Soffit

Soffit

Painting of soffit fell to me. Three coats of paint on 108 pieces, all laid out on the floor in three batches. I want you to visualize the positions you need to be in to three coats paint the pieces above. Yeah. Not comfortable. The boredom and pain were somewhat mitigated by audiobooks, but I now… READ MORE

Testifying in Lansing

Testifying in Lansing

There are a few things about living in an Airstream that are so surreal, they’re just plain comical. Rolling out of a camper to go testify in Lansing in front of the House Health Policy Committee on behalf of MSMS in opposition to the FSMB Interstate Licensing Compact has to be one of them. I think… READ MORE

The His and Hers Roof

The His and Hers Roof

The one feature of our house that has caused the most angst is the roof, with HVAC coming in a close second. I haven’t even bothered to write about our HVAC debacle as it’s still ongoing, and distressing to think about. But the pain of roof choice has been a lingering one, stretching over 6 years. It started… READ MORE

Complainers and Porta Potties

Complainers and Porta Potties

We really do live in a great city.  Ok, so the place hasn’t met a tax hike or millage they didn’t love. The number of ordinances and rules is mind boggling.  Regardless of my best efforts at being a precinct delegate and knocking doors, we turn in the worst results for the country’s best congressman. But that’s… READ MORE

Mitigating the Misery of 1.6 Gallons

Mitigating the Misery of 1.6 Gallons

The old house really was a piece of crap. It was terrible. We created a list of all the horrible things about the house that we wouldn’t miss, just in case we started doubting our decision to knock it down. Things like not having any door knobs. The only thing I’ll really miss is the… READ MORE

Stucco

Stucco

The stucco is finally finished, taking about 6 weeks from scratch coat to final coat.  The weather these guys worked under was crazy, ranging from nearly 100 degrees to sleeting within that 6 weeks. We used the same stucco guys as for the back addition, Heyboer & Bolt. However, this time we used a different… READ MORE