Category Archive: Orcas Island

The Pig War ๐Ÿ–

The Pig War ๐Ÿ–

The post below was sent as an issue of my newsletter, Ready for Rain. As I write this from my home office, I can see Canadaโ€™s Gulf Islands, which are like sister islands to the San Juan Islands. This view is one I donโ€™t take for granted because living on the...

This Fireplace Sucks ๐Ÿ”ฅ

This Fireplace Sucks ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Sometime in the middle of the house project, I learned a lesson about chimneys that has fascinated me ever since. We were talking about the metal tubes, or โ€œfluesโ€ that would eventually stick out of our roof and vent our two wood-burning fireplaces. According to the fireplace company, the size of the fireplaces meant the flues needed to be eighteen feet high to work. This explains why.

A Thud, Then a Gasp

A Thud, Then a Gasp

There comes a time in every vehicle ownerโ€™s life when they are forced to test just how far a tank of gas will go. We see the gauge point to the upper case โ€œEโ€ and say itโ€™s arbitrary; just a label. What matters is whatโ€™s inside the tank. We can push it a little...