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August 18, 2019

As as we chip away at the process of acquiring a construction loan, there are a few essential boxes that we have to check. We have gathered our personal financial statements, receipts for what we have already invested and proof of insurance. Fortunately, those are things we have that we can submit. Another box is more challenging. The bank must see more than one comparable property or ‘comps’, that have recently sold for more that what we are asking to borrow. We bought the BAB during the peak of the recession, and at the time, very few ‘creative’ properties were sold for what they would have cost to build. Thankfully now, our bank found two properties that they accepted as comps for our project. Check!

One was a Read more…


Weekend Update

July 28, 2019

A few things going on at the BAB. Terrific weather inspired some roof clean up.


Tom power-washed the

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Goodbye to the BAT

July 6, 2019

It has come time to thank the Big Ass Truck for it’s 10 years of service to us and the BAB and say goodbye. In the last couple of years, the rust spots were growing and body parts were starting to rattle and, Read more…

The BAB is incorporated

May 17, 2019

As this big project slowly moves toward progress, things are looking up for the next round of construction. We have a serious lender that is starting the process of creating a construction loan. The loan won’t be a traditional home mortgage, though. The home lending world is highly regulated and the BAB doesn’t fit into those parameters. This will be a business loan. So, to get a business loan, it helps to be a business. There are a few steps to make that happen. Step one: Incorporate. That happened today!


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“It started out as a pencil holder…”

December 31, 2018

Rather than each of us buying Christmas gifts for my entire large family, we draw names. Earlier this year I got my brother Jim’s name, and I was excited because I told myself I’d make him something cool. He & I have very similar tastes, so if I liked something that I made, he likely would too. I didn’t know exactly what it would be, so a couple months ago I bounced a few ideas off of his wife Darcy. A “desk accessory” seemed like a good direction.

Jim & Darcy could be called the founders of the BAB Fan Club, having spent a week of their vacation helping us clear out the junk and Read more…

Free Mint

August 17, 2018

Yes! Feel free to take our mint! The story and recipes below.

Our little mint patch is still going strong and I have fun experimenting with ways to use it. I particularly enjoy savory recipes and salads. Mint is great in bean salads and it is frequently used in middle eastern recipes. It adds a light freshness to food.

When we’re working outside, we offer it to our passing neighbors- there is plenty to share! And, it needs to be kept pruned back so it doesn’t get woody. Sometimes, we mow it to force fresh growth.


Good little cookbook by Helen Sudell

Last week, Tom was coming back Read more…

Removing Gas Pipe

July 31, 2018

We have a huge natural gas service and a lot of gas pipe in the BAB. A tiny bit of the pipe has already been creatively re-purposed. Most of it, though, is in the way and needs to be removed. The first step is to disconnect the main line and cap the pipe so we can safely remove the rest.

The big iron pipe on the right side was the original gas distribution. The black flex pipe extending vertically from the gigantic meter next to Tom’s knee is the service to the apartment.

We only currently use gas for Read more…