Before Videos…

Dec 12, 2012 | Uncategorized | 14 comments

We dove into the work so hard core 8 weeks ago that we didn’t get as many
“before” photos as I wanted… But thankfully, my little film maker grabbed the video camera and decided to give a tour.  
It’s so cute so see it from the kid’s point of view… notice the coolest thing to him is the knob on a broken heater.  

I can’t believe this is the same house~

We are narrowing the breathing situation down to the ducts. 
 We just found out the previous owners had a GERMAN SHEPARD – a type of dog I am deathly allergic to!!!  So, the tufts of hair I was sucking out of corners with the shop vac weeks ago were not cat hair balls (which would have been bad enough) but german shepard hair balls – the size of tumbleweeds.  I had tons of windows open so I was just a little itchy back then- nothing horrible.

A couple weeks ago the heat went out and our landlord replaced the furnace with a “mammer jammer”- we think maybe this new furnace is BLASTING this hair and dander into the air.  Joel cleaned the filter after just a week and he said it was the grossest thing he has ever seen.
So – for now we have filtered over all the air vents and we have covered the bedroom vent with plastic and I am sleeping with the window open (I don’t mind the cold air).  We keep the heat very low so it runs as little as possible.  
My voice is still two octaves lower than normal and I still cough but it doesn’t feel like an elephant is sitting on my chest as often.  We have been working with the landlord on this problem (he and Joel went hunting for mold in the attic the other day) – I hope he will spring for getting the ducts cleaned – though I am concerned about them stirring it all up and making it worse and the chemicals involved.

We are so grateful to have been give the information about the German Shepard – that knowledge makes a big difference knowing my allergic history.
God has brought us this far.
  We do not doubt his hand on Half Way Farm and our family.

Obviously – 4 minutes of watching Aidan wield the camera is a bit dull – but it’s that carpet!  I couldn’t resist showing you how ugly that carpet was again!
Update – I wrote most of this late, late last night.  We are now getting the ducts cleaned tomorrow morning first thing.  For now, (I was so uncomfortable this afternoon) we are snuggled in with the heat totally off for the night – sleeping caps -n- all! 
 Can’t wait to see if getting them cleaned works!



  1. Mandy

    oh yay! hopefully that solves it! can’t wait to see more<3

  2. WhiteWhispers2u

    Oh I so hope so! Prayers for you and your family~Kim

  3. BetteJo

    I say give Aidan the camera if you’re busy, I love his point of view – I’m sure he gave us close-ups of things you would never! 🙂

  4. Priscilla

    I sure that does IT!
    I love your little film maker. Great job. Still chuckling.

  5. Carrie

    That was the cutest little video…I love their comments. So funny.. Can’t wait to see your farmhouse decorated. The white living room looks to die for!

  6. Pam

    I’m so glad to hear that you’re narrowing down the issue with your respiratory system. Praying that having the ducts cleaned will take care of it for you. 🙂 This was such a precious video. I love when Amilee says, “Isn’t my light beautiful?” So adorable! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to see what you’ve done with your farm. You knack for making things beautiful is such an inspiration to me!

  7. Cindy Sue

    Hello there! Just found you, do so hope your allergy problem clears soon. Just subscribed to your magazine, waiting anxiously. After reading through your blog and reading about your magazine, I am thinking this is exactly what I have been looking for AND NEEDING! Do you ever get that way? Looking for something, but now sure what, then when you see it, you know. That’s how I felt. Can’t wait to visit more!

    Cindy Sue

  8. Joannah

    I sure hope the duct cleaning does the trick and that you are feeling well again soon!

    Your faithful readers and friends understand, and they will be happy to wait for you to feel better before you post more frequently and get your next issue published.

    Take it easy! 🙂

  9. Sandi~A Cottage Muse

    Hopefully clean ducts will do the trick!!
    LOVED the video and it was wonderful to hear little voices!! I miss that!

  10. shirlgirl

    I recently became acquainted with an author by the name of Ronda Rich. She made me think of you. She has a book called-My life in the pits- a funny but interesting tale of her life and NASCAR. Her pesonality reminds me of yours and she has the gift of telling a story. Don’t know when you would have the time but when you do you might want to give her a read.

  11. Burlap Luxe

    Out of the mouths of babes Amilee says… “Isn’t my light beautiful?”
    Its wonderful that children see the beauty in things we seem to sometimes over look.
    Perhaps you should let her keep her beautiful light awhile longer into the remolding of your beautiful rustic home, making her light the last to go 🙂
    How could you part with her light now after her sweet comment.

    Thank you for sharing your new journey.

    Joyeux Noel

  12. Amy @ Homestead Revival

    So glad you found out the (possible) source of the problem and that hopefully its not mold! This is so timely for me… We’ve had a lot of break ins in our area recently (due to the state of CA releasing low level criminals from prisons due to budget constraints) and we’ve discussed getting a German Shepherd for added protection. Three family members have cat allergies, so I’m wondering if GS dog hair is similar? I’m allergic to a lot of things, so you’ve definitely caused me to rethink this and I’m wondering how I can find out if we’d be allergic. Hope the air duct cleaning does the trick!

  13. amy

    Oh my, that’s awful. I pray that this is resolved quickly.

  14. French Country Gal

    we had to hire someone to come clean our vents, the last owner had dogs too and it was horrendous, the vent cleaner could not believe how disgusting the vents and ducts were, they used a super duper vacuum that hooks up to one vent and it sucks it all, plus there was mold on the heating unit as well, gross, I couldn’t believe how clean they got it, you have to have them professionally cleaned to be able to breathe, we moved in after that was done.


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