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 […]

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Greenhouse Lights

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Video of Mid-Century Modern End Table Refinishing

Blog, Home, Living Room, Woodworking

When Ellie found the $5 MCM end table at Goodwill and asked me to refinish it, I got a bit giddy. I really enjoy refinishing old pieces of furniture and bringing new life into them. It started years ago when I bought an old radio and fixed it up for Ellie as a Christmas present. […]

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Restoring a Mid-Century Modern End Table

Blog, Home, Living Room, Woodworking

Sometimes, things just were meant to be and you don’t question the why or the how. That’s just the way it is. When it comes to restoring a mid-century modern end table my wife found at Goodwill, I didn’t question the why or the how. I just knew I needed to do it. Let me […]

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Kitchen Table


Blog, Home, Kitchen, Woodworking

Tables seem to be the focus of many of the home makeover shows out right now. The trend is to prefer handmade tables that are large and stately and can seat your extended family with ease. That's great, I'd love to have one but I wouldn't have anywhere to put it nor would I really […]

January 24, 2018

Paczki Recipe


Recipes

Because Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/Paczki Day is coming up soon, I thought I'd post the paczki recipe I have for making homemade paczki. They're time consuming, but totally worth it. I know, because I've made them before! Freshly made batch of paczki. Paczki Ingredients 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup sugar 1 envelope yeast 3 egg yolks […]

January 21, 2018

Marley


Blog, Cats

It started ten years ago when I was young and foolish and invincible. My brother had two cats but no longer wanted one of them. He offered her to me. I asked him what was wrong with her, why would he give me a cat with no strings attached. He said there was nothing wrong […]

January 9, 2018

On Frankenstein


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I have been the author of unalterable evils and I lived in daily fear lest the monster whom I had created should perpetrate some new wickedness. -Dr. Victor Frankenstein

January 2, 2018

Installing the Dishwasher


Blog, Home, Kitchen, Woodworking

I found one of those things I didn’t realize how much I’d miss it until it was actually gone. That thing is a dishwasher.   The first half of my childhood, we didn’t have a dishwasher. We took turns washing the dishes by hand and putting them away. I enjoyed washing them, but it was […]

December 20, 2017

On work


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If you say, "The current job I have is everything I ever wanted," life becomes just so much more straightforward." -Sataya Nadella

December 1, 2017

Slowly Making a Home


Blog, Home, Woodworking

Sometimes home owning drags you down. You look up at the ceiling and wish you hadn’t seen the thing that needs to be fixed or you move something and find that the problem is bigger than you imagined. Sometimes you go into the basement to get the dog some breakfast and you realize the drain […]

October 27, 2017