April 2008

Why I Am Getting Nothing Done

by Josh on April 29, 2008 · 4 comments

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Three weekends, three charitable galas. I’ve been well wined and dined in recent weeks, but it sure has been hard to fit in any significant time for house projects. As you can see from the photo taken before this last weekend’s affair at the zoo, I didn’t even manage to have the mirror clean before […]


Cool Tool: Hand Pruners

by Josh on April 24, 2008 · 11 comments

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It’s raining today, so I won’t be working on the gardens as I have each of the past few days. Fortunately, I’ve already had a chance to break in the sweet new set of hand pruners that I picked up recently. I stopped by a swanky local mall yesterday morning to buy some antiquing solution […]


Paint Recycling

by Josh on April 22, 2008 · 5 comments

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I’m an admirer of the “one in, one out” policy of clutter control. This is the idea that for every new thing you bring into your house you must get rid of one old thing– preferably through donation, sale, or recycling, not trash. This can work wonderfully for things like clothing or books, but what […]


The Man On The Street

by Josh on April 15, 2008 · 7 comments

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I was playing with my older son on the front sidewalk a couple days ago when a guy walking by stopped to ask me about the neighborhood. It turns out he’s been looking at properties in the area and is thinking of buying a house just up the block from us. Ms. Bungalow and I […]


Different Light, Same Story

by Josh on April 12, 2008 · 2 comments

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Two down and one to go. That’s the count of restored bare bulb light fixtures in the house after I cleaned up the main floor hallway light over the past two days. This fixture is almost exactly like the entry light, but without the canopy and tassle. I followed the identical procedure for restoring it […]


Dam, Pigeons

by Josh on April 10, 2008 · 7 comments

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A biology textbook might tell you that beavers are nature’s dam builders, but the pigeons at my place merit at least a footnote in that chapter. Behold the Disgusting Roof Dam of Pigeon Filth!


Seeds Started, Seeds Sprouted

by Josh on April 4, 2008 · 3 comments

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While searching for instructions on when to start my tomato seeds, I stumbled on a great garden planting chart from the University of Minnesota Extension Service. “Planting the Vegetable Garden” by Vincent Fritz features a chart of planting dates and spacing for popular garden vegetables, specifically written for Minnesota gardeners. It’s just what I was […]


Patched Drain Pipe

by Josh on April 3, 2008 · 7 comments

in Basement,Projects

First thing this morning I picked up some plumber’s epoxy putty at the hardware store to repair the cracked drain pipe I discovered yesterday. This was my first experience with epoxy putty and I found out it is pretty amazing stuff. Straight out of the package, the epoxy looks like an oversized grey tootsie roll […]


Cracked Drain Pipe

by Josh on April 2, 2008 · 6 comments

in Basement,Journal

All I wanted was some clean sheets. It’s a simple task, right? Wash. Dry. Fold. Done. Simple. But in an old house, simple tasks can get complicated. Here’s how: I put the sheets into the washer and finished off a bottle of detergent as I started the load. Then I turned to the utility sink […]


Hodge Podge

by Josh on April 1, 2008 · 1 comment

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Nothing much got accomplished around the house in the past few days. Our extended family needed some help over the weekend and I took a bike ride with my 4-year-old son on Sunday, before yesterday’s snow storm. I had hoped I would get a few hours to work on the nursery project but that just […]

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