Glass is Half-Full, Really

Brooke here. We’re… oh, I think “exhausted” about covers it.  We got a break from the non-stop rain for exactly eight days. A full week-plus of not having to bail out the basement, woo! We made the most of it by catching up on some yard projects we’ve been slacking on due to Bailing, and […]

Do You Want To Play A Game?

Brooke here.  Let’s play a quick little game! What is the worst short phrase you can think of to describe finding a black widow? I’m off to go freak out, and then maybe I’ll spend the afternoon burning down my backyard. p.s.: I cannot believe I have needed to use the black widow tag in […]

Happy Mother’s Day

Brooke here.  Back from traveling, maintenance and home posts resume. Me (on phone with my mom): Stuff stuff stuff stuff chitter chatter stuff. Mom: Stuff stuff chitter chatter stuff stuff. Me: Oh.  Hm.  Just fished a black widow out of the pool. Mom:  What? Me: Yeah, it’s almost dead.  I’ll just dump it in the […]

Pool Progress Shots

Brooke here: If I crane my neck in an uncomfortable way, I can see the pool from my office window; it no longer drives me to Irish up my tea (helpful hint: liquor-tea is an abomination).   Since the pool is the single largest project we’ve accomplished thus far, I thought it would be nice […]


Brooke here: Mid-July and August set records on heat and general Oh God, so we called time out on the yardwork.  I would have posted status updates but most of it would literally have been about watching grass grow, so let’s jump ahead to the end result.  Click on the pictures for a better comparison: […]

Projects, with the… and the…

Brooke here: June was the most expensive month of my entire life.  At no fewer than three points did I write a check, pause, and think “This is the largest check I’ve ever written.”  All planned-for expenses, mind, but the first two times this happened I sort of curled up in a chair with a […]