We hosted Thanksgiving this year for the first time, and as hosts we made bread, stuffing, a turkey, and a few sides.  I used a couple of interesting recipes and […]

Happy Birthday

Today is my birthday, and in 40 years it is the first time I’ll not be able to share this day with my Grandma Wright. You see, her birthday was […]

The Trailing of the Sheep

My family made an unexpected trip to Idaho for my grandmother’s funeral on October 13th this year.  My grandma was a lifetime resident of Bellevue, a small town that is […]

When I took economics in college, I was told that the marketplace is rational, that humans will find any inefficiencies and exploit them so that they will be immediately removed. […]

Home Renovation, back yard

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series Home Remodel

When you undergo a home renovation that affects exterior walls, there is going to be some damage to the yard and landscaping.  In our case, our contractor had to remove […]

Home Renovation, tile

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series Home Remodel

An important part of any renovation that includes a bathroom or kitchen will most likely be tile.  We are also adding a mudroom and chose to use tile as the […]

Home Renovation, siding

This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series Home Remodel

When we bought our house in 2002, it had dark brown aluminum siding.  Here it is, circa 2002. Several years ago, we had the siding painted a lighter brown color, […]

Home Renovation, roof

This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series Home Remodel

Our roof was nearing the end of its life, and replacing it was part of the motivation in doing our renovation at this time. While a roof is not extremely […]