A Little Story About a Bookcase

This post is really about a distressing technique I tried over the weekend and wanted to share with you. But it’s also a story about a tired old bookcase that’s almost 40 years old. When I was growing up, my parents were extremely poor. My dad worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad until he hurt

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DIY Early Century Bench

I have an affection for benches. Especially old and worn benches from days gone by. And since we have some space to fill in our turn of the century farmhouse, I thought a turn of the century bench would be a good addition. But I didn’t want to go out and buy one. I thought

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Choosing To Be Thankful

A few years ago, a friend of mine was battling cancer. During the tragic last year of his struggle he chronicled the events of each day for his friends and family and for the online world to see. His goal was to simply not let his sickness erode away the joy in his every day

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Dream With Me For A Bit

We’re having new electricity run in the corn crib and the wood shop, and it won’t be finished until Wednesday. No power,¬†no tools. So it’s forced me to do other things. And that’s good, because I’ve realized there is still a lot to do on the property before winter really sets in. We’ve been thinking

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Easy Fall Centerpiece

Crisp mornings. Falling leaves. Thanksgiving. Autumn is in the air and that means the outdoor activities will soon move indoors. Family and friends sitting around the table, sharing a meal and good conversation. Why not make an eye-catching centerpiece that will serve as a focus point and bring it all together? It Started With A

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3 Lessons kids will learn in the wood shop

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know I love spending time in the wood shop. You could say its kind of my refuge. My happy place. As my kids have gotten older, the wood shop has become a place where they like to hang out too. Evenings after work, I’ll slip away

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The Things We Chase

  I drove a little slower to work this morning. I watched the sunrise a little bit longer, watched how the orange light pushed the shadows across the fields. The color of the sun was vividly orange, an October sun, ¬†cutting up through a cold periwinkle sky smeared with watercolored streaks of magenta and lavender.

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Grilling Cedar Plank Steelhead

How about some BBQ? But what’s on the menu? Cedar plank steelhead please! Fish is one of the easiest things to grill. Our go-to favorite has always been steelhead, but if you don’t have steelhead in your area you can substitute with salmon. Never grilled with cedar planks? No problem! Here’s an easy step by

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Down The Country Road

It was one of those days where you just want to jump in the truck and go someplace new. Someplace never seen before. Sunny October days in Iowa are made for exploring, driving down a country road, through cornfields now stripped and barren. And if you’re lucky that country road might just take you to

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Country Flower Jar

Every year Christmas arrives on December 25th (duh!) Every year I tell myself I’m going to get a jump on gifts. Every year I’m scrambling and wishing I had taken more time to be prepared. Well, I’m determined to do a better job this year, even though we’re already half way through October. There’s still

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