Cottage: Kickoff

Last week we traded in sunglasses for safety glasses for our vacation in Michigan as we officially kicked off work on the cottage! Waiting since March to get started was definitely a practice in patience for me, as someone who is not naturally patient (you can even ask my Mom or Mark on that).   As with any good project, there were a few minor snags , but we managed to make great progress in a short amount of time:

  • Interior & exterior demo
  • New OSB on exterior
  • Framed & installed new windows & doors
  • House wrap
  • Siding (almost done)
  • Planned electrical layout

Of course there were the inevitable trips to various home improvement stores, clearing & hauling off debris, and everything in between.


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A few quick special shout-outs:  Dad for working even on Father’s Day, Mom for feeding us all week, and my brother Seth for lending an extra set of hands.  We are grateful.

Seeing the transformation thus far and knowing what is to come is exhilarating. We’ll be heading back to Michigan on the 30th for a long holiday weekend to do more work, planning, etc.  In the meantime Mom & Dad are keeping the ball rolling.







Treasure Hunting


This is a few days late, but Saturday we decided to take a little road trip to Indianapolis to check out the Woodruff Place Flea Market for the first time, and I am so glad that we did!  Here is a little background info from their website…

“Every year, during the first weekend of June, the Woodruff Place Flea Market promises two days of treasure-hunting and treasure-finding, combined with food, fun, and terrific people-watching!  The Flea Market began as a neighborhood fundraiser in 1977, and has grown from neighbors selling stuff in their yards to 80 acres and over 200 yards filled with stuff for sale.”

“Even if you don’t buy a thing, you will enjoy the Woodruff Place Flea Market.  Woodruff Place is one of the city’s oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods.  Early June is a perfect time to walk along the sidewalks, sit on front porches, and enjoy the grassy esplanades, tall shade trees and sparkling fountains.  Whether you’ve lived in the neighborhood for decades or months, and whether you are a veteran flea market treasure-finder or a first time visitor, you will love it.”

It truly was a one of a kind experience.  Seeing the neighborhood and houses was worth the trip.  Each house was unique, some were modernized while others remained classically Victorian.  Lush landscaping decorated each yard and common space, there were fountains and statues in the medians.  It was hard to believe that we were so close to downtown Indianapolis and felt a world away!   We were even able to tour one house that was midway through extensive renovation.  Custom shaped windows, stained glass, hex tile, stunning woodwork throughout…I think I was drooling.

We spent hours walking up and down each block and checking everything out.  There was such a friendly vibe throughout the neighborhood, it was very apparent these people love being a part of this community.  Some houses had your typical yard sale stuff like baby clothes & toys, while others had antiques and handmade items.  An added bonus was the entire  block of food trucks in the middle of the neighborhood.  There were trucks for just about everything…beer, pizza, hot dogs, vegan, wine, donuts & more.

The only downside was that the weather was not exactly ideal (that is what I am blaming the poor photo quality on).  Most of the day was gray & rainy, but luckily it wasn’t cold and the thick trees helped block the rain. img_7132

Oddly enough our only purchase (other than food) was this little blue lantern…it is in need of a little TLC but I think I’ll find the perfect spot for it at the cottage.

If you are ever interested in finding out more about Woodruff Place you can check out their website here:  Woodruff Place