What’s Mary been up to?

I love a good project, but recently I’ve had a project forced on me that was a bit overwhelming to say the least.  It’s pretty much been consuming my whole life.  Back at the end of April my father passed away suddenly of pneumonia.  He was only 54.  I’d like to share with you guys what me and my two sisters have been up to since then.

So my dad was single, 54, he didn’t have a lot, but he did leave us his beautiful home. This house has been in our family for 3 generations now, and is conveniently located across the street from my mom’s family homestead.  It’s a beautiful home, with a beautiful location.  It needs a lot of work though, and it was in no state to rent or sell when we got it.

The views from this house are amazing.  Overlooking “The” river..the mighty Mississippi. Hoping to improve them with some tree trimming.

So my father was a “fixer”; I know you all have one of those in your life.  He has bits and pieces of things he’s in the middle of repairing scattered about.  He also had a bad habit of collecting anything he thought was neat, and then there were other items he just collected randomly: computers, eye glasses, lighters etc.  Well when you compile that over the 45+ years that he’s lived in that house…there was quite a bit of stuff.  Pictures really can’t describe. I’m responsible for that amazing clothes pile.  This is the correct way to move things down a spiral staircase.

We hauled many many loads of trash to the dump, as well as 4 loads of scrap metal, and 3 loads of clothes to charity.  We all worked 10+ hour days on our feet until we could no longer walk.  My mom and her husband John were the biggest troopers of them all.  They worked with me, they worked with Julie and Mel, and they worked on the in between weeks while no one was there to help.


PSA: For the sake of your children get rid of your stuff today!  Well after two weeks of work from all three of us we had the house ready for an estate sale. Not pictured: 3 boats, 2 motorcycles, 2 cars 1 truck, whole garage full of stuff.


My dad’s house has two parts: woods and field.  This is what the field part looks like:

The “field” area has rows of grape vines, a large blackberry patch, and several fruit trees.

While we worked I stayed over across the street with my mom and just walked back and forth on that long driveway with my dad’s dog buddy. My mom and John just got done renovating their beautiful farm house, so they were probably looking for more work anyway.

Although this was a really difficult and unexpected task we got it all done!  Even had time for a few side projects:



Well this whole thing is far from over, but I’m really proud of the way my family has come together to make it all happen so far. I’m also really grateful for the time I got to spend at home with my family.

If anyone has any brilliant ideas for how to turn this property into passive income, so we can afford to keep it I’d love to hear!  So far I’ve ruled out: solar farm, wind farm, fish farm, actual farm, tiny house village.

Big thanks to everyone in my hometown who helped!



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