. And that I had babies and I was worried about them getting too cold. Sometimes I wonder how he put up with me.
In 2005, eight years after moving in, we installed a corn burner.
Old photo totally unedited. See the old carpet, old woodwork, old blind, old furniture… oh wait that was my new furniture. And the doll tucked in with my decor there to the right.
We were so excited and thankful for that corn burning stove. This was our Christmas picture that year. Becca was born in November, and was only a few weeks old in this photo. I did crop it for the ones I put in our Christmas cards but I was too lazy tonight to crop it. So you get to see all the extra stuff around what I was taking the picture of
I just realized that in this photo all 3 of my girls are younger than my baby is now. Sniff. How time does fly.
This is Middle Sister (Larke) playing in front of the corn stove. She was two. Such a cutie!
Soon after the corn burner went in we also started to slowly get the house insulated. Today everything is insulated except the slanted walls and ceiling in the master bedroom. Insulation makes a huge difference. I highly recommend it.
This fall Travis cleared out the basement (which consists of one small room), did some repair work to the walls, and tore out the crumbling concrete floor.
All the dirt and concrete in the trailer had to come up those steps in buckets. And this wasn’t the first load, some of it had been done earlier. Hubby worked hard. He is AWESOME.
The basement floor was prepped and leveled.
And the concrete arrived! I talked about this a little here.
Two little girls watched from the inside entrance to the basement.
Some really great friends, and my Dad showed up to help out. And brought tools. We are so blessed.
All that extra concrete that gets dumped out in a pile before the concrete guy leaves? Know what it’s for? It’s for the kids to play in and to begin learning how to spread and smooth concrete.
And to practice their art skills in. When dealing with kids with artistic talent you should give them all kinds of different mediums to try.
The day this truck rolled in I was as excited as a kid on Christmas morning.
When they cut some new holes in my floor I felt like jumping up and down with glee.
The first day they worked on running ductwork to my kitchen and den. The second day they carried this into my basement! And they even put up with the crazy blogger lady who traipsed down the stairs behind them to take pictures!
Day 3 – they fired this bad boy up and I have been smiling ever since. I am amazed at how quickly I can be warm just by touching a button. Every room in my house gets heat to it quickly! (except the master bedroom – there was no way to get a duct into it) I am so thankful and happy!
And this. THIS is a thermostat. It’s a cool little thing that controls how warm or cool my house is. Getting chilly? Push the little up arrow and the furnace kicks on and warms you up. Yes, the photo was taken before the furnace was actually on – I was too impatient to wait and now I’m too lazy to take another pic.
You may think I’m silly for being so excited about a furnace and a little thing like a thermostat. And for writing a really long blog post about it! But try living 15+ years without one in a nation where they are readily available and most people have one and you will understand! Thank you Jesus, for friends who helped, for a bank to finance, and a company to hire. Thank you, thank you for the warm air pouring into my house these cold days! We are truly blessed.