New Blue Loo

First up in the painfully slow parade of final house projects: my one and only bathroom. Backstory This is not a Tiny House, but it is pretty darn small. The overall square footage is about 960 square feet on the main floor with another 400+ unfinished space downstairs.  While the other rooms are relatively spacious, … Continue reading New Blue Loo

The Final Chapters of a Girl and her Hammer

For those who have followed the long, long, LONG tale of this humble house renovation, you'll find it hard to believe that this project is almost done.*  A mere 16+ years of my life consumed by sawdust and drywall mud.  THAT'S TWO HUNDRED MONTHS of plans, dreams, sweat, tears, wounds, failures and regrets.  And many, … Continue reading The Final Chapters of a Girl and her Hammer

Landscaping 2018

Above is a panoramic shot of my hilly, scrubby pit of a back yard.  It's useless for anything but habitat for critters and a buffer between neighbors.  I'm finally resigned to the the fact that there will be no vegetable gardening (lack of sun) or secluded getaway spot (lack of funds). The plan now is … Continue reading Landscaping 2018

Basement Renovation: The Floor

I'm taking another week of vacation to do construction.  The kitchen isn't finished but I wrapped up all the major construction and am enjoying a fully-functioning kitchen. This week I'm attempting to knock out the basement project. Just one third of the basement, but all I need is a respectable and lawless studio.   I … Continue reading Basement Renovation: The Floor

Deconstruction

I haven't felt very chatty lately, but there's been a lot going on behind the scenes and I thought it time for an update. When I last posted, I was working on the front and back hallway, determined to finish each before moving on.  Of course, that didn't work. It never does when I'm involved. … Continue reading Deconstruction

De Colores

It's been a while since I've taken on a real house-related project.  To make up for lost time, I decided to tackle several at one time, each taking up precious space in the house, and each on a different completion guideline. It's been chaos and I'm still not done, but I'm close enough to share pictures with … Continue reading De Colores

Spring Cleaning

It's been a while since I attacked a large garden project.  The last few growing seasons were marred by downed trees and fallen spirit.  I just closed my eyes and pretended the overgrown flower beds and ever-growing wood piles didn't exist. But after this past long, cold winter, I desperately needed to get outside.  And I've been outside every … Continue reading Spring Cleaning

Paint Therapy

The last couple of days were rough, and I'm physically and emotionally drained.  Still, the last thing I wanted to do was sit around and mope. It's a spring-like 60 degrees today with another major winter snowstorm heading our way tomorrow.  Just enough time for a mini renovation project. I really need to replace the … Continue reading Paint Therapy

Close Only Counts in Horseshoes

I really tried to finish this landscape project today.  Really!  I ran out of mulch at the same time I ran out of energy, and thunderstorms are moving our way. Time to concede this defeat.  But I came really close! I think I'm ready to take a breather from yard work for a couple of … Continue reading Close Only Counts in Horseshoes