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Roof Watch Part 5: Done, and then some.

Happy New Year! It’s been about a month and a half since the new roof went on. I know you’ve been anticipating the big roof reveal—unable to sleep, no visions of sugar plums dancing in your heads, up all night wondering what we’ve been up to; wondering if the roof went on smoothly; wondering if…

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Roof Watch Part 4: The roof’s a-knocking

It’s been pretty loud here.  tap.tap.tap.tap.tap.BOOM thump….THUD……..tap.tap…  Broccoli spent the day hunkered down under my desk, as though the sky was falling. No, puppy dog—we’re just putting on a new roof! Plywood sheeting is being replaced: And the attic fans too: (Also, new bathroom exhaust fan vents—previously one of the bathrooms just vented to the…

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Roof Watch Part 3: New Roof’s Eve

The roof’s going on tomorrow! We’re prepared. Previously, we removed the roof that was over the deck. The deck had this awful roof on it that was actually built on top of the house roof. Jamie and our handyguy Gary tore it down—a huge relief—then rebuilt the eave (where the roof had been attached)…aaand I…

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Roof Watch Part 2: Deck begone!

WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IS SERIOUSLY EXCITING. It concerns our deck. And in all seriousness, this really is seriously exciting: we’re tearing it down. Actually just the top half, the part that is “screened-in.” The door is missing and parts of the screen have been patched with chicken wire so it’s entirely worthless as a…

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Mushrooms in black and white

Over the past month mushrooms have been sprouting up all over the place. Nothing we’re about to eat—our mushroom farms haven’t fruited yet—but there have been some very interesting fungi popping up around here. For a while there was a literal rainbow’s variety, red through purple, but lately we’re only seeing black and white mushrooms.

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Roof Watch Part 1: The Trees

We’re planning to put a new roof on the house in October (let me clarify: we’re planning to pay professionals to put on a new roof because hell no would we do that ourselves; we are in no way qualified) and in preparation we have to take care of a few things, namely: replace and…

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Roots in our house

Oh hello, gnarly hunk of teak root. Yes you do make a pretty good printer stand. For the past five months Jamie had been using a cardboard box to hold his very large, ugly, government-issue printer/scanner/faxer machine, and it had gradually begun to bother me. With this in the back of my mind at all…

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The garden plot and putting up

At home we have two garden boxes and a dozen or so pots of herbs, along with a half dozen tomato plants in the ground and—of course—fruit trees, but by far, our most successful vegetable growth is coming out of our half plot in the community garden. Broccoli comes along when we work in the…

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