Newly Discovered: Minwax Gel Stain

Any time I have used stain in the past, the stain itself is almost watery. It has never had the consistency of paint. When I used stain, I had to be very careful not to spill it or have it run down the paintbrush or surface being stained. Application was significantly problematic! When we moved to the Pacific Northwest, the… Continue reading

The Grumpy Bernie Sanders Chic at the Inauguration

One of the delightful memes that was unexpectedly created from photos taken at President Biden and Vice President Harris’ inauguration is, of course, the Mittened Grumpy Bernie Sanders Chic photo. The photo-journalist who shot the original photograph shown below is Brendan Smialowshi. In the photo he is wearing a pair of mittens handmade1 and given to him two years ago… Continue reading

Today: US Coup Attempt by Domestic Terrorists Deliberately Incited by Donald Trump

I’ve tried exceptionally hard not to write much about politics in the last year or so, but right now I’m furiously angry. I write this post to document US history and begin a conversation about who is to blame and the need for accountability. Today Donald Trump and his cronies addresed a crowd of 30,000 supporters and incited them to… Continue reading

We Don’t Accept Cash

Just over a year ago, we purchased our pickup truck, a 1500 RAM Laramie. Yeah, I never imagined myself as a pickup truck sort of guy, but we were thinking about buying an RV and touring the West when we moved out here. We would need something more utilitarian than our Prius Prime, Smurph1 After finally agreeing on the vehicle… Continue reading

Impressive Deadbolt

Having just purchased a house, we need to rekey the property. We prefer keyless locks because we don’t always have our keys with us. And this, being the largest property we have ever had, makes walking out to the shop (a quarter mile from the house) only to realize you don’t have your key to the shop1 a real pain.… Continue reading