August 2007

Cracker Jack Coin

by Josh on August 30, 2007 · 5 comments

in House History

We found money buried in our backyard! It’s the secret dream of every owner of an old house to find a pile of money under the birdbath or behind a wall, but it really happened to us. Unfortunately we only found one coin. And it’s only play money. But it’s still buried treasure to me. […]


Cool Tool: Drill Bike

by Josh on August 29, 2007 · 4 comments

in Ideas

Here’s a plug-in electric vehicle any DIYer or home improvement geek could be proud of: a mini bike powered by an 18-volt cordless drill. The folks at This Old House found this product at the national hardware show and then the Make blog picked it up, too.


Ice Cream Shop Opens

by Josh on August 25, 2007 · 0 comments

in Asides

Yum!  The new neighborhood ice cream shop that I mentioned here is now open.  We got our first delicious scoops last night.


The Not So Big House Show

by Josh on August 24, 2007 · 2 comments

in Uncategorized

The local PBS station showed a program last night as part of their current pledge drive featuring author and architect Sarah Susanka and her ideas about “The Not So Big House.” From reading other houseblogs and skimming the liner notes of her books on store shelves, I knew that she might be someone I’d enjoy […]


Party Recovery

by Josh on August 16, 2007 · 0 comments

in Asides

Sorry for the lack of activity here over the last 10 days.  We just had our 3rd annual big summer party on Saturday and we have had our hands full preparing for and cleaning up after the 86 guests that packed our place that evening.


A Grand Rapids Getaway

by Josh on August 16, 2007 · 6 comments

in Uncategorized

Ah, summer vacation! A time to relax on the beach, sip cool drinks… and check out some great arts & crafts homes. And where would be better to partake of these summer delights than Grand Rapids, Michigan? Pasadena, you say? Hmmmm… well, yes. Touche, Dear Reader– but the west Michigan city of Grand Rapids is […]


Garden In Bloom

by Josh on August 3, 2007 · 3 comments

in Gardens

After a week of vacation, I’m behind on actual house progress. Fortunately all it takes for the garden to show progress are some water and sunshine. Here are a few recent flower photos from the front garden.


Minneapolis Bridge Collapse

by Josh on August 2, 2007 · 2 comments

in Uncategorized

Everyone here is fine following the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. It took us until about 7:00 last night to learn what had happened, roughly an hour after the bridge fell into the river carrying rush-hour traffic with it. By now surely anyone reading this page has […]


Back from Vacation

by Josh on August 1, 2007 · 0 comments

in Asides

I’m back from vacationing with friends in Michigan for the past week.  Check back soon for some new posts–including some photos from my travels.