Basement Ceiling Drywall


Basement, Blog, Home

In our ongoing quest to have a finished basement, Ellie and I just reached a major milestone. The drywall in the basement has all been hung. It has been a long journey, but maybe it shouldn’t have been. We started this whole thing on a bit of a whim back in March. A pile of […]

November 7, 2018

Preserving and Canning


Blog, Home, Kitchen

I always thought my family was a bit different than the families of my friends. The traditions we kept, I just assumed they were ours. At times, I was embarrassed by them or didn’t know how to explain them. I figured other people would think the traditions were weird. Little did I know, more people […]

October 31, 2018

Basement Ceiling Loose Ends


Basement, Blog, Home

We started the basement finishing project back in March, I believe. Since then, we’ve had fits and starts when it came to getting things done. Some of the reason for that is that we were doing things we didn’t really know how to do and had to learn as we go. Other reasons include health […]

October 24, 2018

Garage Drainage Tile


Blog, Home, Outside

If you don’t live in Wisconsin and/or haven’t heard about it on the news, then let me tell you that we’ve been hit with a lot of rain this year. There was a stretch of a few weeks where a good part of everyone’s commute was flooded in some way, shape or form. I was […]

October 10, 2018

Updating the Mantle


Blog, Home, Living Room, Woodworking

Sometimes projects take a while to complete. Sometimes, the simpler the project the longer it takes because you overthink the solution to the point of freezing on any sort of action. Sometimes, you learn a little bit of something about yourself along the way.  Want to know what I learned about myself along the way? […]

October 3, 2018

Encasing the HVAC


Basement, Blog, Home, Woodworking

As Ellie and I speed up on our project of finishing the basement of our house, we’ve broken the process down into bite-sized chunks to help us keep moving forward. The small projects were written in the order they need to be done, so we don’t end up getting ahead of ourselves. While writing out […]

September 26, 2018

Workshop Air Cleaner


Basement, Blog, Home, Woodworking

I make a lot of things, but the thing I’m best at making is a mess. The mess can usually be justified, by me, because I have a fairly good memory of where things are in the shop. However, I don’t live alone so I need to keep a cleaner shop in order to not […]

September 19, 2018

Basement Lights


Basement, Blog, Home

When a project is too big, I have a lot of trouble wrapping my mind around it. The biggest issue is where to get started or what to do next. Sometimes you think, I’ll just take care of this first but then you look at what needs to be done and realize some other task […]

September 12, 2018

Anniversary


Basement, Blog, Home, Living Room, Woodworking

It’s been two years since Ellie and I tied the knot. We did many things in that time and learned and grew as a couple. She is a wonderful woman who I wouldn’t wish to spend a day without.  So how do you commemorate two years of marriage. I heard somewhere that the second anniversary […]

September 5, 2018

ShopSmith II


Basement, Blog, Home, Woodworking

I like to think karma affects me. I like the concept that if you do good things, good things happen and vice versa. It keeps me honest. Sometimes the good things that happen aren’t directly related, but with a big enough pencil I can connect the dots. Nearly a year ago I was walking on […]

August 29, 2018