December 2007

Garden Of Merit

by Josh on December 18, 2007 · 7 comments

in garden,Journal,Local

Our award certificate from Minneapolis Blooms that I mentioned a couple months back arrived in the mail today, proclaiming our yard a “Garden of Merit.” That’s an important-sounding title, but the letter accompanying the award helpfully clarifies what it takes to merit the award. After one of our neighbors nominated our garden, someone with the […]


These Halls Are Decked

by Josh on December 15, 2007 · 5 comments

in Fireplace,Ideas

Some friends of ours string garland around the trim in their bungalow and I decided to give it a try at our place this year. I think it turned out pretty well.


Early Christmas Present

by Josh on December 14, 2007 · 8 comments

in Journal

I know I’m supposed to wait to buy things for myself for a couple more weeks– especially when they’re things I told people I wanted as a Christmas gift. But I couldn’t resist. I need a new cordless drill. I have outgrown my old 9.6v firestorm drill, and passed the dependable life of it’s ni-cad […]


I broke the glass in a storm window for one of the dining room piano windows last year. It happened when I was removing some debris from the nursery bedroom on the upper level by lowering it out the window opening. Countless trash bags and trim pieces went down smoothly past the main floor windows, […]

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Tip: Plant Staking Tape

by Josh on December 7, 2007 · 6 comments

in garden,Ideas

The lemon trees I’ve been growing from seeds saved while making lemon gelato in the summer of 2006 have finally gotten big enough to require staking. Because the saplings are on display inside the house, I bought some real plant staking tape that would look better than the strips of old t-shirts that I’ve used […]


Snowy Windowsill

by Josh on December 3, 2007 · 3 comments

in Projects,Windows

Who knew there was a “right” way to configure my hated aluminum triple track storm windows? I had assumed that both of the glass storm sashes had weatherstripping on the sash to allow them to be positioned with either sash as the bottom or top. Wrong.