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Snowstorm Ion

How did you fair in the Winter Storm / Snowstorm Ion?  I thought I’d show you some pictures of our interesting weekend.  This is the most snow we have had in 35 years in central Illinois, and record breaking cold temperatures.

The snow started on Sunday.  Around 8:30 when I got up to let the dogs out there was a good 6 inches on our front deck.  But at this point the temperature was still pretty good and the dogs were able to play and have a good time in the fresh snow.


About 2 hours later I could hardly stand to be outside taking pictures.  The world looked like this.


Monday morning found us snowed in and most of the roads closed.  It was so bad Sunday night that they stopped the snow plows and pulled them off the roads from dusk until dawn. The wind chill was a -35 and the wind was blowing hard.  I was able to go out and get some more photos, but by the end of the day the landscape looked different do to more drifting.

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My faith in humanity was restored during this snowstorm.  I saw lots of people out helping their neighbors.  It seemed like the good deeds were being passed around.  I have to say a big shout out to our neighbor when saw us struggling with digging our car out came over while we were taking a warming break inside and used his snow blower to remove the snow from our drive way.  Thank you Sir!

It was really nice to see our community banding together to help each other out.

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I hope everyone is safe and warm by now, I really hope you stayed safe and warm during the weather.  I’m not sure where you are, but for us the Weather Channel says it is going to start snowing again this afternoon and some ice later in the week.  With our main roads and highways still solid ice, not the news I wanted.

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Stay safe, stay warm!



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Built Ins for Storage Next to the TV

We love to watch TV together.  When we laid out our living room we centered the TV on a large wall and spent a lot of time looking at.  Getting tired of the extra unusable space next to the TV we decided on building in some shelves.  A simple shelf project lead into creating a shelving unit with the appearance of built ins.  Over all it was a pretty simple project.  The hardest part was finding boards that were straight.

The storage was designed for DVDs.  We lucked out – see the bump out in the wall?  That is the perfect depth for a DVD.  1X6 boards also worked perfectly.  We kept things really simple.  1X6s cut just over 4 feet with L brackets holding it up.  We used a DVD case to determine the height between the shelves.  I held the board level, Wolfy marked the holes, predrilled, and then we were able to screw the shelf to the wall using 3 inch construction screws.



With all the supporting in the back of board we decided to use our Kreg Jig to drill support holes in the ends of the boards.  One side ends up getting screwed into the wall the other side will get screwed to another board.


Once all the boards were installed ( and a long debate) we painted the unit (and the wall behind it) white, added crown molding to finish it off, and caulked it.


I pretty happy with the way it turned out.  Once we loaded it up with DVDs and knickknacks it started to look like us.  We left enough room next to it to fit out 70” TV which was our Christmas present to each other.


So what do you think?  Do you have something similar in your home?  Would you want something similar in your home?  Or did you have it and demo it?

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New Year, New Plan

Happy new year everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and/or Holiday Season!


Life has been hectic at the Wolf Den the past two months.  October starts a time that is both hectic in our home life and our professional one.  But you should be seeing more of us now.


I did some soul searching over this holiday season and decided that we need to change our plan about the current den.  Neither one of us are completely happy living in town and have been keeping an eye out for anything that looks interesting.  No more!  We are moving forward.


The plan is to finish a few things on the house and list it.  Not everything will be done, but the things that need to will be.  If the house sells, great!  If not, we still have some time to finish everything.  Hopefully we will walk away with enough money for a sizable down payment for a house and workshop in the country.


Here is the To Do List:


  • Front Room
    • Caulk wainscoting
    • Wallpaper ceiling
    • Caulk crown molding
    • Paint wainscoting and crown molding
    • Fix mantel
    • Retile in front of fireplace?
  • Dining Room
    • Caulk wainscoting
    • Paint wainscoting
    • Paint ceiling
  • Kitchen
    • New countertops
    • New sink
    • Touch up paint
    • Paint ceiling
  • Hallway
    • Repaint
    • Caulk wainscoting
    • Paint wainscoting
    • Paint ceiling
    • Patch hole for door bell
  • Bathroom
    • Add crown molding
    • Caulk all seams
    • Paint everything
    • Paint bathroom door
  • Laundry Room
    • Add shelves in closet
    • Remove wallpaper boarder
    • Add baseboard
    • Paint room
    • Paint door
  • Bedroom
    • Install door wall
    • Add baseboard
    • Spackle
    • Paint door



  • Stairway
    • Touch up all paint
    • Caulk seams
    • Repaint stairs
  • Bedroom
    • Frame in window
    • Paint light purple walls a neutral color
    • Paint ceiling
    • Address the floor
    • Caulk seams
    • Build headboard?
    • Install shoe cabinet?
  • Storage Closet
    • Hang door
    • Paint door
    • Hang light
  • Walk in Closet
    • Paint walls
    • Spray hardware
    • Paint pattern or install carpet tiles on floor
  • Bathroom
    • Address transition from bedroom to bathroom
    • Install quarter round
    • Caulk all seams
    • Repaint room



  • Remove boarder in hallway
  • Address the cracks in the plaster
  • Paint hallway
  • Replace dog chewed treads
  • Paint stairs?
  • Paint floor
  • Paint woodwork white


My goal if everything goes according to plan is to be in our new home with a good sized chunk of land and a fenced in yard so the dogs can bark their heads off this time next year.  Will it happen?  Maybe, maybe not.  Will we get the house in any shape to list in the next 6 months?  I don’t know yet.  But I need a goal to work toward; otherwise nothing will be able to change.


Posts will also be changing.  I will not be posting every day.  I will try to post 2-3 time a week.  I do plan to keep up with Wine Down Wednesday and to still share recipes, crafts, and any traveling.  But most of the posts are going to be about that list and the other assortment of things that come along with finishing a house, getting ready to sell and of course, somehow bringing a home to a corn field.


Join us, won’t you?