Monday, June 30, 2008

Merlin Mann on Dwell on Twitter

merlin.jpg, originally uploaded by Jrome.

He's got it right. When I hit it big and finally sell my big ideas, I'm buying orange wind turbines for my roof, Merlin. How about you?

This Weekend's Work

IMG_1301.JPG, originally uploaded by Jrome.

I took down the old tv cabinet (see the archives, Nov 2005, I think) and remade the cabinet. The old one was huge, and had a lot of shelves, but it induced cluttering.

The new one is downsized, but fits the flat panel tv Gramma got us for Xmas this year. I'm putting flipper doors on it and it should be pretty nice. This is a work in progress. At some point, if I need to, I can take it all down again. Maybe in another 3 years when Jasper is bigger.

Saturday, June 21, 2008


DSCN3214.JPG, originally uploaded by Gramma Kit.

My mother had new railings added to her porch. I've always liked the three railing look. It matches the house well - an old farm house with a classic red barn and lots of green around it.

My father always regretted the cement porch. It has lasted 35 years, probably more than a wood one would have, but it has needed moderate upkeep. I loved it as a kid on a big wheel. It's a big long straightaway with a 90 degree left hand turn at the end, perfect for Dukes style driving! I wore out the wheels in two big wheels over the course of a summer.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

original DIY

R002-012.JPG, originally uploaded by Gramma Kit.

My father standing behind the house I grew up in. I think he's putting up the siding.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Early Home Improvements

Taking out the Glass, originally uploaded by Gramma Kit.

In 1975, when I was 2, my Dad was working on our house. It was a fixer-upper, obviously. An old farmhouse on the top of an impressively steep old country road, miles from the city, it had charm and was rustic to say the least. No running water, no electricity. And, in the case of this picture, no entryway wide enough to bring in the large kitchen island my Dad made for the huge kitchen.

My Mom recalls that Dad removed the plate glass window, which was very thick and heavy, then they together lifted the island through the hole. Amazing. I like to think I can remember this day.