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Of mouse and man

Of mouse and man

It's a battle of wits and I'm losing to a mouse. Attempts to stop the rodents from coming in our addition are proving futile.
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Communication breakdown

A request for a land line connection exposes some poor organization and customer service at the phone company.
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Ain’t (old) technology great?

Ain’t (old) technology great?

We are returning to a traditional land-line from our phone company. Here are the reasons this decision makes sense (for us)
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Lamenting the demise of the Insta-Step

The Insta-Step Stair Bracket has disappeared from store shelves.
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Where there’s smoke….

Smoke was pouring from our oven. Was it spilled food stuffs burning off, or was it something else?
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A closer look at the stairs

A closer look at the stairs

Details of the instances where our stair rails and spindles do not meet the minimum requirements of the Ontario Building Code.
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A step in the right direction?

A step in the right direction?

I planned to paint the stair rail and spindles but that was too hard so I came up with a better plan: build a wall instead at some point in the future.
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Some positive news about our addition plans

Our architect is confident we will get the variance for our addition, but first we need a site plan. And hope our neighbors are supportive.
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The Blame Game

The Blame Game

Our architect brought some us bad news. We cannot execute the plan that I have been visualizing. Turns out that there is plenty of blame to go around.
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Garage and addition: First meeting with the architect

Although it's going to be a while before we start work on the addition or garage, it's time to meet with the architect and begin the design process.
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Settlement in DirectBuy Class Action Lawsuit

Settlement in DirectBuy Class Action Lawsuit

Details of a pending settlement in one class action lawsuit against DirectBuy.
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Photographs and memories (sidetracked again)

Photographs and memories (sidetracked again)

...I looked through my mother's photo albums, saddened by the nameless faces that stared from the pages...
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