Trial and error and error and error.

Something funny happens when you've been painting seemingly nonstop for 10+ days: you start to look at other paint jobs with a critical eye. Case in point: I was in the men's room at TobacCo yesterday and found myself mentally critiquing the paint job. They did crappy work on the trim, I observed. The brushstrokes … Continue reading Trial and error and error and error.

Don’t ever take sunsets for granted.

When we were chatting with Dick and Carol at our closing appointment, I mentioned how excited I was about having ponds. The water features in the backyard were a big draw when we first saw the listing in December. "There are goldfish in there," Carol said. "Assuming they survived the winter." Well, guess what? After … Continue reading Don’t ever take sunsets for granted.

Painting isn’t rocket science.

When we finally got the keys to our new house and started buying paint and supplies, I said to Tara, "I don't know why some people make a big deal about painting. It isn't rocket science." No, it's not. It's harder. With rocket science, you just have to punch some coordinates into a computer and … Continue reading Painting isn’t rocket science.

365 in the 605

We have officially been South Dakota residents for one year now. Exactly 365 days ago, we rolled across the state line, two days after leaving the Pacific Northwest behind. I will never forget the feeling of elation when we finally arrived. I can't ever forget it, because we have photographic evidence. This photo, by the … Continue reading 365 in the 605

Mr. Incredible Crashed the Party

Advance warning: I hope you like reading about home projects, 'cause we've been eating, sleeping, and breathing house stuff these past couple of weeks. Most of our evening and weekends have been spent at the new house. As I've mentioned, as sweet a lady as Doris was, her taste in decor reflected her age. Our … Continue reading Mr. Incredible Crashed the Party