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Raise the Roof!

All THREE of them!

And put on a new one!

Jim and Co. from Ideal Roofing start work on September 2nd, and we’re told it will only take three days to completely reinvent 3675’s roof. Keeping our fingers crossed on that one because – really – there are three roofs on our 100-year-old house.

And we’re going for the best! We want ALL the old crap off, all the scary stuff underneath fixed (we know it’s under there), new gutters – the works!

So yeah… Three days.

Hopefully they can reroof our house faster than we picked a shingle sample.

Moire Black or Thunderstorm Gray? This is haaarrrddd...

Moire Black or Thunderstorm Gray? This is haaarrrddd…

 

 

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Paint the Porch!

So, after celebrating our house-closeiversary, Trent and I stood on the sidewalk with our arms around each other and gazed at our beautiful old house, with its unique early Craftsman angles, shrouded in six different colors of blooming roses, and said…

“Damn. Our porch steps look like shit.”

The porch steps. Note the nice turquoise reveal, and the leaning wall, which I'm pretty sure is a late add-on and isn't even attached to the house. Because that's how our previous owners ROLLED!

The porch steps. Note the nice turquoise reveal, and the leaning wall, which I’m pretty sure is a late add-on and isn’t even attached to the house. Because that’s how our previous owners ROLLED!

EFF! I mean, how could we possibly have spent one full year on project after project after project and failed to notice that the very first thing people see on approach to our front door is a flight of six partially-cannonball black, partially-TURQUOISE BLUE steps, tucked between LEANING WALLS, one of which supports a rusty mailbox and a RAW WOOD railing?

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The Weekend in Which We Broke the House, and the House Broke Itself

Homeownership TOTALLY SUCKED THE BIG ONE this weekend.

We were all prepared to be productive and tackle multiple monstrous projects like reseeding half the lawn and restaining the deck for Summer #2, but the house was a TOTAL ASSHOLE to us. It did not want us to get these things done. It did not want us to be happy homeowners. It wanted us to be sad, bewildered, frustrated homeowners. It wanted to hurt us. It made us hurt it.

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Go Go San Diego

Now that the sun is shining daily and the weed growth is waning, we’re about to enter lockdown here at 3675 and return to nonstop weekends of yardwork.

You see, soon it will be barbecue season, and this year, I fully intend to take advantage of that. I’m getting this place in the perfect summer state we couldn’t enjoy last year, because it was a construction war zone until July.

And, we’re getting ready to turn our backyard into a “food forest” (with the expertise and guidance of Katy and Felipé), and trust me — there will be work involved with that. Lots of work (and lots of fretting, and cursing).

So, before saying goodbye to a winter of luxuriously relaxing tasks like obsessively shopping for rugs online in favor of a return to manual labor, I felt the need to go to San Diego and spend a weekend eating too many tacos and partying like a college kid.

Day drunk and tacotastic with Kim and the McMahons on Ocean Beach.

Day drunk and tacotastic with Kim and the McMahons on Ocean Beach.

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Baby Steps

According to the magnolia tree in front of my house, winter in the East Bay is OVER. And unfortunately for us, only a couple days ago did I take the first step in the gargantuan project that I SWORE I would tackle over said winter:

“Decorate the house.”

I don’t really know all that “decorate” encapsulated, really, but I think I THOUGHT I would get more done than I OBVIOUSLY have.

Here’s what I did get done:

BEHOLD.

BEHOLD.

I bought a rug.

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