Sad stereotypes too strong to silence (for now)

Last night, I did something I rarely do: open a Facebook post to the public, rather than just friends. Today, I'm blogging about the online battle that followed, something I hadn't planned to do. The story was about one of the hosts of a show on the DIY Network -- part of Scripps Networks Interactive … Continue reading Sad stereotypes too strong to silence (for now)

Moving back to Philly!

Yes, you read correctly! I’m headed back after more than 12 years. I didn't really think it was going to happen, especially considering the roller coaster my life has been over the past several years. I left Philadelphia for family issues back in 2004. Got a good deal on my house. (But would've never expected … Continue reading Moving back to Philly!

Kitchen complete! At least for now…

The kitchen is done so it's blog time again! You'll remember, we had to do the work because the new dishwasher went a few inches past the edge of the counter. It took this long because the backsplash was delayed. Luckily, that wasn't a big deal. It's wasn't like going without a shower. On the first … Continue reading Kitchen complete! At least for now…

And now, the kitchen!

This blog was not supposed to be about home improvement, but we all go through phases. The bathroom is done and we're happy with it. In fact, I took two baths over the weekend! Now, onto the kitchen. The main reason for this work is that the dishwasher we had installed in the fall goes … Continue reading And now, the kitchen!

A better bedroom (and bigger blog)

I have to start off by saying this blog post is late. I warned you when I was finishing the last one. It wasn't entirely my fault. We got the bed for my brother and sister-in-law's visit, and that took a while. We got it upstairs, but that took a while. And then we were too tired … Continue reading A better bedroom (and bigger blog)

One blogging year in review

It's a big day in Cohen Country. I posted my first blog one year ago today. A year ago, I was living in Florida, deciding what I wanted to do with my life (and not much else). I wanted to go back to doing news on the web and had considered blogging. I hoped it … Continue reading One blogging year in review

All done! New year, new bathroom

The holidays are always a busy time. Finishing a major construction project while working everyday meant chaos and a delayed post. So here it is, the last steps to the final product! By Friday, way back on Dec. 18, the bath tub was finally installed. Bob the contractor could finish what was delayed. Saturday, Dec. … Continue reading All done! New year, new bathroom

Taking shape

It was a big week of work, even without the bathtub. I have to hand it to Bob, the contractor. His buddies at BathFitter left him in a bad position, unable to finish the work or get paid when he expected. Luckily, he didn't plan a vacation the week before Christmas, or the beginning of … Continue reading Taking shape

The one week mark

It's now a week since the bathroom construction started. It would've been done by now if BathFitter had ordered the right bath tub, or realized they made the mistake because they had weeks to do so. The contractor seems to be making good progress. Unfortunately for him, he can't finish up until the bath tub … Continue reading The one week mark

Days 2, 3 & 4: hard work, harder luck

In the last blog, they tore apart the entire bathroom. That's one out of the one-and-a-half bathrooms we have. I was hoping everything would go smoothly and quickly. That didn't exactly happen. Tuesday, they sectioned off the shower and bathtub areas. And they used sheet rock on the walls. Disregard the color. That will change. … Continue reading Days 2, 3 & 4: hard work, harder luck

Big bathroom remodel: Done with day 1

Busy day at work, but also at home. The workers came bright and early, and gutted the place. This is when they took their lunch break, courtesy Garry: This is when they finished, courtesy Garry: Who knew there was cement under the floor? They had to cut through eight inches of it with a jackhammer. … Continue reading Big bathroom remodel: Done with day 1

Big bathroom news!

It's not the most appetizing title, but I realized you were craving pictures of the house before the first major renovation.   I should also point out it's before the first major cleaning of the house. That can't come soon enough. Neither can the rest of the unpacking.   Tomorrow morning, workers are going to … Continue reading Big bathroom news!