Category Archives: Home Reno’s Aren’t for Weaklings

There’s a Girl

I was standing in line at the hardware store. It turns out that I didn’t have any construction adhesive and was a bit short on 1/4round and trim will go better when you have some. The people in front of … Continue reading

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Cooking, Done with Care

¬†Cooking, done with care, is an act of love. I love to cook. No, really, I do. I love to cook but my kitchen mostly just made me grumpy. The California sunshine ceiling was a bug grave yard that left … Continue reading

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Guardianship

An old house is an exercise in frustration. Nothing is square, nothing is straight. If there is a 90 degree corner in this house, we haven’t found it yet. If such a corner existed, it would be almost temporal in … Continue reading

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In the Merde

Remember when I wrote the posts last year about the bathroom? About the plumber and about the problems? Remember when I told you about having no hot water? This time we have all the water you want. No, really. You … Continue reading

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Before and After

Well, as promised. You will notice the chew marks on the chair cushions. They are ikea poang chairs, and while they are the most comfortable things in the world to sit in, the selection of cushions at Ikea is less … Continue reading

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Hey, Look at that

You were going to get more pictures, but that one took 10 minutes to upload, and I’m ready for bed. That’s the vanity, that’s the floor I installed, those are the walls I painted, and while you can’t see it, … Continue reading

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The best thing I can say

Get a loaf of bread and some kosher salt. Walk around your bathroom in a circle. Get some sage. Smudge it. In your bathroom. Normally, I must confess, I would consider this ideas to be the epitome of hocus pocus … Continue reading

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It will be ok. . . .

I maybe had a bit of a break down on Tuesday night. I was laying the last of the tile after our friends turned up to help us move the cast iron claw foot tub. I was about to start … Continue reading

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Dear Plumbing Fates:

Dear Plumbing Fates: Just down the street from us is a house which looks to be held up by sheer force of habit. Also, there are public health notices and the people who “live” there (I say live, in the … Continue reading

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There, I fixed it. . .

I was sitting, minding my own business, having just wrapped up grouting the new tile floor, when Mr. Spit came a-thundering down the stairs. Wait, I did mention, until we either got the plumber or the new taps, we have … Continue reading

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