Sassyhacksaws

Musings on an English Degree
Hello!

I'm Danny Zawacki. When my wife and I bought a 1950s ranch house in Madison, WI, I didn't see it as a story to tell right away. However, as the projects started happening the story started to develop and I wanted to share it with you.

I was born in the eighties and raised as a nineties kid. My goal, however, is to be an enterprising and DIY man right out of the 1950s. I buy old tools and I put them to use fixing up my old home. Come along for the journey?

Build this!

Recent Posts

Gardening in my yard

Gardening is easy when you have a plot of land to do it. For years, I was stuck container gardening. It worked, but it wasn’t perfect. Last year I even went and bought a Garden Tower because I won a decent discount on one. I wanted to build a garden tower for much cheaper, but […]

Hiatus

I took an unplanned hiatus. At some point in the late winter and early spring, I stopped riding the bus and I started being busy with the house. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and sort out my thoughts. Now, I have a moment, as I wait for Ellie to wake up and […]

Owning a House – Day 2

If you decide to buy a house, you’ll certainly think you have everything under control. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting yourself into and you’ll be confident nothing could really be thrown your way which you won’t be able to handle. That’s what I thought. The buying process was out of the ordinary in how […]

OMG I cannot believe this happened again…

Ellie and I close on our house on Friday, and it cannot come soon enough. Guess what we found in our apartment again last night. Mold. A big old pile of it. Take a look: Gross. We had the final walk-through today on the house. We were checking to make the seller did everything they […]

Biking

So we are closing on the house next week and then moving in a week later. At that point, I’ll have a 6 mile bike ride to work or a 45 minute bus ride, with a transfer. I’m going to opt for the bike ride. I’ve biked year round before, when I worked for the […]

Wedding Ring

Over the weekend Ellie’s cat, Tilly, decided to start playing with my wedding ring which I had left on the counter while I showered. No one was around to watch her and stop her. She played and played with it and then it disappeared. It was at that moment when I realized how attached I […]

Paczki

Today is Pazcki day, which is basically a jelly donuts eaten by the Polish before Lent. I have made them before, but not for a few years. It’s a very time intensive and daunting process. This year, I made the dough the night before and then fried them up the morning of. It worked out […]

Soups, Good and Bad

I’ve never been great at making soup. I either need to follow a recipe or just give up before I start. There’s something about the free-form idea of soup that I cannot wrap my mind around. I hear that I can put anything in a soup and make it good, and my mind goes blank. […]

Fermentation

So apparently there is a new seasons of┬áChef’s Table out on Netflix. Ellie and I really love this show. It’s fascinating to see how chefs from all over the world approach food. Often, they have very similar approaches and that usually means finding a way to modernize their country’s traditional dishes and prove it can […]

A Perfect Dinner

Tonight, my creativity came easily. Tonight, I made pasta. My favorite, go-to dish which can be made in a pinch is pasta and Italian sausage. It’s one of those dishes I can put together without really thinking about what I’m doing. The ingredients are readily available and ready ahead of time. In a perfect world, […]