Don’t mind the gap

Took a little time off. Housing market crashed, ran out of money, ran out of.. umph. But we’re doing stuff now.

Since last I wrote we installed a new kitchen light and added another electrical outlet, added a corner cabinet in the hallway, painted the dining room and put up new trim in the dining . . . → Read More: Don’t mind the gap

Dogs 2, Christmas Tree 0

I’ve never had dogs before. More specifically I’ve never had to live with something with the curiosity of a five year old that had no thumbs so investigated things with their teeth. The dogs knocked the tree over twice today. It’s not a good day to be a dog.

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Resisting Temptation

I’m ridiculously pleased to be spending the Holidays at home this year. I don’t have a horror of a family.. and I do wish I could actually be with them. But the first year of home ownership doesn’t leave an extra $1,000 at the end of the year for buying tickets to fly to . . . → Read More: Resisting Temptation

The house we didn’t buy

by nibuca

Back when we were looking for a house to buy we looked at this house. It was about 5 houses down the street from the house we were renting.. in a nice, clean, safe neighborhood… very convenient (both for the move and for future commuting). It turns out that the house was sinking . . . → Read More: The house we didn’t buy

“Why don’t you post more??”

1. we’re out of money. Don’t worry, we’re staying even and keeping up on our bills. But other than that, we’re out of money. 2. we haven’t done anything (see #1) 3. It’s summer.. so that SCA thing (my -real- hobby) is cycling up. Thus sucking away all of our time and any money we . . . → Read More: “Why don’t you post more??”

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 . . . → Read More: ROI: Fun with numbers


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 . . . → Read More: Housewarming…

Upsizing through preception

If you have a small house.. I recommend that you fill 2-3 of the rooms with boxes. Full boxes. Something with bills from 1998 and stuffed animals from your childhood work best. Just stack them quietly in a corner or next-to-but-not-completly-out-of the walkway. Leave them there for a minimum of 3-4 months. Or at least . . . → Read More: Upsizing through preception

It’s not just me

I stumbled across the Hillsdale House Blog today. It a blog of the “The long and strange journey to transform our 1942 war cottage style house into a (circa) 1914 Craftsman bungalow, without going completely nutz.” So I’m not the only one. I was reassured even further when they quoted a friend in their Back . . . → Read More: It’s not just me