Friday, October 23, 2015

House Fixer Upper



Father 
Husband 
Water Resource Engineer 

Paint scraper 
Lead paint abater 
Shower stall builder 
Wall framer 
Inside painter 
Outside painter 
Siding remover 
Siding painter 
Bathroom floor reinforcer 
Mantle repairer
Molding installer 
Demolition - er 
Window remover 
Window installer 
Trim fixer 
Stray wire investigator 
Insulation installer 
Renovation budgeter 
Communicator to all trades (plumber, electrician, carpenters) 

and...


Trench digger 

This was dug by hand (due to trenching equipment failure) in order for us to switch from overhead to underground power.

49 comments :

  1. ...and just all around amazing person, from the sound of it. :-)

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    1. Indeed he is! Truly the kindest, most honorable person I have ever known.

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    2. Plus, I believe he is from Madison, Wisconsin, my hometown. Go Badgers!

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  2. Whew! All I can say. He's a keeper.

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  3. Yes, I agree, KEEPER should be the first word on that list. And to make things even nicer, he is not bad looking :)

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  4. In inspecting the trench, I see he is a root tree protector... he dug around some of the pine tree roots rather than cut through them... He IS a keeper!

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    1. Yes, I saw that too. He knew that I worried about hurting the trees. He went the extra mile for sure.

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  5. What a workout! I grew up with a Dad who sounds just like the same kind of man-he instilled in me the value of hard work and self-reliance and still does all his own work at the age of 77. Nothing can (or will even attempt) to stop him-even sore muscles!

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  6. Keeper for sure, my 'do it yourself' homebuilder husband is many of those same things ! You are lucky !!

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  7. Mike is amazing! All of his hard work and involvement in all aspects of your restoration make this house more truly your home. I think it touches all of us, your readers.

    Jane

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  8. And the man cooks too! You guys make the cutest couple! linda r (phila burbs)

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  9. You picked a good one! I only wish my hubby was all that too. (In good faith I will say he excels in other arenas.)

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  10. We had our power lines buried too... so nice to not have to look at them, and for storms not to take them down!

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  11. Your guy is amazing!
    KEEPER many times over . . .
    I think you are a great TEAM too!

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  12. What a lovely post! Just love!
    Have a great weekend,
    Titti

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  13. Recipe reader
    Muffin maker
    Soup maker
    Bread maker
    Stand stiller for Wonderful Wife photo taker
    Stair climber tub carrier
    Stroller pusher/watcher for Wonderful Wife antiques barterer
    Real Job time finder [who knows how]
    Finder of last pomegranate

    [See what close readers we are?]

    And probable Christmas Tree setter-upper, taker-downer.

    -Flo
    Amelia Island FL

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    1. That is so great Flo! Yes, all of those things too!

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    2. And changer of shirt when said shirt doesn't provide the beautiful bouquet or fresh picked produce with the perfect white background...

      We are so blessed.

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    3. Yes, he no longer asks me why he can't wear his old college Green Bay sweatshirt when he's in a picture!

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  14. The man needs a nap!

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  15. you have an amazing fella there, but you already knew that.

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  16. Is his name Jack by any chance?

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    1. That's so funny, that was my original title - Jack of all Trades.

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  17. So remember this list when he doesn't put down the toilet seat or leaves his socks on the floor k. LOL Love this pic of Mike. This is a great post Catherine. You are blessed. Love you both.
    Lisa
    xoxo

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  18. ...and Money Saver. All those skills he has and his willingness to work hard save your family a lot of money! I know because my husband's titles are virtually identical to yours! Keepers!

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    1. Yes, and that's an enormous component to all of this. It's very challenging as there's only so much one person can do in a certain amount of time, but he's getting there,

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  19. And cute too, btw.
    You are TRULY blessed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Agreed! And the best part of his cuteness is that he's completely unaware about it.

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  20. I have no idea how he has found time to do all of this. I am exhausted, just reading this list. Thank you for sharing this renovation. It has been fascinating. Can't wait to see you get to move in. What a guy!!!!

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    1. He's exhausted too! We are so looking forward to getting through this phase. It's definitely been hard on him.

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  21. Hunky too! Where did you meet such a fabulous catch?

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  22. Wonderful you appreciate what he does for the family & for you to share it! Love your posts, only wish there were more :)

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  23. What an amazing person - very rare and very special....
    So happy to see how much he is loved and appreciated.....

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  24. Yeh, could you tell him to hurry up? I'm exhausted sitting here watching him work! Love what you guys do.

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  25. WOW! A match made in heaven,wherever it may be.

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  26. and a handsome fella with a right nice smile (self satisfied, perhaps, and with reason?). I'm enjoying following your house story, and somewhat envious, too. Keep those posts coming!

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  27. A wonderful tribute! I'd say you make a great team. Trench digging is brutal. I am sure he was trying to focus on the long term benefits of buried electrical lines. It will be incredible when you get to call it home. Best wishes!

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  28. I am so happy for you both. You have a truly amazing husband, and you know it! Lucky you.
    I love your posts and your story and what you are doing together. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Just curious...did you decide on your own to bury the wires/cables because of the look, or the storms that are always knocking them out? Also, is the city/town helping to pay for any of that?

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    1. Both (although mostly cosmetic) and it was less expensive if we dug the ditch ourselves.

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  30. Someone better be scheduling a massage!

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  31. Loved this post to honor Mike. He is amazing. Not only a wonderful husband, daddy and saver of old homes he is such a kind, interesting and thoughtful man. Dan and I are honored to call him a friend. xxoj.

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  32. Wow! This wins the prize! I have this feeling when this house is "done", he's going to say, we are staying! Husband/Father/Overworked Homeowner Award!

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  33. Husband
    Father
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    Great guy to have around.

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Thank you for leaving your thoughts. Kind regards, Catherine

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