Thursday, August 16 2012
Wow, life can be complicated at times can it not?
The trip to Santa Fe went well. I don't enjoy driving places I've been to a million times. I want to go some place new, I want to take my sweet time getting there. I'd like to not worry that my life is fleeting. I haven't spent enough time with my children. Now we have the shower stall, Nell and I spent a few minutes this morning looking at how it can fit. I'm not feeling too good about the quantity of projects ahead of me, I do like to take my time. Somehow I've got to blend the daunting work load with the latter ideal.
This may well be a longer than typical Summer, what with what I see as an accelerated change in climate. On top of that our society and all it stands for may on the verge of tumbling. Nobody in their right mind wants to believe the system we've lived with all our lives might not be sustainable. The information age is truly upon us. My question is what do we do with the data? How will we cope with all this information? Well like most people all I need to do is figure out a few little things to get through the week, and for God's sake keep from watching the news.
Shower-Stall-Kit-Needs-some-Assembly When I got home and opened all the bags and boxes I became overwhelmed with the amount of assembly I'll be doing in my spare time. The shower doors are really nice though, aren't they?
PEX-Plumbing-Also-Needs-Some-Assembly The crimper for the brass rings that hold the PEX tubing to the brass fittings cost a whopping $70.00. I figure Jack will need to build a bathroom next and this PEX plumbing is pretty big improvement over everything else I've used. I bought at least four of every fitting I thought I might need. Interesting the brand name on the PEX stuff is Sharkbite. I'm hoping this is a US company, and the $250 we just spent went toward keeping an American worker working. http://www.sharkbite.com/usa well, it doesn't look to be US based. It is a good quality product from what I've seen through the packaging. The proof will of course soon be known.
Shower-Stall-Kit-Needs-some-Assembly-2-walls PEX Tubing wasn't particularly expensive at $28 per 100 foot, enabling me to purchase red pipe for hot water and white for cold.
Partition-Needs-some-Assembly. Now that we have the base in hand, it doesn't seem like it will fit countersunk into the partition between the utility room and the bathroom. Maybe this is a good thing. One less engineering miracle needed. It would have looked pretty awesome though with just the round front exposed in the bathroom, not to mention saving space. Oh well, that is that. We didn't really make a plan A, so this next plan can't really be called plan B, can it.
Shower-Stall-Base-Needs-some-Assembly I was hoping the pointy part of the shower base would fit countersunk into this next wall I'll be building today. Unfortunately the drain is all the way in the back, and that absolutely will not work with the concrete floor in the utility room. How do I spell "improvise?" The bathroom sink will need to get moved to the opposite wall from where the drain currently is, down at the bottom of the above photo. The sink next to the shower won't work. This is why I didn't glue any of the plumbing yet.
Garden-2012-news-Broccoli – starting to make heads, yippee. I must have planted a hundred broccoli seeds, we wound up with around ten plants. Thus is the way it goes with gardening for me. Then again I've never had a green thumb. Perseverance, I do have.
Garden-2012-News-Sweet-pumpkin-Blossom- oh my god, you should smell the blossoms, sooo sweet. That whole side of the garden is wonderfully fragrant.
Garden-2012-News-Potatoes Yep the little potatoes are popping out of the ground in places, Need to get more straw today, although pine needles are working very well at the garden in front of my parent's house. We got another nice little rain last night or this morning
Garden-2012-News-Scarlet-Runner-Bean-blossom We've been eating string beans and spinach with every meal. Last night we also had fresh onions on our black bean burritos.
Garden-2012-News-tomato-ate Something got to the first big ripening tomato, grrrr. It looks to me like a bird, maybe a magpie, raven, or crow. I'm guessing this is what keeps happening to the strawberries as well, so it is time to start keeping the greenhouse door closed and cut a vent into the top of the greenhouse to let out heat.
Garden-2012-News-Strawberries-now-inside The strawberries were doing very well in the garden, but again some critter was getting the fruit. So now they are in the greenhouse with the tomatoes.
Buddy-walk-monger-8-16-2012 I've also created this obligation to my dogs, and Danny's too. Every morning I get the anxious looks. Let's go
There it is, and I better get after it if I want to get anything at all done
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