Squirrel Butt

Brooke here: I talk a lot of trash about the house but it’s really amazing.  Yes, I have to get out in the yard and start battling fifty years’ worth of English ivy and wisteria.  Yes, the bathrooms are squalid holes.  Yes, we have a huge snake in the house and we have no idea […]

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.  […]

Slowly But Surely

Brooke here with a brief progress report on the pool: The day after the Great Tadpole Wrangle, Brown got out the pressure washer and went nuts on the stairs.  I shoveled out buckets of gunk*and the rocky debris that had fallen in during the brick haul. The plan is to work backwards towards the deep […]

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. […]