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The Art of Simple Podcast 49

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We’re baaaaaaaack! It’s been a long while since Tsh and her posse podcasted. Reason? Because it’s like herding cats to get the summer schedules of two busy families to cross paths. But we’re revving up to a more predictable schedule once again! Angels rejoice.

Myquillyn has had a rather monumental summer—they bought a house! A cute little thing with an amazing porch on 13 acres with a barn and a pond.

Nester's new house!


hunter green living room

tiny kitchen

barn shed thing

murky pool


We can all guess what Nesting Place will be about from now on, right?

Tsh and her family have had a fantastic summer, too, traveling to Texas and Montana.


Check out her Instagram for more summery details. It’s been her best Fake Break yet.

So do you have any experience with house buying and dealing with a fixer-upper?


  • Rhondi August 9, 2013 at 7:17 am

    I have had lots of experienc with fixer uppers but that was back in the day before we all took photos of it, so I have no record except the memories, mostly good ones!

  • Vanessa Murphy August 10, 2013 at 5:05 am

    I think Myquillyn is
    one of my favourite guests! I loved listening to her and Tsh ramble on, put a smile on my face!

  • Erin August 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I am strangely addicted to your podcasts. I get oddly giddy when I see a new one is up. I also get my best cleaning done too! Rock on.

  • mshanhun August 13, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Love that you are both following your dreams. And it’s so awesome you are going back to homeschooling! YAY!

  • christie elkins. (@CSElkins) August 15, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Ok, sooo we just bought a 35 acre farm 2 months ago in East TN with a “fixer upper” house. I still do not have a functioning kitchen! But I LOVED how you coined this process as a “fun honor”. It is true. Taking something unloved and breathing new life into it! Our “barn” is essentially a shed as well, and internet and cell service is sketchy. Welcome to the country!

  • Nester August 16, 2013 at 8:41 am

    yes, christie, I have to remind myself of how sad I would have been if we wouldn’t have gotten to buy this house, I would have WISHED to get to live in a dusty-wall-coming-down-no-oven-wallpaper-peeling house just to GET to do this! a good reminder!

  • Haley @ Carrots for Michaelmas August 20, 2013 at 6:34 am

    I was so happy to see a new podcast up! Cleaning house is a bummer without them :)

  • Ashley // Our Little Apartment August 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Tsh – you really seemed to be GLOWING (ah, audibly?) during this episode. The break has done ya good!

    Also, I just wanted to let you know that my family moved a LOT growing up (every 3 years) and I moved even up into high school and was just fine. My roots are my family and some friends I’ve collected along the way. Just wanted to share since you mentioned that you’ll start think about settling down as your kids get older. Settling down has its merits, but moving will make them adaptable as they get older!

  • Amanda Espinoza @ Life With a Mission August 22, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I love that y’all talk about Myers-Briggs a lot. It’s scary how accurate the results are.

    Tsh, I can’t wait to follow your travels with your family! We will be traveling the world with our 2, 4, and 6 year next year and living in other countries a few months at a time. Thanks for sharing your story. I really get inspired listening to how your process your plans.

  • Henriette August 29, 2013 at 2:35 am

    I don’t know many times have I moved into a fixer upper. I lived for month without a real kitchen and I was cooking with a microwave, a toaster and an electric kettle. It was winter, so I could store my foods on the balcony. I had no bathroom, so I went to the public pool to take a shower. At least I had a loo, but it had no heating and only a single-glazed window. You learn to be really quick when it’s that cold. (The winters in Berlin Germany can be really cold, about -10°F.)

    If you can avoid it, I would always recommend to fix the house first and move in afterwards. It is so much better to come home after painting the walls of your new house and be able to take a hot shower, use a working kitchen and sleep in a clean bedroom even though you had to drive for an hour.