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Bears and bikes and flame, oh my

So here I am cleaning the bear's ears with isopropyl alcohol and an paper towel, and reminded of mountain biking. Our potted ficus tree apparently has scales, which makes all the items under it sticky, and I really don't want … Continue reading

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Quake Party

Picture eight people gathering in a NE Portland home with piles of survival gear. The grill is hot, and a stack of foil wrapped potatoes sits next to a container of egg salad and a bowl of salad. The background … Continue reading

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Stain

We created a large bookcase in the media room – it took us all weekend, and Scott had had the lumber cut, more or less, before we started. Mostly it was he and I, but when the rain loomed while … Continue reading

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Doug’s Bookshelves

Three houses ago, Doug built us some bookshelves. Actually, it was when we three were moving into the house in Madison, and all the books of our modest paperback collection were boxed up and we were tearing out the carpet … Continue reading

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Loppers and ladders

I have not seen so many beater pickups since high school football games in rural Wisconsin. Being as the new-to-us house had been a rental unit for a couple years, then sat vacant for about a year, the yard had … Continue reading

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Flowers

I had the occurrence to compare ecosystems while walking under a tall, flowering purple bush with Amanda the other night. Jogging, really, and I reached up to touch the blooms as I identified the rhododendron as 'not a lilac' which … Continue reading

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The stove saga

We wanted a gas range. The new house came with electric. So we went shopping for your standard 30″ gas range, in white as that was cheapest, figuring we'd spend about $800 and spend more dollars to get the gas … Continue reading

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Just a little higher

Plan A was to borrow a friendofafriend's scaffold like rig, but we found it was otherwise occupied. Plan B was to configure the ladder in the extension position and lean it against the vault ceiling. Upon experimentation, we decided that … Continue reading

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Music to Paint By

S and I had left the previous house with extra cans of paint, which we used in the Hobbit Hole, but haven't used up – so we're continuing these older colors through some of the smaller rooms. The big rooms … Continue reading

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Adventures in homeownership, part 3

Just what every new homeowner likes to see upon getting the keys: the neighbors tree blew down, taking out a small chunk of our fence and lightly brushing the garage roof. Sigh. But we have the keys, and S spent … Continue reading

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