October 2005

Fall Colors

by Josh on October 30, 2005 · 0 comments

in garden,Journal

What a spectacular late-October weekend in Minneapolis! The temperature on Saturday reached the upper 60’s and the sunshine made it a great day to work outside. With weather like this and some autumn color in the yard, even the nastiest chores couldn’t bring me down. And I did spend Saturday working on nasty chores: cleaning […]


Neighborhoods & Organizations

by Josh on October 29, 2005 · 0 comments

in Journal

The latest newsletter from Twin Cities Bungalow Club included a feature by Erin Hynes about bungalow organizations across the country. I had a half-finished posting drafted on this topic already, so with some additions taken from Erin’s article, here is my latest contribution to the Bungalow Resources page on the blog. I like getting ideas […]


My work stripping the paint from the fireplace continues at a steady snail’s pace. I figure that it’s taking me nearly an hour per brick to go from completely painted to satisfactorily paint-free. I’ve done about 48 bricks so far out of 112 total. Closing in on the halfway mark feels awfully good. I’ll have […]


Drive-by On Memory Lane

by Josh on October 26, 2005 · 0 comments

in Journal

This past weekend we spent a couple days camping with family. This has been a family tradition since I was a kid, but this event (like all other family events) is taking on a different character now that some of us former kids have kids of our own. We ate some great meals, took some […]


Porcelain Stove on Craigslist

by Josh on October 24, 2005 · 0 comments

in Deals

Here’s a tip for any local housebloggers looking for an old stove for their vintage kitchen restoration. There’s an antique blue porcelain wood-burning kitchen stove for sale on Craigslist-Minneapolis for $750 or best offer. Seems like a decent price and it looks in good shape.


House Numbers Deal

by Josh on October 22, 2005 · 2 comments

in Deals

For the past few months I have casually looked for bungalow-style house numbers to replace the generic ones currently adorning the house. I quickly learned that you can spend a small fortune addressing your house, and thus a bargain hunt began. The best deal on mission/craftsman/bungalow-style house numbers google could find for me was at […]


I Heart Statistics

by Josh on October 21, 2005 · 6 comments

in Journal

The other day I noticed that some other housebloggers had hit counters on their blogs. “I should get one of those for my blog,” I thought. So I googled around a bit and found a great free service called StatCounter. Not only does StatCounter provide a counter for visitors and page views, but it also […]



by Josh on October 19, 2005 · 2 comments

in furniture,Ideas

This is the latest addition to my page of bungalow resources. There are lots of places to buy bungalow furnishings, but these are some that I like to visit for inspiration and feelings of financial inadequacy. Shell Lake Furniture produces some beautiful arts and crafts pieces, made in nearby Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Casual Living Furniture […]


It took me until 8:00 p.m. Saturday night to get started, but I followed through on my plan to begin stripping the paint off the fireplace. To get the area prepped, I masked off the bookcases on either side of the fireplace with plastic sheeting and removed the mantle trim. Under that trim was some […]

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Exterior Sconce Ideas

by Josh on October 13, 2005 · 0 comments

in Ideas

I’m considering some of the following sconces for the exterior of the house. Forte Sconce Trinidad Sconce Prairie Statement Sconce Energy Star Rated Canyon View Sconce Bronze Mission Sconce –more bungalow resources–