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A Nighttime Visitor

A Nighttime Visitor

When I arrived home last night, I discovered that we had a guest in our home. Video of our surprise guest (note: opens in a separate window) He must have gotten directions from his friend, the flying squirrel.  Unfortunately, his friend visited before we had our cat, Meriwether, so I came home to hearing thuds...
Be Gone With You, Poison Ivy

Be Gone With You, Poison Ivy

Poison ivy has been the bane of Lynne’s existence since we moved here last summer.  Every project we’ve done outside (which has involved a lot of clearing out overgrown bushes, trees, vines, etc.) has resulted in her getting an awful blistery rash.  It’s actually gotten so bad she went on steroids. The worst part?  Lynne’s...
Half-Bath is DONE!!

Half-Bath is DONE!!

The half-bath downstairs is done!!  It took a while to finish the last few touches, but with some more help, it is the first room we can officially cross off our list!  Plus, thanks to my brilliant wife and some very helpful family, we did it for just $318: Sink: $118 from www.wayfair.com Faucet: $53 from www.overstock.com...
Fixing A Broken Pipe (Thanks Winter)

Fixing A Broken Pipe (Thanks Winter)

When we were Prepping for our First Winter Storm, I discovered what turned out to be heat tape on many of our pipes under the house.  I thought this slightly-more-expensive way to keep our pipes from freezing was great…  As of yesterday morning, our pipes were frozen 7 out of the 11 days prior, so...
Chopping Down Our Christmas Tree!

Chopping Down Our Christmas Tree!

Many people every year decide to cut down their own Christmas trees.  This year, Lynne and I were one of those families!!  Well, I can’t say it was quite the “traditional” way of cutting down your own tree in a forest or anything.  Actually, it was more like yard-work 🙂 We had this decently sized...
Surprise Christmas Decorating

Surprise Christmas Decorating

With Lynne out of town for two straight weeks for work, I thought about how nice it would be to surprise her with Christmas lights for our first holiday season in our new house!!  The front porch, I thought, would look best all lit up with holiday cheer, so I went about devising a plan:...
Prepping for our First Winter Storm

Prepping for our First Winter Storm

With news of a winter storm a few days ago, we decided we should make whatever preparations we could to get our old house to make it through.  The only thing we thought we could really get done with such little time was to insulate our water pipes; adding pipe insulation helps stop pipes from freezing and...
The Cutest Dang Coffee Nook You Ever Did See

The Cutest Dang Coffee Nook You Ever Did See

Yeah, I said it: the coffee nook we built this weekend is really stinking cute!  My wife is an absolute genius as far as I am concerned, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.  Here’s how it went down. BEFORE    AFTER   Am I right or am I right?! It all started when Lynne...
Replacing the Bathroom Sink- Part 3

Replacing the Bathroom Sink- Part 3

With the new floor in and toilet replaced, we can FINALLY install the new sink! Because of how our pedestal sink is constructed, we had to anchor the basin into the wall, which meant we had to drill through tile into the wall / studs.  We went out and got some glass and tile drill...
Replacing the Bathroom Sink- Part 2

Replacing the Bathroom Sink- Part 2

As I mentioned previously, we decided to put down a vinyl floor in our bathroom.  I wanted to tell anyone reading this that we know this is not particularly farmhouse-y or really classic, but allow me to explain.  Eventually, Lynne and I want to rip out this half-bathroom (again) and tear down the wall into...
Replacing The Bathroom Sink - Part 1

Replacing The Bathroom Sink – Part 1

As you can probably tell from the title of this post, we ran into some…complications while we were updating the half-bathroom downstairs.  All we really wanted to do was install a pedestal sink, but we ran into much more along the way.  The way I see it, we had two choices: 1) curse the day...
Installing a New Toilet Made Surprising Easy

Installing a New Toilet Made Surprising Easy

I was actually pretty scared to install my first toilet mainly because the toilet was a mystery to me; I just knew there had to be some overly complicated way that the toilet’s contents made it from the porcelain to the pipe, and if I messed that up, the result would be just awful.  I...
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