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For building materials, we’ve relied on Home Depot and Lowe’s, as well as local sources like Friedmans (a Santa Rosa institution whose slogan is, “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it”) and The Lumber Baron, but my favorite place is Berry’s Sawmill in Duncan’s Mills. Berry’s is a local institution – turn off […]

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My sister Melanie is a sport. Her girls, Melia and Linnea, follow in her footsteps. On July 4th weekend, they were our first overnight guests. They brought a tent and camped in the yard, ate sausages off paper plates, attended Monte Rio’s July 4th festivities, and generally gloried in the vision of the Schoolhouse, while […]

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We’re not out of money yet but we know we will be. At the same time, we’ll need a lot of plants to make the property look halfway decent. I’ve been turning something over in my mind for a while and today I acted on it: plant propagation. We’ve spent a lot of money on […]

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Today we received the finaled septic permit. When we bought the Schoolhouse, it had an open cesspool in the yard, with a broken redwood cover. We had an inspection done, and learned that most of the houses up here were built with similar systems – some concrete boxes, some wood, but none that would even […]

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My husband is a truck guy. “A man’s gotta have a truck,” he says, and he pretty much always has. Three years ago, we bought a used Prius so that we could get the carpool sticker. In the San Francisco Bay Area, where we live, these coveted stickers were issued for a few years to […]

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