April 2006

Banana Bread

by Josh on April 29, 2006 · 3 comments

in Ideas

An important part of getting work done around the house is having a good breakfast that doesn’t take a lot of time. Our staple has become banana bread. We always keep bananas on hand for snacks for the two-year-old of the manor. A side effect seems to be that we often have over-ripe fruit to […]


Grove 2.0

by Josh on April 28, 2006 · 4 comments

in Gardens,Projects

New from the ground up, the second edition of the Bungalow ‘23 backyard tree grove–Grove 2.0-debuts today, on schedule and just in time for a weekend of April showers. Grove 2.0 features a completely new visual interface that has tested well in informal neighborhood focus groups. System threats in the original Grove have been addressed, […]


A Close Call

by Josh on April 27, 2006 · 0 comments

in Journal

Apparently the neighbors have noticed our recent landscaping work. We’re thankful some other folks have not. Let me explain. Last night Ms. Bungalow and FBS were taking a walk around the block while I was at a meeting. Along the way they met a friend/neighbor who asked what we had done with the aspen grove […]


Uprooting The Aspen

by Josh on April 26, 2006 · 0 comments

in Gardens,Projects

Another day, another landscaping post. Other than a bit of picking up for some houseguests this weekend, we’ve been putting all of our energy into the gardens and yard. Yesterday I dug three young aspen trees out of our backyard to give to a friend who lost a mature oak in his yard in a […]


In addition to a big house to maintain, we also have a big garden to manage. As with the house, the gardens–though lovely–have numerous areas that need rehabilitation. One of these areas is right out front, where the previous owners landscaped the hill with shrubs and ground cover. The design was supposed to wash the […]

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Gardening Ahead of Ourselves

by Josh on April 23, 2006 · 0 comments

in Gardens,Projects

With temperatures climbing into the 60s, we are taking every opportunity to do our house projects outside. In our eagerness, however, we have gotten a couple of weeks ahead of ourselves in the garden. The average last frost day around these parts is May 10. So it will be at least another week before the […]


Two-Year-Old Tagger

by Josh on April 22, 2006 · 4 comments

in Journal

Over the past few months, there has been a surge in graffiti vandalism in our neighborhood. We are fortunate that our property has not been tagged, particularly considering the difficulty of removing spray paint from brick, stucco and concrete. Unfortunately, our two-and-a-half-year-old son has been negatively influenced by the graffiti. What else could explain the […]


The Accidental Paint Remover

by Josh on April 20, 2006 · 6 comments

in Journal,Windows

I have written a few posts lately about the tedium of paint stripping. So accidentally stumbling onto a method to quickly strip paint and finish off doors and mouldings should be good news, right? Well, before I answer that thrilling rhetorical question, let me reveal this miracle of paint stripping technology. Drum roll… Double-sided tape […]


New Links To Old Content

by Josh on April 17, 2006 · 5 comments

in Journal

I recently fixed a problem with the blog that has bothered me for months. This may be of interest to other housebloggers, particularly those using Blogsome. The issue is how to handle the “number of posts/days per page” setting; for Blogsome, this is in the option menu. This setting applies to all pages on the […]


So Long, Pond Scum

by Josh on April 16, 2006 · 0 comments

in Gardens,Projects

April showers. May flowers. Spring is supposed to smell fresh like a light rain or bouquet of tulips. But in our yard, the overpowering smell is like cow manure. Now if we had spent the day spreading actual manure in our garden, that would be fine. Unfortunately, the source of the smell is the little […]