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Genealogy and Why my Interest in Ireland

Genealogy and Why my Interest in Ireland

Before ever going to Ireland, before meeting John, before moving to Ireland for half the year; I started tracing my family roots.  I lost my Dad shortly after the birth of my first child, My dad and I were close, sharing a crazy sense of humor and the love of fairy tales and folklore. No

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Lunch and Trip to Olive Oil Taster

Lunch and Trip to Olive Oil Taster

My daughter in law arranged for us to meet yesterday and go out to lunch before I leave for Ireland.  She also wanted to take me to this little shop she has been raving about in Strongsville Ohio. It is a gourmet olive and balsamic vinegar store. Apparently they have multiple stores in northeast Ohio

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Sourcing Paint in Ireland

Hi guys. Last post I spoke about painting wood furniture. I mentioned I would be going to Ireland for the winter and needed to find furniture paint I can use while working in our Wexford workshop. John has been using latex paints. We have kept to high-grade paints as much as possible. I favor Farrow

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Antique Hunting Part One- Aging an Antique by Its Cover

Well, you found this wood table in an old garage. Wood; looks old, it’s in decent shape. Do you want it? How much do you want to pay? For this discussion, I am going to concern myself mainly with North American Antiques. The Americans are relatively new countries, and while there may be people with

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Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business- How to Organize Projects for Later

I am getting ready to pack up and leave Ohio for the winter. I had so many projects I wanted to get done this summer, but between the unbearable hot weather and unanticipated health issues; many did not get done. I was able to keep up with the web designers as we continue to work

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Should You Buy Dual Fuel or Gas Range

Should You Buy Dual Fuel or Gas Range

As part of my first townhouse remodel,  I had granite countertops and stainless steel appliances installed in the kitchen.  This remodel was my first major change in our townhouse. I knew that I was going to go on to repaint the upper level and to change out the carpets in all the rooms but I

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The Garden Squares of Dublin

The Garden Squares of Dublin

What is a garden square?  A long-existing city arrangement- a garden square is a communal garden found within a major city aligned on all four sides with typically rowhouses or townhouses facing the garden. I am familiar with the famous Savannah Georgia squares and there are other gardens squares with homes in the United States. 

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Sorrel and Gray | New Fall Colors

Sorrel and Gray | New Fall Colors

I was reading blogs on my iPad this morning and noticed a call out on new colors for Fall, black and brown, tans and grays.  I found the combination attractive; especially the tan and gray combination. Before bed last night, I was reading a historical fiction mystery: a very light series set in late 1800

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what not to do online auction

What NOT to Do at an Online Auction

Today was my first online auction, and I am afraid I made a few mistakes and lost out on my favorite item. I noticed an auction sign at the entry to my allotment a few weeks ago. Initially, I thought the local country club was being updated and selling off the older furniture left after

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The Ceiling Medallion Project

My newest architectural salvage project involves the ceiling in my dining area off the kitchen in the Ohio condo.  For the past two years, I have been redecorating the Ohio condo. We kept debating whether we should sell the big condo and go to a small house with land for a double workshop. In the

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Groutless Shower Remodel Part Two

A few days ago, I posted about the demolition of my old master bath shower. HERE My old shower grouting failed, and I wanted to avoid grout in the new shower, so I opted for a cultured marble shower. I used Hartville Hardware Remodel as my contractor for the remodel and I a pleased with

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