Sunday, March 9, 2014

Record Cold Iowa Winter

As we've heard, this has been the coldest winter in northeast Iowa in 35 years. Ah yes, 1979, I remember you well. Anyway, in addition to the cold, we've had some snow. Actually, we've had even more snow since Ron took this photo about a month ago.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The finale: holiday open house

The house renovation is far enough along that we were able to include the Setzepfandt house in the annual Holiday Tour. This event is a benefit for the area Chamber of Commerce, and we were proud to participate. Here are a few photos of how the house looked just before guests arrived. Wish I could say it still looks this good now!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Front porch restoration

We realized that repairing the old front porch piecemeal was not a good approach. Not only were the floor boards rotting, the columns themselves were sagging and the whole thing was a big mess. So Ron and Marty took a week or so jacking up the porch, removing floorboards, discovering & replacing rotted or insufficient support lumber underneath. I helped with staining the replacement boards and placing the lattice. Here's the way it looks now.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Pilgrim's progress

Apparently I only blog on major holidays, based on the fact that my last post was New Years Day. We pilgrims to the Midwest have made great progress, thanks to carpentry help from Marty Jess of Bellevue, and the dogged painting skills of Al Thielen and his crew: JR, Laurie, Mitch, Dustin & others who dropped in to work a few days or even a few hours. We appreciate it immensely. Here are a few scenes from the last several months.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Our second New Year

We have marked our second round of "the holidays" here in the Setzepfandt House in Bellevue. No fireplace to cuddle around but a twinkling Christmas tree, a warm sofa and a snuggly dog make up for it. Last year we didn't have enough of the house in place to really decorate.
This year we did a little better. Next year, look out!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Remodeled Guest Room and Revisited Blog

This morning I received an email from Scott Setzepfandt, a great-grandson of Gustav and Marie, the originally family in our home.It was so nice to hear that he was pleased were moving the house along. That reminded me I hadn't posted any pictures of our guest room yet. We've already had three groups of guests but we hope we've not exhausted the possibilities yet. Here's a photo.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

July 4 and Bunting

Ron took a few nice photos of our house decked out in bunting for the holiday. Not only did he take the picture, he located and purchased the bunting and hung it up.