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THE TRIDENT MAPLE BLOOMS!

THE TRIDENT MAPLE BLOOMS!

What is this, two posts in one day? I couldn’t help myself because Spring has sprung! Look what done popped up on our new Trident Maple out front of the house? All that recommended watering (five gallons a week) has paid off. And along with […]

A little half-assery

A little half-assery

Remember that awesome wheelchair elevator that I bragged about? Yeah… turns out, it wasn’t all that. I found a buyer, a wheelchair elevator dealer of sorts, who promised me $1000, sight unseen. He showed up with a helper and a trailer, really, a nice guy. […]

Starting what I can’t finish

Starting what I can’t finish

Sigh… I hate admitting that this summer has been a bust, house-progress-wise anyway. We’ve been bogged down with work work, you know, the kind you get paid for (supposedly). But the other day, I had a window, an overcast Saturday morning that I simply could. […]

Working on an herb garden

Working on an herb garden

While the kitties entertain themselves… {Orange chomps kitty grass first thing after breakfast} {Roosevelt, taunted by the squirrel who casually plops nuts on his head, does nothing} I have been toiling away at the neglected left side of the back yard. There we have a […]

A garden update

A garden update

It was my intention that my next post would regard something inside the house. But truthfully, not much progress has been made on any of our indoor projects. I just can’t wrap my head around demoing kitchen walls knowing their is such sunshine and fresh […]

Building a raised garden box

Building a raised garden box

Ahh… this was fun. Once we tore out all that concrete, the next big thing was to build a raised vegetable garden. Pretty standard idea around these parts: have dirt, grow vegetables. I had been fantasizing about this since the first time we saw the […]

Ikea score!

Ikea score!

I’ve been eyeballing Ikea’s Ammero patio set for weeks. It was just a bit pricey, too pricey? Should I be spending that kind of cash when I don’t even have a kitchen?   {Loving the clean lines, the stark black and white, sigh…} So in […]

Bonus Feature

Bonus Feature

I’ll bet you don’t have one of these! Our house came with a number of wheelchair accessible features — low sinks, tall toilet, and this outdoor elevator. It’s a novelty, people make comments when they see it (although no one has asked for a ride). […]

Ours!

Ours!

As of today, we have officially owned this little Oakland house for two months. We’ve had access for six weeks and have lived in it for 4. To say it was a roller coaster getting here is you know, an understatement. The East Bay is […]