Category Archives: House

House and Home

Repurposing a baby crib into a rose trellis

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hybrid tea rose

The former owner of my house planted some gorgeous varieties of roses. Through the years I have lived here, I have slowly gathered practice and knowledge about how to keep the roses healthy and beautiful. I don’t have much trouble with the hybrid tea roses–you can cut them almost to the ground and the next year they reach to the… Read more »

Old House Inspections–Is anything NOT wrong with my house?

old house inspections

To get the quick overview before reading this post, please see my previous post: Why Home Inspections are Overrated If you’re wondering why I keep writing about houses in a blog you thought was about Down syndrome, read this: House People In the last post, you viewed a collection of (frightening!) photos from our home inspection and over subsequent weeks…. Read more »

Why Home Inspections are Overrated

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stain on wood floors under carpet

If I had a dollar for every time a person asked me, “Didn’t you have a home inspection?”… One thing I can say for sure: a home inspection is everything and nothing. We put so much stock into what a home inspector sees or doesn’t see. Yes, we had a home inspection. I wouldn’t say it was the highest quality… Read more »

Learn to fix your vacuum

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broken peg on Dyson vacuum

We live in a disposable society. Products are designed to last for the duration of their warranty period and to break soon after. Those product designs include non-standard, factory-installed parts that render the average person powerless in the face of repair. My grandpa would be disappointed. He was a radio operator during WWII and could fix anything. Brought up during… Read more »

Old House People

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old house people

When I started this blog in 2014, I mostly intended for it to be a blog about working on my new-to-me old house, plus a little about family. The blog immediately went in the direction of Down syndrome. Mostly I try to write when something moves me. Now that I have succeeded in getting out many of my Down syndrome-related… Read more »

Pause: small moments of stress

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As much as I have been enjoying this month of focusing on small moments for Down syndrome awareness, part of me wishes that Down syndrome Awareness Month was in February when I am less bogged down with projects and tasks. Three months of summer is a long time to be home with four kids all day, so I don’t find… Read more »