Remember back when you didn’t understand what it meant to make a giant mess out of your house and then have to live in it?

In the weeks since we looked at The River House, I’ve been thinking about all of the ways I now understand the undertaking we’re considering—ways I wouldn’t have, prior to the experience of renovating our current house. Before Paul and I got married, my only experience of “home ownership” was an apartment with my best(…)

Benary Giant Zinnia… and a free giant rock.

When we first moved in, we had this giant rock on our front lawn. It was just one of the many unexplainable objects d’art collected by the previous owner. Landscaping was low on our priority list, but the rock irritated me, so I put it on craigslist. Anytime I give something away on craigslist, I(…)