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Dawn’s status Dawn wrote: The condensors were installed today. Mike started installing the shoe molding in Bill’s room. I primed about ten peices of shoe molding and five window sashes for the Summer Kitchen. Mike is off the week after next for vacation. I watered half an acre today, and noticed baby grasses here and […]

TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2006

Site visit I spent Memorial Day weekend in Pennsylvania, which is no surprise since I’ve spent just about every holiday in Pennsylvania for the past three years. I came with a laundry list of things to do, and I left with a laundry list of things undone. Part of this was because the northeast had […]

SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2006

Grand opening party I’ve thought long and hard about this, and I have no idea what to do. For our grand opening, I want to have a big party, but we can only handle about 20-30 cars at a time. I think if we do an “open house” affair, not everyone will come at once, […]

FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2006

Chief cook and bottle washer Dawn went on a ‘spending spree’ this week, buying a table at auction for $110, a porch light on sale for $50, and a dishwasher for $2,800. In her defense, I was the one that wanted a commercial dishwasher. And I’m not talking about a fancy “pro line” model from […]

MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2006

This week Except for Thursday, this has been a very productive week: We filed our taxes, and I was actually disappointed at how much we owed, since we’re going to be filing for a refund of all of it with the historic tax credits. We visited the furniture, and I’m always amazed at how beautiful […]


Dawn sends status…and pictures! Two of the painters, Elmer Stoltzfus and Southern Long, started on Monday in the offices [third floor attic area] of the mansion. They should finish tomorrow and start moving down the stairs to Bill’s room, then the Boys’ room, then the hallway, then maybe to the game room. Jay Bowman started […]

SUNDAY, MARCH 04, 2006

Cheating As I’ve mentioned before, plastering is a lost art. And to the people who used to do it for a living, I’m sure they said “good riddance.” First, you had to put up lath, which originally was thin strips of bark or leftover wood, whatever you had available. This was nailed to the frame […]


The retaining wall I mentioned our first fight was over the bathroom fan switches. I may have mentioned our second argument was over the retaining wall. The east slope had slid into the house, and the dirt was two feet higher than it should have been, so we knew we had to do something. My […]


First advertisement The guy from Preservation magazine never responded, so my first advert is actually with the Lititz Retailers Association, www.shoplititz.com. They distribute 40,000 directories each year, and a half-page ad is only $210 (plus $110 annual dues), which seems pretty reasonable to me. Their deadline was actually last week, but they’re waiting for me. […]