Move (mostly) complete!

Hear ye, hear ye.  Or, perhaps since we now live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan it should be, “Ya Der Hey, Ya Der Hey!” Really, I write that with nothing but love for the stereotypical “yooper” accent.

Well, we made the leap in our decision (read more here if you missed it), and now we are officially moved from Wrightstown, WI to the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan. As with any move, there were a lot of details.  But I’ll spare you.  Here are the amazing highlights:

We had a going away party.  Friends and family showed up.  We ate good food, had good stories, and made new memories.  It was a great send-off.

I finished my last day at work (after almost 13 years) and was surprised with an AMAZING 30-minute “The Office” themed going away video.  What an thoughtful project completed by co-workers.  I was feeling the love, big time – still am.  Thank goodness for technology to keep in touch.  Final day selfie stick photo below.


I had a great final lunch with Joe and Danica, the owners of Prophit Marketing. They have provided me an amazing experience and wonderful work family over the past 12+ years.

Lunch with Joe and Danica.

Flora finished off her almost 3 year run with Conquer Martial Arts by being part of the Little Chute Cheesefest Parade (yes, this is a festival…..about cheese). She’s excited to start her new karate school here in the Copper Country.


Our home was sold! Insert HUGE sigh of relief. We hope this home and neighborhood is everything to the new couple moving in that it has been to us. We will miss that amazing Fox River view and access, but we’ve moved on to something better suited for us 🙂 If you need a realtor in the Green Bay or Fox Valley area, call the guy below (Mike Pritzl).  He was so diligent, honest, and organized.  Thank you Mike!

Home Sold

We packed and packed and packed and…..


But it got done, and on Friday, 6/9/17, off we went!


About 5 hours later we arrived and promptly unpacked.


We are still finishing up some odds and ends of unpacking, so future post to be made on how our yurt looks inside as our home and not a construction zone 🙂

It hasn’t been even a week yet, but I can say, it feels right. Today, Flora said “I’m so glad we moved here.” Ditto my love.  Ditto.

Occupancy Approval – Yes to Yurt Living!

A big thing happened for us this week. The absolute final inspection to approve our yurt for occupancy took place. Over the course of the last 3’ish years, we’ve had lots of inspections along the way.  I’m guessing that most people who are “building” their own home have very little thought about the multiple inspections they are subject to; that’s because they have contractors and builders, electricians, plumbers, etc. who have to deal with all inspections.  In our case, Tim served as all the aforementioned people. With the exception of 2 things (well drilling and septic system), all the work from prepping the land to laying the foundation to framing walls, pulling electrical wires, installing all plumbing, and every single other thing was completed by Tim with the help of a few willing people along the way – like me!

Since the passing of an inspection was truly the judgement of Tim’s hard work, he felt all the pressure of needing to pass the inspections along the way.  He was especially eager to get the news of the final electrical and final plumbing inspections – which were approved last week.

Spiral Staircase leading up to the loft.

After finishing the spiral staircase, it was time for the final inspection, the one earning us the final permit to occupy.  Pretty big deal!  And he earned a big – APPROVED!

It feels so special to truly have built our own home from start to finish. Flora, who’s 7, thinks that it’s a pretty normal thing 🙂  What a beautiful naivety.  Tim’s incredible ability to build anything he puts a plan to is nothing short of outstanding!

We hope that the next big news we get is a good offer on our current home for sale on the beautiful Fox River. We are selling so that we can make our move to homesteading and full time cozy yurt living.

Home sweet yurt.

Join us on our adventure by following this blog, or here or here or here.  Wishing you peace, love, and nature.

Edit on 4.29.17 – just had to add a picture of the final notice to the blog 🙂




Wood Stove Refurb Project

Over the past years as we’ve been building at White Sky Woods, we’ve been gifted two wood stoves from different family members. Both stoves were in working condition, but needed some TLC.  As we continued to plan our home, we decided that we’d like to have a wood stove as supplemental heat. We have radiant in-floor heating which we predict will be the main supplier of heat.  The in-floor heating is run by electric, so to offset costs we’ll be able to burn wood heat. Eventually our goal is to supply the in-floor heating energy via solar hot water, but it will be a little bit of time to save up for that investment.

After investigating both wood stoves that we have, we decided to go with the smaller wood stove based on its condition (an easier refurbishing project) and also based on it being a better sized fit for the space we have for it (it’s smaller, more compact).

We will be moving the other wood stove with us and we have some ideas on how we plan to use it.  More to come on that once we get to that project!

While we regretfully forgot to take a BEFORE picture, the best way to describe this stove was rusty and old looking.   But, look at her now 🙂

Outside with the first fire after refurb to “cure”.

Tim’s synopsis of the work he did:

  • took apart every individual piece of the wood stove
  • used a wire brush to get the rust off (it had rust on the inside and outside)
  • replaced all rope gaskets for a more efficient seal
  • applied stove polish
  • put it all back together
  • recaulked all joints
  • took it outside and started a fire to cure the polish with the heat

Total cost of the refurbish: Approximately $18.

Total time: Approximately 6 hours.

Can’t wait to put her to work!