Monthly Archives: May 2005

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2005

One tough cookie When Dawn moved to Pennsylvania in March, I mentioned the conditions she was facing, but I haven’t revisited them because, frankly, she wasn’t complaining about them. Well, I just spent four days there and felt like I was in the third world: Inside Aquarius (where she’s living), it’s 110 in the daytime […]

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2005

Member benefits Last week, I invited everyone who had signed our guestbook for a tour. It being a three-day weekend, not many people took me up on the offer, but we had fun anyway. One of those was Dan Burke, who had written the newspaper article in March, so he got to see the work […]

SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2005

The electric is dead, long live the electric! Last month, the basement was dark, dirty, and humid. Now it is dark, dirty, and wet. In the process of digging it out to prepare for a cement floor, Brian and Bob have hit at least three springs, which turned the first room into a soppy mess. […]


Memorial Day Weekend Wow. Every so often, the clouds clear and I realize what an unbelievable schmuck I am. More often than that, though, somebody points out what an unbelieveable schmuck I am. This was the case today, when someone noted that my “problems” yesterday were really: 1. Saved $8,000 on the electric 2. Saved […]

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2005

Top Ten In the spirit of David Letterman, here’s the top 10 Google searches for this web site in the past month: 10. restoring colonial house porch 9. forges and furnaces 8. speedwell darlington 7. los angeles septic installation 6. scrubbing bubbles linoleum 5. early 1900 fireplaces demo to new construction cost to build 4. […]

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2005

Four fires This morning started out badly, and got worse: – First, my architect called this morning (forgetting the three hour time difference) and we talked about the appeal on the sprinklers. While he didn’t say anything negative, I could tell he didn’t think we had a chance of winning. When you’re paying someone to […]

MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005

Color swatches As I’ve mentioned, all the exterior woodwork needs to be taken care of before the new roof can go on. What I haven’t mentioned (because it was a surprise to me) was that we have to paint the woodwork before installing it, so we don’t have to set up scaffolding later. Which means, […]

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2005

On this date in 1760 George III becomes King of England. The French surrender to the English at Montreal to effectively end the French and Indian War. The “Great Fire” of Boston destroys 349 buildings. Tacky’s rebellion, one of the longest and bloodiest slave revolts in history, occurs in Jamaica. Benjamin Franklin invents bifocals Speedwell […]

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2005

Slow news week Actually, lots of things have been going on, I’ve just been in denial all week. (It’s my ‘overload’ defense, and it does not serve me well.) We’re moving ahead with the appeal on the sprinkler system, as nobody wants to talk sense there. (I swear they’d be happier if we bulldozed the […]


Back porch The back porch (featured prominently on our main page) is gone. Dawn was quite upset when they told her the wood was rotted and not salvageable, but I was quite happy: The porch was an inappropriate addition to a colonial house, and by not restoring it we would save several thousand dollars. Then […]