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Building a Chicken Run -- A Weekend Project??

Building a Chicken Run — A Weekend Project??

After having chickens for a few months, we started to see both the up- and the down-sides of the little creatures: Upside – they give you tasty eggs (eventually (not that I’m bitter or anything)) Downside – they poop indiscriminately on everything (not that I’m bitter or anything)   So put that nifty little lattice “gate”...
Finished Master Bathroom.

Finished Master Bathroom.

Allow me to finally share with you a long-overdue post: the FINISHED BATHROOM! We have had this wrapped up for a while now but I just never seem to find the time to write a blog post.  Sorry for the delay, but better late than never? To remind you what the old bathroom was like:...
The Chickens Pay Their Rent...Finally!

The Chickens Pay Their Rent…Finally!

When Lynne first said she wanted chickens three years ago, I chuckled and thought “aw, that’s cute…No way!” Fast forward just over two and a half years, and guess who was scraping chicken litter out from the coop?! My one bit of solace was that soon we would have delicious and healthy farm fresh eggs,...
Porch Swing Wine Glass Holder

Porch Swing Wine Glass Holder

With the porch bed swing hung, we were close to getting some use out of our new furniture…but something was missing.  I couldn’t quite figure it out until I tried to give Lynne a glass of wine while she was hanging out on the bed.  There’s no place to put your wine glass!  Unacceptable!! So I set...
Hanging the Porch Swing

Hanging the Porch Swing

So the swing is constructed, but there are two problems- 1) it’s unpainted (which apparently isn’t ideal) and 2) it is hard to swing on it when it’s sitting on the floor! Thankfully, I have an amazingly talented wife to help me with problem 1.  Remember, I am the guy who wanted to “just grab...
Porch Bed Swing? ... Porch Bed Swing!

Porch Bed Swing? … Porch Bed Swing!

What in the world is a porch bed swing?  Well, it’s pretty much what the name implies – it’s a porch swing that is made with a twin bed mattress.  Kind of nifty, but not super popular; only a handful of companies actually make sure swings, so we knew if we wanted one, it was...

Things You Can Buy for $34,000

A little bit ago, we got an estimate for simply fixing up our pool to make it functional, and as I am sure you guessed, it came back at a whopping $34,000…  Don’t get me wrong, I expected the estimate to be high (say $20-25k), but not THAT high!  I mean, this estimate didn’t even include adding a...
My First Pool Fire

My First Pool Fire

Yes, a pool fire is quite a strange concept, but that is only because you are probably thinking of a normal pool… You know, with water!  Our pool was not so lucky and was actually filled with tree instead.  (Our pool) So after a little over a year of trying to figure what to do...
A Peephole to the Past In Our Dining Room

A Peephole to the Past In Our Dining Room

Remember how we had a hole in the wall from when our plumbing was all redone? After the hole being there so long, Lynne actually liked seeing the old lath and plaster from the 1850 construction of the wall and was reluctant about closing it up again.  Her mom told her she’d been to old houses...
Please Welcome Genevieve!!

Please Welcome Genevieve!!

On August 20, 2014 at 8:05 AM, our family gained a beautiful baby girl!  We named her Genevieve after Lynne’s paternal grandmother (and Lynne’s sister) and are calling her Evie (pronounced ee-vee). We wanted to share a few of the finer points of the events leading up to little Evie’s birth with you, but we do need to warn...
Air Conditioning Upstairs

Air Conditioning Upstairs

We moved into our home later in the summer last year, and when the AC didn’t turn on upstairs (even though the inspectors said it worked), we had a choice to make: funnel who knows how much money into the AC or gut out the heat with some open windows and use the money elsewhere....
Hitch it up

Hitch it up

In moving from the city to the country, we discovered many (rather large) differences in lifestyle.  Quite a few of these differences are documented in this blog, but the one that probably took me most by surprise was the trash pickup situation.  As in there isn’t one… That’s right, there is no municipal trash pickup...
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