Vicki's Ramblings

The Mudroom is DONE!!!

We have talked about doing a mudroom for a very long time, finally, I let the Man loose. He was so excited! He loves to put up walls.

(Maybe he should go work for Immigration………..)


Like I said, we have talked about it every winter for the last 6 years because the real problem in this house is Where do you put wet, mucky winter gear??

Usually, we make do in the sunroom. The problem is that sometimes the hot tub is working, like this year. Its kind of hard to get to the hot tub when winter gear is all over the sunroom and hanging over it. Then there is all the mud and muck and boots, chicken water tanks and various other animal related stuff that can’t freeze. It gets kind of ugly in there! Takes me an entire day, with help, to clean out that room in spring.A couple of winters ago this is what the sunroom looked like after one busy afternoon.What a mess!

So I let the Man go this year. He built a room in the garage. We only use one stall anyway so he took the other stall and turned it into an amazing mudroom. There is now more storage. Above the room, we left it open for storage. Lots of stuff can go up there, like Christmas decorations and future wedding decorations. In the space we left open will be storage for the bikes and outdoor toys. The garage door is still there and there is enough room left for shelving and hooks for that stuff. It needs serious organization!! What a mess!! Will be getting to that soon.

So here it is!!

Those cabinets we took out of the laundry room and painted the barn-ish red color and mounted here in the mudroom. The extra fridge and freezers now fit nicely along one wall.

There is a door into the now one car garage and the shelves will have old metal, gym locker, baskets for their hats and gloves. Like the one on the shelf. Under the shelves will be pegs for hanging the boots on. Wet muddy boots are not fun to put on!! Oh- and for that, there are several boot dryers plugged in, all set and ready to go.

I love the durability of the corrugated metal on the bottom. To clean it, just wipe the dirt off!! Perfect!! The wood walls and wood trim will just be so easy to maintain. We used bridle hangers for the coat hooks in keeping with our barn theme. The log benches we have had for some time and fit perfect in this room! Of course, now because of all the gear sitting on them and around them they are kind of hard to sit on. But once everything is where it needs to be, as we finish and sort out stuff there will be plenty of room.

Yes- it is still a functioning mud room…… Lots of people coming and going in this room so lots of stuff gets put here and there. We will work on that this week. Tho, we are getting some snow today so, it will likely be a wet soggy mess by the end of today… sigh…….

The lights, I think, are almost my favorite part of the room!! They are so cool!! That barn/industrial style is just what I was looking for in here. Look- I even have decorations!! And some organization…….. It is happening slowly.

A few more things to do in here, like the shoe shelves, the boot pegs. I also want to paint the doors. I am thinking maybe the barn red like the cabinets?? Thoughts???

I am so happy with how this room turned out! I am glad I finally let Hubby go and do what he loves to do!!



Vicki's Ramblings

Tell Me Something Good….

I was just scrolling through my WordPress Reader when I saw on the blog “A Momma’s View” that she is doing a Monday (or in this case, Tuesday!) “Tell me something good” post. I thought it would be fun. And I didn’t have anything else to write about yet, so why not??!!

Tell me something good..


It’s finally warm here in Wisconsin!! Last week it was minus temps. This week its almost 50!! Yesterday was absolutely beautiful and I let the girls out to forage for a while. (chickens I mean. Not my daughters…) They were all huddled over the manure pile digging out worms!! What a great winter treat for them. Tonight its raining so that last little bit of snow we had is going to be gone tomorrow. Looks like the temps will drop again on the weekend so maybe we will get some snow then too. Snow would be nice as its not much fun to have winter without some snow to play in.

The chickens are happy to be warm and so are the rabbits. I left the rabbit house door open the last few days to give them a nice breeze. They seem much happier too. We had been fighting with water bottles for the last few weeks so we all are relieved that we have a bit of a break. I know it will be back again soon enough. Now, though, we figured out that if we give them produce it helps them to get some of their water intake at the same time. I had no idea that would help, but it really does seem to. They love it and it helps so produce they get.

Other than that…….

I have been taking classes through SVS stands for Society of Visual Storytelling. Its a great site where you can pay a monthly fee and access literally hundreds of classes! I am currently working on improving my skills in art. I have always loved to draw and write but a few years of raising kids and drawing basic things quickly for them to color has sort of dulled my skills. Not that I had many to begin with, I admit. The class I am working through this week is one about using the Procreate app that I have on my iPad. I get sort of frustrated because his drawings are so amazing but I have to realize that he has been doing this for 26 years and teaching others as well. I feel like I am a preschooler drawing my little people with stick arms and huge eyes compared to the work I have seen in the classes. My style is not their style I guess and I have also not spent all my waking hours drawing and painting like many of them have. The other thing is that digital drawing and painting is a whole different ballgame entirely. I need to just practice and practice some more.

Like writing. Like every skill we want to try.

It takes some practice. And sometimes a teacher is needed.

Which brings me to the other thing I am going to do this winter. The Master Gardener class. In my community, there is a Master Gardener program. You take a few classes, pass a test, spend some time volunteering in the community, then you can become a Master Gardener. I am looking forward to it and had been thinking about doing it for some time now. Yesterday I actually sent in my registration and fee. I am really excited about it!! I have so many ideas I want to try. I am hoping this class will give me some guidance and direction.

I have been feeling better too, which helps things quite a bit! Of course, it is winter and I have big plans for the year. By March or April, hopefully I will have toned it down a little so its more manageable. (Which is another reason why my notebook of goals and plans comes in handy!!) Tomorrow I will go talk to my Naturopath. My hope is that she gives me some nutrition advice to get my body back in order. I was more active yesterday, which was awesome. Unfortunately, today, I had to take a nap again. Something I haven’t done in a week or more. Oh well.. Baby steps I guess.

Thanks for taking the time to read about something good here on my blog! Go check out some of the other good things on “A Momma’s View“.