This Dusty House

Faking It: A Stair Solution

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Because our attic is brand new living space, one of the things we needed to address during our renovation was a brand new set of stairs. Have you ever looked in to new stairs? Even low-end models made with cheap wood and no extra details go for thousands of dollars. Of course, that includes measurements, manufacture, and...

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Isabel's Baptism

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Isabel was baptized on Sunday. She didn't sleep well at night or during the day for two days before hand. She was bright eyed and fussy; I was stressed and running on 5 hours of sleep and caffeine.
But this event was so important to us. From a theological standpoint, baptism is one of only two sacraments celebrated in our...

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When Your Dogs Are Your Babies, Until You Bring Home A Human One

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Anyone who has read this blog for any period of time knows that the Husband and I are dog people, through and through. True, we have a cat too, whom I love nearly as much as Mocha and Kingsley, but there is nothing quite like the relationship we have to our two four-legged canine fur-babies. We even used them to announce...

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So Much Progress: Attic of Awesome Update

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

It's been a while since I properly updated about the attic. In fact, it's been a while since I've updated about our house at all. But, believe it or not, there has been a lot going on with our attic renovation and our little dusty bungalow. With the help of a cuddly baby carrier, I somehow managed to clean up and finally...

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Introducing Isabel Sonya

Authors: Jeanette deBoer


Isabel Sonya was born with an impressive cone head on June 24, 2014 at 8:38pm. She was 1 week and 1 day overdue, and a beautiful 7 lbs, 9 oz. Bringing her into this world and the subsequent first week of her life have been the hardest things I've ever done.
Moving through a bit of a fog, day to day, diaper change to feeding,...

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Right of Entry and Difficult Neighbours (Or, Installing An AC Unit Shouldn't Be This Difficult)

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

This is a long story. A bit of an unpleasant story. But, I promise, it has a happy ending! Well, a happy ending for our little house, anyway.
Three years ago, in the summer we bought our house, I told the Husband that I would not suffer through another summer in Toronto without air conditioning. This city gets hot in a way I...

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Picking Paint Colours

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Choosing the colours for our walls is not my strong suit. It's not the Husband's either. Every time I pick up a paint brush to add a fresh coat to our home, I end up disappointed. Four years ago, I started off the trend by painting our basement apartment a peachy pink, when I had intended to find a more or less neutral...

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Garden 2014: Planting Despite Uncertainty

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

(The garden, looking it's best two years ago.)

I had no idea if we were going to get a garden planted this year. I wasn't convinced that planting a garden would even be a good idea. After all, with Baby V coming in the middle of June, was I going to have the motivation, time, and energy to take care of it? On one hand, maybe...

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8 Months Pregnant and a Biker Babe

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

This past weekend, we did something completely unexpected for a young couple expecting their first baby. We bought a motorcycle.

Nope, not kidding. This motor on two wheels belongs to us. Well, the Husband to be specific. The title of this post is a little misleading... My name will never grace the ownership and my butt will...

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Attic of Awesome: A Little Functionality

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

There is not much left to do in the attic. We've been living comfortably under those sloping ceilings for approximately 4 months, working away as time allows on the little projects left on the list. A couple weekends ago, after about 3.5 months of living with our clothes in the closet of the main floor bedroom, we finally...

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