Musings

ROI: Fun with numbers

Commenting on Tip On Getting The Best Return On Home Improvements. For some reason this just tickles my funny bone.* Let’s say I decide to sell (it’s not time yet… but this is all hypothetical). Tip #1 here says: 1. Clean / de-clutter – 973% Average Return on Investment: Remove clutter by storing items in basement, attic or friend’s home.…

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arts+and+craft, Diary, front+door

Instant facelift

If windows are the eyes of a home… what is the front door? The nose? Mouth? No idea. In any case, our house just got a whole lot more character. YEAH! A new front door. I’m giddy about it. Everytime I look at it, it makes me smile. How long does that last? I know it should have been something…

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black+thumb, daisies, Diary

Look Ma, Daisies!

Before After When Mom and Dad were here we pulled out the (nasty horrible) cactus in the front yard and replaced it with daisies (see: Slave Driver). I -LOVE- daisies.

Diary, screendoor

Screen Door

It’s a ho-hum front door. I dislike it because it’s so ho-hum.. and because I’m too short to see out of the fan on the top. This means when someone comes to the door, I have no idea who they are until I open the door. Our neighborhood isn’t totally scary.. but I’m not 100% comfortable with just whipping the…

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Diary, gophers, snipe+hunting

Going Caddy Shack

Our front yard seems to have acquired a gopher (what -is- the difference between a gopher and a ground hog?). We’ve acquired some type of nasty ground digging rodent who is pushing up dirt piles in the front yard. Marc went to Home Depot to get the “gopher elimination implements”. The helpful staff at Home Depot told Marc that the…

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housewarming, Musings, shots+party

Housewarming…

Ok, the date is set. The house is finally to a place where we’re willing to allow people through the door and have an actual party. Our “housewarming” will be on July 8, 2006. We’re in San Pablo California (it’s near San Francisco). If you’re interested in attending and remotely nearby, drop me an email at monica@fibergeek.com and I’ll add…

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Diary, Filoli, pergola, tomato+cage

Filoli Estate

On Friday of Mom and Dad’s vacation we visited Filoli. (Yes, I know this is now almost two weeks ago. Give me a break, I’m slow). Filoli Estate (pronounced FI-low-lee) is located 30 miles south of San Francisco and is one of the finest remaining examples of a country estate from the early 20th century. The first floor of the…

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