house exterior

No longer running on empty: Family time refuels us for the final push on the painting job

Things have been slow on the home improvement front. We’re still chipping away at our two big summer projects: We’re realizing that we won’t be finished with the bathroom when we return to work in a few weeks. This is more than discouraging, but we’re letting it go and focusing on getting the exterior paint(…)

How to live happily ever after… When your castle is way less than fairy-tale ready

As we shared in our last post, Cane and I recently had a sorta fight. We never fight. It’s not that we’re special (or stuffing all our bad feelings behind a wall of denial)–it’s just that usually we talk about our frustrations/hurts/disappointments/etc. way before we get to anything that even resembles a fight. And resolve(…)

DIY Adirondack chairs

DIY Adirondack chairs

Now that we’re past the 4th of July (the true start of summer here in the Northwest), it’s Adirondack season for us. Nothing says summer quite like lounging in an Adirondack chair with a book and a glass of lemonade. Adirondack chairs are great because they are super comfortable, and the arms can hold plates,(…)

It’s gotta be red.

  Well, I finally got around to painting our front door. We really didn’t like the hunter green color it was when we bought it. Wearing that color on the front door was kind of like wearing MC Hammer pants. ¬†Cool in the ’90s, but not so much now. (Don’t remember MC Hammer pants? Check¬†here.)(…)