Living With Multiple Sclerosis

The articles listed below are about me and my life as a single mother with MS. 

I Hate Supermarkets

The pain in my neck

Explaining MS

'Look at All the Good' Mantras

Happy Holidays


Disease Modifying Treatment for RRMS

Thanksgiving x2

Christmas with MS

When Kids Get Sick


Full Article List

Find a list of all of the public articles listed below.  


Recent Updates

Repairing Stairs & Hip Wall


Stair landing The entry room is being transformed.  The narrow stairs are part of the look and feel of the cottage.  Having extremely steep stairs in this time period is pretty common. While I have no intention of "correcting" the stairs (they are correct for the style of the house and the time period.  I do need to make a few adjustments to make them traversable. 

Woven & Staggered Seam Floors



Weaving wood floors may seem like a job for the professionals and you would be right.

Woven floor patterns require a significant amount of patience to come out well.  

Why Pine? Because it is the material of choice for floors from this period.  Most cottages had wide pine plank floors.  My original floors were destroyed on the first floor - buried under the plywood.  The upstairs had very narrow boards that were in okay condition.  The main reason I decided to cover the existing floors in the bedroom was to add a little more rigidity to the span.  (see the article on Joist Sistering here)


Trial and (Less) Error with Exterior Paint Colors


Back over the winter I had originally thought that purple, green and blue would be the way to go.  After a lot of research I moved towards using golds with the purple.  

Turns out my initial instincts were more on point. 

Installing Beams


Installing Beams

One of the early projects was doubling up the existing beams. The span was over 12' with no supports in the center. 

This span made the second floor bedroom very bouncy. 


Installing Custom Stained Floors

Custom floors for the fairy house
Custom Stained Floors (Katherine DeSilva, 2021)


Custom flooring is not an easy proposition on my project budget.  But like all things when I set my mind to something it is hard to get me to give it up.