I looked up the definition of "skunked" after writing the title to this post.  To defeat overwhelmingly, or something of the like. I concur. In less figurative terms, I got skunked last night. As in skunks got into a tiff and sprayed under my kitchen floor.  Now, I've smelled skunk spray outside my window before, and even … Continue reading Skunked


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

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

Memorial Day Garden

When my father passed a few weeks ago, the fine folks at work gave me a sympathy card and a gift card to Milmont Greenhouses.  My boss had no idea that this is quite possibly my favorite place on Earth.  How fortuitous! Keeping with the intent of the gift, I decided to build a memorial garden … Continue reading Memorial Day Garden

Winter Storm Warning

Have you heard the latest winter weather prediction?  Apparently, our (western Virginia) wet summer weather pattern will extend into winter.  I don't know what "above normal snowfall" means, but hopefully it won't be the 6 feet we got a couple of years ago.  Then again, we had a severe snow drought last year and now … Continue reading Winter Storm Warning

Renovation Reminiscences – The Bedroom

Two rooms down.  We're nearly 1/2 way done! The bedroom was not the most challenging of the renovation projects.  It was, for the most part, structurally sound. Aesthetically, it was a monster! Here is the before picture.  Not so bad, despite the cheap 70s paneling.  As a reminder, this was previously used as the kitchen -  hence … Continue reading Renovation Reminiscences – The Bedroom

Renovation Reminiscences – The Bathroom

I realize that I have posted a lot this past week, but I'm trying to get caught up on old matters before spring arrives and my outdoor projects command all my time and attention.  Thank you for your patience! Back to old news. My first major renovation project was the bathroom. The house came with plumbing, … Continue reading Renovation Reminiscences – The Bathroom

Renovation Reminiscences – Guest Room

Back in the summer of 2001, I decided to leave my corporate job, move back to Virginia, and get a graduate degree in education. Oh, and buy a little fixer-upper to work on during my downtime.  I think it was just a game to me back then, or an ambitious art project.  Either way, I can … Continue reading Renovation Reminiscences – Guest Room