House Update 11.10.13

House Update 11.10.13

I am totally consumed by our latest house project. While other, I daresay more important, things in my life have gone on the back-burner, I am up too late every night on my laptop, hunting down light fixtures and trim details. I’m tired. So I’ve shown you pictures of our kitchen. She ain’t pretty. A […]

#82: The Downside of Outdoor Living

#82: The Downside of Outdoor Living

One of the nicest features of my house is the large deck in the backyard. When I moved in though, the deck walls were weird- 6 feet tall and painted white on both sides. I don’t even want to know what happened back there that required so much privacy! One of my biggest projects after […]

#81: So You Have Bought a House

#81: So You Have Bought a House

Some things they don’t tell you when you buy a house… The humongous check you write at closing is just the start of the fun! No matter how many repairs and/or upgrades you negotiate as part of the sale, you will move in with a readymade list of things you want to do to your […]

Stuff We’ve Tried: Garden and House Progress

Stuff We’ve Tried: Garden and House Progress

It’s my turn for a “Stuff We’ve Tried” post, and really, I’m just in the middle of several projects. To catch you up: First, I should probably go ahead and break the bad news to you about my garden. Our spring crops were a fail. One gardener told us that we hadn’t planted by the […]

#70: The Plumbing Diaries – Blowtorch Edition

#70: The Plumbing Diaries – Blowtorch Edition

When I embarked on the glorious journey of homeownership 15 years ago, I did not own a drill or a toolbox or have the slightest idea how to fix anything. My real estate agent informed me of a delightful option known as a Home Warranty, a service providing me with a phone number to call […]

#68: On Girl vs. Toilet

#68: On Girl vs. Toilet

When I first moved into my townhouse and encountered my first running toilet, I called a plumber. It was my first year of living in the house and it was under a home warranty, so I figured the plumber wouldn’t be too crazy expensive. He came and about 5 minutes and $60 later, the toilet […]

#55: Unwelcome Guests

#55: Unwelcome Guests

“When I open it a little, I see fur.” A guy named Matt was crouched down in front of my fireplace, peering up into the shaft. He had been summoned there that morning by a desperate call to a local critter control company when I realized the scratching and clattering I was hearing was coming […]

#52: Still Loving It

#52: Still Loving It

A while back, I shared the Love it or List it philosophy that I’ve adopted recently. It has, for the most part, been a helpful and relatively easy attitude to maintain. But sometimes our positive attitudes receive unexpected jolts, and in those cases, it’s time to retreat and regroup. I’d been on a bit of a […]

#39: You Get What You Pay For

#39: You Get What You Pay For

He seemed to be everything I had been looking for! He carried the hearty recommendation of a good friend! He was available at a moment’s notice! He was responsive to my every whim! He was (ahem) well-equipped! I am talking, of course, about my handyman. Before putting your house on the market, you have to […]

#38: On January Organizing

#38: On January Organizing

I love to organize. I mean I REALLY love to organize. When I was young, I used to draw out my closet shelves on graph paper and figure out the best way to place my stuff on them. I have a journal from fourth grade called “All about Me” and on a page asking me […]

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