WOW! It has been a while since our last update, hasn't it?

Well, not much has changed since last September, right? WRONG!!!!

Quick recap: 

We finished our crawlspace work and installed our radiant floor heat

We went to Wales, the Cotswolds, Cornwall, and London.

The Nationals won the World Series

We started a basement laundry room renovation (still not finished)

We also started the renovation of our Foursquare's upstairs hallway  (still not finished)

I got really sick with an unknown ailment that left me feeling terrible beginning in early November through January

We've had several articles published in Old House Journal over the last few months (did you see them?)

Wendy was working crazy amounts the whole time, helping people buy and sell houses

I rebuilt our entire boiler driven hydronic heating install (while still feeling awful)

By early January I was diagnosed with a failing and diseased gallbladder

I had surgery to remove my gallbladder mid January - felt much better almost instantly

I then got the flu (actually diagnosed) in early February - knocked me out for another two weeks

Then when we thought all of the bad stuff was behind us for the year the Coronavirus was all, "HOLD MY BEER!!!" and this global pandemic kicked off.

So that's where we are. As you can see, lots of highs and lows, so there's plenty to write about as we approach our blog's 9th birthday later this month. We've been sharing most of our ongoing efforts and life over on Instagram, including detailed stories with how-tos, hacks, tricks, and favorite tools. So if you don't follow us and you're on Instagram, you should definitely add us to your list

Beyond all of that, I did have something to share with you today. After many years of wanting to do this, I finally put together a video tour of our 1886 row house. We didn't want to create another long and boring home tour video that you'd have no interest sitting through, so I decided to make it in the style of MTV Cribs. Give it a look and let us know what you think.

I hope to have a bit more time in the coming weeks and months to summarize many of our ongoing efforts. I've also learned a ton in the last several years regarding plaster repair and restoration that I want to share with you. 

Comments 19


4/10/2020 at 4:08 AM

So glad to see you blogging again. I was forced to track you on Instagram and missed the full force of your loquaciousness. Sorry for all your health issues this past year and hoping you and Wendy are staying well and safe.

4/21/2020 at 3:47 PM

Can you post links to your articles, please.

4/22/2020 at 7:52 PM

SO glad you are well again!

have been following on Insta... keep it up

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5/4/2020 at 1:03 AM

Great to see you back here. I check in regularly just in case. Following you on instagram anyway so I can see you are BUSY! Basement is looking fabulous.

5/4/2020 at 3:25 PM

What a year!! So glad you’re better and keeping us up to date! It’s always terrific to read about your projects. Vicarious living for some of us lazy elders! Best to you both.

5/6/2020 at 3:06 PM

Loved the little movie of your home. Thanks.

5/11/2020 at 11:06 AM

Thanks for sharing. It has been series of ups and downs and I am glad that you are doing great especially the achievement with your house, which looks awesome.

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5/24/2020 at 10:01 PM

Yes, I saw your articles in Old House Journal! Very nice. So glad you are feeling better.

6/1/2020 at 8:07 AM

Significant piece of work, Thank You!!

6/20/2020 at 5:23 PM

You and your wife are more than really cool. I adore repairing the house like you and making a site

7/6/2020 at 4:31 PM

So glad to see that you are doing better. Was wondering why there were no updates to the blog for a while but can never see far enough in advance what life will throw at ya! Thanks for the video, thoroughly enjoyed it!

8/27/2020 at 5:03 PM

A little late to the party, but WOW! The townhouse looks DONE. I'm so impressed at how cleaned up and well presented everything looks, too. Trust someone with real estate experience (that's you, Wendy) to pull that off. Enjoyed seeing the pups, too (although they tended to look worried, like they'd misbehaved, when the camera was in their faces)! Issue planner for 2021 is due, so I will be trolling your various sites for ideas (which the two of you will of course already have written!)

9/7/2020 at 4:17 AM

Glad you're doing well. Really fascinated by this piece.

10/12/2020 at 8:43 AM

This is just another challenge.

10/12/2020 at 8:44 AM

Good luck with your recovery

10/12/2020 at 8:44 AM

I am always thankful every day.

10/13/2020 at 9:12 AM

You've touched upon a rather sensitive subject!

1/19/2021 at 3:25 PM

I missed the show MTV Cribs. But I love what you did. Thank you for sharing this. If ever you need a junk yards in brownsville check us out!

1/21/2021 at 5:37 AM

I can see how hard work you are just to overcome this pandemic. I really love how passionate and making those video looks amazing. This blog post is really interesting. However, if you need tree service? Midstate Tree Service is always here.

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