The Never Ending Quest for a Better Home

A couple of years ago I did a post on how I was working hard to update my old house.  We had a hail storm come through Billings in 2014 that did significant damage to the roof and to the siding.  The result was that an insurance claim provided enough money to not only fix, but also to upgrade parts of the home.  Doing a lot of the work myself made the money go further.

Updating my old house in Billings

Before and After… except not quite done.

In the previous post I had only gotten as far as the roof.  Now, a little over two years later, there are some major improvements that have been made.
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Reduce Your Blood PressureIn the United States alone, roughly 70 million people suffer from high blood pressure. The majority of them suffer because of a poor lifestyle choice. Rather than eat healthy and get some exercise, they choose to eat quick meals (those loaded with preservatives), and they fail to get enough exercise. This leads to weight gain, higher cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, and an immensely increased risk of suffering from a heart attack. Fortunately there is an easy way to reduce your blood pressure, and it doesn’t involve taking dangerous blood pressure medications. By following these 10,001 easy steps, you can be well on your way to a happier and healthier you. More »

Weight LossIn our never ending quest to be healthy, science has brought us a bunch of new medications. There is a pill to lose weight, a pill to control cholesterol, a pill to reduce blood pressure, and the list goes on and on. With all of this information bombarding us, it may be difficult to know exactly what pills to take, and which ones to avoid. In reality, you should avoid all of the pills if possible. More »

my old house

The finished gables over the kitchen

I recently wrote about maximizing the energy efficiency of my old house. I love having an old house since it keeps me busy. I am constantly doing repairs and updates, and I love to make it look nicer and better with every project. One that sucked up a lot of my time recently was putting on a new roof. We had some hail damage back in May, and since my best friend is my contractor I had to wait until his season died down before I could take advantage of his time and expertise. When you don’t pay for labor, it’s hard to complain about how long it takes. More »

Shop LocalWe hear the call all the time: shop small, shop local. But most of us choose to skip that call in order to save an extra 5% by hitting up the big box stores and other national companies. Let’s put aside our desire for savings for just one day, and when you are out doing your Christmas shopping this year, make the commitment to buy at least 75% of your presents from locally owned store. Even better, let’s buy locally made goods. There are actually a lot of great reasons to shop local, and it goes even further beyond supporting your neighbors. More »