Week 64: My fake Yelp review of our flake landscaper

Towards the end of April, as the ground thawed and our muddy pit of a yard revealed itself again, we called a bunch of landscapers to inquire about having the final grade of the yard done. We found someone willing to take on the project, who came out to the house a few times toContinue reading “Week 64: My fake Yelp review of our flake landscaper”

Week 63: Don’t worry about it; I’m just going to buy some furniture!

Last week, I was all but begging to finish something…anything. This week, we finish a whole room! The bonus room over the garage wasn’t the most likely candidate for the fist room to finish. I would have said that was most likely the dining room, which pretty much just needs baseboard to be complete. However,Continue reading “Week 63: Don’t worry about it; I’m just going to buy some furniture!”

Week 62: Let’s just finish SOMETHING

I had a little bit of a meltdown this week. I have, I think, been pretty even keel through most of the house building project, save a few misunderstandings and frustrations about how I imagined things would go versus how they actually happened. Midweek, however, after frustratingly trying to hang a mirror that had theContinue reading “Week 62: Let’s just finish SOMETHING”

Wine for your weekend: Throwback to week one

This Friday marks TWO FULL YEARS of wine for your weekend recommendations, which, quick math, means over 100 bottles have now been reviewed for your wining and dining pleasure! As such, I thought I’d throw it back to the very first wine for your weekend post ever. The first bottle ever reviewed in June 2018…KirklandContinue reading “Wine for your weekend: Throwback to week one”

Week 61: The wood anniversary

This week was our five year anniversary…the “wood” anniversary if you go by the traditional gifting themes. We have not gone by the traditional gifting themes since our 2nd anniversary, which was cotton, when we decided to buy a new couch, which supposedly had some cotton in it. 😂 For the record, the third anniversaryContinue reading “Week 61: The wood anniversary”

Wine for your Weekend: Italian Anniversary Edition

This weekend is our five year anniversary. It’s a weird time for celebrations. Restaurants are open, kind of, but we haven’t been out in months, and it feels weird to start now. We had, once upon a time, planned on going back to the resort on the North Shore where we went for our honeymoon,Continue reading “Wine for your Weekend: Italian Anniversary Edition”

Week 60: Levers or knobs, doors on everything, and the thing that some people can’t seem to grasp

When we first started building the house, and would tell people that we were building our own house, a surprising number of people told me that they had also built their own houses. When asked further about their experience building, it turned out what people actually meant was they had acted as general contractor onContinue reading “Week 60: Levers or knobs, doors on everything, and the thing that some people can’t seem to grasp”

Wine for your Weekend: Budget buy

Sometimes you want to drink interesting wines you’ve never tried before. Sometimes you don’t mind splurging on a bottle for a special occasion. And sometimes you just want a wine with a good, reliable punch of flavor that provides good bang for its buck. This weekend, I’ve got a budget buy for you that typicallyContinue reading “Wine for your Weekend: Budget buy”

Here’s why I’m not going to post about Black Lives Matter

Last week in two separate conversations, a family member and a friend asked if I was working on a post about George Floyd and Black Lives Matter. I think that they both thought because I write a blog and because I live in Minnesota, the epicenter of the latest tragedy and protests, I might haveContinue reading “Here’s why I’m not going to post about Black Lives Matter”

Week 59: Insulation and sanding everything with Dad and Mom

So two biggest projects that got knocked out in week 59 were probably also the least photogenic projects. With my parents in town for a few days, Josh wanted to knock out the major job of blowing the loose insulation into the attic and above the garage, and God bless my dad for feeding insulationContinue reading “Week 59: Insulation and sanding everything with Dad and Mom”