Friday, January 22, 2016

in less than two months Georgiana will be TWO


Breakfast and kids photos

The boys love the new wii and television
(only to be used for movies & wii)

 Kassiopeia & Tabitha Made sourdough English muffins from Malichi, the new sourdough starter.
 Then Kassiopeia then made all of us a delicious breakfast. Pancakes on the new griddle.

Georgiana couldn't wait. She started early.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Artifacts in the walls

We have found quite a bit of stuff in our walls and ceiling. Here are some inverted snaps of the glass plate negatives that we found.

Kinda cool...

We also found something of significant value. I don't want to disclose what it is because we are sending it to a dear friend and want it to be a surprise. 

I'll post about it later.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

No, that was not the final kitchen.

Albeit a vast improvement over our last "play-kitchen" this iteration of our kitchen is only temporary. We are hoping that it'll only be like this for several weeks. We are not quite halfway there. This second phase requires substantial plumbing gas and water. It also requires me to run new wiring for our convection oven. Then the usual stuff like new outlets and lighting, insulation, drywall, new window, painting, new cabinets, sink, countertops, range hood, subway tile the backsplash and stove wall, and flooring. ...whew

Yes, this is a big project.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

The big push toward halfway or the play kitchen gets moved.

Sheet rock and behind the walls electrical is done.

I trimmed out the new windows and door.

I put in the new subfloor and leveled it.

We painted it green.

I filled the transition gap between the house and the addition (probably added on in the 20's)

I left the gas from the old stove location sticking up and plumbed temporary water for our play kitchens new location.

We started laying the new awesome cork flooring. This is the first time I have ever laid click together floating flooring. Tabitha and I got pretty good at it.

It is so great.

We are putting Led in lighting, dimmer and three-way switches. These switches are designed to be wired one-way or three-way.

With so many devices that require USB charging we have installed several of these dual purpose outlets.

Really I know what I am doing.

This is the Play Kitchen initial move. 

This is Merrick, our new Wedgewood stove. He is still getting set up here. 

These are the lights that are intended to be over our kitchen table. They are zip tied up for now while the play kitchen is in the dining area. 

Here Kassiopeia and I are trying to put together the IKEA pantry. Ultimately Tabitha and I put it together. The recursive nesting paper instructions got to be a little much.

I got the first coffee/item cooked on Merrick. There is nothing like the precise flame that comes from a Wedgewood stove. 

The new cabinets sans handles.

This iteration of the play kitchen is a vast improvement. Soon the plastic curtain will fall and phase two can begin.

Kassiopea made pancakes on Merrick. They were the best ever.

Let phase two begin....

Sprouted greens and chickens.

We have some pretty awesome chickens. Their eggs are unbelievable. They are on complete confinement. We experimented with letting them free-range in our yard. The chickens ate our food that we wanted to eat. So we have them permanently in their coop. They have a deep bedding of woodchip--roughly 18" deep. To supplement their diet of organic pellets Tabitha scored a bi-weekly pick up of slightly out of date sprouted greens.

They get to eat about a bushel of these types of green daily. 

Our birds lay mostly green eggs. Some shades lean toward blue but mostly they are green shelled. We have twelve hens and get either 9 or 10 eggs per day. I have a timer set to wake them up at 4am. These shorter days would put a huge dent in our production otherwise. 

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