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All Decked Out

The deck was already here but it didn’t have any railings and one end of it was quite high off the ground (the lot slopes). So, in order to make it safer and cozier, we put a railing up on about two-thirds of the deck. This project was on my future projects list. We can check […]

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Door re-do

I originally wrote about this door project on 5/21/15. But it didn’t really fit into the topic of “The Party’s Over,” so I’m repurposing this content and adding an update. The next project for Jerry, my very special 😉 contractor, is to install a proper door to the attic space, so that I can access that storage area easily. […]

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Blue House on Main has moved…

Well, let me explain. I’ve moved the site to a different server and if you’re a subscriber to my blog, you will probably have gotten a blog post called “Hello World.” Please disregard it and give me some time to put the site back together again. None of my images were saved with the written content […]

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Reconstructing the wall

The previous version of the wall was a loosely stacked stone wall consisting of sandstone. Because the new incarnation is more tightly fitted, like a giant, HEAVY, jigsaw puzzle, there wasn’t enough stone to re-build the wall as high as it was before. So I had to purchase more stone—what you see in the later […]

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Humpty Dumpty…

Well, in this case, it’s not Humpty Dumpty that fell down, it’s the wall. We have a stacked stone retaining wall along the sidewalk—who knows how long it’s been there—but it failed in one spot about a month ago and stones were strewn across the sidewalk. I had noticed a couple of months ago that portion […]

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Oh, don't you love basements!?

Our electricity was off for much of the day Sunday. My friend Vicki has a 1928 Tudor house about 5 blocks up from here. She texted me that her basement was flooded. I didn’t even think about it until then but having no electricity meant our sump pump was off, too. And since the snow outside […]

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Brasfield & West

Since the first of September, Vicki Brasfield and I have rented a space at the Collector’s Market on Court Street in Medford. We’re selling “Vintage and Pre-Loved Goods.” We both had stuff that we wanted to get rid of—Good Stuff—that you wouldn’t really want to sell in a garage sale. So we went together on […]

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Windows…DONE!

I finally finished painting the exteriors of all the windows last week. Whew! That’s a load off my mind. I needed to finish them before the fall rain started, and thankfully, we’ve had a very dry and mild autumn so far this year. I know…we need the rain…but in this case, I’m glad it waited. I’ve also […]

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The clawfoot finally got its due

When we did the bathroom renovation, we took out the old original 1927 built-in tub/shower. It had seen better days and the shower surround was hideous. I could have updated the surround but I didn’t want a tub/shower combination. I wanted a separate shower and a clawfoot tub, even though it’s really from a previous era—the date […]

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