Keep it in your drawers

Let me tell you, one of my favorite upgrades we’ve done to this kitchen is a set of drawers Mark built for a cabinet that had been tragically underutilized. Aside from storing the slow cooker and the odd boy, this cabinet wasn’t getting much use. And this was all the more sad for it’s central... Continue Reading →

Venting displeasure

Under the kitchen sink cabinet, just where the toe lift meets the floor, was the grossest vent in the house. It was originally brown painted metal, but was now caked with rust and grime, since decades of floor mopping water had deposited a nasty patina of scum. An additional problem is that they had laid... Continue Reading →

Goodbye shitty soffit

One of the more annoyingly innocuous aspects of our house when we moved in was an extra bit of soffit that had been used to attach a cabinet over the kitchen peninsula counter. Someone in the past had taken the cabinet off to open up the kitchen space, (a decision I heartily agree with), but... Continue Reading →

Cedar Toy Box

Toy box for our friends new baby girl. Accidentally turned into an anarchists tool box thanks to literary influences from Lost Art Press. Once it’s done holding toys she can fill it with tools!

Halloween Pumpkins

I tried the pumpkin eyeball method with success this Halloween. I broke out my proper acrylic paints from art school and really tried to get into the spirit of the thing. Also our pumpkin family has one more member than it did last year.

Tools of Mass Production

Mark painted the garage with a paint sprayer. The end results look so much better and cleaner. The garage had probably not been painted in 40 years. Now with everything hanging neatly, I notice how many shovels, rakes, hoes, axes, trimmers, machetes and other implements of destruction we have.

Pumpkin Spiced Butter

This isn’t a recipe, it’s more of a general method. Start with several pie pumpkins. Wash and slice pumpkins into wedges. You can discard the pumpkin seeds, but we dry the seeds out for a day, then give them to the squirrels. Drizzle oil of your choice over pumpkins, or use a pastry brush. We... Continue Reading →

Side yard landscaping

We replaced some very pathetic looking day lillies and assorted weeds with new plants. I don’t even have a before picture, but be assured it looked awful. Mark enjoyed renting the tiller and driving it through the soil.

Peachy keen

I love when peaches are in season. I will always buy too many. My neighbor likes to grill them and serve them with ice cream, honey and a few chopped nuts on top. They are so delicious!

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