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Not Soon Enough

by Josh on July 7, 2007 · 6 comments

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The sign in the new neighborhood shop window says, “Coming Soon: Grand Ole Creamery.” Well, soon is not soon enough.

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Trucksitting

by Josh on June 30, 2007 · 2 comments

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My parents just left town for a week in Florida and they asked me to watch their truck for them while they are away. (I’m taking care of their dog, too.) They just sprung this trucksitting opportunity on my yesterday and although I haven’t had much time to think about it, I’m going to pack […]

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Molten Hot Flashbacks

by Josh on June 22, 2007 · 2 comments

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I’m having flashbacks. Flashbacks to a previous house during a previous summer when I was in the middle of a previous renovation project in my previous attic in previously ridiculous heat and humidity.

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Whole Lotta Hammer Swings

by Josh on June 12, 2007 · 2 comments

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Check out this bit of original framing from the ceiling of the nursery renovation project: There are at least a dozen nails in that framing intersection and the dimples in the lumber make it clear that they were driven by hand. Now consider how many hundreds of framing joints there are in the house, how […]

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Snails and Schedules

by Josh on June 7, 2007 · 0 comments

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My snail’s pace nursery renovation continued tonight. Yes, I’ve been picking at this room for a year now … and yes, I’m still in the demolition phase. In fact, if snails read blogs they would probably be offended at the comparison. Point of fact, my true pace of this renovation is somewhere between snails and […]

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Twincities.com Blogroll

by Josh on April 25, 2007 · 0 comments

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If you are one of the local readers of this site that has your own blog, you might want to head over to the Pioneer Press website to sign up for their new Twin Cities blogroll. Sign-up link here.

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Signs of Spring

by Josh on April 24, 2007 · 0 comments

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We have reached that glorious time of year in which the warmth of each day coaxes an appreciable response from the waking trees and plants. Yes, spring is finally arriving to Minneapolis. If ever there is a time to stop and smell the flowers (or take pictures of them) this is it. Here are a […]

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Cedar Closet, Part One

by Josh on April 3, 2007 · 0 comments

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Back several weeks ago, I had to demolish our upstairs linen closet to access a kneewall crawlspace and thaw the frozen water pipes to the shower in our master bathroom. Since then, I have stolen bits of time here and there to s-l-o-w-l-y put the closet back together. Like most of my projects, this one […]

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Bathroom GFCI

by Josh on February 19, 2007 · 0 comments

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I’ve always appreciated the fact that the previous owners of our house added a master bathroom to the top level of the house. It is a great convenience and would otherwise have been a project for us to do ourselves. Of course there are a couple things about it that I would have done differently […]

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Frozen Pipes

by Josh on February 18, 2007 · 7 comments

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The recent string of days below zero degrees here in Minneapolis have been tough. Even hardy Minnesotans, accustomed to chilly winter temps, have stayed indoors as much as possible in order to avoid the danger and discomfort of the extreme cold. So what’s a person to do when the cold tries to come inside and […]

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