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An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 18: Oak Trees, Part One – Tree Love

Thursday, November 1, 2018
In the fall of 2015 we had just started major work at the house, and it was obvious by the number of people working and the dumpsters moving in and out.  “You must be excited moving into your childhood home,” a friend and soon to be neighbor commented to me after a business lunche...

Ice Breakers – How to Introduce Yourself in a Memorable Way

Monday, October 15, 2018
My wife and I were quietly enjoying the breakfast session of a recent B&B experience; a guilty pleasure that we cherish for the unique accommodation settings and the possibility for an interesting conversation... and, I might add, the homemade breakfast is always a plus too!  This day ...

An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 17: Critters #4, Ruby

Monday, October 1, 2018
Title:     An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 17: Critters #4, Ruby   It’s impossible to live in the woods and not make critters a part of your life, so I have made, and will continue to make them part of my blog.  To date I’ve written about spiders, roach...

A Beaver Lost in the Woods

Friday, September 14, 2018
This edition of the Hamilton Minute comes from a friend and former client, Bill Rulien of Beaver Creek Golf Carts in Braidwood, Joliet, Watseka and Peru (the town in Illinois, not the country!).  He has new and used equipment, custom carts, some cool stuff, rentals, and can fix anything that&rs...

An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 16: Howard and Kristen’s First Non-Date

Saturday, September 1, 2018
  My wife Kristen is the chief decorator, furnisher and planner of our home and it’s her attention to detail including the wall colors, plumbing fixtures, kitchen design, room layout, bath design, cabinetry, furniture, area rugs, artwork, switchplates… and much more, that really...