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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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

Mulch Ado About Nothing


Blog, Gardening, Home, Outside

Do you ever come across a website that offers to make your life better and you think, “Great, but this is too good to be true”? I’ve often come across these as ambitious startups offering something free or asking me to please give my email address for updates which never actually come. Well, when I […]

October 17, 2017

Saving Energy to lower monthly bills


Blog, Home

A month ago I received an unpleasant piece of mail. The energy bill arrived and it was $30 more than it had been. And its graph highlighted that the price of the bill was increasing a little each month, though never $30 all at once. It was a shock to the system, something needed to […]

September 27, 2017

Stella, the newest member of our family


Blog

Puppy. Puppy is the newest member of our family. Her name is Stella and she’s the best. We adopted her from a local rescue called Paddy’s Paws. She was born in Texas to a breeder’s boxer who got out and had a one-night stand with the neighbor’s lab. The day before we got her, she […]

September 13, 2017