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 […]


Original Casement Hardware Cover-up

by Josh on September 17, 2008 · 3 comments

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Of the eight intact casement windows in the house only one has its original hardware intact.  That window is in the kitchen, in what used to be the breakfast nook.  My last post described my successful search for vintage replacement hardware for four of the other casement windows.  But before I hit the salvage shops […]


My Lousy Vegetables

by Josh on October 25, 2007 · 7 comments

in garden,Projects

I have got to figure out what I’m doing wrong with my vegetable gardening. I enriched the soil with manure and compost, planted at an appropriate time and kept the garden watered reasonably well. Despite that work, I really got squat for yields. The plants seem to be at their most productive now when the […]


Hosed by Blog Host

by Josh on November 15, 2005 · 0 comments

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Sorry everyone! I just discovered some mysterious changes that have crushed my blog layout. Banner: gone Sidebar links: gone Two-column layout: gone Login: gone It also appears that some of my content has gotten replaced by content from another blog called “Library Links.” I’m going to get to the bottom of this as soon as […]