Caterpillars and Monarchs, Part One

by Josh on August 27, 2011 · 3 comments

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Very little good can come from letting weeds get out of control in your yard. Not only do the weeds look bad, but they can choke out the desirable plants and seed themselves so the problem keeps getting worse. But in the case of milkweed, all those problems come with a glorious perk. Monarchs! You […]


Mad Men-scaping

by Josh on August 16, 2011 · 9 comments

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Multiple choice: What do I have in common with style icon of the moment, Don Draper, the fictional 60’s ad executive of AMC’s drama Mad Men? 3-martini lunches shameless womanizing a dark and mysterious past a great old-school shave Yeah, it’s the shave.  But for me, shaving like a Mad Man is as much a […]


A neighborhood furniture and antique store is preparing to close its doors after over 30 years. I stopped in looking for deals as they wind down their operation. The first thing to catch my eye was this curvy and deeply finished oak wall clock. The dark oak was a great match with the trim in […]


DIY True Stories Contest

by Josh on July 27, 2011 · 0 comments

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Every home owner has experienced them– house projects that go wrong. Here just a few forms those DIY problems can take: The Snowball: a DIY project that just keep growing larger or more expensive The Puzzler: a DIY project that leaves you stumped about what to do next The Whopper: a DIY project so large […]


New Tool: Sony A55 DSLR Camera

by Josh on July 10, 2011 · 9 comments

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It won’t be kept in my workshop, but you’ll notice the contribution of this tool to every project I share.  It’s my new Sony a55 dslr camera. I have owned film slr cameras before, but never a digital version.  I’ve been casually shopping them for a while, but I really got inspired when I saw […]


It might not be a car that turns into a robot, but what other than “transformer” do you call a table that can change from a 42″ round pedestal to a 102″ five-legged banquet?  Optimus Table?  Tablemus Prime? Ususally I just call it my dining room table. I first showed the new-to-me table and chairs […]


They like me! That must be why True Value Hardware has included me in their DIY Blog Squad for a third straight year.  As before, True Value is providing me with $1,000 to spend on the materials and tools I need to take on projects here at Bungalow ’23.  Then I’ll share my progress in […]


3rd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour

by Josh on May 14, 2011 · 21 comments

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This post is part of a 10-site blog tour.  Follow the links at the end of the post to move forward or backward through the tour sites. Welcome to Bungalow ’23!  Whether you are a regular reader or a first-time visitor, I’m delighted to have you here for the 3rd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour.  For […]


Cobbles and Rails

by Josh on March 18, 2011 · 9 comments

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Before April showers and May flowers come March potholes. But in my neighborhood, potholes aren’t just a seasonal inconvenience, they’re also a history lesson. Just take a look at what lies beneath the veneer of modernity that is two inches of asphalt: That is a streetcar rail set in amid granite street pavers at an […]


My Cautionary Tale

by Josh on March 16, 2011 · 4 comments

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Things are pretty well put together around here following the malicious code attack that got my site temporarily blacklisted with Google.  Now I thought I’d share how the problem happened, how I fixed it, and what has changed on the site as a result.  There will be more about technology than houses this time, but […]