Sunday, November 11, 2007

Awwww Hail No!

So not having posted in awhile, I realized that I've neglected to point out several important changes that have happened to the house in the last year or so.

Remember me telling you about the nasty hail storm we had back in the spring of 2006? No? Really? Well, you can read about it here.

Anyway, so we had some damage to our siding and we lost a few storm windows.

Not awful, but it certainly didn't make our house look any prettier.

When we started talking to our insurance company, we found out that they don't make our aluminum siding anymore.

Darn. Shucks. What ever will we do?

Guess that means we'll have to make other plans. Like tearing it all off for good. Oh yeah, that's right. You read that correctly. Things just got ugly. Real ugly.

The Benefits of Staying in Touch

When we moved into our garage-less house back in 2003, we were told that at some point in time there indeed was a garage in the backyard but it sadly didn't survive.

Later, when a friend gave us some old photos of the house, there was one photo were were especially excited about because we could see the top portion of our original garage. (See photo below on right)

The problem was, that's all we could see of it. That helped us understand the orientation of the garage but not much else.

Then a few weeks ago, I saw one of the daughters of the previous owner at the Irvington Farmer's Market and happened to ask her if she had any old family photos with the garage in the background. A few days later, these two photos showed up on our doorstep.

Interesting eh? Too my knowledge, the garage wasn't designed by Stickley but it is a bit unique and does have some cool architectural details.

Now, somewhere down the road, we'll build a garage. Will we rebuild this one? Who knows. But at least we now have that option thanks to the generosity of the previous owners.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Indy Gets "The Business"

I always tell people that the first thing we bought after we bought our house was a dog. Well, we didn't actually buy a dog. We "claimed" dog from a neighbor who wasn't taking good care of him. We named him Gus, and we kept him for a few weeks until we found a new home for him.

About 6 months later, another dog showed up unannounced. We found him a home too.

In May of this year, a third dog appeared. This time he was so cute, we nearly kept him. We refused to give him a name for fear of becoming attached to him. As you can see, he was hard to resist.

Mike, one of my Chicago fraternity buddies, just happened to be in the market for a yellow lab puppy. Needless to say, Mike got a new dog. Mike then named the dog "Indy". Before Indy left for Chicago, he got a chance to spend some quality time with our two dogs Ella and Miles.

As you can see from this video, Miles (red bassett) apparently grew a little annoyed with Ella and Indy and decided to give them each a little bit of what we like to call...."The Business"

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

And Welcome Back......

So it's been awhile. A lot has changed. But I refuse to apologize for not posting for nearly a year. I'm not going to be THAT GUY.

Anyway, here's a little tip for you newspaper subscribers out there. Tip your carrier at Christmas...and frankly any other time of the year.

These guys get up at the crack's crack of dawn to pick up your paper, assemble it, bag it and get it to your door by 6 in the morning. It's a thankless job that doesn't pay much.

And if you don't, you'll probably go through what I went through this past winter.

This went on for months before I figured out what the problem was. I'm a cheap bastard. I tipped him $20 and the very next day, my paper ended up on my front porch. Lesson learned.