Sunday, February 7, 2016
It was about a 45 second emotional roller coaster for the JR - poor thing. On a completely different note, Denny is about to start grouting the bathroom. There was a bit of a snafu with cutting the corner trim tiles at a 45 degree angle, so he ordered a couple of replacements. If he had contracted out this little project, it would probably be a $10K price tag, Dennis did this at a fraction of the price, and it looks darn good!Last night I went to an art opening. It was a 10 year life drawing retrospective. It was so good to see some of my old friends, and to see some great work. Good stuff. *The painting below is by Ardith Staroska
Saturday, February 6, 2016
So, the blizzard of 2016 was kind of a dud. I scurried around all weekend, prepping for what everyone thought would be the mother of all blizzards. I HAD to go to work the day it hit, only because they were making people take a day of vacation if they stayed home. Well, that's fine and dandy for those who actually have vacation, but for myself and my co-worker that haven't accrued vacation, we would have to take a day without pay. Ugh. So, I got up early, took care of the chickens, and headed out. It really wasn't that bad, but evidently the rest of the building thought better about braving the elements. It was a pretty quiet day. Here is my week in pictures, and a few videos.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Sunday, January 10, 2016
After going through my camera roll, I realized I had quite a few progress pictures of the house. I can assure you, none of the is at all riveting, but I'm gonna post anyway.
Welp, the new year started out as it has for the last few years-uneventful. We both like it that way-I guess we're officially fuddy-duddies.
Dennis has been busy working on the dump. He enlarged a doorway between the kitchen and an adjoining room. It was originally a bedroom, but it seemed very awkward sitting right off the kitchen. We think it would make a fantastic sitting room. Today he finished installing a fantastic marble floor in the bathroom-it's beyond pretty. I'll include some before/after pictures of that.
The chickens are producing eggs like mad. Even Uggi, who was traumatized after the hawk killed Queenie, has begun laying again. I may not have mentioned that my beloved Queenie was killed. It was a pretty sad and unpleasant event here. The girls can't roam free anymore unless I'm out with them. I can't go through that trauma again. The weather here has been brutally cold (-25 with the wind chill last night), so I've had to be extra vigilant to protect them. I've been applying Vaseline to their combs and waddles a couple times a day, and I installed 2-75 watt shop lights that give off just enough warmth to help them stay warm. I've resisted the urge to add a heat lamp, as they are insanely dangerous. They've proved to be a hardy bunch of hens!
I must mention my most exciting news. Denny gave me a Singer Featherweight for Christmas. To say I'm over the moon is an understatement. I've already busted out a couple of quilts since Christmas. I've been having the absolute best time with that machine. It sews beautifully-better than my Bernina! I'm waiting for 3 Sewaholic patterns to arrive. My next project is to make a Liberty of London shirt. You can be sure I'll be posting that project!
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Sooo, the dickhead forecasters could not have been more off the mark. What was predicted to be a dusting, to maybe 1", turned into 6-ish inches of snow. It might even more than that, but whatever, it's a lot of freaking snow. I only narrowly missed t-boning 4 cars at a busy intersection today, but thanks to my cat like reflexes, and fast thinking, I managed to steer my sliding car onto a side street. Ugh. I worked only a half day today, and made it home in one piece. I thought the chickens would be a bit curious about the white stuff and eager to kick and scratch at it, but nope, they were not interested, nor were they amused. In fact, they were skittish and squwaky with every bit of snow that fell off the tree branches from above the coop. I guess big stuff falling from the sky reminds them of a hawk. Merry Christmas!
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Welp, I'm back in school. The up-side of that news is, I'm never setting foot in a classroom after this class. I've decided there is no point in trying to complete the paralegal degree when I have no desire to be a paralegal. Reading case law, and writing case briefs and legal memorandums sounded like it would be gobs of fun - said no one ever. I am 6 weeks into my new job and loving every minute of it. Why trade that for a stuffy law office? Speaking of gobs of fun, I gave my notice at my part-time job - adios, suck-ass retail! I hope those days are in my rear view mirror - forever! December 21st I will be FREE! Here are some pictures for your viewing enjoyment, or not.
Struttin' her stuff. Werk it gurl!
Struttin' her stuff. Werk it gurl!
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Yesterday I made tuna and noodles for my chickens. I saw a video earlier this week that showed a bunch of chickens devouring tuna and noodles, so I thought I would treat my flock of cluckers. Unfortunately, my chickens have become so picky and spoiled, they only ate the tuna and left the noodles. Brats.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Today we pulled the staples out of the floor that had been holding the carpet pad in place. I also yanked out all the carpet tack. Den removed the carpet and pad from the master bedroom, and painted a window sill that he replaced. Progress is slow, but it's fun to see the changes.