I'm Tonia and this is my family. There's Hubs, my wonderful partner; Bug, my darling daughter; and Boo, my charming son. We are the Collins clan. We are a homeschooling family who try our best to live out God's will for our lives every day. There are lots of stumbles along the way, but we love each other and this little life we're carving out for ourselves. Recently we found ourselves called to make some big changes in our lives so we're packing up the McMansion and moving out to a little farm in need of a lot of TLC. We have tons to learn and tons to do and we invite you to share the journey as we turn our not-so-new heap into a home.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

New Revelations

I suppose the first rule of this whole process has to be: Expect Anything. There are just so many things that can go wrong and so many unknown variables there is just no way for us to anticipate everything.

We went out to the Heap tonight with the plan of measuring a few things and then tearing out the stinky, gross carpet. We only got one of those things done. Along the way we discovered some pretty cool things, some just plain weird things, and one whopping bummer.


We were pretty excited to find that we have both walnut trees and apple trees on the property. I have no idea how to care for either of these things, but that's what Google is for, right?

While the Hubs was measuring things I was just wandering around aimlessly....er, I mean staying helpfully out of the way....when I saw this guy for the first time. Yes, that would be a lovely little plaque of a child peeing. Nice, right? It is on the door frame of the bathroom door and I have NO idea how I missed it up until this point. Apparently, it is there to assist in locating the one and only bathroom in the place. Just in case you couldn't find it otherwise.


It is a sure bet that when the Hubs yells, "Hey baby, come check this out!" that I should be very worried. Tonight was no exception. While he was checking out things in the basement/cellar he came across a snake skin hanging from the wall. I have no idea how it came to be there and I'm pretty sure I don't want to know. The kids booked it out of that basement in 2 seconds flat after he showed them this- some parts of country life might be a bit harder for us to embrace.

While the Hubs was measuring and inspecting he decided to turn on the water. We quickly discovered that there are significant plumbing problems that will have to be dealt with immediately. For one thing, the original metal plumbing is still there and it's hard to tell which parts are still working and what is not. The biggest problem, though, is the area by the hot water tank. There are numerous pipes here and a really weird set up that allows you to divert the running water from one pipe to another, but does not allow you to turn it off. So, if the water is turned on to the house the water here is pouring out- which it did for several minutes while we tried to figure out what to do. Not good. Not good at all. So, the water is off while we wait for a plumber to come check out the septic tank and the incredible mess that is our home plumbing.

So, armed with Rule number one we march bravely forward.... well, unless there is a snake skin in our way, then we just run in whichever direction is fastest.



  1. Apple trees and snakes... Sweeeeeeet.

    1. Lol! Exactly....we just knew we were buying paradise!