A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

The Unmotivation Update

Well, I’m here to report that we’re still unmotivated to work on any house projects. The custom bi-fold doors for the master bedroom and utility closets are still lying on the floor, the pull-out shelves in the pantry are still falling apart, and I’ve done nothing about painting the kitchen cabinets besides buying the primer. So there it is.

I guess it’s not too surprising when one has been pretty much going gangbusters for the past 3+ years.

I did finally come up with a living room arrangement that I’m happy with. I found the area rug at Anthropologie and I like the way it creates a little conversation area. This arrangement also helps to detract from the huge fireplace (although it may not look that way in the photo).

Outdoors, we’ve let the garden take care of itself. The plants we bought earlier this summer are all doing well.

The oak tree we planted last year shot up a main branch, and the tree is now taller than I. Pete is worried that it’s not perfectly centered, but I remind him that nature isn’t symmetrical and I’m sure it’ll be fine in the end. It’ll be interesting to see what the tree does next.

Elsewhere in the garden, the chipmunks have been entertaining to watch. There are three who seem to fight over turf, and a chase ensues through the prairie and into the neighbor’s yard. We tried to let them all get their fair share of bird seed, although it’s hard to tell them apart.

In other critter news, Günter, while still terminally ill, has been doing well. I really didn’t expect him to last the summer, so I’m grateful that he’s still with us and appears to be feeling fine. He will turn 13 sometime this month.

On the personal front, after almost two months we’re still going to the gym regularly — at least we have some motivation somewhere. I was happy to discover that it wasn’t the exercise I didn’t like, it was more the gym itself that was sorely lacking in the past. This gym may cost more than the other, but I’m definitely getting my money’s worth.

Finally, I’ll leave you with some photos of our fine city. There’s nothing like spending a warm summer evening in downtown Chicago, whether at the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park…

or at sunset with a view of the skyline from the Shedd Aquarium.

This weekend promises more summer-like weather, so we plan to enjoy the outdoors in our kayaks, perhaps for the last time this year. Hope you have a great weekend too!


  1. JustSomeTrainNut on November 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Hey there !

    So, I was surfing the internet a few days ago and came across an interesting blog called “The Bungalow Chronicles.” I read and I read and then I read some more. Tonight I’m feeling motivated. “Why?” you ask….OK, I’ll tell you. I don’t know exactly, maybe it’s the fact that I’m full of pork roast and baked potatoes or could it be that I’m playing hooky. More than likely we’ll probably never know what the motivation was for tonight’s reply. Anyway, as far as giving me crap about my design and or decorating ideas it doesn’t bother me in the least as you well know I can take it as well as give it and as you said “it’s all in good fun.” If I didn’t like you I wouldn’t give you a hard time! I’ve always enjoyed looking at the house when I’ve been by and to be totally honest I like some of your changes and well, there are some I’m not really thrilled with. But that’s not important…what is important is that you’re happy with the things you’ve done. Afterall, it is your house and you’re the ones living there. Just as I’m sure the people who lived in this house before me probably wouldn’t agree with everything we’ve done or haven’t done to their old house. In conclusion, rest assured there is absolutely no strife between us at all. I was just thinking what your property on the southside really needs is a garden train running through it!
    Hope to see you soon…………oh yeah, and tell your fearless leader I said hello!

  2. Oona on January 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog through a Google Images search. I see you haven’t posted in a while, but I just wanted to tell you your living room is beautiful! I love the paint color, the windows are to die for, and I really like the way you’ve set up your seating area. I’ll be a new subscriber, so I hope you post something soon!

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