Background Check

Welcome to my blog! My name is Amy and I’m so glad you’ve stopped by to share in my DIY adventures. This blog started as a way to take my friends and family along on our journey of renovating my 1910 folk Victorian house.

I get to share this house with my four “children”. Perhaps I should say that they let me live in the house with them. Bella came to live with me in August 2007 when she was just 9 weeks old. She is definitely my little princess. Bristol is my baby who I adopted from a local shelter in August 2011. He’s fit perfectly into my family and provides me with so much entertainment. Occasionally you’ll read about Beau and Brady. A year after I adopted Bella,  we rescued Beau. He was farm cat with a nemesis that one night just had to have a new home. In August 2010 Brady got stuck in the garage for a few days and it was decided to nurse him back to health and he just stayed. In May 2011 it was discovered that Brady had feline leukemia. Eight days later I had to say goodbye to Brady. Brady enriched my life more than I ever thought a kitty could so I’ve taken on the mission of telling everyone this message: please, please, please have your cats tested for feline leukemia and get vaccinated. In September 2011 I started noticed that Beau stopped eating and Beau always ate. I took him to the doctor who immediately sent us to the emergency hospital. Beau was in kidney failure. He spent four days in the hospital and brought him home for a night and then had to say goodbye to him as well. I’m so grateful for the time that we had to live with both of them and wouldn’t trade it for anything. Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

You’ll also read about Michael on this blog. Michael and I separated in January 2015 and I’m happily continuing this DIY adventure on my own.

In December 2009 Michael and I bought our dream house…maybe it was just my dream house. When we walked in for the first time, I saw the woodwork and fell in love. I said “I want this house!” Michael said “Are we in the same house?”

This poor neglected foreclosed house that had sat empty for over four years needed some work and I am determined to  DIY (Do It Yourself) the whole thing…okay most of it anyway. We worked on the house for two months before we moved in. Painting, tearing up carpets, replacing a ceiling, having half the plumbing replaced, you know the basics. In my small Iowa town when people ask where you live, it’s always associated with who lived there the longest. My house is Andy’s house. I’ve talked to quite a few people who say “That was so beautiful when Andy had it.” As I pursue my DIY dream, I know that once again it will be beautiful like when it was Andy’s house.

So that’s my story. With the help and knowledge of family and friends I’m DIYing my dream house and doing it on a budget. I’m truly humbled that you’ve decided to spend time reading my thoughts, but I sure do hope that you’ll stick around and share your thoughts with me either here or on my facebook page. You can also find me on Pinterest to maybe get a sneak peek at things you might see making appearances in our house.

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