A hobbit-hole in my backyard? It may sound crazy, but I can tell you that my kids love it. It is the coolest playhouse ever. Plus, they can enjoy the grassy hill for sledding in winter and water sliding in summer. This was all my wife's idea. She dreamt it, and I got to be the one to bring it to reality. I'm not a construction expert; this was a total do-it-yourself job by a complete amateur. It has turned out rather nicely, I think. Here is the story of how it came to be.

Since this is in blog format, the posts are in order from newest to oldest. To read this in chronological order, start with How it all Began and use the "Newer Post" links. Or click on the links under Blog Archive, in order.
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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Where is Sam Gamgee when I need him?

I need a gardener.  Spring has finally come, and so have the weeds.  At least it has stopped raining on my Saturdays!  I actually was able to work on it today, and made some really good progress on shoring up the northeast corner.  I'll get the leak fixed, then I can worry about trimming the verge.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Thank you for your support!

Thank you for all of your comments.  I am so happy to hear that the hobbit-hole is inspiring people, and even helping to bring family members closer. I had no idea that it could have that kind of impact. I really feel motivated to keep going with it thanks to all of your encouraging comments.  The weather has been wonderful--now if I can just get over this darn cold!  

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Another Saturday, Another Storm

We are stuck in a cycle: sunny six days, then rain.  In general, I enjoy the occasional rainstorm.  The only problem is that the rainy days lately have all fallen on my Saturdays.  This weekend, I did manage to fix a leak, but it wasn't the hobbit-hole leak; it was the dripping faucet in the bathtub.  Yet that little success at stopping water has given me added confidence.  I can tell water where to go (or where not to)!  After striking that off the honey-do list, I decided to embrace all the wetness and do something very un-hobbit-like: I took the kids swimming.