Bird in a Cage

This bird startled me as I was showing a house. It, and its cage, were hanging about 9 feet off the ground near the door connecting the finished and unfinished portions of a basement. I didn’t see it the first time I walked past since it was well above my head. But on the way out it was difficult to miss. Thankfully, the home’s owner did not have the electronic base on. It appears as

Old Columns

Old Porch Column

They just don’t make columns like they used to. These two pictures were taken at the same home that was built in the mid-1800s. The first one was on the front porch. Modern columns are usually hollow with either wooden barrel construction or built entirely with fiberglass. This one is more like a solid post that has some ornamentation. The second column was in the basement, and appears to be a humble tree trunk that

Hurricane Irene: Feeling Fortunate

The storm has passed, the skies have cleared, and the wind has died down. It is a bright and sunny Monday. Sunday morning – before the eye of the storm arrived – turned out to be the worst of the weather for Greater Hartford. That’s when the bulk of the rain came through, and the strongest wind gusts, though they did not approach hurricane strengths. The rain died out quickly as the storm moved north

Hurricane Irene Prep: Essential Supplies?

Since we’ve never been through a Connecticut hurricane before, nor have we been through one in a home we owned, we’ve spent the past couple of days preparing. We’re taking it seriously – this could be a dangerous situation. We’re most concerned about the large trees surrounding our home. Amy is worst-case-scenario-ing every tree near us falling on our house and the damage that will be done. Staying locked up in the house with her