There are many things I love about our home, but the overly ornate fireplace it came with is most definitely not one of them. The marble, the columns, and the excessive amount of trim have always been my least favorite part of our house. I’ve spent the past ten years filling the surrounding built-ins with family photos and favorite board games, so there are plenty … Continue reading Warms My Heart
It all started with a leaky kitchen faucet. Little drips, little problems. Clark determined that the faucet needed to be replaced, and I got to thinking how nice it would be to replace the sink as well. I successfully argued that a single basin sink would be more practical, especially when it came to soaking pizza pans, rib racks, and sticky smoked salmon grates. Now … Continue reading Plumbing, Plungers, & Plagiarism
Our backyard chicken trial was such a success that we welcomed eight new laying hens into our flock this spring. We brought them home as baby chicks, but they are now fully grown ladies with gorgeous coloring and feather patterns. Proudly introducing: The good news is that we are already getting 6-7 eggs per day from these ladies, which we didn’t expect until October. Lots … Continue reading Coopers
February, you nearly killed us! We used to live in a duplex, and for years we lived in Unit A and rented out Unit B. It was easy to keep an eye on things when we lived right next door, but now we live all the way across town. Needless to say, these days it takes a little longer to notice when things go astray at the … Continue reading Gratitude 14: Done with the Duplex
If you ever find yourself in need of a good fairy tale, just flip on a commercial for one of those big box home improvement stores. Lowe’s and Home Depot would like us to believe that home projects are magical family bonding experiences. Have you seen the Lowe’s commercial featuring a young, attractive couple skipping through the store aisles before giddily loading their truck with … Continue reading Green Pastures
It’s amazing what heavy equipment can do. This weekend the excavator arrived, and the alders met their match. Don’t get me wrong: remnants of their roots are still lurking beneath the surface, so I know the war is not over. But I do feel like we’ve won round one of the battle. The hill out front is nearly ready for seed. Quick recap: here is … Continue reading Alder Slaughter… Success!
I type tonight with dirty fingernails, weary muscles, and sunburned skin. It is Memorial Day weekend, and for that I am grateful. Especially grateful to the men – my grandfathers included – and women who fought to make this a country where we can all make our own choices about most anything one can choose to make a choice about. Thank you. This weekend we … Continue reading At Least We Smell Like We Went Camping