Diary Archives by Category

All entries are listed below by diary category in chronological order (oldest entry on top). You can roll over an entry to read the first few lines, then click on the title to read the entire entry...


Where's Jeannie? (09-17-05)
Nursery? OK! (09-19-05)
A Quick Fix Detour on the Road to Renovation (11-04-05)
Giving Thanks (11-24-05)
So, How's the Nursery Coming Along? (11-27-05)
A Bedroom Only a Mother (in Law) Could Love (12-05-05)
Announcing Grace Margaret Elise (01-11-06)
You Know You Live in a Fixer-Upper With a Baby When... (04-09-06)
First Love (07-30-06)
Reno Baby (08-18-06)
The Lead Paint Dilemma (09-12-06)
Your Baby Proofing Experiences and Advice? (09-13-06)
What We Do When We Aren't Working... (11-25-06)
Her Favorite (12-31-06)
Saturday Mornings (01-06-07)
A Mom is a Mom is a Mom (01-15-07)
The Weekend (01-16-07)
E P! E P! (03-08-08)
Renovation with Toddler (04-07-08)
One Step Ahead (04-16-08)
The Cuteness is Killing Me. (04-21-08)
Toddler Proofing? (09-20-08)
ER Visit Soon? (11-28-09)
Simple machines for the win! Let's play! (12-09-09)

Before & After
See the house improve, room by room.
The Backyard (11-04-03)
First Floor Bathroom - Before & After (04-02-04)
Brick-Laid Front Steps - Before & After (07-17-04)
Refinished Floors (07-14-05)
How Easy It Is to Forget... (09-06-05)
Quick-Fix Kitchen Makeover, Completed (11-21-05)
Christmas Tree Before & After (12-14-05)
Three Years (and 11 Days) of Progress (06-09-06)
First Floor Bedrooms and Hallway -- Floors are done! (08-12-06)
The Renovated Maple Kitchen Floor (08-26-06)
Temporary Kitchen Before & After (09-07-06)
The Master Bath (Almost) After Photos (04-23-07)
Forgotten Film and Photos of "Before"...the Master Bath (05-14-07)
More Forgotten Film: First Floor Bath (05-15-07)
The Forgotten Film of the Upstairs Bedrooms (05-16-07)
A Nice Reveal of the Living Room and Dining Room (01-17-09)
Yeah, but what did it look like BEFORE? (01-19-09)
I Used to Hate This Closet (01-23-09)
And Now for Something Completely Different (10-27-09)

Daily Diary
Daily musings as we (slowly) create the house of our dreams.
In the Beginning (06-03-03)
Every Day (06-04-03)
Credit Where its Due (06-06-03)
Mysteries & Milestones (06-15-03)
Where am I? (06-16-03)
Clean for a Day (06-16-03)
I am exhausted. (06-18-03)
5, not 4 (06-18-03)
10 Bags of Trash (06-19-03)
Closer... (06-21-03)
We're in! (06-22-03)
Geez...Bees (06-23-03)
Recleaning (06-23-03)
More cleaning. More unpacking. (06-24-03)
Some days are more adventurous than others. (06-25-03)
Zen & the Art of Kitchen Cleanliness (06-26-03)
We've added comments!! (06-27-03)
The First Survivable Floor! (06-27-03)
Is this progress? (06-28-03)
More of the First Survivable Floor (06-28-03)
Another Day, another BBQ & Home Depot Run (06-29-03)
Lawn Care & the Ego (06-30-03)
Coco Takes One for the Team (07-02-03)
The Biggest Pile of Trash Ever! (07-02-03)
A New Site!! (07-04-03)
It's us against the weather (07-05-03)
It's too darn hot (07-07-03)
Waxing the Tub (07-12-03)
The Bug Slayer (07-13-03)
We're a hit! (07-14-03)'s all random (07-14-03)
I am SO difficult. (07-15-03)
Smelly Encounter (07-16-03)
No good, very bad, horrible day (07-18-03)
{waving hello madly...} (07-18-03)
Electricity and I--Not the best of pals (07-23-03)
Say whaaaa...??? (To paraphrase Jon Stewart) (07-26-03)
What have we learned so far about old things? (07-27-03)
Is this renovating? Or dating? (07-31-03)
A peaceful place (08-02-03)
Our Own Personal Niagara Falls (08-03-03)
Everyone needs a buddy break! (08-09-03)
The Gang's All Here! (08-10-03)
Looking for Mr. or Ms. Good Wrench (08-11-03)
Just a Regular (Fair & Balanced) Day (08-14-03)
Nothing Much (08-15-03)
Ssssh. Don't scare him away... (08-21-03)
Eventually, life finds YOU...through the internet (08-24-03)
Mom, do not read this. I'm serious. (08-27-03)
What are you DOING here? It's a HOLIDAY! (08-31-03)
What are you looking for? (09-07-03)
Shh! Be Very Very Quiet... (09-09-03)
It's all in the details. (09-11-03)
Never Ever Alone (09-12-03)
A trip to the Restoration and Renovation Expo (09-20-03)
Happiness CAN be found in an Appliance (09-23-03)
What do you want, Coco? (09-26-03)
Dust you can write your name in (09-28-03)
Nooooooooooooooo! (10-01-03)
Sick. An Tired. (10-02-03)
CUBS WIN!!! (10-05-03) progress (10-07-03)
This might finally be a reality show we can relate to (10-11-03)
Early morning, thinking about remarks made about "treasure hunting" (10-14-03)
Which is MORE frightening? (10-16-03)
Sanity Retreat (10-19-03)
Smells like...? A new game. Unfortunately. (10-21-03)
"I will not pick at the house...I will not..." (10-26-03)
Happy Halloween Coco! (10-31-03)
Restoration with Love (11-01-03)
We love dads (11-02-03)
You know, I was just talking about web stats... (11-08-03)
Overwhelmed (11-09-03)
Sleeping in Seattle (11-23-03)
No more travel allowed (11-24-03)
Happy Thanksgiving! (11-27-03)
Sleepless. (12-02-03)
It's electric (12-04-03)
Finding a Vintage Medicine Cabinet (12-06-03)
In which I do the best Godfather impression I've ever done (12-10-03)
Hmmm (12-11-03)
Take THAT! And that's a warning for the rest of ya' (12-13-03)
Sometimes, it's hard being Coco (12-16-03)
We Stay True to Our Word (12-18-03)
Who is out there? Hallooooo? (12-20-03)
Between floors (12-23-03)
Pieces of the house...Peace on Earth (12-24-03)
I had vanished into something better (12-26-03)
Real Life (12-29-03)
Quick rewind and wrap up (12-31-03)
Home Improvement Design Ideas (01-02-04)
what a pair (01-03-04)
The highs and the lows home improvement (01-04-04)
This bathroom floor is GONE (01-05-04)
No clumping (01-10-04)
Dave's Back (01-13-04)
Free money? Really? (01-15-04)
Ugliest bathroom? OK, maybe not... (01-17-04)
Let's Tour the Workshop! (01-17-04)
Showers are so beautiful (01-21-04)
21st century Home Voyeurism (01-24-04)
Gifted & Talented Neighbors (01-30-04)
You Snooze, You Lose? (02-02-04)
We are cowards...COWARDS!!! (02-04-04)
Search string house haiku (02-09-04)
Preserving houses and marital bliss too. (02-15-04)
Add Us to Your My Yahoo! (RSS Rocks!) (02-18-04)
Vision Test (02-19-04)
2004 Chicago Bungalow Expo and Seminars (02-23-04)
Slave to Bungalow Restoration (02-24-04)
It's Mimi! (03-02-04)
Coco on a birdseed bender (03-05-04)
The Money Pit of My Life (03-12-04)
Giving Birth to a Blog and House...No Hat Trick Yet (03-19-04)
Spring. It's here. (03-20-04)
Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. (03-22-04)
Sorry we were down all morning. (03-24-04)
Renewal and hope (03-24-04)
Just another soggy Sunday (03-29-04)
Argh. (03-31-04)
"Arrange Whatever Pieces Come Your Way." (04-03-04)
A clean, sunny window (04-11-04)
Advantages of home renovation (04-15-04)
A night off....wheeeeeee! (04-16-04)
Spring Maintenance (04-19-04)
Faithful Companion (04-20-04)
You Know You Live in a Fixer-Upper When... (04-24-04)
Hitting the Bottle (04-25-04)
So many adventures, only 3 hours (04-27-04)
Things I Learned from My Web Stats (04-30-04)
We're Moving! (to Another Room) (05-01-04)
You Know You Live in a Fixer-Upper When... (05-03-04)
Contractors! Contractors! Contractors! (05-15-04)
"Not much. You?" (05-19-04)
Where is my local hardware store? (05-20-04)
Lathe Makes Good Firewood (05-21-04)
House Call...of a Different Kind (05-24-04)
What Women Want (05-26-04)
Restore America (with lots of cash) (05-27-04)
Working Weekends (05-31-04)
"This Old, Stuffed House" (06-08-04)
Congratulations Kjerstin & Joe! (06-10-04)
Am I Obsessed? Mmmm...yes. (06-12-04)
More on Home Improvement Shows (06-13-04)
What's Happening?!? (06-16-04)
Restoring Homes, Restoring Communities (06-18-04)
what you set your heart upon (06-24-04)
Hungry for Conversation (06-25-04)
It's a JUNGLE out there! (06-28-04)
It is war. (07-02-04)
Fourth of July (07-04-04)
The Most Important Tool... (07-05-04)
Every other store? Hardware store. (07-10-04)
internet Access Problems (07-14-04)
Murphy's Laws of Broken Things (07-15-04)
Telling Entirely Too Much (07-28-04)
Insomnia Games with Coco (07-29-04)
Coco, what are you waiting for? (08-02-04)
Trading Spaces - Behind the Scenes (08-03-04)
Ugh. (08-07-04)
Low tonight? 50 degrees F (08-12-04)
Killer house (08-14-04)
Before & After...The Armstrongs (08-14-04)
Code Blue! Calling all old house people! (08-21-04)
Wood Prices Increase - Ack! (08-22-04)
Pup Dreams (08-26-04)
This is so awful. (09-02-04)
Fallin' for ya (09-05-04)
Gone, man. Gone. (09-06-04)
Home Depot Grand Opening (09-09-04)
Maybe it's a Chicago obsession (09-13-04)
Not my fault! Really! (09-15-04)
Long Nights (09-17-04)
Good morning, glory. (09-19-04)
Old House Blues (09-22-04)
Raincheck (09-24-04)
Estate Sale (09-29-04)
"Who are you? Do you live here too?" (10-02-04)
CONTEST: Worst house story ever (10-04-04)
Rolling Right into Stressville, USA (10-08-04)
Winner of the Worst House Project Contest (10-09-04)
The Ugly Truth About Change Orders? (10-13-04)
The Dark Side of House Restoration (10-14-04)
Smack Down at Home Depot (10-16-04)
Broken Dryer, I Challenge Thee! (10-20-04)
Autumn. Life. (10-25-04)
Watching the World Go By. Literally. (10-27-04)
It's.....Fell. (10-30-04)
Happy Samhain to ye (10-31-04)
Everything Looks Grey Today (11-03-04)
You Know You Live in a Fixer-Upper When... (11-08-04)
Portrait of a Hunger So Deep (11-12-04)
Lincoln Park Pirates (11-14-04)
AARON is NOT SICK today. (11-18-04)
The Parents are Coming! The Parents are Coming! (11-22-04)
Happy (Snowy) Thanksgiving! (11-25-04)
Thanksgiving Turkey, Lessons in Poultry Intimacy (11-26-04)
Mom was Here (11-29-04)
The House-pochondriac (12-02-04)
In my dreams (12-05-04)
Old Home for the Holidays (12-07-04)
We Always Remember Our First One (12-08-04)
Old House (Lover's) Music (12-13-04)
The Summer of '05 (12-16-04)
Laundry Chute Love (12-17-04)
Coco Angel (12-20-04)
Happy Holidays Everyone (12-21-04)
We're back after a short break. (12-27-04)
Brrrr. (12-28-04)
The 12 Months of an OLD HOUSE Christmas (12-29-04)
New Year's Resolutions (01-01-05)
Square Peg, Round Hole (01-07-05)
Survivor: CHICAGO BUNGALOW (01-08-05)
Too Long in the Map Room (01-13-05)
I love lumberyards (01-15-05)
Trying to Stay Focused... (01-18-05)
The Winter Kitchen (01-22-05)
You Know You Live in a Fixer-Upper When... (01-24-05)
Old House Passions (01-25-05)
Sisyphus II (01-29-05)
Bored While Sick: Counting Dust Bunnies (02-01-05)
Dave's Big Chance (02-06-05)
Well Good Morning Greenland!!!! (02-13-05)
48 Hours of "Aaron is So Cool" (02-15-05)
A Little Project We're Working On (02-17-05)
Heads Up...Keepin' It Real (02-19-05)
Us, Self-Conscious!? (02-20-05)
Down But Not Out (02-28-05)
It's Academic (03-01-05)
Clean Dog. Sad Dog. (03-03-05)
Needing Inspiration... (03-07-05)
Radiator Humidifier (03-10-05)
HouseBlogs Neighborhood Emerges from Beta (03-14-05)
SUN! Oh yes.... (03-15-05)
You Know You Live in a Fixer-Upper When... (03-20-05)
Home Improvement Party Conversations (03-21-05)
Home Improvement Karma (03-23-05)
Happy Easter Weekend (03-25-05)
We interrupt this house in progress... (04-04-05)
Spring-ing up in the Garden (04-08-05)
Can You Keep a Secret? (04-10-05)
A garden surprise (04-11-05)
yes. yes, it IS Spring. (04-12-05)
Foolproof Contractor Search (04-14-05)
You Know You Live in a Fixer-Upper When... (04-17-05)
The Neighborhood (04-21-05)
Sticker Shock (04-27-05)
Raise a Glass to Those Who HouseBlog! (04-28-05)
Where are the HouseBloggers? (04-28-05)
Oh...such a cute house for sale (04-29-05)
The "Out of Commission" Kitchen (04-30-05)
Recap: 2005 Chicago Bungalow Expo (05-01-05)
Truly Obsessed (05-05-05)
The Lilac Bush That Ate Chicago (05-06-05)
Condo Memories (05-09-05)
Sharpening Tools? (05-10-05)
A Simple Plan (05-13-05)
Cruel Decluttering Irony (05-16-05)
With Many Apologies to William Carlos Williams (05-16-05)
A Day of Rest (05-18-05)
I am the BIGGEST DIY GEEK EVER! (05-21-05)
Two Long Years (05-31-05)
Can She Do It? Yes She Can! (06-01-05)
I Confess (06-07-05)
Another Week, Another Anniversary (06-10-05)
It Runs in the Family (06-12-05)
Meme me up, Scotty! (06-21-05)
You Know You Live in a Fixer-Upper When... (06-23-05)
Evening Reading (06-24-05)
HouseBlogs in the Wall Street Journal (06-30-05)
Pins on the HouseBlogs Google Map (07-05-05)
A Modest Proposal (for Housebloggers) (07-08-05)
Overheard... (07-09-05)
The Fallon Project (07-11-05)
Wow (07-13-05)
What I Learned Today (07-23-05)
Eclectic Weekend (07-24-05)
Houseblogs Around the World (07-27-05)
You Know You Live in a Fixer-Upper When... (08-02-05)
Doggy ADA (08-08-05)
100 Houseblogs...Really? (08-09-05)
A Fun Distraction (08-14-05)
Busiest. Week. Ever. (08-20-05)
Yesterday we were wondering... (08-21-05)
House of Good Fortune (08-23-05)
I Struggle to Imagine (08-31-05)
Labor Day Block Party, 2005 (09-05-05)
Sick (09-11-05)
Painful but Necessary (09-16-05)
A Milestone! (09-28-05)
The Truth About Committing to a Fixer Upper (10-02-05)
Brrrrrrr. (UPDATED) (10-24-05)
Hi There! (10-29-05)
The Devil...and Pregnancy Hormones...Made Me Do It (11-09-05)
Brrrrrr. Mmmmm. (11-16-05)
Technical Difficulties at (11-17-05) Is Up and Running...with Something New, Too (11-20-05)
You Know You Live in a Fixer-Upper When... (11-23-05)
Giving Thanks (11-24-05)
How Many Shovels Does It Take... (12-08-05)
Put 'em to Work (12-10-05)
Pushing our luck (12-11-05)
It's Not the Snow, It's the Thaw... (12-15-05)
Is it time to light up the Christmas Wine yet? (12-19-05)
Home for Christmas (12-23-05)
New Year, Same Pain in the Neck (01-03-06)
We Love You Too, Gaper's Block!! (01-05-06)
Busy Weekend, Redefined (01-22-06)
Success (01-29-06)
Tell Us What You Really Think (02-05-06)
Back to Work...Soon? (02-07-06)
Departure (02-10-06)
Surprise! (02-18-06)
Looking Forward (02-19-06)
Like This Site? How about 200 More... (02-21-06)
New Year, New Baby...New Blog? (02-27-06)
Emma? Lizzy? The Dashwoods? (03-05-06)
Apologies Dear Readers! (03-08-06)
Confessions (03-09-06)
Love? I spoke too soon... (03-10-06)
And the House said "HA!" (03-16-06)
The Lonely Toolbox (03-20-06)
The Latest in Toolspotting (03-21-06)
The Lonely Toolbox, Part 2 (03-23-06)
Old House Preservation & Restoration Conference (03-27-06)
Neighborhood Notes: North Park / Albany Park (03-28-06)
Hello, San Francisco Chronicle Readers! (03-29-06)
Awkward Moments in Renovation (03-30-06)
More Awkward Moments in Renovation (04-03-06)
Less Awkward Moments in Renovation (04-04-06)
Bugs in the house? Not on MY watch... (04-06-06)
Expounding upon Expansion (04-10-06)
Apartment in Chicago! (04-11-06)
Why Do We Do It? (04-12-06)
Kitchen and Bath Show in Chicago...oh joy! (04-13-06)
Reason #482 Why I Love Chicago (04-15-06)
How do we know it's Spring? (04-16-06)
Tax Man Giveth...and Taketh Away (04-17-06)
Countdown to KBIS (04-19-06)
All Dressed Up with Someplace to Go (04-20-06)
Recap: Swatchbox Gathering (04-21-06)
K/BIS is Huge, Where to Start? (04-22-06)
KBIS Day One: The Madness Begins (04-23-06)
KBIS Coverage: Making Sense of It (04-23-06)
KBIS Coverage: Evidence of Bloggers at KBIS (04-23-06)
KBIS: Exhibitors Gone Wild (04-23-06)
Priming the Pump Porch (05-01-06)
Uncluttered Living, Part 1 (05-03-06)
Uncluttered Living, Part 2 (05-08-06)
Uncluttered Living, Part3 (05-10-06)
Nightstand (05-14-06)
Uncluttered Living: Space, Stuff and Value (05-15-06) or ideas? (05-17-06)
The Curse of the Black Thumb (05-18-06)
Itchy Today... (05-24-06)
The Irony of HouseBloggers in Money Magazine (05-26-06)
Classic Summer Through Your Senses: Your Ears (05-29-06)
Peeping...Pigeon (06-01-06)
Mid-Century Modern in Our Neighborhood (06-05-06)
Mid-Century Modern in Our Neighborhood, Part 2 (06-06-06)
After the baby is tucked in... (06-12-06)
Budlong Woods and North Park in Chicago (06-15-06)
Busting a a good way (06-16-06)
Who's Your Daddy? (06-18-06)
Sleep Deprivation (06-19-06)
Housebloggers Talk (06-24-06)
You know you live in a fixer-upper when... (06-28-06)
Escape to the Extraordinary (07-04-06)
Reaction to Mention in Old House Journal (07-06-06)
Bee Swarm (07-07-06)
Houseblogging at This Old House (07-12-06)
Itty Bitty Wee Robin (07-14-06)
Restoration Hardware has OUTLETS???!!! (07-19-06)
Housebloggers in the Chicago Tribune (07-21-06)
North Park Neighborhood: The Sweden Shop (07-24-06)
The Map Wall Must Die... (07-25-06)
Paint Over Wallpaper...What Have We Done??? (08-07-06)
Ugh. (08-09-06)
My niece, Morgan (08-15-06)
Ohhhh, the house bug!!! It's biting me! (08-16-06)
Comparing house-related boo boo's (08-28-06)
It's not just a house, it's a 'hood (09-04-06)
Introducing the Community (09-05-06)
When Do We Find Time To Do It All? (09-11-06)
Renovation Source: Salvage at ridiculously low prices (09-15-06)
Dogs Listen to Me Now (09-20-06)
Finishing Touch in a Guest Room (09-23-06)
The House Behaved Very Well (09-27-06)
There's a WHAT in the kitchen???!!!! (09-28-06)
The Power of the (Associated) Press (09-30-06)
Low Tech Project Management System (10-02-06)
Mice Update (10-10-06)
Mice Update, Part 2 (10-11-06)
Baby, It's Cold Outside Inside (10-12-06)
Mice Update, The Final Chapter (10-13-06)
Retreat to St. Michael's (10-17-06)
Susanke Homestead (10-19-06)
Houseblogs in the Edmonton Journal (10-20-06)
Playing Catch Up, Craving Heat and Other Musings (10-30-06)
How to Feel Better About Any Situation (11-01-06)
The Attack of the Killer Bird (11-02-06)
Crow in My Kitchen (11-06-06)
New Eye Candy at (11-08-06)
Well, um, hello again, houseblog. (11-14-06)
OMG! The Cuteness! (11-15-06)
Falling into Autumn (11-16-06)
What a Role Model DOESN'T Look Like (11-17-06)
Radiator Adventure, Part 2 (11-21-06)
Homework Help...We love librarians! (11-21-06)
New, Improved Blogroll (11-22-06)
What We Do When We Aren't Working... (11-25-06)
Radiator Adventure, the finale (11-27-06)
Please Stand By... (11-28-06)
Hello? Hello? (12-04-06)
Things That Have Broken... (12-19-06)
What Lies Beneath, or THE HORROR! (12-20-06)
Her Favorite (12-31-06)
Hello Dallas (01-01-07)
Saturday Mornings (01-06-07)
Color Detective (01-10-07)
Airing Our Laundry in the New York Times (01-11-07)
A Mom is a Mom is a Mom (01-15-07)
The Weekend (01-16-07)
Priorities, Home Improvement and Marital Harmony (01-17-07)
Revisting the Map Wall (01-18-07)
Track Your Favorite DIY Topics at (02-05-07)
The Chicago Tribune is Rethinking the Bungalow (02-20-07)
Fretting & Fireplaces (02-22-07)
Ah. Winter. (02-26-07)
The Ice Storm (02-27-07)
Housebloggers and the 5 Things Meme (02-28-07)
Hello Vancouver Sun Readers! (03-02-07)
We're Not the First! Hurray!! (03-05-07)
Piano Windows? So THAT'S what they're called! (03-06-07)
What is this? (03-08-07)
Cleaning Out the Fireplace... (03-13-07)
Old Florida, or Our Big Escape (03-19-07)
House Eye Candy, Florida-Style (03-20-07)
More Anna Maria House Voyeurism (03-21-07)
Shut Up, Jeannie. (03-22-07)
Island Cottage Color (03-23-07)
Making a Decision About the Fireplace (04-03-07)
Fireplace insert up! (04-04-07)
Bungalows + Houseblogging = A REAL GOOD TIME (04-05-07)
Historic Kenwood, Florida (04-06-07)
Making Everything BIGGER! FASTER! I THINK! (04-10-07)
Hello San Francisco Chronicle Readers (04-14-07)
Wood Windows...Reborn (04-16-07)
Back to our regular programming (04-22-07)
Internet Crush: Liselotte (04-24-07)
Master Bath: Details (04-25-07)
Junior Carpenter-Wannabe (04-26-07)
National Rebuilding Day (04-30-07)
Don't Believe the Hype (05-01-07)
Open Letter to My Neighbors (05-03-07)
Learn Cool DIY Skills, Help Conserve Historic Houses (05-04-07)
C D Bee? (05-07-07)
D B? D B S A B-Z B. (05-07-07)
Weather Drives Project Plans (05-10-07)
What Motivates Us (05-13-07)
Old Radios and Old Windows (05-18-07)
Extracurricular Activities are for Parents Too. (05-22-07)
Down the Drain (05-31-07)
Windows + Crazy = Me (06-01-07)
Windows Progress (06-12-07)
Computer on the Fritz...unlike me, right? (06-19-07)
Back online (07-09-07)
Where am I? What happened? (07-10-07)
Whatta a Lead-Down (07-11-07)
Trendy Seattle Digs (07-12-07)
Our Seattle Hook Up (07-13-07)
Safety First, Not Last (07-16-07)
Getting Outta Dodge (07-17-07)
How was the trip, you ask? (07-18-07)
Clearing My Head (07-19-07)
Going? I'm Already Here. (07-23-07)
Starbucked (07-24-07)
The 10 Second Me (07-27-07)
Six Degrees of BlogHer-ing (07-30-07)
Note to Self... (07-30-07)
We Interrupt This Wood Windows Workshop... (08-02-07)
Sucker for Demo Punishment (08-11-07)
The Journey (08-21-07)
Little Miss Muffet... (08-24-07)
Do They Work? A Restored Wood Window (08-25-07)
Whoops. (08-27-07)
Robbed (08-28-07)
Faith in Kindness Restored (08-29-07)
Field Trip: Garfield Park Conservatory Gardens (08-31-07)
It's All Fun and Games... (09-01-07)
House in Progress in Chicago Home (09-04-07)
Labor Day: Painting Trim (09-06-07)
Anchorage Ranch (09-11-07)
The Mommyblogging Post (09-13-07)
Our Weekend (09-18-07)
Sunday, September 23rd 1:30 p.m. (09-24-07)
Boy curtains? Or girl curtains? (09-25-07)
Reason No. 89746 Why I Love Chicago (09-27-07)
Pleasant Home Restoration Forum (10-02-07)
Off Topic: Mama Gets a Night Out (10-06-07)
Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois (10-07-07)
Favorite Photo Ever (10-09-07)
House Voyeurism: Bed Stuy (10-10-07)
We'll Be Back Shortly (10-27-07)
We're back...and it was Halloween (11-01-07)
The Usability of Kitchen Stoves (11-02-07)
Humphrey House on NBC (11-02-07)
Better Than Shopping for Shoes (11-07-07)
Secret Wood Shops: Horner Park (11-11-07)
Secret Wood Shops in Chicago: Map (11-12-07)
Hip-Hip-Hooray!! (11-14-07)
Online Resources for Real Estate and Landlords (11-15-07)
Tivo My Life (11-23-07)
15 Stocking Stuffers for DIY'ers (11-25-07)
Red Fan of Death II: The Visit (11-27-07)
Must Find Recycling Container Solution (11-29-07)
Good Tree Hunting (12-03-07)
Light It Up! Light It Up! (12-05-07)
House In Progress Recommends... (12-10-07)
Money Pit Christmas (12-11-07)
Reason Number 489 Why Having a Houseblog is Helpful (12-16-07)
What On Earth: The Furniture (12-17-07)
Two Kinds of Christmas: The first one (12-26-07)
The Entry About Change (12-31-07)
Two Kinds of Christmas: The Second One (12-31-07)
Harmony, Pa: Old-Fashioned House Voyeurism (01-06-08)
Best Craigslist Entry So Far, 2008 (01-07-08)
Taunton + Savings = Mmmm. (01-08-08)
New Years Eve, 5:35 - 8:16 pm (01-09-08)
Charles and Hudson Interviews Kevin O'Connor (01-19-08)
Brick and Blue Sky (01-21-08)
Oh, Iowa! (01-22-08)
More Light, Please. (01-26-08)
Portrait of a Good Dog (01-27-08)
I Am Away (01-29-08)
In Memorium: Anita Rowland (01-29-08)
Woodstock, Illinois (01-30-08)
What is this green sand in my bathtub? (01-31-08)
Well, That Was Painful... (02-02-08)
Things I Like: Window Film from Across the Pond (02-07-08)
Fair Warning: Click at Your Own Peril (02-07-08)
Guessing Game (02-08-08)
Hot and Bothered (02-12-08)
"Know" Man (02-13-08)
The Refinished Bathtubs: Revisited (02-18-08)
Man Builds House for (approximately) $7800 (02-20-08)
In the Salt Mines (02-21-08)
In Memorium: Siegfried R. Weng (02-21-08)
Tiny Victories and Independence (02-27-08)
P(D)ttP: Abridged (02-28-08)
Murphy's Law of Hard Drives (03-27-08)
Home Improvement Tetris (03-29-08)
Finally. (04-07-08)
Images from Earth Hour 2008 (04-08-08)
Portrait(s) of the Craftsman as a Young Man (04-11-08)
More House Voyeurism (04-14-08)
It's not a blog. It's a blargh. (04-15-08)
Color! Color! (04-16-08)
Better than Diamonds or Furs... (04-17-08)
I Saw It In My Dreams Last Night.... (04-18-08)
Clutter and Weight Gain....Related? (04-22-08)
Cougar? (04-22-08)
The List (04-25-08)
Craigslist Snob (04-29-08)
Do electricians REALLY need pants? (05-06-08)
*Post Renovation Depression* (05-07-08)
Squirrels are jerks. (05-12-08)
Dandelions (05-13-08)
Note to Self (05-14-08)
My House is the House of the FUTURE!!! (05-15-08)
My Public Shame (05-15-08)
Um, yeah. Hi. (05-20-08)
5 Years Ago Yesterday (06-04-08)
Summer (06-23-08)
Interruptions (06-24-08)
Three Perfect(?) Days in Seattle (07-10-08)
Meet Lunar (07-10-08)
Classy (07-11-08)
New Contest at (07-17-08)
Our "Look What I Did" Contest Entry - Wood Windows (07-20-08)
Smug. (07-29-08)
Serendipity (08-14-08)
Keep? Or Throw on the Heap? (08-18-08)
Our Friends Bought the Farm! (08-25-08)
How To Polish Shoes with a Bah-nawh-nawh (08-27-08)
Mod Yet Crunchy Recycled Playground (08-28-08)
Moving Backwards (09-04-08)
This is My Spirit House (09-04-08)
Stained (09-08-08)
Mystery Cabinet (09-09-08)
Sarah Susanka is in the Hizzouz...woot! (09-10-08)
Yes, It's Wet (09-14-08)
Welcome to Venice, Illinois! (09-15-08)
Toddler Proofing? (09-20-08)
My Toddler Proofing Dilemma (09-23-08)
Chilly. Me Want Fireplace. (10-02-08) recovers. Economy...not so much. (10-21-08)
Ours is Not the Ugliest House (10-27-08)
Sniff Sniffle Hack Hack Cough Cough Cough Cough (11-12-08)
Another Holiday in Progress (11-19-08)
I love, love, love my neighbors. (And! We're. back.) (01-09-09)
Blame It On Facebook... (01-11-09)
House Slacker Exhibit A (01-12-09)
Time Lapse December/January (01-13-09)
Con=Overcommitment, Pro=BREAKFAST! (01-14-09)
Meow of the Day... (01-15-09)
To Do List Before Next Tuesday (Oatmeal Day!) (01-15-09)
Oh My! Are You Looking in My Drawers??? (01-16-09)
Feed The, really. Do it. (01-16-09)
A Nice Reveal of the Living Room and Dining Room (01-17-09)
Real Estate in North Park pretty solid? (01-19-09)
Yeah, but what did it look like BEFORE? (01-19-09)
Bringing Sexy Oatmeal. I'm serious. (01-21-09)
Start with Substance Oatmeal Inauguration Blitz Recap (01-21-09)
I Used to Hate This Closet (01-23-09)
Ooooh! Big Sale at The Sweden Shop! (01-24-09)
Update (04-16-09)
First Sign of Spring at HouseinProgress (04-18-09)
Guest Post? (09-25-09)
Back Porch in Progress (10-05-09)
Our DIY Drama (or Why Building a Porch to Relax on Can Be Very Stressful) (10-11-09)
And Now for Something Completely Different (10-27-09)
My First DIY Project (11-23-09)
Flooring Ideas for the Basement (11-29-09)
Simple machines for the win! Let's play! (12-09-09)
What designers do for fun :) (12-10-09)
CB2, Behind the Scenes (12-28-09)
Welcome to our neighborhood :) (01-01-10)
I LOVE a Good Mystery, Especially When It Gets SOLVED (01-02-10)
Ephemera Project (01-02-10)
Dessert as a Metaphor for Life (01-02-10)
(Very!) Fine Remodeling (01-04-10)
Basement (01-13-10)
Um, gee, 20th Century Fox, thanks? (01-19-10)
Florian Kräutli » Magnetic Curtain (03-01-10)
What do these things have in common? (05-03-10)

Do it Yourself
Step-by-step descriptions of how we've approached specific projects.
Do it Yourself (07-28-03)
Installing Coaxial Cable (08-05-03)
Fixing a Smelly Basement (09-21-03)
Installling a Thermostat (10-23-03)
Cheating Around a Temporary Fix (10-28-03)
Quieting a Noisy Steam Radiator (11-06-03)
VENTILATE your workspace! (11-15-03)
Boiling Paint from Window Hardware (11-18-03)
making "do" until... (11-21-03)
Removing a Load Bearing Wall (11-29-03)
Installing an Exterior Vent in Stucco (12-03-03)
Removing a Plaster Wall (12-08-03)
FINALLY! No smelly basement (01-11-04)
Protecting a Wooden Shower Window...Nautical Solution (02-16-04)
ReMOOving Milk Paint (03-21-04)
Creating a House Wiring Plan (03-26-04)
Removing the Attic Insulation (04-06-04)
Living in it while working on it (04-18-04)
What not to do... (06-29-04)
Transforming Your Apartment (08-13-04)
Preparing the Structured Wiring Home Run (08-23-04)
Creating a Cable Schedule (08-29-04)
Pulling Cable (09-04-04)
Choosing Structured Media Distribution Panel Modules (09-11-04)
Prime Time (10-03-04)
ohmigosh...I fixed the dryer! (10-26-04)
Venting the Attic (11-07-04)
Insulating the Attic (11-13-04)
More Reasons to Need a Slow Hand (11-20-04)
Installing Foamboard and the Vapor Barrier (11-27-04)
Building a Laundry Chute, Part One (12-06-04)
Building a Laundry Chute, Part Two (12-11-04)
Correcting Poorly Framed Walls (01-12-05)
Building a Laundry Chute: Part Three (03-29-05)
Bathroom Wainscoat Pt. 1 - Beadboard Prep (04-13-05)
Bathroom Wainscoat Pt. 2 - Hanging Beadboard & Cabinet Backing (04-16-05)
Building a Laundry Chute: Part Four (04-24-05)
Heigh Ho Sawhorse! Away! (05-03-05)
Bathroom Wainscoat, Part 3 - Wainscoat Trimmed Out (05-07-05)
Repairing & Glazing Wood Windows, Part 1 (05-12-05)
Repairing & Glazing Wood Windows, Part 2 (05-15-05)
Repairing & Glazing Wood Windows, Part 3 (05-19-05)
Installing the Attic Access Panel (06-05-05)
Stripping Painted Trim (07-10-05)
Keeping Jack Frost Out (10-04-05)
Keeping Jack Frost Out: Part 2 (10-05-05)
Insulating Steam Heat Pipes (11-29-05)
Installing a Door Jamb Extension, Pt. 1 (03-12-06)
One of my favorite tools (08-29-06)
A girl's gotta have leverage (08-30-06)
Hilarious Wood Window Sash Removal (08-30-07)
Replacing a Radiator Air Vent (02-26-08)
Beating Poplar Blotch (05-10-08)
How To Polish Shoes with a Bah-nawh-nawh (08-27-08)
ER Visit Soon? (11-28-09)
Simple machines for the win! Let's play! (12-09-09)

House History
Information we've learned about the house and its secrets.
In the Beginning (06-03-03)
Catching up...the quick version (06-05-03)
A Brief History of the House (06-16-03)
Who slept here? (07-12-03)
One Day Too Late...Plumbing Mysteries (12-14-03)
1925 Headlines to Keep the Mice Out (12-15-03)
The Puzzle of Bungalow Kitchens (01-19-04)
We love librarians (01-25-04)
Greenland, where's the love? (02-06-04)
Other Valentine's Days in Chicago History (02-14-04)
"Newfangled" Kit Houses (02-25-04)
One Last Historical Bathroom Surprise (03-10-04)
What Goes Around Comes...Around? (03-23-04)
Our Original House Color-? (04-21-04)
Looking Back in Time (05-28-04)
Warning! Time Sponge (06-14-04)
Going with the flow? (08-30-04)
Parental School for Boys (09-28-04)
House History Mysteries (01-17-05)
What is the fireplace SUPPOSED to look like? (12-30-06)
Our House in 1915...Maybe? (03-09-07)
Chandelier in a Bungalow? (05-17-07)
Chicago-Specific House Research (10-12-07)

Because of this site we get lots of e-mail from people. Here are some of the most interesting ones...
We get mail. (03-11-04)
We got more mail. (03-17-04)
We get more mail. (04-07-04)
We get mail...removing trim (07-07-04)
Through rain, sleet, hail...we get mail (07-22-04)
House In Progress Down Under (08-01-04)
Mail Call! (08-06-04)
A List of Bungalow Associations (08-18-04)
Special Delivery (09-20-04)
Bride of "Mailbag" (09-30-04)
Renaissance Man = Gramp K (01-06-05)
Son of Mailbag (01-28-05)
Return of Mailbag (04-23-05)
Return of Mailbag (07-16-05)
Attack of the Mailbag (07-26-05)
High-Tech Mailbag: How to Install Structured Wire? (02-24-06)
Revenge of the Mailbag (07-18-06)
What ever happened to mailbag...? (02-07-07)
Mailbag: Wood Windows and Energy Efficiency (07-31-07)

Restore & Repair
Our adventures in repairing and restoring our 1914 bungalow.
Bungalow Archaeology (06-19-03)
Lou, we love you. (07-07-03)
Rub-a-dub-dub...what a cool TUB! (07-09-03)
Not even James could save us (07-17-03)
Help - Tile Choices!? (07-19-03)
Busy, Busy, Busy (07-19-03)
The Fishy Men (07-23-03)
In praise of craftsmen... (hurray for ADT) (07-30-03)
Scrub, scrub scrub Cinderella! (08-01-03)
Feeling hot & grumpy? Take it out on the house. (08-16-03)
Square Peg. Round Hole. Contest. (08-19-03)
Open Source Bathroom Contest Update (08-22-03)
What is our house SUPPOSED to look like? (08-26-03)
ohmigosh it's August 29th! (08-29-03)
Some of the finalists in the "Square Peg" contest... (09-01-03)
More creative "open source" bathroom solutions! (09-02-03)
Just a few more entries and WHAT HAPPENS NOW? (09-03-03)
And we have a WINNAH! (09-08-03)
On Bathroom Fans and EFI Fan/Light Time Delay Switches (09-10-03)
And so! It begins... (09-15-03)
Wheee! Vendors and more vendors! (09-17-03)
Day One: Windows that OPEN! (09-29-03)
Day Two: Window Restoration (09-30-03)
Getting the Smell Out (10-13-03)
The Return of....Mr. X! (10-27-03)
Removing the Backyard Jungle (11-03-03)
We reveal the identity of our electrician (11-11-03)
Hex tile...YEAH! And, aw noooo... (11-12-03)
Electrical Artist (11-14-03)
Opening a New Front in the Battle (11-16-03)
Still Working on our Hex (Tile) (11-19-03)
Cheating! (11-26-03)
The Little Nail That Could (Not Be Removed) (11-28-03)
Walls, floors, fans...what a weekend (11-30-03)
First floor bathroom (12-22-03)
Hex tile disappears under grief (12-30-03)
If the radiator's a-knockin'...we call the experts (01-06-04)
New bathroom glass block! (01-14-04)
Lesson Learned...Get Pressure Balancing Valves (01-15-04)
Sistering the Joists for Floor #2 (01-27-04)
Of joists and pipes (02-01-04)
Old Dip Tube, New Water Heater (Ugh) (02-03-04)
Say Hello to Our New Sears Kenmore Water Heater (02-10-04)
Evolution of a bathroom (02-12-04)
Tile Subfloor Won't Crack Under Pressure (02-21-04)
The Bathroom Medicine Cabinet: An Epic Saga (02-26-04)
A Bathroom Teaser (02-28-04)
Lesson Learned're up there (03-03-04)
Vintage Clawfoot Tub, Check! (03-15-04)
Bath time...then and now (03-16-04)
A Labor of Love (03-28-04)
More Labor, More Love (04-01-04)
Jeannie Gets a Gold Star (04-10-04)
One Person's Trash... (04-17-04)
Scraping Off Mastic (04-26-04)
Weekends (05-02-04)
Progress on the Bedroom Ceiling (05-04-04)
Plans for the Second Floor (05-07-04)
Yesterday's Progress on the Master Bathroom (05-08-04)
Ummm, What's That? (05-09-04)
The Attic Experts are Attic Experts (05-10-04)
Chimney Repair Advice (05-13-04)
Balsam-Wool Insulation (05-14-04)
A Rolling Black Fog (05-17-04)
More of the Same (05-23-04)
What's In Your Gutter? (05-30-04)
A Miracle in Silica and Water (06-01-04)
Laundry Chute Question (06-06-04)
Yuck! (06-07-04)
We can handle the truth...give it to us. (06-21-04)
Mission Accomplished! (06-26-04)
A Very Long Day (07-03-04)
Managing the Projects...Regrouting (07-06-04)
Leaky roof...drip, drip, drip (07-11-04)
Sistered joists, sure...but sistered walls? (07-18-04)
2..4...6...8...Ventilate! (07-20-04)
Lesson Learned - Insulating a Vaulted Ceiling (07-23-04)
Patterns in the House (07-27-04)
A unique solution to cooling off: Part 1 (08-05-04)
Vent! Vent! (08-09-04)
Old Plaster Ceiling Finish... (08-16-04)
Back to the Boiler (09-03-04)
Raindrops are falling on my head (09-12-04)
Skylight Installation (09-18-04)
Contest: Worst renovation project EVER!! (09-23-04)
Design Quirk #238: Interior Windows (09-26-04)
Master Bathroom Redesign (10-06-04)
What NOT to do (10-10-04)
Gearing Up for Winter (10-15-04)
Let there be... (10-22-04)
Wall Insulation Question (10-23-04)
The House the Internet Built (11-04-04)
Survival. A Renovation Reality. (11-10-04)
Stripping the Woodwork (11-30-04)
Front Porch Evolution...the year in review (12-03-04)
Still camping with a mortgage? (12-15-04)
I Married the Maytag Repairman Woman (01-04-05)
When is a 2x4 not a 2x4? (01-10-05)
Survivor Bungalow: Temporary Kitchen Makeover (01-26-05)
Too Much Going (02-03-05)
Present Kitchen, Future Kitchen (02-04-05)
Entryway Light 1, Super Bowl 0 (02-07-05)
Spring Cleaning, Out of Season (02-12-05)
Back to Work! (02-18-05)
Things are Taking Shape (02-22-05)
Cool Portable Table Saw! (02-24-05)
Custom Shower Framing Complete (02-25-05)
Working for Your Contractor (02-26-05)
The Durock is in the House! (03-05-05)
Home Improvement Projects at a Glance (03-06-05)
Restoring a Clawfoot Tub (03-12-05)
Ouch. (03-18-05)
Wall It Up (03-31-05)
The real bathroom :) (04-03-05)
Taped, Mudded, Ready to Paint (04-07-05)
The new front door has arrived! (04-09-05)
Thanks a Mullion (04-15-05)
Mullions and Mullions (04-20-05)
This is My Window to the World (04-25-05)
We Have a Bathroom Door! (05-11-05)
The Shower (Cue Majestic Music Here) (05-27-05)
The Dash to the (first) Finish Line (06-11-05)
Master Bathroom Progress Eye Candy (06-16-05)
Best Color to Paint the Radiator? (06-20-05)
Finally, Paint! (06-25-05)
Rube Goldberg's Guide to Home Improvement (06-26-05)
Using Salvaged Oak Flooring? (06-29-05)
Hardwood Flooring FAQ (or, "What I Learned About Floors Today") (07-02-05)
This Weekend? All About Trim (07-04-05)
(Extended) Weekend Recap (07-06-05)
Before Refinished Floor (07-11-05)
Repairing the Wood Floor (07-12-05)
Nothing Much to Look At (07-20-05)
Master Closet in Progress (07-31-05)
Ikea Pax Wardrobes Installed (08-01-05)
Halogen Lights and Dimmer Switches? (08-04-05)
Staining the Trim (Twice) (08-22-05)
A Little Shellac Goes a Long Little Way (08-27-05)
30 Minutes Hard Labor (09-03-05)
12 Hours Hard Labor, 1 Lesson Learned (09-04-05)
The Trim is In! (Sorta) (09-07-05)
Toolfest! (09-25-05)
Second Floor Trim Installed (Mostly) (09-26-05)
The Return of Normal (10-09-05)
Second Floor Punchlist (10-10-05)
Advice on Finishing an Exterior Door? (10-11-05)
Punchlist Progress: Bathroom Medicine Cabinet (10-14-05)
Exterior Door Stained (10-19-05)
Wishing for a Do Over (10-23-05)
A Quick Fix Detour on the Road to Renovation (11-04-05)
The Quick Fix Kitchen Makeover, Day One (11-05-05)
The Quick Fix Kitchen Makeover, Day Two (11-06-05)
Quick Fix Kitchen Makeover, Day Three (The Wrap Up?) (11-08-05)
Quick Fix Kitchen Makeover, Redux (11-15-05)
So, How's the Nursery Coming Along? (11-27-05)
A Bedroom Only a Mother (in Law) Could Love (12-05-05)
Window in the Shower Recap...FINALLY! (12-18-05)
Nursery in Progress (01-16-06)
Cutting a Steam Radiator Pipe, Part 1 (03-25-06)
Cutting a Steam Radiator Pipe, Part 2 (03-26-06)
Memorial Day Home Improvement Project Extravaganza (05-31-06)
It's time to stop working when... (06-07-06)
We've got a handle on it (06-14-06)
Zip Up the Mess (07-22-06)
More Bungalow Archaeology (07-31-06)
Still More Bungalow Archaeology (08-01-06)
More, More, MORE Bungalow Archaeology (08-05-06)
Getting the Tile Off of the Floors (08-10-06)
What lives beneath...the kitchen floor? (08-22-06)
The Lead Paint Dilemma (09-12-06)
Cold Weather, Bad Timing (09-21-06)
Looking for router advice... (10-03-06)
We Start Demo, Again (12-12-06)
Living Room Reno Continues (12-29-06)
I Wish We'd Known... (01-28-07)
A Red Letter Day (02-18-07)
Clogged. (03-14-07)
Getting the Lead Out...Step 1 (07-26-07)
Wood Windows & Energy Efficiency: Infiltration (08-01-07)
Wood Windows and Energy Efficiency: Thermal Loss (08-05-07)
Wood Windows & Energy Efficiency: Vinyl? (08-07-07)
Replacing Wood Windows: Cost of Restore vs Replace (08-10-07)
Speaking of Salvage and Old House Parts (08-14-07)
Messed Up Floors are SUCH the Rage! (10-01-07)
Storm Windows: Analysis Paralysis (11-05-07)
Wood Windows...The New Cool Thing (11-28-07)
Me = 1, Dishwasher = 0 (12-22-07)
Installing a New Window in an Old Wall (02-04-08)
The Wood in the Basement (02-11-08)
From the Depths of the Murky Basement... (03-21-08)
Catch-Up and the Big Reveal (04-01-08)
Speechless with Delight (04-02-08)
Scenes from the Rebirth of the Living/Dining Room (04-09-08)
Patterns (04-10-08)
Actual Conversation with ComEd (04-14-08)
Restoring the Fireplace: Bungalow Tile (04-15-08)
He Does Tile, Too. (04-17-08)
You Know You Make Me Want to GROUT! (throws hands in air) (04-21-08)
Not Done Yet. But I'm Still Staring. (04-22-08)
What's in the box? (04-23-08)
Well, Back to Feeling Good Again? (05-08-08)
Real AND Spectacular (05-21-08)
Gorgeous Above. Ravaged Below. (05-22-08)
Not so ravaged below anymore. (06-05-08)
Built-In Windowseat Benches (for you, Mom) (08-12-08)
Our Friends Bought the Farm! (08-25-08)
I Used to Hate This Closet (01-23-09)
Our DIY Drama (or Why Building a Porch to Relax on Can Be Very Stressful) (10-11-09)
Back Porch Update (10-16-09)
And Now for Something Completely Different (10-27-09)

Experiences we've had with contractors and home restoration resources.
The Best Chicago House Inspector (06-07-03)
Pest and Animal Removal Vendor (07-08-03)
Home Security Service (07-16-03)
Review: the Silent Paint Remover (07-21-03)
Custom Built Double-Hung Windows (01-25-04)
Steam Boiler Service and Repair (02-06-04)
Tub Refinishing Service (03-25-04)
A Master Electrician Good With Old Houses (03-25-04)
Attic Insulation Removal Service (05-11-04)
Help With Rodding Old Pipes (08-25-04)
Unico AC Installation Vendor (09-25-04)
Little Droplets Everywhere... (03-16-05)
Lovely, Lovely Gardens (05-30-05)
Best contractor in Chicago (06-17-05)
A Good Chicago Floor Refinisher (07-17-05)
Room & Board Outlet (07-11-06)
Radiator Adventure (11-20-06)
My Favorite (Wood) Strippers (08-13-07)

What on Earth!?
Things we've found that the previous owners left behind. (Its a long story...)
What on Earth!? (a brief explanation of all this stuff...) (06-13-03)
The First Batch (06-13-03)
The Second Batch (06-16-03)
The Third Batch (06-17-03)
The Fourth Batch (06-18-03)
The Fifth Batch (06-19-03)
The Sixth Batch (06-20-03)
The Seventh Batch (06-23-03)
The Eighth Batch (06-25-03)
The Ninth Batch (06-26-03)
The Tenth Batch (06-26-03)
The Eleventh Batch (06-29-03)
The Twelfth Batch (06-30-03)
The Thirteenth Batch (07-01-03)
The Fourteenth Batch (07-02-03)
Batch #15 (07-06-03)
Batch #16 (07-08-03)
More...BUNGALOW...or NO? (07-09-03)
Batch #18 (07-11-03)
Staring at the ceiling at 4 am... (07-11-03)
Bungalow Context (07-12-03)
Random Stuff (07-14-03)
Playtime with Batch #21 (07-16-03)
Batch #22 (07-18-03)
Stockperson at "Someone Else's Life Mart" (07-20-03)
Our Next Play Along Game...WHERE on earth... (07-22-03)
Flotsam & jetsam (07-23-03)
Lights, Cameras, Action! (07-25-03)
Hmmm. Where to research these? (07-29-03)
Um. What is this? (07-30-03)
New Game...Trash or Treasure?? (08-04-03)
What is value? (08-06-03)
Modern Design? or Mod Squad? (08-07-03)
Chicago, My Kind of Town: Part 1 (08-12-03)
Chicago, My Kind of Town: Part II (08-13-03)
The Tuba Mouthpiece of Michael Lind (08-17-03)
Is there such a thing as synchronicity? (08-18-03)
what on earth?? random mix. (08-23-03)
What lasts? (08-25-03)
Preparing for the backyard BBQ with friends weekend (08-28-03)
Life hasn't changed much, has it? (08-30-03)
Remnants & Bridges (09-05-03)
Freak out factor (09-06-03)
Okay. Does EVERY home come equipped with a blowgun? (09-13-03)
Makin' Bacon (09-14-03)
different stuff different day (09-16-03)
Bungalow Sleuth Award :) (09-18-03)
Lost the manual?! (09-19-03)
Buried Treasure Mateys...Argh! (09-22-03)
Hurray! Two people dear to us... (09-25-03)
Amazing connections (09-27-03)
Foundry Design, or...the Die is Cast ;) (10-03-03)
If it's is SO outta here. (10-04-03)
Fraternal connections :) (10-06-03)
The "Do Not Call...or send sharp knives...list" (10-09-03)
The Adoption Process (10-10-03)
The things that lurk in the basement (10-12-03)
Vintage Fashion (10-14-03)
Um, honey? There's a flea market in our basement (10-15-03)
The Collectors! (10-18-03)
What is all of the fuss about? (10-22-03)
"The Boy Scout Room" (10-24-03)
Virtual Estate Sale (10-25-03)
Holidays in a HOUSE! Oh boy! (10-29-03)
Christmas on State Street (10-30-03)
What is this thing? (11-03-03)
Loudspeaker...Blues Brothers Style :) (11-04-03)
Things you might see on a bar (11-07-03)
Chicago Mysteries that require Nancy Drew... (11-10-03)
Many big drawer (11-13-03)
Chicago, Part Trois (11-17-03)
The Crazy Wall (11-20-03)
More of the Crazy Wall (11-22-03)
Prepping for work over the holiday (11-25-03)
Restoring a house? Get Nervine! (12-01-03)
Something new that needs detective work (12-05-03)
Ouch! And...Girl Scouts. (12-09-03)
Another Random Batch (while we recover) (12-12-03)
Ode to Stuff (12-17-03)
Paper Bells and other wall oddities (12-19-03)
Tiki Tissue Holder (12-21-03)
Merry Christmas (12-25-03)
What did YOU get for Christmas? (01-01-04)
(Little) Folks in Uniform (01-08-04)
What on earth miscellaneous (01-12-04)
Living with History (01-18-04)
Solving a few mysteries (01-22-04)
The Mystery is Solved! (01-28-04)
Old books about babies (01-31-04)
Cabin fever. (02-05-04)
Who's that girl? (02-07-04)
Happy Valentine's Day, 1888! (02-13-04)
One more Valentine...again, 1888 (02-13-04)
Unraveling a Mystery: Prussia to Chicago (02-20-04)
Dolde, Laupheim and Who On Earth? (02-29-04)
Yes, there's still more stuff here (03-08-04)
California Dreamin' (03-14-04)
Whoa Toto! Watch out! (03-27-04)
Another Year Older (04-04-04)
1945 Headlines From Our Attic (04-08-04)
Stuff (04-14-04)
Dusty old bookshelf (04-23-04)
Local art from a trip long ago... (04-29-04)
More boxes, new stuff (05-06-04)
Someone Was More Frustrated With This House Than We Are (05-11-04)
"On my honor I will do my best" (05-16-04)
Vintage Marlboro? Smoke em' if you got em'! (05-22-04)
The Quest for the Provenance (06-02-04)
Random Access What on Earth (06-09-04)
Where on Earth could you listen to this? (06-17-04)
Junior Birdmen, UNITE! (06-20-04)
You get to guess it! (What on Earth?) (07-01-04)
Traveling History Mysteries (07-08-04)
Card found behind wall (07-16-04)
More House Archaeology (07-25-04)
More "What on Earth?" (07-31-04)
Rocks...older than dirt (08-08-04)
Self Help Retrospective (08-15-04)
Okay, so I need sleep (08-19-04)
Give us a clue...PLEASE! (08-24-04)
Is it art? Or what? (08-31-04)
Say Cheese! (09-10-04)
Sing a Little Tune (10-05-04)
Stuff (10-11-04)
Oh, it's always about the stuff (10-18-04)
Spin It Right Round... (10-24-04)
Children's Book Illustrators (11-05-04) find. (11-11-04)
Wizard Cam? (11-23-04)
First Night Stuff (12-04-04)
We don't know JACK! (12-19-04)
Old Photos...A Reunion Story (12-31-04)
Miniature What On Earth (01-05-05)
Ephemera and other mysterious items from the attic (01-11-05)
My "What on Earth?" Drawer (01-16-05)
"What On Earth?" Drawer: Take Two (01-20-05)
"What on Earth?" Drawer: Part 3 (01-30-05)
What on Earth...Is Cooking? (02-11-05)
Sing-A-Long (03-02-05)
Stuff from Nooks and Crannies (03-13-05)
Sing a Song of Spring (04-05-05)
Million Dollar Recipe (05-02-05)
Mad Props! (05-04-05)
The Last of the Songs in Here...I Think (05-17-05)
We Really Need to Set Up a 'TrashCam' (05-22-05)
Donating a Garage Sale to Charity (05-24-05)
House, Looking for Owner (05-26-05)
Chicago Antiques Guide (10-07-05)
Chicago Cab Medallion c. 1928 (11-30-05)
Weighing In (01-30-06)
Tales from the Past...Old Postcards (03-03-06)
What is it worth? Um, more than we thought. (03-07-06)
Cash in the Attic Basement: Part 1 (03-31-06)
Cash in the Attic Basement: Part 2 (04-02-06)
There's always someone worse off than you are... (06-08-06)
What on Earth: Gerber Knives (07-27-06)
Buried Treasure (08-14-06)
A wire shopping basket (08-17-06)
1928 Edition of "World's Greatest Newspaper" (08-23-06)
1928 Edition...Continued (08-24-06)
Edgar Guest on Talk Like a Pirate Day (09-19-06)
Voices Gone But Not Forgotten (10-04-06)
It Came from the BASEMENT (01-04-07)
Weng Block Prints (01-05-07)
Another (Red) Thing (01-09-07)
Postcards from a Vacation (03-27-07)
Hmm. Steer horns? (04-20-07)
Ephemera: Chicago Advertising (05-02-07)
Alphabets (05-09-07)
(Growing Accustomed to) Robert Downey Jr's Furry Face (06-02-07)
A rare find…number tacks (07-25-07)
What is It? Japanese Comic Book? (09-14-07)
What is this? Russian? (10-17-07)
Shinola (10-25-07)
Philately...the forgotten stamps (11-08-07)
More Doll House Memories and My First Woodworking Project Ever (12-19-07)
Have a seat. (02-02-08)
In Memorium: Siegfried R. Weng (02-21-08)
Dead Mouse or....? (02-29-08)
Dog. In a Top Hat. (03-04-08)
What on Earth is Back! (05-09-08)
Help I.D. This Mid-Century Melamine Plate (05-12-08)
Vintage Postcards (05-20-08)
A hunka, hunka burnin'.... rose quartz? (10-14-08)
Oh My! Are You Looking in My Drawers??? (01-16-09)
Stick 'em up. (12-02-09)
Back to the Boxes! (01-01-10)
I LOVE a Good Mystery, Especially When It Gets SOLVED (01-02-10)
Ephemera Project (01-02-10)
What do these things have in common? (05-03-10)

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