This isn’t the beginning, but it is a good place to start.

Five years ago I made the biggest decision of my life – to buy a little 100-year old home in the middle of a big city that I love:


(Here is the first photo. The photo of how my house looked when it was listed on MLS in 2009 and the photo of the wee little house I fell head over heels in love with.)

Cute, eh?

Before signing my name on the dotted line I never really understood what my home-owning friends meant when they said “owning a home is just SO MUCH WORK”. Seriously, how much work could it possibly be? Buy a pretty house, keep it clean and mow the lawn. Easy.

Shovel the snow and paint some walls. Piece of cake.
Plant some pretty flowers and pick a few weeds. Sure! This is a snap…
Buy new matching towels and a bathmat. No problemo.

  • Buy a new furnace. And hot water tank. And roof.
  • Re-build a deck.
  • Build a new walkway.
  • Stain a fence.
  • Clean a pond.
  • Fix frozen pipes.
  • Replace broken windows.
  • Cut down a tree.

Hold your horses there, fella. This really is a LOT of work.

I won’t lie – owning and maintaining my home by has been one the hardest thing I’ve ever done…aside from maintaining my LIFE while maintaining my home.

I’ve already accomplished a lot in both (life and home), but there is still a heckuva lot to do (in life and home…). I’ve made some progress and I’ve made some mistakes. And I should have started this blog five years ago when I started this journey because I’d love to be able to look back and see what I’ve already done.

I’m sorry I’ve never gotten around to it before….there has just been SO MUCH WORK to do.

xo T