Lola is a bit of a pig when it comes to my houseplants, treating them as an all-you-can-eat salad bar. Adding plants to my hoard collection is a trial-and-error process: some plants he simply isn't interested in, others he gorges on until he pukes. Those are either relocated to my office (which is like a [...]
Enclosed back porches are pretty standard on Chicago apartments. They're handy for storage and it's nice that you don't have to go outside to get down to the basement laundry room, but they can also be shoddily constructed heat traps. Ours slopes down dramatically and is painted a gross fleshy color our landlords must have [...]
This is How My Garden Fails
I'm very sorry to make this blog an all-garden all-the-time affair, but nature is really working against me here. Witness: HAIL. Let's zoom in. To add insult to injury, I looked out the window this morning at the precise moment a stray cat dumped out and covered its tracks by digging in the square of [...]
Happy New Year!
I Built a House!
And by 'house' I mean 'tent.' My niece Cora turned one this August and I built her an a-frame tent using this post as my guide. I tell you what: it was not sturdy. Legs all akimbo, no means to control the width of its stance - there was definitely room for improvement, which I [...]