Crazy Lady Digs Through Trash

Brooke here.  You would not believe the month we’ve just had.  Argh. So, spring.  Somehow it just happened in spite of our hectic schedules, and we must either sprint to keep up or watch it pass us by again. Sprinting it is.  If you remember the most recent landscaping post from last November, Brown and […]

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 […]

The Garden Stairs (2)

Brooke here.  In the previous post, I described the garden stairs with broad strokes of the brush.  Now let’s go over some of those fine fiddly bits which are so critical in those paintings of wide-eyed fluffy kittens. These images are all of the installation of the third frame, so at the time these pictures […]

Shriveled Wrecks of Flesh

Brooke here: We have devolved into creatures good for nothing but generating profanity and hurling fistfuls of money at Home Depot.  Over a hurried sandwich, I tried to explain to Elizabeth that Brown and I have been throwing ourselves into various home improvement projects since early April and it’s frustrating to still not see the […]

Adventures In The Fetid Hellswamp

Brooke here: If “busy” means “four hours of sleep,” then we’ve been rather busy.  There are a few deadlines looming on many of the house projects and those have to be completed on schedule or we are screwed.  However, we are finally entering the sunlit lands of Hiring People To Do Stuff, which is awesome.  […]

A For Effort, But No Prize

Brooke here: The Great Tadpole Wrangle was held today with much fanfare and little results.  In fact, if you count the cricket frog I accidentially smooshed to death, the net sum of frogs/pollywogs saved is zero. Over the weekend, Brown drained the pool down to (what we thought was) two feet of water in the […]

A: “This is the worst one I’ve ever seen”

Q: What are we tired of hearing from contractors? Brooke here. We’ve gotten one estimate on pool repair and another on the cost to replace the deck.  Neither are what we anticipated, mainly as the contractors keep pointing out a couple of small structural problems.  Like so… After seeing what was hidden under six tons […]

+5 Pile o’ Bricks

Brooke here: Brick removal is done.  There’s just the slightest, teeny-tiny, eeeensiest smidgen of cleanup ahead of us, but the tear up is finished.  Our friends Elizabeth and Jo came over to help Brown with the heavy lifting on Saturday, and Elizabeth and I knocked out the last fifty square feet or so this morning. […]