Category Archives: The Manly Perspective

Dear Double R

My wife and I have decided to turn our little guest house into a b&b. She wants some kind of frenchy decor, and I want something easy to clean, like a state park bathroom/toilet bunk bed…..you know, so I can … Continue reading






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Rain Rescue

It was a beautiful Texas Summer Sunday Morning. Custom made for fishing on Lake Marble Falls. So we decided to blow off boring, sweaty chores and wag our little boat to the ramp. The sun was shining, the birds were … Continue reading






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Decorating a Motorhome

Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would have even a pop-up camper in my life, much less a motor home. But as fate would have it, my husband found one he liked. The size was good … Continue reading






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Return of The Widda Maker

He’s back! The big, black, hideously wicked, burly, maker of widows. I got a glimpse of him at work last weekend. He was actually being very helpful in a dangerous kind of way. But then that’s his destiny…. danger. My … Continue reading






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Gosh Darn Deluxe

It all started when the Little League World Series took a bad turn on the last game. It might not have been a bad turn for the Japanese team (they won), but it was a bad turn for my husband … Continue reading






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Death of a Slab

On a hot sweaty weekend a few hot sweaty weekends ago we finally got the old mud room’s slab and steps wrecked and removed. Thank goodness for Daddy-In-Law, his brother visiting in from Florida, the most darling and capable husband … Continue reading






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Dear Rude Ruth

I am a long time reader, first time asker. My dilemma is this: If I make a very manly and technical decision about our remodel project’s teeniest-tiniest little detail, and give the “okay” to the contractors to carry out said … Continue reading






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Rip That Siding Off!

Last weekend (after the decision was made to build a porch) I got the thrill of a lifetime. Demolition. It’s fun, it’s dangerous, it’s messy, it’s exhilarating. Sign me up! In a previous post titled Adding a Front Porch in … Continue reading






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Oh Nuts! (Or Letting Mother Oak Do The Fall Decorating)

It has been a very Autumn-like Fall in our neck of the woods this year. Nice cool fronts have brought a few beneficial rains to keep things alive. There are flowers blooming that haven’t bloomed in springs past. The trees … Continue reading






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The Truth About Plastic Shelving

My stained glass studio is perfect. I have my re-purposed kitchen island to cut, assemble, and solder wee pieces of glass together to make a panel. I have some new IKEA cabinetry on the wall for handy storage of various … Continue reading






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