Ok, so this is awkward.

Have you ever opened an email that was so important you were terrified respond right away? You read and re-read the original message and think to yourself ‘Man, the right response is gonna take some serious thinking. I don’t want to write something that is half-assed or idiotic.  And I’m busy doing some other stuff that’s a little easier right now.’

Everyone does, that. Right? Right??

OK, well, anyone who has ever met me knows I am reeeaaaallly bad for doing this to an extreme, and  being guilty of taking way too long to respond to important things. There frankly is no excuse, except pure procrastination. And a lack of time, thought and attention. And a little bit of terror.

Well my friends, it’s time to carve out some time and get back to the little blog project I started last year by giving it a little more thought and a lot more attention.

It’s been almost 9 months since updating this space and although it might be hard to tell – this small space of the internet is pretty darn important to me.  I’ve thought about it often since last summer and really wanted to get back at it – but was terrified I’d write something half-assed or idiotic. So don’t laugh if you think it is, ‘k? My little, (big) heart can’t take it.

So without further ado, let’s get back at it.

For those of you who know me, know very well, that most important non-living thing in my life is this:

953 square feet, to be exact.

953 square feet, to be exact.

The little blue home that I fell madly in love with and purchased in 2009. The little blue home that I’ve already done a ton of work in and around. And the little blue home that I plan to do a heckuva lot more work to, in the future.

This tiny little house is by no means one of the trendy, earth-friendly extreme tiny homes that are all the rage these days. It’s just a simple 953 square foot, 1912 Craftsman bungalow in a (somewhat) quiet inner-city neighbourhood in Calgary, AB that is ridiculously adorable.

It’s small. It’s cute. And it’s usually quite neat.

I spend as much time (and money) as I can spare taking care of this little place. It hasn’t been easy – I’ve had some seriously money and skill-intensive projects that have knocked me on my butt over the past few years. But I’ve always gotten back up, brushed off the dust and gotten back at it….making mistakes and learning along the way.

I think I have some valuable things to share for people in the same boat. I’m trying to maintain a Century-old house, in a ridiculously cold climate. On a pretty limited budget, with limited skills, time, tools and know-how. It’s tough. It’s terrifying. It’s time-intensive. But I’m having a lot of fun along the way.

My house needs work both inside and out. I spend my winters nesting and fixing up the inside and the short, short Canadian summers doing stuff in the yard. And, lucky you…I like to chronically over-share. So here is my blog…about (you guessed it!) all the stuff going on in and around the (around!) 900 square feet I call home.

To kick things off, here’s what I took care of last year and what I’ve got planned over then next few sunny months:

Last summer I knocked several things off my to-do list:
I successfully planted a back lawn. built the world’s most beautiful pergola with my dad, and refinished the back porch.

This year, my list seems a bit longer, but I’m pretty excited to see how much I can find the time and money to do:

  • Sand and stain the back deck
  • Build a simple patio around the pond
  • Grow a lush front lawn
  • Plant several new perennial beds in the front and back
  • RE-refinish the back porch
  • Grow some veggies
  • Build a new pond bridge
  • Move around some existing plants
  • Highlight the landscaping, deck and pond with some nice solar lights

So…welcome back as I share my journey in home ownership.  A funny little trip where I plan to tell you what I’ve got growing in the yard, getting painted in the living room, cooking on the stove or getting cleaned in the basement.

Oh, and consider yourself warned. There will also be cats.

xo Tara




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