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

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Dreary Afternoon

To me, there’s nothing better to do on a dreary, rainy Sunday afternoon when I have the house to myself than to curl up in our master bedroom window seat with a latte, a cat or two and the latest This Old House magazine. Pete is at the cottage, of course, and I jumped at…

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Metal Garden Sculpture

We went to the Port Clinton Art Festival in Highland Park last year. Since I’m such a native prairie freak*lover*admirer *younameit I fell in love with this Purple Coneflower metal sculpture. The flower head sits on top of the stem and rotates when it catches a breeze. We haven’t found the right spot for breeze-catching…

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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.…

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It’s a Killer, in More Ways than One

We haven’t really been working on any bungalow projects lately, mainly due to heat and humidity, so I’ll just offer you a bunch of random but somewhat related news. I had a tough time searching through many bug and insect identification sites to determine what this large black wasp-like insect was, only to finally find…

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Walk in the Woods

One of the great things about living in Morton Grove is the amount of green space for a suburb that’s so close to the Chicago city limits. The North Branch of the Chicago River runs through the town not too far from our house, and the river is surrounded by the Cook County Forest Preserve.…

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Morton Grove Shout-Out

Every Friday, the Chicago Tribune publishes a feature story in the Homes section about one community in the Chicagoland area, and last Friday was Morton Grove’s turn. It was a pretty good article, I thought, however I think their home sale ranges are misleading as the recent home sale on the low end was a…

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Now You See It

And in a matter of mere minutes… …now you don’t! Buh-bye, Dumpster. As I’m sure you can guess, this means a couple things: Our project is nearing the end We have some new yardwork to do I know I have catching-up to do, but over the holiday weekend I needed a break from the computer.…

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The House Came Crashing Down

Not to worry — it wasn’t our house. It was Robin’s house. There we were on Sunday, ready to enjoy a beautiful summer-like day at the cottage Pete’s family owns just over the Wisconsin border. But first there are always a few chores to do before the relaxing can begin. Over the years we’ve lost…

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The Post V-Day Post

Sometimes I just crave sushi. I’m not really into the fancy rolls, like caterpillar or dragon. They’re okay, but I think too many ingredients can be overpowering. That’s why my favorite sushi place is Kuni’s Japanese Restaurant on Main Street in Evanston. They only offer the classic rolls —— the fanciest maki they make is…

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Brunch of Presidents

If Wheaties are the Breakfast of Champions, then oatmeal is the Brunch of Presidents. Think about it: it’s got substance, it’s good for you, and it can to appeal to many different tastes just by adding in a few ingredients from your pantry (or Cabinet as the case may be). Personally, I don’t like my…

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