November 2005

Chimney: Exit Only

by Josh on November 9, 2005 · 0 comments

in Fireplace,Journal

Santa Claus isn’t the only one sliding down the chimney at our house. In the last year a squirrel and a pigeon have tried to join us inside by coming down the chimney. That might work for Santa, but for these poor critters the closed damper became their pearly gate. Their unfortunate end made an […]


Chores Vs. Projects

by Josh on November 8, 2005 · 1 comment

in Journal

What’s the difference between a chore and a project? To me, chores are the routine tasks we must complete periodically keep our houses on track, whereas projects are one-time tasks that improve our houses– or at least keep them from losing ground. Wash the windows? Chore. Strip the paint from the windows? Project. Rake the […]

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Mystery of the Missing Windows

by Josh on November 7, 2005 · 7 comments

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It’s a bit embarassing to write, but Saturday I discovered two windows on the main floor of the house that I had never noticed before. After a year living in Bungalow ‘23, I figured things like windows would be accounted for from day one– particularly main floor windows in plain view. Wrong! How was I […]



by Josh on November 4, 2005 · 2 comments

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– Blogs are so much easier to remodel than houses. I couldn’t resist the urge to whip up a new banner and alter the color scheme for the blog. I’m pretty happy with the result, so maybe I’ll leave it alone for a while.


– I haven’t posted an update on the fireplace in a few days, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t progress to report. Last Friday I covered the right half of the fireplace brick with Peel Away and let it work for 48 hours. On Sunday afternoon, I pulled on the rubber gloves, grabbed my putty […]