The Morris Place Project


October block party
October 23, 2007, 6:23 pm
Filed under: the neighborhood

Here’s a shot of the neighborhood as we/they were setting up for the annual block party.   Unfortunately I had to get on a plane soon after this picture was taken, but I heard the kids had a great time.

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It really is a nice, friendly neighborhood.  If we could just get rid of the half-dozen or so drunks who seem to hang around nearby, it would be perfect.  Unfortunately, our street is between some really run down areas, and a store that sells fortified wine.  So we get more than our fair share of alcoholics walking down the street.

But hey, that’s what keeps the neighborhood affordable.  Our house in Hyde Park would’ve cost us 100 grand more.



The fence
October 23, 2007, 6:18 pm
Filed under: Architectural stuff

We had a decorative fence installed in the front of the house.  I think it will look really nice when we landscape out there next Spring.  We plan on some roses and lavender and other stuff that will grow well in the direct sun.  Also it’s great if we want to sit on the front porch and keep various puppies and children under the age of 3 from running down the street.

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Notice the front door is stained…but not polyurethane-d yet… Also, looking at these pictures makes me think we really need shutters on the second floor.



The neighborhood’s really coming together
September 21, 2007, 1:53 pm
Filed under: the neighborhood

I know I promised some pictures, and I’ll have them as soon as a room in the house is clean enough to photograph.

But I did want to mention some news.  The Columbia Journal is a monthly newsletter sent to everyone in the neighborhood.  It used to be updated online here, but it hasn’t been this year.  We just got the print version at our house yesterday and it had some really good news about the neighborhood:
First, crime is down in the area by about 25%.   This is great news.

Second, the city approved $160,000  for street-scaping on Stanley Avenue between Columbia Parkway and Eastern avenue.  For those of you not familiar with the street, that is the section you can see from our front porch.  Looks like they’ll be putting in some bricks and trees hopefully in the next year.

…and finally, my favorite bit of news:  The Journal said “rumors of a specialty grocery store are well founded”.  A grocery store within walking distance would be incredible.  I’ve heard rumors about which one as well.  The Journal didn’t publish this, but I think it will be a small grocery store that only currently has one location in Cincinnati and its name rhymes with “Trader Schmoes”.



Pictures and stuff coming…I promise.
September 18, 2007, 12:50 pm
Filed under: excuses

I haven’t abandoned the blog, I just haven’t had much time to update it.  Here’s what’s happening.  We’ve finally moved and sold our house!  That means only one mortgage payment!  We are about 90% done, just some odds and ends.  The last really big project for me this year is tiling the 3rd floor bathroom.  I hope to get to it soon.  Brian is finishing up the back deck, I just couldn’t find the time to do it.  It looks great by the way.  It will be nice to sit out there this fall.

Pictures are on the way, I’ll move the boxes and clutter and start posting interior shots.  We’re hoping to do a Housewarming/Halloween party at the end of October.



Here’s where the money went
August 1, 2007, 12:57 am
Filed under: interior design, what the hell was I thinking?

The kitchen right after I insulated it:

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The kitchen today…after the jump. Continue reading



Do we spoil the boys?
August 1, 2007, 12:42 am
Filed under: interior design, working with the boys

Here’s the third floor front of the house in February.  The framing on the right side of the picture is going to be a full bath

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…And here it is today: Continue reading



These are the people in the neighborhood…
July 16, 2007, 7:33 pm
Filed under: the neighborhood, what the hell was I thinking?

It’s been a solid month since I’ve updated.  I’ll have some new pictures shortly.

But until then, let’s talk about some of the day laborers!

The most interesting character is “shirtless Rick”. Continue reading