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Archive for October, 2010

  A few years back our friends Chris and Todd bought a place on top of a mountain in Forestville, about a half hour’s drive from the Schoolhouse. It’s a sunny location, hot and dry in summer and often clear even in winter. For some inexplicable reason, the previous owners’ landscaping included a variety of […]

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We woke up to rain. Not the light, misty drizzle we had yesterday, which we cheerfully worked through, but a sodden, wet downpour that shows no signs of letting up. Fortunately the painters are taking a break today between the primer and the flat, so we can work inside. We agree that Steve will trim […]

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You know the saying, “Some days you’re the windshield; some days you’re the bug?” Today I was the bug.       Today we worked on deck #3. The tasks that were left fell into two distinct categories: interesting and complicated (rip a long, thin triangle piece we need because part of the deck runs […]

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A DIY Vacation!

Most people going on vacation pack nice clothes, books, and beach towels. We left home in two separate cars loaded with a chop saw, air compressor and nail gun, and halogen construction lights borrowed from our friend Mikey, one of the handiest of handy guys, and, on the lighter side, five rhododendrons, two azaleas, three […]

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In my mind, once again I hear Andy Rooney: “Didja ever think about quarter rounds?” Not so much, until now. But yes, now, I think about them frequently. Tiling the bathroom has been a challenge. First, Import Tile in Berkeley – which I love – doesn’t post inventory. What this means, in this economy, where […]

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