Welcome. You Can Stay in the Guest Room.

May 5, 2015

When we moved into my great grandparents’ house five years ago, I thought it would take us about two years to finish everything, and that we would leave the day it was complete. Again, it’s now been five years. It’s still not finished…and I can’t imagine ever leaving. These things might be related.

But I do feel incredible guilt and failure that it has taken me this long to get this house in order.

Guest Room 2

I see so many people re-doing homes in a single episode. Or in a single Pinterest post. Or a month, or a season, or even a year. They gut out everything and start over and make major changes in a sweep. That is not me. I make changes one small chipped tile at a time. Hell, I could have raised a kindergartener in the time that it has taken me to almost get this house ready for guests. Almost.

Guest Room 3

And yet, it is getting there. Progress is happening.


Music is playing.


I wish I could invite all of you over for a giant dinner party in the back side yard…and there is space. But you’d all have to share one bathroom. Because that is all there is. And it has taken me five years to re-do it.


I do have a lot to share though…about the process of completely redoing an old home in a small town. A home (and town) I never ever thought I would want to live in. A place that has become my favorite place. It’s finally almost sort of ready…and so am I…to invite y’all over to see it all.


Welcome. I’m really so glad you are here.

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  • Reply Laura May 5, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Love the view out the windows to the little red barn! I can relate to your home situation. I was planning to be done with my whole house remodel in time to throw my house a 100 year birthday party in 2018. Three more years sounds like a long time, but based on how little I have gotten done the last 4 (gulp) years I have lived here, I have no chance in hell of being done. But that’s ok. Would love to see pics of the bathroom – starting my remodel in a couple of weeks.

  • Reply LaLa May 5, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I am so glad you posted about relaunching The Queso today, I fell out of the habit of reading blogs but this has reminded me to get reading again.

    This house looks beautiful, a really lovely vibe to it. Can’t wait to come and stay – I’ll bring the wine 😉

  • Reply Liz May 6, 2015 at 5:16 am

    I am really glad to be here too! Though I won’t rest until I’m in that guest room, sleeping off Ken’s margaritas.

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