Summers Acres

Our 1940 Farmhouse - Upstairs Bedroom Makeover

The upstairs of our 1940's farmhouse has not seen many (if any) updates to it. The upstairs has three small bedrooms. Two bedrooms are rectangular and have closets that are built into the attic space. The third bedroom in the middle has no attic space to utilize for closets and is square. We only have our youngest who is 14 that still lives with us.  We let her choose which bedroom she wanted. Not surprising, she chose one of the rectangular bedrooms that had a closet and had the best window view overlooking one of the hay fields.  The bedrooms are a little small.  Adding to the challenge, she currently has an excessively large bedroom at our current house. To compensate for the space, her bedroom will be the one she chose and the square middle room with no closets will be a game room. Today, we will discuss the updates to the bedroom so that it functions well and suits a 14 year old teenage girl.

1940 Farmhouse Upstairs Bedroom Makeover - Before and After
1940's Farmhouse Upstairs Bedroom Makeover - Before and After

Bourbon Red Turkeys

Saturday, I was at a friends house for Bible study and as we were wrapping up, I saw these two lovely turkeys walking across their backyard. This was actually my first experience being near live turkeys.  Crazy, right?  I began asking her husband about their experience with raising turkeys and this particular breed. He said these two turkeys were Bourbon Reds.  They were named "Thanksgiving" and "Christmas" with the original intent of butchering them for the holidays. However, as they matured, they realized they probably had a tom and hen and thought it better to keep them to try and breed.

Bourbon Red Tom and Hen Turkeys
Bourbon Red Turkeys

DIY: Building a Bigger Better Chicken Run

We are just weeks (maybe a month) away from our move to our "new to us" farmhouse. We have been quite busy and we have failed miserably at keeping the progress updates flowing. We took a week off from work after Christmas with plans to get a lot accomplished at the new house. Although, we did stay very busy, the excessive rain we received delayed much of our moving and work outside. Although it was still wet Friday, it had dried up enough that we Jon was finally able to make some progress on the outside tasks. A big part of our move is of course moving our chickens which requires constructing a new chicken run.

Building the Chicken Run
Beginning Structure of the New Chicken Run

Our 1940 Farmhouse - "Sitting Room" (Office)

Our next big priority was to get the room we planned to use as our office ready.  This room was originally setup like a bedroom when we viewed the house, but it doesn't function well as such and we had other plans. It is somewhat of an irregular trapezoidal shape with three doors to the kitchen, living room, and bathroom.  We believe the original function of the room was more of a parlor or "sitting room" back in the day.

1940 Farmhouse "Sitting Room" Before and After
1940 Farmhouse "Sitting Room" aka Office Before and After