restoration saga: expiration date

To fully appreciate what happened tonight at the house, you’ll need a short history lesson. Before our family purchased the house this fall, the house sat, unoccupied, for about two years. The previous owner had passed away, and his family didn’t want the house (apparently, stripping a home down to its studs and starting over is appealing to […]

restoration saga: sandy tries to take our house

Hurricane Sandy put one and a half feet of water in our basement. Then she blew up our breaker box. Since I left my galoshes at home today, I didn’t trek over to look at it, but my husband claims that, basically, it turned to ash. There is no good reason why our house didn’t […]

moving on

We’re out. We’ve moved. That’s it. The apartment is free of all dirt and dog fur. Yesterday, we did it all — vacuumed cupboard interiors, washed both sides of the windows, scrubbed the trim, polished the porch light. It took six hours. Ella lay in her bed in the empty apartment, yawning while we scurried around with our […]

restoration saga: cabinet or food?

This evening, I’m weeding out recipes for this week’s meals and searching cabinetry options at the same time. I didn’t know before that there was such a distinct similarity between the two. So we’re playing a game. I read a title and he gets to guess whether it’s a food item or a cabinet style. Wheat, macaroon, sangria. […]

restoration saga: sick days and the real ceiling

I got out of tonight’s demolition because I have a migraine. It’s dwindling, but I’m in no condition to swing a sledgehammer. I’m bummed. The dog and I are having a girls’ night . . . sort of. I’m burying my face in the couch and cursing the light while she repeatedly flings her rubber chicken at me. We’re […]

restoration saga: birds and sparks

We bought a falling apart house. I owe you an explanation — but suffice it to say — Today we found dead birds – four – behind an attic bedroom wall. We discovered double drop ceilings and double paneled walls. In trying to wiggle an outlet free of said paneling I nearly set the house […]