It’s impossible not to be excited about spring when this is the first thing we see when we wake up: Sure conventional wisdom cautions against planting too early. Freak snowstorms or icy frost can kill even the hardiest of plants. But last week common sense was not at an all time high around here. As […]Read More Throwing caution to the wind
I came across a blog post on “Lines from The Princess Bride that could double as comments on freshman composition papers.” I think many things said in the movie aptly represent things uttered during the home (or castle) renovation process. For example: “I do not suppose you could speed things up?” Because everything takes much longer […]Read More Home renovation and The Princess Bride
Bathrooms in brownstones are notoriously tiny, and our micro-bathroom is no exception. Coming in at a spacious 52 inches by 64 inches, it features a full size tub, a pedestal sink, a toilet and no standing room to speak of. The space is so small there is no room for a toilet paper holder, and […]Read More The Micro-Bathroom
I’m ridiculously excited that winter is officially over. In about 2 days, the tree in front of the house went from this… … to this: and delicious squirrel food apparently… And because no post is gratuitous fun, this is also a reminder that I need to prune a few branches of the tree that are […]Read More Spring has sprung
We were poking around the backyard this weekend, looking for signs of perennial plants and came across something not so leafy. It looks to be part of a bayonet I’m not sure there is any way to tell if this is the real deal or a reproduction. But in any case, it was a cool […]Read More Broken bit of history?
It’s been unseasonably warm and lovely this month, so it’s time to thaw out the back yard. Among the junk treasurers left behind by the previous owner were these awesome rust covered decrepit vintage motel chairs. I have no idea what the backyard is going to look like when we’re done with it, but it […]Read More Green
It seems that all we’ve done for the past trimester is work on the house. We haven’t really gone anywhere, done anything, or seen much of our friends. We have made some progress, particularly in the garden apartment. But the list continues, and as always the biggest to do remains to win the lottery – […]Read More 3 months
For the past few months, our focus has been to get the rental apartment in shape and get it rented. As experienced tenants, we focused on changing the things that we would like as tenants (hello laundry!) and prioritized accordingly. Unfortunately our budget does not permit a full overhaul of the place (I’m talking to […]Read More Thou shalt not be lazy and not tile under the counters.
Flooring has been an ongoing topic – like a broken record… The Pink Lady has a ton of original detailing, like woodwork, mantels, intricate plaster detailing on the ceilings. Sadly, the floors are also original, but not in a good way. They are pine. Why? Well, because there was a time when the Victorians felt […]Read More A lengthy post about (what else) floors
There has been an awful lot of paint stripping here at the Pink Lady. It’s a slow process, more or less like picking at a giant never ending scab. Good thing that I am a closeted scab picker. Anyway, sometimes after staring at paint in its various stages of un-painting, shapes begin to appear. This […]Read More Better than a Virgin Mary on toast