Archive for November, 2017


Getting a light for this bathroom was a challenge. The electrical box going into the wall is not centered over the sink and mirror. So we got creative. We used pipes so that the arms of this fixture can be different lengths to center it.

Landon and Tater made this for a 4-H project so you can follow along on the how to guide if you wish to create one yourself. We had a light bulb hanging out from the wall for several years, so it’s a fun change to actually have a fixture! We have since painted white the wood circle attached to the wall and are enjoying our new light on a dimmer switch!









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Grime, dirt, and scum had built up around our place, and I spent the summer pressure washing it away – until I wore the pressure washer out so much that it broke. That was probably a good thing because I could have probably gone all the way out to the street and started working on that.




Playing around and making art was fun too. 😉




I found a few helpers. I may have offered payment.



It was a very satisfying job as you could see where you had been!


A few random projects:

Adding rock behind the barn to put the trailers on so I would ‘t have to move them in the pasture to mow every week. 🙂


Getting 1,000 gallons of water and adding it to our pool with a firehose is a weekly task for us, but it makes it super fun for the kids!


More and more wood chips being added to level out the ground behind our pasture and to keep the weeds down. Below is the mess of wood chips on the driveway.


Continuing to clear and clean up the ground.


Shortly after the patio had been poured we began having issues with our pool cover again. It wouldn’t open completely and it hadn’t even been a season since we had it fixed last. Come to find out they had put the new pool cover reel into too small of a box, so the pulley would get jammed and pushed back when trying to open. The only real solution was making the box bigger. It was hard to do because we felt like we had spent hours not too long ago making a pool reel box and cover after they had fixed it last time.


Getting serious and ready to tackle the challenge…

Don’t let this pic fool you. Tater did most of it. We are just his support and assisting team.


Cutting the concrete to make it bigger.



Cut nicely and ready to add wood.


LOOK E THERE! Box is done and pulley is AWAY from the cover. Thankfully the pool company covered the cost but the time and effort put into it was a lot. 


Next step was to create another cover to hide the box hole. We had to figure out how to hide it, have it be supportive, and yet still be able to easily access the reel. After coming up with something, we cut, fastened, and painted the new cover.



DONE!! I hope this one holds up!

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Stamped concrete that looks like wood planks – I’ll take it. Getting our patio poured was a great start to our summer, and not having to come out from the pool and hopping over mud to get into the house…  We are loving that!



Here it was ready to be poured.







This is such an amazing group of hard workers. We would highly recommend Schmidgall Construction.


Dry and waiting to be sealed.





We added a little pad out by our hydrant too. Memories Tater had of growing up.


Making memories already.





These last few weeks, we attempted to get our septic lid off. We carefully planned and measured and it paid off.


At first we we weren’t so sure… it took awhile…


Success!! 🙂


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Patio Prep:

Spring 2017 & the beginning of Summer 2017.

This project got pushed back a year when we had pool troubles. So we were anxious to get rid of the mud going into 3 doors of our home. We started out leveling the ground as best as we could.



Finding our 3 septic openings. One was under concrete, and we had to have the concrete cut away.



Found them!


The biggest part of this project was reworking our downspouts. As they were, they were laying on top of the ground. We didn’t want them to be on top of the newly poured concrete patio, so we reworked them to go under and have a drainage system in place.



Continuing to level the ground.


The girls were using it as a pretend horse arena.


Leading up to the pour, Tater took a week off work to prepare. We started the week with a Subway lunch tailgating date.


Another biggie was replacing 2 basement windows. The current ones were sealed completely shut and yet, old and leaking air. We got it ready for the new window well. It was fun to see light. If you can remember, this window was underneath the deck before we removed it.


Taking the window out –

I was the freaked out wife that asked him if he was going to replace it in one day to prevent it from having to keep open throughout the night. 😉


Caulking and cleaning off the frame to be able to give it a fresh coat of paint



Our patio in some areas was going to go onto our siding due to matching it up with our existing pool patio. Tater added a board around the perimeter to get ready for this.



Working on more downspouts and another drain.




It took awhile to make sure the pipes were angled at just the right angle, so the water would drain away from the house properly.


We moved it out away from the house as much as we could as water liked to gather in this area before.



Picture break 😉



We had to dig a tunnel under the sidewalk.



Filling in the trench


Our pea gravel mound made for a fun playground.



Tater got the new windows in!


Family meal break


While we were at it with all our supplies on hand, we got rid of the additional downspouts around the rest of the house and buried them also. This one was in the front of the yard was a complete eyesore.


Getting ready to bring that baby under the ground with nice, new stuff.


Dirt filled in


Ready for patio pouring! We couldn’t wait!





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We knocked out 3 sessions in the same day with our kids. Here is our son’s 12 year old shoot. This place with the drainage tunnel was our old stomping grounds. I had to go back and compare it to his 3 year old shoot with the same kind of look. They are scattered throughout this post so you can see the change. It seems like so long ago but yet went so extremely fast. Embrace each moment!







I feel like he looks so much like Tater here.


















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A little look back to our continued projects this past spring…

I think we were getting signals from Mars with this HUGE satellite. It’s been bothering me since day 1 of moving in. It took 3 1/2 years for us to remove this beast from our property, and I’m so thankful it is gone!





The tricky part was making sure he moved away before the circle piece rolled away from the pole. With his cat-like reflexes, he missed it by a hair. This video cracks me up… Here it is in slow motion, but it went down fast.


Goodbye Galactic Dish from Roots on Vimeo.


Breaking it down into smaller pieces.


Spring was also when we got our dog named Henry. It was a trip up to Chicago. Let’s just say we made memories with him in the van on the way back home.





He feels like a part of the family now.


If you follow our adventures, you know how many trees we have cut down these past few years. That of course left many stumps on our property.



We got serenaded to and had excellent help when removing them!


We bought a light at the Midwest Food Bank Gala and added that to our barn. Here is Tater braiding rope to hide the chain.



A few other random tasks were finding the water back-up in our yard once again. After days of Tater digging his hand in dark, murky, freezing cold water, he finally found and uncovered the drain!


I tried my hand with the tractor. We added wood chips around the trees.


With the warmer weather arriving, we decided to make a bigger garden spot.








It definitely keeps us busy, but man, there is nothing like going out to your yard for fresh fruits and veggies!

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Ok, so you’re wanting to know what Tater’s senior pictures look like since I had mentioned taking WAY TOO MANY on the podcast

Here are a few. 🙂


He definitely had a unique photography session. With this picture he won best senior picture for his high school.  🙂 Too bad I didn’t get my hands on this one back in the day. 😉

Love my farm boy.



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We have some fabulous GLOWING products for you at our Roots Retail Shop!


Wood Block Candle Holders.

Come in Double and Single. Fits standard tea lights.


Flameless Tea Lights even look great!




Next up, our Vintage Cage Pendant Hanging Light.

This is one of our most popular items. Can be hung under bunkbeds or on any rod or bar.

Vintage plug with on/off switch. The one featured below is a silver cage with white cord.





Lastly, we can’t wait to get our glow on with the Concrete Tiki Torches

Come in 3 colors (gray, tan, and dark bronze).





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