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We are a little bit compost crazy here at Casa Fishbowl. We have a city-issued green bin, a backyard composter (it’s big and black with two hinged flaps on top) as well as two big “cages” for leaf compost in the back corner of our lot. We’ve been using the big green bin all winter […]

06 Feb, 2014

A message to Westboro squirrels: there is no vacancy here

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

Someone has been using our roof as a hotel: A squirrel has chewed through one of the vents. Sigh. Share the post “A message to Westboro squirrels: there is no vacancy here” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

22 Jan, 2014

Fishbowl reno post #58 – the dungeon

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

I wrote 57 posts about our home reno, but I don’t think I mentioned our basement once. Well, maybe once, but that’s it. I haven’t written about it because it is completely embarrassing. I am ashamed of the state of our basement. ASHAMED. Boxes, junk, stuff, more stuff, new stuff, old stuff. STUFF. Gah. Perhaps if I […]

See. I told you that I haven’t been able to shake this resolution thing from my brain. I’m 41 years old and I’m finally a bit closer to figuring out what things (a) make me feel healthy (b) how to turn those things into a routine that sticks. You’d think that I’d know all of […]

14 Dec, 2013

Growing rosemary

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno|Oh! Things!

Sometimes the smallest projects are the most satisfying, aren’t they? Back in the fall I decided I needed a supply of rosemary over the winter. So I grabbed a spade and dug out the rosemary shrub in our garden, dumped it in a pot, and brought it inside. Amazingly, it survived. (I don’t have very […]


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