by Josh on March 8, 2011 · 4 comments

in Journal

I discovered yesterday that my blog had been hacked and malicious code inserted into the javascript on some pages. It appears that I have eliminated that threat now and I am finishing the repair process. In the meantime, please bear with the incomplete theme and any other temporary wonkiness.


A Brief Conversation

by Josh on February 15, 2011 · 9 comments

in Journal,Windows

“Good evening, sir.  I noticed that you have some older-style windows here.  Have you ever thought of replacing them?” “Heavens, no.” “Oh.  Well, thank you.”


About My Chambers Stove

by Josh on December 17, 2010 · 10 comments

in Journal

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may recall that back in May I shared a teaser photo of the 1951 Chambers 61C range I bought for the kitchen.  Since then, I haven’t said a word about the stove because…. I wasn’t doing much with it besides think about how great it would […]


Snow Day Sights

by Josh on December 10, 2010 · 1 comment

in Fireplace,Journal

Snow has come to Minneapolis and more is on the way. The squirrels are making follow-the-leader tracks through the windowbox. The lawn chairs are much more cushiony. And the hearth offers a warm welcome back inside.

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Roll Your Own Bundle

by Josh on October 27, 2010 · 10 comments

in Journal,Living Room

If you’ve ever dreamed of ditching your cable, dish, or phone company, the latest episode of The Handyguys Podcast offers a great primer on how to save money and keep great service by cutting the cable. Like my fellow DIY Blog Squad-ers, the Handyguys, I’ve also found that my best value in home media and […]


True Value Update

by Josh on October 26, 2010 · 0 comments

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I’m having an awesome time on the 2010 DIY Blog Squad for True Value Hardware.  With True Value’s help, I’ve fixed up a couple furniture pieces here at the bungalow, and soon I’ll share my first attempt making at an Arts and Crafts-style tile frame, with more projects on the way. Meanwhile, all this week […]


For many bungalow lovers, a dream home might be one of the charming and nicely-detailed kit houses that were available from the Sears catalog throughout the bungalow era.  And if you asked these same people to name their favorite architect, I bet many would say Frank Lloyd Wright— a man who surely abhorred the idea […]


Hatching Monarch Butterflies at Home

by Josh on September 10, 2010 · 5 comments

in garden,Journal

My bungalow yard has suddenly become a terrific habitat for monarch butterflies thanks to an ideal tagteam between Mother Nature and me. Nature did her part by distributing milkweed seeds to my yard from nearby wetlands and then providing more precipitation than in recent years. My part was to take a lot of summer vacations […]


True Value Design SOS Contest

by Josh on September 7, 2010 · 0 comments

in Journal

Calling all denizens of disastrous domains!  If you know of a home–either your own or a friend’s– that needs a design intervention, True Value Hardware has a new contest just for you.  It’s the 2010 True Value Design SOS Contest. Here’s how it works: Between now and October 7, 2010, submit a description and some […]


Reader Mike recently emailed me; I found your great house blog the other day!  I’m also working on renovating a S. Minneapolis bungalow and I’ve been trying to find out the history of the house.  What resources did you use to find out your house’s history? Well, Mike, although I hardly consider my own house […]