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 9


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.

Ruth Luthi
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.

5/24/2020 at 10:01 PM

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

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!

Pratanu Banerjee
2/2/2021 at 10:55 AM

It is an amazing diy blog on home.

3/7/2022 at 9:36 PM

And I can’t even get a small kitchen and 2 small bathrooms renovated in Kensington, MD! You guys ROCK.

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