Monday, July 19, 2010

A barn...

I love my dad. I love him for many reasons. He has influenced my life in so many positive ways I can hardly count. (But that's for another time and another blog) I do love him for his wisdom and incite on all matters of life. And with 4 daughters and a wife (and one son) he new himself well enough that he had to have a place of retreat... of rest... to get away. His solution? He built a barn. His place of refuge away from all the girls, all the talking, all the tea parties. And he loves his barn! He has this great work bench, his little refrigerator... even a half broken old, tiny tv. And surrounded by all his tools and with a cold root beer he has his alone time in his barn. I think its the great!

So my Love and I have been planning a barn of our own since before we got married. We hope to move back near where I grew up in the country and build our own barn. Yep, we're building a barn first, a house later. And I'm ready for my barn. The home we are currently living in is the one he's lived in for the past 5 years before we got married. Its actually a sweet house and sweet neighborhood, but for some reason it doesn't feel mine, its till feels his. It doesn't feel like my place of refuge, my domain. Therefore, my complete lack of motivation to really get down and dirty and "fix it up" (and why i should be cleaning out two messy rooms but am just blogging about it instead). sigh*

So my Love sent me plans for the cutest little barn the other day. It has an apartment upstairs and then a "man space" below. :0) I'm ready for my barn... Below is sorta what it would look like. What do ya think? (the garage doors will totally be barn doors too!)

There's something a little magical about a barn. Maybe its all in my head. I don't know... But I've always thought that a lot of love, hard work, and character build a barn.

Do you have a place of refuge... a place of retreat?


  1. Thanks so much for sharing your blog with me!! I just went back and read it from the beginning. You are such a fun friend and I love this new way of keeping up with you. love ya!

  2. This is such a cute post! I spent many afternoons in our barn, sweeping it out and hauling manure into the shelter belt. And while that may not sound very glamorous, I remember it fondly. It felt so good to be doing something active and healthy, to be so close to the animals.

  3. I love your thinking... First get the barn, because a house can always come later... Wish you were around to tell me that 10 years ago. I need a barn too. I am thinking that all white one with the vertical siding would look perfect out back. (My hubby just rolled his eyes and asked me how I was going to pay for it.)

    Can't wait to see your plans for your barn, wish I lived closer so I could run over and lend a hand!

  4. I grew up on a MN hobby farm. My youngest years were spent with animals in our barn and forts in the hayloft upstairs. When life became too busy for animals we built a "Vert Ramp" for skating in the hayloft. My teenage years were spent with my buddies in the loft. We have now refinished the loft in all local hardwoods with a deck off the back, projection movie screen, workout center, etc... The main level houses my vintage German race cars.

    I am in the process of designing my own barn space (that's how I found your blog) on my property...

    Thanks for posting these great pics.

  5. totally not in your head ... there is something so magical about a barn!!


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