December 2008

Garden of Merit 2008

by Josh on December 30, 2008 · 3 comments

in garden,Journal

With a new wave of snow falling outside, it was delightful to open the big manilla envelope from Metro Blooms in today’s mail and see that we had received a Garden of Merit certificate for the second year in a row.   Metro  Blooms recognizes and encourages citizen gardening in boulevards, front yards and other publicly […]


Cool Tool: The Snow Plow Shovel

by Josh on December 30, 2008 · 12 comments

in Ideas

My parents and I agreed that we would cut back on Christmas gifts this year, but that didn’t stop “Santa” from delivering an awesome new Snowplow shovel to my front porch the week of Christmas. Readers in warmer locations might not appreciate the value of a great snow shovel, but for my corner lot in […]


Someday: Front Steps

by Josh on December 22, 2008 · 4 comments

in Ideas,Journal

My recent post about the trouble with the downspout and pavement at the front of the house reminded me of another topic I haven’t posted on yet: the front steps. Although I don’t have a picture to prove it, I’m certain my house originally had street-facing front steps with brick wing walls on the sides. […]


Site Update

by Josh on December 13, 2008 · 1 comment

in Journal

I just performed an upgrade of my blog software to WordPress 2.7 Coltrane. Although this is a major upgrade behind the scenes, nothing about the site should look or act differently as a result of this change. If a page or element looks funny or isn’t working the way it used to, please let me […]

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Mouse Mitigation

by Josh on December 10, 2008 · 0 comments

in Journal

You would think the embarassment of a mouse at my dinner party would have prompted an immediate response, but for someone with my considerable powers of procrastination, a reminder was required.  While sitting at the kitchen table with my older son tonight, I saw a mouse run between the dishwasher and the stove.  If the […]


The Mouse and The Dinner Party

by Josh on December 4, 2008 · 1 comment

in Journal

Travel two days back in time with me.  I was cleaning in the kitchen and I noticed that a small section of baseboard trim at the edge of the cabinets was loose– just held in place with friction against the underside of the cabinet toe kick.  I removed the baseboard and discovered a piece of […]

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