updated again December 30, 2011

Bartblog is a story about life in the Joe and Jaimie Bartmann family. It’s for any friends or family members who want to play. We hail from the top of a windy hill in a little South Dakota USA village, a few miles up the road from “The Lake.” There are six of us in all: Jaimie, Joe (that’s me) and the four beautiful little monsters.

Some of the stuff we talk about on bartblog (besides those beautiful Bartmann girls) include: living rural, vacations, hiking, compost and worms, gardening, reading, poems, meditation, going green, getting debt free, a little bit of politics, and other nonsense.

That’s about it. I do most of the writing on bartblog, but rumor has it my lovely wife knows how to post too. Everyone is welcome to peek in, and don’t be afraid to spark a conversation. Just be nice.

We’re on Facebook of course (Joe, Jaimie), and Joe is on Twitter too. If you want to see what kind of crazy projects I’m working on these days, just go to

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To life’s journey,



5 responses to “About

  1. Dorothy Causey

    July 7, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    I’ve just recently learned that my maternal great-grandmother was a Bartmann from Essentho, Germany. She married Karl Muthmann and they settled in South Dakota. There can’t be that many Bartmanns from Essentho, so surely there is a family connection. I was interested in your citing a family history that goes “way back.” Please let me know who I might contact about that.

    Dorothy Hager Causey

    P.S. I live in Montrose, Colorado

  2. Brenda klema

    April 29, 2008 at 7:01 am

    Hi Joe I received some Bartmann family history information from you via my aunt, Dorothy Causey, which I was going to try to translate. I managed to get one page done quite easily, then I discovered it had already been done. I finished the other, labeled II. and sent it to Dorothy to forward to you. Now I am attempting the book. I can get the gist of it, basic information, but certainly not the finer points. I cannot connect my family to your information with what I know now. I have to do more research. Brenda Klema

  3. angie reed

    October 9, 2009 at 1:47 am

    dorothy hager causey, please contact angie and bill reed in anchorage,alaska.
    bill reed
    09 10 09

  4. JC

    May 19, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Your patio came up on Google images when we searched for tile patio. I was wondering how your patio is holding up and if you did anything different with the expansion joints that are in the concrete, or did you just tile right over them?

    • joebart

      May 21, 2010 at 9:37 am

      Hi JC. WE cut expansion joints in the concrete slab, then lined up the tiles so the tile joints were right over the slab joints. Then I filled the expansion joints with caulk, and applied grout right over the top. Those grout lines have since cracked and become pretty brittle. I’ll probably tear out those two joints and caulk instead.

      Overall, the patio is holding up fairly well. Slate doesn’t take our freeze-thaw cycle the best, so some of the tiles have shed a paper-thin layer or two.


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