February 2006

Ms. J Writes Again

by Josh on February 24, 2006 · 1 comment

in House History,Journal

For weeks I was consumed with guilt for not writing back to Ms. J (daughter of the original owner of this house) after she so generously mailed me a lovely letter and photos from when her family built and lived in this house. So about ten days ago I finally got over my procrastination and […]

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A Finish To Strip

by Josh on February 22, 2006 · 0 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

I’m still working on stripping the paint from the door to the south upstairs bedroom. My setup in the garage worked great, but the Silent Paint Remover had a hard time with the primer coat on the unvarnished door. I followed the Speedheater manual’s suggestion to wipe an 80/20 mixture of boiled linseed oil and […]

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Speedheater Round Two

by Josh on February 20, 2006 · 7 comments

in Projects

After the smelly smoke of my first foray with the Silent Paint Remover nearly drove my family out of the house, I knew I needed to change my plans for stripping paint in the south bedroom upstairs. So I moved my operation down to the garage where effective workspace ventilation is as simple as opening […]

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Streetcar Tokens

by Josh on February 15, 2006 · 7 comments

in House History,Journal

At a time when Minneapolis’ suburban fringe consists of cul-de-sacs connected by miles and miles of highways, it’s hard to imagine that 80 years ago our house a few dozen blocks from downtown represented the edge of suburban development. Today’s large lots in far-flung suburbs would be unthinkable without two or more cars per family, […]

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Play Dough

by Josh on February 12, 2006 · 3 comments

in Ideas

One of the most important secrets to home improvement is keeping the 2-year-old of the house occupied with activities that are not destructive. It is also nice to have those activities be inexpensive so that we can still afford home improvement projects. One of our favorite toddler diversions is homemade play dough. Besides being less […]

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Art in our Kitchen

by Josh on February 11, 2006 · 3 comments

in Journal

Previously I highlighted the beautiful lithograph that my sister-in-law gave us for Christmas. I also mentioned that my brother is a talented artist. His specialty is the airbrush and we hope someday to have him paint our son’s playroom. But that hasn’t fit into our budget yet. In the meantime, we proudly display a print […]

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Sears Ashmore For Sale

by Josh on February 10, 2006 · 3 comments

in Journal

Readers of American Bungalow magazine or the book “Bungalow Nation” will recognize the 1917 Ashmore model Sears kit house now for sale here in Minneapolis. This spectacular home– one of jewels of Twin Cities bungalowdom– was the cover house for American Bungalow issue 47 at the end of 2005. The five bedroom, two bath home […]

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New Neighbor

by Josh on February 7, 2006 · 1 comment

in Journal

We have a new neighbor down the block– our neighborhood association. I’ve been meaning to get involved in the neighborhood for months, and I got further encouragement from the previous owners of our house when we had them over for dinner this past weekend. They both served on neighborhood action groups when they lived here. […]

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Speedheater Learning Curve

by Josh on February 6, 2006 · 5 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

After an hour or two stripping paint with the Speedheater/Silent Paint Remover/SPR, I still have a lot to learn. The tool comes with a many pages of instructions and documentation, but it is not enough to answer all my questions. I started with the simplest, least conspicuous piece of painted wood I could find in […]

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Celery, Carrot & Apple Soup

by Josh on February 4, 2006 · 1 comment

in Journal

We are on the lookout for hearty soups that we can cook in bulk, freeze, and then enjoy on a cold night when we want something hot and fast. Here is another one of our favorites: Celery, Carrot & Apple Soup 1/2 stick (1/4 c.) unsalted butter 1 lb. (5-5 1/2 c.) chopped celery 1 […]

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