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We’ve found this little restaurant in the middle of nowhere on Hwy. 64 past Bennett Springs called Circle J’s, its also a campground. They have the best biscuits & gravy for breakfast so we stop and eat every once in a while. It looks like it’s been there for many years but it’s a clean little place and I get such a kick out of the waiter. I am sure he owns it because he is so friendly and most likely the best waiter we have ever had. His name is Alex and I am not sure how else I would describe him other than saying he reminds me of a “Wood Hippy”. No offense Alex if you ever read this, I find him very charming and unique and I highly recommend his restaurant. It is one of the things about living out here that I love so much, the people the simplicity, it is just so refreshing.

Each time we drive out to the new place we feel more like we’re coming home.  Being in the middle of all of the oak trees in the quiet feels so right to both me and Micheal, we always loved living in the woods and now temporarily being right on a highway next to a train track, I cant tell you how many times I have opened the door to let the dogs out in my underwear not thinking of all the cars driving by! Old habits are hard to break.

Lob Cabin

My very own little house in the big woods

The outside is almost done and we are moving on to the inside to install the electrical wiring and plumbing, finish the walls and of course add my “toys”, (they are my favorite part). This dilapidated old shed has turned out better than either of us ever expected. It looks like a little log cabin, I love it! Too bad we didn’t put a toilet in here, I think I could have lived in it. Then again… we are in the woods.

My Little Cabin in the Woods

My Little Cabin in the Woods


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January 2012 has been more like early spring here in the Ozarks. I don’t remember seeing such beautiful weather this time of the year in our area. This is the first week of February and it has been in the 60s all week and the sunshine has been so warm and wonderful! We have been working on our first project for a few weeks now and are getting more than half way done. I had no idea I would be so happy with the outcome of an old storage shed with rotten siding and a broken window. I have no idea why I didn’t take a before photo so you could see what we started with.  Rotten roof, siding and floor, we originally planned on burning this old shed while cleaning up my Dad’s property but once we got down to the bare bones of the structure it was very sturdy and in great condition. Whoever built this shed covered it with roofing tar paper before putting the siding on and it preserved it so of course when we rebuilt it, we did the very same. Unfortunately my Dad had put the shed right on the ground and with a wood floor it didn’t hold up well.  We put it on a concrete floor with a short block wall and literally rebuilt it with scrap material and donated odd and end windows from friends & family. Well… Ta-da! My own personal playhouse. Anyone who knows me, (my husband knows me o so well), knows I need my playhouse. I adore my husband, I am pretty sure he adores me. In a future post you will see what goes in “this” little house. My favorite “toys”?

Good Bones to build from

When we started we had just hauled out the frame of the shed and set it where we wanted it

Although we are now almost finished, this is a photo of what we began with, the frame is tilted back so we could pour the concrete floor and then set it up on it’s foundation. I am so happy with the way it is turning out and I know my Dad would be happy with what we have done with it. He never threw things away and I love having things that belong to my Dad, it makes me feel closer to him. He was always there for me when I needed him and even though he has passed on, he is still here for me.

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