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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Plywood Phone Holder

Blog, Office, Woodworking

I like large, complex projects. There are many facets to them and I often learn or practice a whole host of skills to complete them. Once they’re done, I have this satisfying statement of a finished product.  Sometimes, however, it’s good to work on a small scale. It helps me focus on the details. I […]

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Tool Cubbies


Basement, Blog, Home, Woodworking

I am a slob. I always have been and there have been more than a handful of people who have tried to train it out of me. Some of it has helped, but my natural state is to live in a mess of organized chaos. I know where things are, even if to the average […]

July 11, 2018

Kvass


Blog, Peace Corps, Recipes

Let’s take a few steps backward and talk about Peace Corps, it’s been a while and I’m feeling nostalgic. If we go back six years, I would be in the summer of my second year in Ukraine. Likely packing for baseball camp in Khmelnitsky or Camp Excite somewhere in Sumska Oblast. My days would be […]

July 4, 2018

Butcher Block Countertop


Basement, Blog, Kitchen, Woodworking

Ellie and I have a habit of grabbing things off the side of the road. I think it originally started as my own habit and it spread to her by association. In college, my most notable object found on the side of the road was when I spied something on the underside of a large […]

June 27, 2018

Arizona


Blog

Ellie and I have a love affair with Arizona. We went there a few years back after we had been dating for about a year because it seemed like a good place to go in the middle of January. It was and we fell in love with it but we hadn’t been back since. Whenever […]

June 20, 2018

Finishing the Basement


Basement, Blog, Home, Woodworking

This is only the beginning. This is not a complete story. It’s a work in progress and a learning experience all in one. Aren’t the best projects always like that? We didn’t buy the cabin up north, but that same weekend we decided to improve the home we own. It was a part whim, part […]

June 13, 2018

Updating the basement shelving


Basement, Blog, Home, Woodworking

I’m particular.  I have a standard of quality. If my name is going to be tied to something, I want it to be something I’m proud of. This is a trait I developed in my twenties, unfortunately too late to apply to my schoolwork. It drives Ellie crazy at times. When I look at something […]

June 6, 2018

The Cabin Up North


Blog, Home

In Wisconsin everyone knows someone who has a cabin up north. It’s a part of your childhood. What did you do this summer? I spent two weeks at the cabin up north. For those of us who didn’t have a cabin up north, we’d usually get invited by a friend for the vacation. My family […]

May 30, 2018

Planting the Garden


Blog, Gardening, Home, Outside

I think we are finally past the wintry weather in Wisconsin. At least I hope so because recently I planted the garden for the year. In one fell swoop, I put the fate of my harvest in hands of nature. Oh lord, what have I done? This time last year, planting was much more of […]

May 23, 2018

Greenhouse Lights


Blog

I’m not the most precise gardener. I like to let things grow their own way. Weeds happen, and I pull them as needed. But once the plants are in the ground, I do my best to keep them from dying but it’s a day-to-day process. One of my friends, Geoff, keeps all the data on […]

May 16, 2018

Replacing Garage Door Opener


Blog, Home, Outside

One of the many things that came up in our home inspection prior to closing on the house was that the garage was in need of some love. More specifically, the home inspector told us that it was built using methods not up to modern day levels of quality craftsmanship and he didn’t know how […]

May 9, 2018