Farm Life


Our property

I’ve just returned from Las Vegas after a 2 week install and am so relieved to be back in Wisconsin.  On my first day home I walked all over the property with Gigi and just took in long, deep breaths of fresh air.  It smells so good here.  It feels so good, and I am again so happy that we live here and can’t believe that this is OUR place!

As soon as I got settled in, we set to work on finally cleaning out the basement.  We have been putting this off since December and until we get started on remodeling the outbuildings, this is probably the grossest job we will have to do for a while – thus explaining the procrastination.

Here’s a little tour of the basement.  It’s not sexy, but it’s all part of the package.  I have to admit I was extremely uncomfortable coming down here when we first moved in.  I’ve gotten used to it and now that we are cleaning and painting everything I think it will be easier to visit.  Maybe.


These are the stairs that go from the kitchen down to the basement, also known as the stairs where I will fall to my death.  This is one of the reasons why we are moving our laundry room from the basement up to the pantry off of the kitchen.  Then my clumsy self can rest a little bit easier.


The rock walls are so cool, it’s my favorite part of the basement.  Some of them are painted, some were left natural.  We are just leaving them alone, aside from wiping and vacuuming them.




basement water tank

A view of the stairs from down below.

basement bathroomThis is a small toilet room at the base of the stairs.  This was what the farmer used when he didn’t want to go (or wasn’t allowed) to the restroom in the main house.



This is the overview of the whole space.  Below is the door that leads to a cellar door and exterior entrance.



These doors lead to two small rooms, one of which we are thinking of making into a wine cellar.  The wash tub is what the current washer drains into.  I’ve never seen anything like it.


IMG_5401The cellar door


This is our (hopefully) future wine cellar.  We will just need to cover up the window.  It’s perfect, right?

basement wine cellarThere’s a great window that lets in a ton of light.  And it’s also full of a million ladybug carcasses.

basement windowOn the other side of this wall is a storage area that we were thinking of using for canning storage.  Then we caught about 7 mice in traps there and are now rethinking what we are going to store there.  It most certainly won’t be food.

IMG_5361The inside

IMG_5367We are about 75% done with this project.  Just have to finish up with the painting and a little more vacuuming and voila, one more project crossed off the list!


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  • Reply Laura 2015-03-25 at 6:20 pm

    What an awesome experience! Still so envious of all your projects and your new life away from the city. So happy for you guys!

    • Reply Michelle 2015-03-26 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks so much, so sweet of you Laura!

  • Reply colleen 2015-03-25 at 3:43 pm

    Looking good, when you no longer need your wash tub, let me help you turn it into a beautiful planter.:( Hope today wasn’t a complete waste of time . I got in and out pretty quickly very small show, found some good deals. I’m going to nail Bob down for sushi or any other great place we could go to for a nice evening out together.

    • Reply Michelle 2015-03-26 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Colleen, we would love that! We had a great time yesterday and it totally was NOT a waste of time. Glad you got some good deals. Can’t wait for dinner!

  • Reply Momma 2015-03-25 at 2:42 pm

    Looking good you farmers!! Now get to painting!!

  • Reply Cindy Loomer 2015-03-25 at 11:44 am

    I spent many of times in the basements that Dan’s mom and dad had in WI; helping with the laundry and put-zing around with Dad and his minor projects. Each one was different but had that musty smell and usually very cold unless it was middle of summer then the coolness felt good. Laughing, I use to think about ghosts and would almost talk to them if I could. Your basement looks awesome – so big. Enjoy Michelle and Anthony!!!! Love you guys

    • Reply Michelle 2015-03-25 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks Cindy! When we first started looking at farmhouses, that smell really grossed me out. Ours is pretty mild and I think you get used to it after a while. I haven’t noticed it for weeks, but as soon as I came back home I could definitely smell it.

  • Reply Veronica Marquez 2015-03-25 at 10:15 am

    This is freaking FABULOUS sister sledge! Love it 100x

    • Reply Michelle 2015-03-25 at 3:37 pm

      Love you sister sledge, and thanks so much!

  • Reply Cindy Koch 2015-03-25 at 10:09 am

    It would make a perfect place to store the things you can!!! And store your potatoes…..nice! And welcome home!!

    • Reply Michelle 2015-03-25 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks Cindy!

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