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Reclaiming

Reclaiming It’s not often that you’re handed someone’s house and property with carte blanche permission to do whatever you want to turn it into a home. I’m in that lucky position. Now, true, I don’t right now have a budget. Or, more accurately, I don’t know what the budget is. But suffice it to say, I think the budget will be more than I’ve ever had to work with in my own home in the past. I think there is some leeway budget-wise to make things happen. I should say that I am not a big spender. I’m always looking for deals. I don’t believe in buying brand new if you can get virtually the same thing in good used condition for a fraction of the price. Like at a garage sale or at the Good Will or a place like that. (I should also say that I’ve learned you sometimes have to take the plunge and pay the bucks […]

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loose change

Loose change. We all have it. We all deal with it. We all wonder what the heck to do with it. A long time ago I got a mammoth glass jar—the kind that you think of when someone says “moonshine.” Clear, handled, with a neck. Holds about 50 gallons of hair-growing swill brewed up along a creek at the bottom of a remote Tennessee mountain by men with beards down to their kneecaps, dressed in roomy overalls and blue plaid shirts. Yeah, that kind of jar. I don’t remember where I got it. Certainly not from Tennessee and certainly not full of any hair-growing swill. I kept it in my closet and it served as the repository for all of my loose change. It just stayed there and became a fixture that I never even saw, except when I threw change into it. It took a number of years, but it finally got full. Quarters, nickels, dimes, pennies—they were all […]

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All in time

All in Time Continuing on with the subject of reclaiming and turning a blank canvas into a beautiful thing. Or, in this case, a house and property into a home and garden. So, after we started the reclamation project with the bedroom, that established some great momentum. We both saw what could be done. That was probably most helpful for the homeowner, who had lived so long in his crowded, neglected place that he had lost the ability to see it as anything else. Once he saw the change that happened in his bedroom, he got a glimpse of what could happen in the rest of the house. Still, it was overwhelming for him. And almost so for me, except I had the advantage of a fresh pair of eyes, and I lived somewhere else, which meant I wasn’t surrounded by this environment 24/7. The next time I came back we tackled the garage. We had to do that. We […]

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