Old House Walkthrough: The Jack and Jill

One of my favorite activities is to go to an open house.  I especially love to hit a craftsman bungalow that’s similar in size to my own house and see how they laid it out.  The first house I have to show you was almost like mine except the stairs to the basement weee at […]

When You Move Into An Old House – A True Horror Story

When you move in to a 90 year old house, you’ll love the character and the quirks. And when you love the quirks, you’ll start to notice that some quirks need to be upgraded. So you’ll pick something that needs the most attention; and that thing will be the laundry room floor that seems to […]

Renovation Diaries: Kitchen Part 2 | Motivation and Clarity

At my weekly Al-Anon rallies we recite the Serenity Prayer at the beginning and end of each hour. The prayer reminds me that I must not waste energy on things I cannot control; and that I can direct my energy towards something more positive. Something that I can create, and grow, and nurture I call it […]

Top 3 Remedies For Estate Sale Winter Withdrawals

It’s the snowiest winter in the Inland Northwest since the 2008/2009 season (according to Inland Northwest Weather Blog) and the 20th worst December since 1892. In December 2008 we got 61.5 inches.  In December 2016 we got 19 inches.  It’s still a lot of snow.  But there’s not a lot of estate sales and I’m […]

Renovation Diaries: Kitchen 

We moved into our home in December 2014.  The neighbors thought we were some pretty nutty Californians moving in during winter.  Turns out it was a very mild winter and the governor of Washington declared a drought for 2015. We bought our house sight unseen, except through photographs and a floor plan diagram my mother […]