Monday, July 7, 2008

A Line Level Can Save Your Marriage

When it has been pretty darn Fox Valley-July hot and we've been working hard all day, I say the edging brick looks like it isn't sloping right. And get a look that says and "how am I supposed to tell what's level you [wonderful person]".

Aluminum and simple, on spooled string pulled taunt (thankfully purchased on a whim at ACE a few days before), sets the approaching evening back to calm.

Pathways now added to the side yard -- looks like we're headed toward the finishing touches (finally).

Gentlemen -- I exhort you: Invest in a line level. Relationships may hinge on your good decision.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Got the results back today from the environmental testing facility. No asbestos!!! What a relief - considering we were dopes and left our masks off while cutting through walls and such. I, Alyssa, almost had an anxiety attack when I realized these materials could very well have asbestos. I would prefer living a long life. We can breath easy now and finally finish up our interrupted demolition. Here are some shots of our first attempts at breaking down walls.

Hands off ladies.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Our Blooms

Sorry it has been so long! As you might have guessed, we are so worn out with house work that we haven't had the energy to write any entries. We will try to get better at this! In the meantime, we've knocked down more walls. However, we're currently on hold as every bit of wall, ceiling tile, being tested for asbestos - oh the joy of old homes. The first batch came back negative, so we are optimistic that the second batch will be too. Fingers crossed.

I've been working out in the garden and decided this is definitely a job I enjoy. I love being outdoors and making a space beautiful and green. These are some photos of our recent plantings! Enjoy:) - Alyssa