• Our Very Fine House

    Four Years of the Modage

    Yesterday marked four years since we closed on the Modage. The Fella and I have really enjoyed making it our home. We looked at modern built town homes, that have become really popular in our neighborhood, but once I admitted to the Fella that I kind of hated them we stopped. I couldn’t imagine being eighty years old, walking up and down all those stairs. I couldn’t imagine not having space for a garden. I had an image in my mind of how home would look and three stories of ultra-modern monster wasn’t it. I knew I wanted one floor with no stairs. I wanted a place we could put…

  • Dig Dig for Victory,  Our Very Fine House

    Easy as Shortcake…

    One of our projects this past weekend was a pair of strawberry towers to flank either side of our flower box. I got to use the power drill, so my weekend was complete. I started out by drilling out the bottoms of the pots with a 5/8″ paddle drill. This is not for drainage, but for the garden stake “pin” that would hold the tower in place and keep them from shifting in the bed. I repeated this step for each pot; six pots and six pins. I pinned the biggest pot directly to the soil of the flower box by hammering a length of round garden stake through the…

  • Dig Dig for Victory,  Mirandomness,  Our Very Fine House

    Weekend in the Rear-view

    This was a very busy weekend for the denizens of the Modage. Saturday was dominated by an epic moment in my family. My baby brother, who is now 24 years old, proposed to his girlfriend. The Fella and I were among the family and friends there to witness the momentous occasion. Then there were tacos, which is never a bad capstone to an event. After watching my brother choose his travel partner on this epic adventure we call matrimony, it was weekend business as usual. Sunday morning, while nomsing a pair of honey butter chicken biscuits from Whataburger, we saw a slight hitch in our homesteading plans. Our yard has…