May 2009

Planting a Winning Windowbox

by Josh on May 23, 2009 · 6 comments

in garden,Projects

I have made no secret of my disappointing past results with my windowbox flowers. This year, that is all going to change. My new winning ways began with major soil rehabilitation. I removed half of the windowbox soil and replaced it with a mixture of 2 parts new garden soil, 1 part composted manure, and […]


Goodbye Boulevard Tree

by Josh on May 20, 2009 · 9 comments

in Journal

One of the trees in the boulevard alongside the house was highly stressed by the dry weather last summer and the harsh winter that followed. It has not leafed out much this spring and now it won’t get the chance. Yesterday a Minneapolis Park Board truck pulled up and marked the tree. The inspector left […]


It used to be that the only way to make an antique toilet use less water was to put a brick or two in the tank.  It’s a nice idea, but sometimes the old toilets don’t work as well with a smaller flush volume than they were designed for.  And if you have to flush […]


Twin Cities Houseblog Tour

by Josh on May 8, 2009 · 0 comments

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Welcome to the second site on the Twin Cities Houseblog Tour! With the cancellation of the Twin Cities Bungalow Club Home Tour for 2009, local blog friend, StuccoHouse, suggested that we Minneapolis and St. Paul housebloggers offer an online alternative. Almost by definition, a tour of houseblogs is a tour of works-in-progress –not the fully-finished […]


Dining Room Chandelier

by Josh on May 5, 2009 · 1 comment

in Dining Room,Journal

Bungalow in the Hollow recently asked for a photo and information on my dining room chandelier because they needed some ideas on illuminating your home.  Here it is: This is the six arm chandelier from the Tahoe collection by Hinckley Lighting.  I have the matching 3-arm version in the living room, too.  When Ms. Bungalow […]

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Home Tour Highlights

by Josh on May 2, 2009 · 1 comment

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Last weekend I visited a handful of homes on the Minneapolis and St. Paul Home Tour. Three of the four homes I toured were near my neighborhood and the fourth I sought out specifically for its energy improvements. Although this post will include several photos with descriptions, additional photos can be found in the 2009 […]

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