I suspect a larger than normal number of people will be ringing in the new year on December 31st, hopefully not in a crowd but rather socially distanced. Saying goodbye … Continue Reading Happy, Happy New Year!
Last year as I was assembling our artificial Christmas tree for the 17th time, I wondered if it would be my last time to put up this particular tree. With … Continue Reading ♫ O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree ♫
Once I rebuilt the deck overlooking our pool, I knew I would have to rebuild the steps leading from the walkway as well. But unlike the deck where it was … Continue Reading “Step Right Up”
Less than two weeks ago, my wife and I got to welcome our newest grandchild—our sixth! In ordinary times, we would have been there at the hospital with his big … Continue Reading Granddaddy Times Six!
I don’t know about you but since this pandemic started, I have been doing a lot more cooking. Prior to that, my wife and I had settled into a fairly … Continue Reading Cooking More?
I decided to rebuild the lower deck in the same manner that we originally built the deck, by first attaching the decking with straight cut edges on the front and … Continue Reading “No Hands Left on Deck!”
It took nearly two weeks of working off and on to get the upper and lower decks ready for new decking. One remaining task was to remove the decking from … Continue Reading “More Hands on Deck!”
It has been several years since I first described the building of this two-level deck in our backyard. Designed by our oldest son, a landscape architect, and originally built in … Continue Reading “All Hands on Deck!”
Each of the 12 shutters were made from three pieces, one shutter core and two shutter panels, each piece individually painted. Turns out painting them was the easiest part. Assembling … Continue Reading Doll House Surprise for My Granddaughter – Finishing Touches
Returning to the instructions, the next step was to add the two porch floors, the posts, the railings and the gingerbread adornments. Continuing to follow the color scheme on the … Continue Reading Doll House Surprise for My Granddaughter – Topping Out
In between working on sections of the foundation, I continued to paint seemingly every surface of the walls. After three coats of paint (four seemed no better), I was finally … Continue Reading Doll House Surprise for My Granddaughter – The Walls Go Up
I have been waiting for this day for a long time! Several years ago, I posted about these two dollhouses I built for my daughter when she was young. After … Continue Reading Doll House Surprise for My Granddaughter – Laying the Foundation
Well one advantage of not being able to travel this year due to the pandemic has been that I have had more than ample time to weed and mulch our … Continue Reading A Lot of Time for Weeding and Mulching
On this Sunday morning, in addition to wishing my wife of 40 years a Happy Mother’s Day, I wanted to wish a particularly special Mother’s Day to all Moms. It … Continue Reading A Very Special Mother’s Day!
Now that all three of our kids have grown up, married and bought their own homes, I am getting to do some really fun projects for them. If you follow … Continue Reading Kid’s Home Projects
Now that spring has—at least officially—finally arrived, I thought I would look back over our fun summer of swimming last year. With unseasonably warm weather through the end of September … Continue Reading A Fun Summer of Swimming!