Thursday, April 30, 2009

No Frost Here/Hiking Pics


Since it pisses off some people (Chris) when I post my hiking pictures here (fairy-ass hippy nature shit) I will post them elsewhere in:

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Jardin du Vaclav

Grandma's peonies are coming back.
The front yard woke up.

We took a chance and planted the vegetable garden early. As I write this there is a freeze warning in effect for the area. We'll see.

There is a story in my family that my great-grandfather Domachowski took a chance one year and planted the crops early. There was no more frost that spring, the crops flourished, and he was first to market, raking in enough money to pay off the farm.

I should have stayed on the farm, I should have listened to my old man. (Bernie Taupin, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road )

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Gardening, part I

Last year, this is what it looked like toward the end of June. You can still see where the previous owner had a pool. The sand pit that remained was a haven for hornets that nested in the ground, cats for pooping, and weeds.

You want to break up zoysia grass and flatten that? Get help from your neighbors. That's Susan, with her husband Gray kneeling and her father Flip standing. Flip lent me his tiller. He and Gray chopped up the thatch from the remaining grass as I tilled the soil and threw the compost pile all over it.

I owe these people a steak dinner each, at least. They are the best.

Just about done....

Done, for today. We found 13 cement blocks, one cinder block, several bricks, one snake, and a huge (5") slug.

Notice the compost pile is gone. Next up: cover the area with a tarp or something to help the stuff degrade more and keep new stuff from sprouting.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Before & After

Before: from the dining room at the base of the stairs, looking through to the living room.After:

Before, looking from living room into dining room at the stairs:


(The woman with the shawl was our realtor.)

Finishing the Dining Room

Another one for Laura

Happy Easter

Steve and Cara watching baseball.
Pane di Pasqua ready for the oven.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

A Little Like Lego

We decided to do something different in the DR with the floor - click-and-lock laminate. It's still bamboo, and even harder than than the existing stuff.

Here I've cut a straighter edge on the existing floor in the LR.

The first three courses are in place. It took a little struggling because they don't snap together tightly and irrevocably, so I put down some braces to push against. Once we got three rows down, it became easier.

By this time, even with not a single nail, the floor feels very solid and unmovable.

Here I show off some of the trickier cuts we had to do, first around the heating duct, then around the stairs.

Framing Of a Different Sort

A bit of review: Here was the planned color scheme for the DR:

Here is Jennifer painting in the frames. Open up the picture to see the chalk lines on the wall. She used a long straightedge to help with the edges of the boxes.

Next weekend: trim goes in.