Category Archives: The House

2013 Goals – Final Recap

At the start of 2013, we laid out a set of goals for our work on the house, farm, and studio.  These were meant to be things we’d accomplish within 2013.  As of mid-year, we were on track to hit … Continue reading

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Ring my bell

When we first thought about moving I could not get the idea of a big school bell out of my head. My father-in-law found this bell in an antique store and he got a new handle made and repainted it … Continue reading

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2013 Goals Update

As of today 2013 is three-quarters done, making this a good time to check in on the various goals we set for the year.  The last time we did this was in late February! Without further ado, here’s the list … Continue reading

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How Do You Eat an Elephant?

2013 is 55 days old so far.   The year is 15% gone.   We set some ambitious goals for 2013, so I thought I’d briefly update on our progress so far. Just one of our goals for the year … Continue reading

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Feeding the …..

  Squirrels! Yesterday when I went to make my midday coffee I saw a shadow at the kitchen window and noticed this acrobatic squirrel. I knocked at the window and rather than being frightened he took one of his little paws and … Continue reading

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Bathroom Blue Banished

The basement bathroom was in an aesthetically sorry state of affairs when we moved in. Like the rest of the basement, it was really more roughed in than finished.  There were bare bulbs where light fixtures might go, cheap stick-on … Continue reading

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Removing the elephant in the room.

Goal #11 of our 2013 goals is “convert the upper sunroom into a dining room”.  At least 90% of the work involved in this project is the removal of the hot tub that currently dominates the room.  “Remove the hot … Continue reading

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Cheap Custom Whiteboard

Big whiteboards are insanely expensive (e.g. 4’x6′ is well over $100), but Amy and I both love whiteboards.  So I bought a 4×8 sheet of 1/4″ melamine (~$25) shortly after we moved in with an intention of framing bits for our … Continue reading

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Grand Plans (2013 Goals)

We’re all off of work and school this week, and are enjoying a lot of generally quiet family time: playing together, working on some projects, exploring new gifts, etc.  We’ve also taken this opportunity to try to identify some of … Continue reading

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New Desk(s)

Amy found this neat-looking approach to a DIY table on pinterest, and since I wanted a bigger desk for my office anyway I decided to send my old desk to the kids’ playroom and give this method a try for … Continue reading

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