Ain’t No Sunshine

Pause for a little serenade from Bill Withers…

Just as the song says, there ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone. “She” in this situation would be my aunt because she is the one responsible for the very large, very literal sunshine painted on her old bedroom wall.

Auntie has gone to stay, and now, so has the sunshine.


Along with the ginormous sunshine, there’s was teeny-weeny horse – see him? My Aunt is quite the artist.


I found this paint color in our basement when I was poking around the other day. It was a color my dad had acquired from one of the many blue light special deals he finds. It’s BM’s Cedar Key. It’s a soft tan/gray… and I’m in love with it.
I’m trying not to paint every room in our house straight up gray and I wanted this room to be a little softer/cozier but still go with the rest of the house. (It looks more gray in the picture than it does in real life.)
So, it was pretty much the color I had picked out for this room in my head. What an awesome coincidence to find it in my basement from forever ago…? Once again, thanks dad. You’re the best.


I’m completely getting ahead of myself with this post btw… the stain isn’t even dry yet. We still need to do touch ups and poly it but I couldn’t wait to slap some pictures up here.




The Smokeless Monster

In August of 2012, we installed our brand-spankin-new gasification wood boiler. These were exciting times for us because we had finally escaped the evil grip of #2.

This is what our basement looked like when we were slaves to the oil company:

In November of 2011 – our furnace AND our oil tank both failed inspection and needed to be replaced. The nicest thing they could have done was to die at the same time, and so they did. We all knew it was time for them to go. So, we borrowed an old furnace from camp to help us limp through that winter and in March of 2012, we made the long haul to Lebanon, PA and brought home our little humungo bundle of joy.

Meet The Smokeless Monster:

She looks a lot better in the basement than she did in the garage.



Among our failed heating system, I forgot to mention our failed chimney. It was essential that we build a new chimney before we used our boiler. So, with a HUGE amount of help from Clint, Adam, and Wes – our old chimney was torn down and the new one was installed in one weekend.





This was the same weekend that JC’s sisters were visiting. So, While the boys put up the chimney, I got some quality time with our niece and nephew and my favorite sis-in-laws. Which basically consisted of lounging around on the grass and chasing the ducks & chickens 🙂






And we lived warmly ever after…