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 […]


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 […]


It’s Pretty Obvious

by Josh on August 18, 2010 · 4 comments

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I’m not going to completely blame the lawyers (Hi, sweetie!) for this, but everywhere you go there are labels for the obvious.  If you buy a coffee, the cup will warn: “Contents hot!”  If you pick up a bottle of sunscreen, the label will  state it is “for external use only.” So the requirement of […]


Local Events Roundup

by Josh on April 24, 2009 · 4 comments

in Ideas,Journal

For my readers in the Twin Cities area, there are a number of excellent events coming up over the next few weekends that deserve your consideration. Minneapolis & St. Paul Home Tour Saturday, April 25, 2009, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2009, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Free This event showcasing urban living […]


Garden of Merit 2008

by Josh on December 30, 2008 · 3 comments

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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 […]


A few weekends ago, I stole away from my own house projects long enough to catch the last hour of the Twin Cities Bungalow Club‘s 2008 Home Tour. I only had time to make it to the first house on the tour, but it was a good one– a nearby bungalow with a contractor for […]


Some fellow Minneapolitans may have found the answer to my pigeon problems. Best of all, this pigeon control solution is completely green, VOC-free, locally-sourced and all-natural. It’s a predator! This video was shot by netclift about a mile from my place: And Lost Forest After Dark shows what happens when a pigeon meets a hawk. […]


Paint Recycling

by Josh on April 22, 2008 · 5 comments

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I’m an admirer of the “one in, one out” policy of clutter control. This is the idea that for every new thing you bring into your house you must get rid of one old thing– preferably through donation, sale, or recycling, not trash. This can work wonderfully for things like clothing or books, but what […]


Hodge Podge

by Josh on April 1, 2008 · 1 comment

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Nothing much got accomplished around the house in the past few days. Our extended family needed some help over the weekend and I took a bike ride with my 4-year-old son on Sunday, before yesterday’s snow storm. I had hoped I would get a few hours to work on the nursery project but that just […]

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Bungalow Tour Announcement

by Josh on May 9, 2006 · 0 comments

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After a bungalow-deficient experience on the Minneapolis & St. Paul Home Tour last weekend, I plan to balance the scales this Saturday on the Twin Cities Bungalow Club 2006 House Tour.