The Slowest Project Ever
- Published on Saturday, 06 April 2013
Progress on the upstairs bathroom ceiling is ridiculously slow. Other things keep getting in the way, and we're not such inconsiderate neighbors that we will whack away with power saws at 10pm (though we do, damn us, not tiptoe around the yard after 8pm like the inconsiderate scofflaws we are).
Before I started blocking certain people,...
Garden Report: April 1
- Published on Monday, 01 April 2013
No, no jokes or weird attempts at humour. We have what is shaping up to be a super busy week. Inside and out: it's all spring and madness outside right now. Look at this:
That's the bed by the deck, as viewed from the deck. The improbable poppies turned out to be Lavender Breadseed, which is a favourite of mine so yay. You may be able...
Put the Box into the Room
- Published on Sunday, 31 March 2013
So, the bathrooms. Did you think we'd forgotten about them? Not quite. But this weekend we managed to squeeze in some time to get back to work on them.
When we left this project, this had happened:
That's the wood we bought for the project in October, and it was riddled with molds. The black mildewy stuff is dramatic, but the white...
Adjustments Plus Garden Report: March 24
- Published on Sunday, 24 March 2013
I'm in the process of changing the software I use for this blog. Not the blog platform itself, but the client I use for composing posts, because writing in a web browser sucks eggs. This has mostly worked OK, though there have been some hiccups. It is nice to be using software that is being maintained again. Now I just have to move...
Garden Report: March 16
- Published on Sunday, 17 March 2013
I think I can say that despite all the suffering last fall with planting one meellion bulbs, it has turned out to be worth it.
These are Narcissus jonquilla simplex. They're ridiculously cute. They shot up what looked like weedy little leaves a couple weeks ago and this week they opened out to be these adorable tiny flowers. The flower...
Irrigation Controller, Version Umpty
- Published on Sunday, 10 March 2013
Over the winter the irrigation controller broke, again, which was not too surprising since it had been kind of limping along for various reasons. Since it was winter, Noel took the time to do an extensive redesign along with the repair, and today he and I spent some time making sure all the circuits are still mapped out correctly.
Garden Report: March 3
- Published on Sunday, 03 March 2013
Hey, it's spring here! Let's take a little walk around the garden and see what is in bloom!
Let's start here! Because I have no idea what this is! I mean, it's in a place where I planted some bulbs, but I thought what I planted there were mostly species tulips, which this is definitely not. Mysterious! It could also be a volunteer...
Many Tries at a Railing
- Published on Saturday, 02 March 2013
We had visitors overnight and during the day today, so I didn't think we'd get much done, but Noel had other ideas. Possibly because he didn't partake of the pitcher of Mai Tais last night.
It was a nice and sunny day, and he pulled out the deck railings and started putting things together. He started by installing the upper...
Making the Bed
- Published on Saturday, 23 February 2013
We're getting kind of tired of that enormous stack of retaining wall blocks in the driveway, so today we spent some time working on getting them put into place around the deck to make the planting beds.
So Noel hauled a bunch of the blocks to the back yard in the morning (keep in mind that these are 65 lbs each, so that is a lot of...
A Dog and a Catalog
- Published on Monday, 04 February 2013
If Noel's insane new piano isn't enough to convince you we've kind of lost our minds here, this is my latest acquisition:
It's a card catalog, in pretty much original condition, from Holy Names University in Oakland (via a former faculty member, who sold it to me). The classic mid-century modern style is much like the card catalogs in...