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Fun and Games

Front Porch Decor

The front porch is finished. It is a marvel of DIY genius. It makes 98 look like a spring chicken again. It is everything I knew a front porch could be. It shades us all year long and welcomes awe-struck … Continue reading






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Building a Front Porch in 2895 Easy Steps!

Weekend before last we had some help in the form of my step children, who came over for a visit and food and stayed for the construction fun. It is amazing how much two extra pairs of hands and eyes, … Continue reading






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Being At One With Nature

Late yesterday I decided to dig the last post hole of the Porch Project just because it needed to be done, and I had nothing better to do….Except maybe sit in the zero gravity lawn chair, sip a cold beer … Continue reading






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I Need Structure!

Okay, it’s been long enough. We started the Porch Project in June. It is now September and no porch in sight. Sure, we did have that weekend fishing trip to the coast, but that was a necessity (fishing is always … 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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Construction Stapler Comparisons

Staplers are fun toys. They can occasionally be quite useful in their own way. During our Porch Project I have played with all the staplers we own, and feel qualified to describe the pros and cons of each: 1. The … Continue reading






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New Front Door Weekend

Another long weekend (thanks to an abundance of vacation time) and still no porch.  We did get the brand new door in, that only took one day (for the door itself) plus another day for the handle set. On a … 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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Dirty Rotten Sponge

New Project Syndrome is raging at my house. My husband and I talk for hours about the future beauty and usefulness of the future front porch we are starting on this summer. It will be so relaxing & nice to … Continue reading






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Free Organic Attic Insulation

After peeling back the corrugated metal roof from the doomed mud room, we were astonished to find how well insulated the wee (and when I say wee I mean 7 ft by 4 foot) ceiling cavity was. It was packed … Continue reading






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