Lessons Learned…

I postponed getting new carpet for almost three years because more interesting projects kept capturing my attention.  Carpeting, while nice, does not excite me all that much.  I can think of so many other ways to spend money on home improvement.   But Mike kept on me about the carpeting and I finally had to…
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Who Does That In Fargo?

Mike stopped briefly at Harbor Freight today to look at some sort of tool.  He was in and out of the store in a matter of minutes.  When he returned to his truck in the parking lot he saw a man with a big, relatively new, black Ford truck taking wood and pallets out of…
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The Colorful Eclectic

At the beginning of 2014, Mike and I agreed that we would indulge his woodworking and building hobby by starting a little side business.  The business, The Colorful Eclectic, was officially born in January.  In our initial conversations about the business the plan was for Mike to slowly build an item here and there over…
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The Tried And True…

Mike bought a new vehicle over the weekend.  I surmise it was time.  His car at 12 years old was no longer aging well.  It had a myriad of problems that when viewed individually were minor irritations, but when viewed collectively signaled a system on the brink of failure.  Indeed, as the dealership who sold…
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Building Toward Retirement…

I am grateful that Mike is always thinking about how to solve household problems.  He is constantly finding things he can fix or improve upon.  It doesn’t hurt that he has emerged as a do-it-yourself builder and has been equipped by the family at every gift-giving opportunity with tools, woodworking books, and Menards gift cards. …
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