• Our Very Fine House

    Weekend Rewind

    After the week we’ve had personally and nationally, Everett and I needed to take a rest. That’s not to say that we got nothing finished. We just took it slower than we have the last few weekends. I had election day off. So I threw myself into hyper-nesting. When the dust settled Tuesday, I had painted three quarters of the laundry room and finished two thirds of the new floor. Everything is having to be done in sections because of the large appliances that need to be moved. We worked on it a little more this weekend, moving the dryer, laying the floor underneath it and painting the wall around…

  • Dig Dig for Victory

    A Massive Pile of Wood Chips

    A few months ago we decided that we wanted to lay paths of wood chips in the garden around the beds. We wanted to keep the weeds down, deal with the mud that comes with our massive Houston rain storms, and make things pretty. I started to price how much it cost to bring a bulk order of wood chips or mulch to our house. Most places I found were going to charge us a couple of hundred dollars plus delivery. Then I discovered ChipDrop. ChipDrop connects you with arborists in your area who need a place to dump their chips. You sign up, pay $20, and magically (or at…

  • Cooking with Miranda

    Variations on a Theme: The Fresh Twenty Cookbook

    Before we moved into our current house, Everett and I had a subscription to a website called “Fresh 20.” The concept was amazingly simple. It was like a food subscription service where you bought your own groceries. You purchased twenty items, some pantry staples, and voila! You had five delicious meals, prepped and planned. I don’t know why we didn’t stick with it, but we and the Fresh 20 drifted apart. I think we cheated on them with Blue Apron and Hello Fresh. We didn’t really think about them, until recently, when I found that the blog’s author published a cookbook of seasonal meals that followed the Fresh 20 format.…