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Ring Video Doorbell

I received the Ring video doorbell as a Christmas gift this year. Overall, I like it. However, I have a...

January 8, 2017

Acu-Rite Weather Station

For my birthday, I had this weather station on my wishlist. It’s one of those items I would probably never...

July 12, 2016

Kubb For Twenty Bucks

If you haven’t heard of the Viking game Kubb (pronounced “koob”) before, I don’t blame you — it seems to...

April 18, 2016

Trophy Shelf

I had looked for an inexpensive shelf to show off a couple of trophies, but couldn’t find any sturdy enough...

April 17, 2016

Shoe Bin

I might have lied back in June when I said I was done with the Family Room. There was one...

December 27, 2015

All For A Cup Of Coffee

Hey, I know better than to get between you coffee-lovers and your morning cup o’ joe. That is hard-won knowledge...

December 26, 2015

Requiem for Yellow Jackets

Your browser does not support the webm video format. Yellow jackets had taken up residence in one of my wife’s...

July 25, 2015

Family Room Remodel

It took me just over a year, but the family room is finally finished (including the train). I completed the...

June 20, 2015

The Polar Express

Your browser does not support the webm video format. I’ve spent the last six months remodeling our family room. But...

December 1, 2014

Using All Of The Space

If your house has more than one floor, chances are good that there is a lot of wasted space above...

September 1, 2014

More Basement Woodworking

Earlier this year, I started building a cabinet in my basement on the wall opposite my new bar. As usual,...

December 26, 2012

CCD Barcode Scanner

Are you tired of spending hours manually entering book titles into your own personal database? (Well, okay, if you’re not...

September 9, 2012

Garden Irrigation Project

In late April, we had a pretty impressive hailstorm, which led to us getting a new roof and new gutters....

September 7, 2012

Bird Versus Bird

Your browser does not support the webm video format. I’ve mentioned before how much we like all of the wildlife...

August 26, 2012

Home Cheep Home

In the middle of our other spring project, the timing was right to get our new pets, but that started...

April 27, 2012

Landscaping Project

This has been a busy spring. Thanks to warmer than average temperatures in February, we got a jump on our...

April 26, 2012


We were fortunate enough to get a chance to see the Cavalia show while it was here in St. Louis....

March 26, 2012

Progress Report

It has certainly taken longer than I had planned, and it is still a ways from being complete, but I...

September 25, 2011

Eee PC Reboot

I’ve had an Asus Eee PC netbook for a few years. I was initially impressed with its speed and the...

August 17, 2011

Stone Soup Cottage

Having made reservations a full five months in advance, I had a long time to anticipate my wife’s birthday dinner...

July 29, 2011