Monthly Archives: September 2011

Concrete Removal Complete

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that we were Breaking out of the Concrete Tradition and removing concrete from our yard rather than adding to it as our predecessors had done.  Then, I had to report that I had learned … Continue reading

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Garage Sale Gold

I’ve never had a lot of luck at garage sales.  I usually find that everything is completely overpriced and/or is a pile of junk. This week, the garage sales were in my favor.  As I drove home from the grocery … Continue reading

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Blank Park Zoo

Henry loved the zoo in Oakland, so one of our first family outings in Des Moines was to Blank Park Zoo.  We spent about 2 hours there and covered most of the exhibits. We went on a fairly warm day, … Continue reading

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Dining Room Furniture

Since we’ve moved quite a bit in the past 11 years and always rented our homes, we didn’t really buy nice furniture because I wanted to wait until we were in “our” house and would know what furniture fit the … Continue reading

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Concrete Removal Update

I had hoped to post this morning to announce that the concrete had been removed from my back yard.  Unfortunately, it looks like a I made a bad choice in the person I was hiring off of craigslist.   On Tuesday … Continue reading

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Orange Pop

I like the color orange.  It’s bright and cheery.  However, I found that I do not like orange walls in my dining room, so once again, I’m breaking my no immediate painting projects rule for the new house. When we … Continue reading

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Breaking out of the Concrete Tradition

It appears to be a tradition for owners of our house to make their mark by pouring concrete and then actually leaving their mark.  Here are a couple of examples: June 1949 – A small mystery slab in the middle … Continue reading

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