Category: home building

Super Tuesday Show Down: Which is Tougher, Building a New Home or Running for President?

I don’t care if Monday’s blue… …Tuesday’s grey and Wednesday too The Cure, 1992 Super Tuesday–a major milestone in the presidential primary season. We are also at a transition point in our home building. The concrete foundation is poured and curing, wood framing will begin next week. Which is the bigger story, the presidential race... Read more »

To the Family Who Will Buy Our House, Whoever You Are

  Our house… …was our castle and our keep. Madness, 1982 It is late February now. The weather changes from day to day, bright and sunny on Tuesday, windy and stormy by Wednesday. Most of our  trees are bare, though we fear these temperature shifts may confuse them into early budding. And we don’t want... Read more »

Mattel's New Barbies Are Not Enough!

It’s just a … …personality crisis. New York Dolls, 1973 When Laury was a little girl, the gift she always asked for, but never received, was a shiny pink plastic Barbie car. It would have been the perfect companion for her blonde, sleek, and unnaturally proportioned Barbie doll. But with sales of that California Barbie... Read more »
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Isn't This Blog Supposed To Be About Building A House?

He doesn’t look a thing like Jesus… …but more than you’ll ever know. The Killers, 2006 Yes, it has been awhile since we have had a lesson in Home Building 101. Weather and other assorted issues have caused a bit of a hiatus in the Big Dig. All of you who warned us that we... Read more »

Why Did My Cat Dump Me?

Kkkkkk, Katmandu… …I think it’s really where I’m going to. Bob Seger, 1975 I became a cat lover at age eight. I remember my aunt and uncle climbing the stairs to our apartment with a paper shopping bag. Peeping out was a scrawny street cat they had captured. They had decided they didn’t want her,... Read more »

Color Choice Made Easy. It's All Black or White.

That her face, at first just ghostly… …turned a whiter shade of pale. Procol Harum-1967 I am thrilled, absolutely ecstatic. Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore are in agreement. The Color of the Year for 2016 is…white! Although Benjamin Moore calls it “Simple White” and Sherwin-Williams likes the name “Alabaster “, whatever you choose to call it, the... Read more »
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If We Spend It, They Will Come

Get a good job with more pay and you’re O.K. Pink Floyd-1973 I haven’t been this excited about a hole in the ground since I was a kid on Farwell beach with a shovel and pail digging through the sand. Yes, we have broken ground (see below). Phase II has begun! Yesterday Barb met with... Read more »

Ode to an Absent Bulldozer

Hangin’ around Nothin’ to do but frown The Carpenters–1971 ———————————- Three fourths of an acre A suburban retreat No hole in the ground Not a trace of concrete.   The weather’s not bad No rain in the air Trucks could be digging But the trucks are not there.   Contractors are missing Got more jobs... Read more »

Building A House; It's Not a Sprint It's a Marathon

You know where it ends, yo it usually depends on where you start. “What it’s Like”, Everlast, 1998 “Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentleman, it’s a beautiful afternoon at Riverwoods Park. This is your racetrack announcer Phil Georgeff on the call as the horses come out for the final race, The Empty Nester Derby, a stakes... Read more »
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Home Building; It's Not A Sprint, It's A Marathon

You know where it ends, yo it usually depends on where you start. “What it’s Like”, Everlast, 1998 “Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentleman, it’s a beautiful afternoon at Riverwoods Park. This is your racetrack announcer Phil Georgeff on the call as the horses come out for the final race, The Empty Nester Derby, a stakes... Read more »