Happy Friday 7/20/18

Happy Friday! Goodness, it’s been a hot week here in Washington, and I love it so. We’ve been picking cherries by the bag full (I think we’ve finally made a dent in our cherry supply), eating raspberries warm from the vine, and playing in the kiddie pool every chance we get. This photo pretty much sums up summer at the Farmhouse for me.

Our Farmhouse // Farmhouse Pottery berry bowl and crock

This week Garrett and I got to tour an old building in our small town. The two-story structure was originally built in the 1890’s as a mercantile with a boarding house upstairs. Over the years, the main floor has been re-imagined, but the upstairs is where the old-building gold is. The original boarding house is still there, mostly untouched, with a century of dust and lots of peeling wallpaper. Apparently the stairs to the boarding house were removed in 1905 to make way for a theater downstairs (we actually accessed the top floor via ladder), which means very few people have been up there. And it was amazing. Many of the original doors and millwork are still there along with a massive skylight that runs the length of the building. The ceilings are a good 12′ and every door had a transom over top of it. The space is very rough after a century of neglect, but the whole experience – seeing this lost world and imagining it alive with people 120 years ago – was one of the coolest things I’ve done in a long time. I saved a few videos of our tour here if you’re interested.

Well it’s Friday again, and I’ve scoured the internet for lots of great links. Grab a cup of coffee and dig in.

The prettiest town in every state.

Success isn’t about money, it’s about peace. An interesting read on financial independence and what you really search for when you’re in control of all of your time.

A beautiful, vintage apartment decorated by an architectural student. Swoon!

The cutest nursery (and oh my, those cute legs!).

Garrett and I have been considering going solar at the Farmhouse because we use a lot of electricity here. I just stumbled upon this article from Mr. Money Mustache about his DIY solar installation and it has my wheels spinning so I thought I’d pass it along in case anyone else is curious about where to start.

Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is on and so many of Dash and Albert’s rugs are on sale! Also, my sister picked up this rain coat and it’s SO cute!

Have a great weekend!



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  1. Ohhh that DIY solar is sure tempting! I want solar so badly, simply as a fan of renewable energy, but it doesn’t make financial sense for us. People have come to our house to sell us solar and when I tell them how little we spend on electricity, they aren’t even interested in our business anymore. Maybe if we get an electric car one day, solar will make financial sense. *fingers crossed!

    • Yeah I read through the comments on that article and one family powered their two electric cars plus the house on solar. How cool would that be?!?!

  2. I’ve looked into adding solar for some small things like adding electricity back to the detached garage without digging to run new wires. Like Ashley, we don’t use that much electricity and in EWA it’s pretty cheap still so it’s hard to justify spending on all solar but I do believe it is going to be more and more important in the future. A few years ago I bought shares in the community solar project here and it’s paid good dividends so it’s obviously economically viable.

    I’ve also been doing more thinking and reading about FIRE and I’m sure reading your family’s experience was part of the influence that got me started thinking about it. I’d never considered the possibility and just followed my parents example to be fiscally responsible and save lots for retirement to be accessed when I am 65. But recently we’ve been planning to build a new garage with a detached ADU, and I started thinking “so much money! why are we building this?” I already know we don’t need more space for things, I wish we had less (space and things) but like so many people I struggle with making that happen. It isn’t that I don’t want to work, but I want the freedom to decide what that looks like and where/when I do it. We’re already in a good place thanks to my lifelong frugality and recent savings plan for said garage. I checked a report and realized that not including money going into retirement accounts we’re saving 35% of our income in the last year and I feel like we’ve spent lavishly this entire time.

    • I think solar is really a cost analysis to see if the panels are justified. Our home uses a lot of electricity, especially in the winter for heating, so might make more sense. Loved hearing your turn towards FIRE and great savings rate! It sure is a different path, and one that you rarely see, but I love the flexibility and freedom to work on what we want.

  3. We’re in Ontario, so I’m sure our situation is very different from yours, but we went solar four years ago and love it. The province had a system where they buy all of the power we produce. So we actually don’t use any of our own power. But the kw cost that they pay is much higher than the kw cost that we pay. So every year we come out ahead. We have a 20 year contract, so it seems like a good deal for us. We also did not DIY the install. It was an expensive up front investment, but with the rate the province is willing to pay and the length of the contract–and knowing we’re at our forever house–the investment was worth it for us. If you’re interested, here are all of the details about our system: https://homeon129acres.com/tag/solar-panels/.

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