Category Archives: This New House
Bixby was annoying me with his barking the other morning…I buzzed his bark collar and still he barked (I rarely have to even use his collar – it’s pretty harmless, you get a bigger buzz when your table is ready at Chilis – but it’s effective). I was about to buzz him again when I looked out and realized he was looking up and barking.
The balloon was almost low enough to see the people in it! So I guess he was right to bark on, despite the my protestations.
My new house has come with many pleasant surprises – and being on the flight path for the local hot air balloons is one. We get several at a time a few times a week.
Rock on Bixby, rock on.
One of my clients always gives me a great gift every Christmas. Often it’s a much needed spa gift card. This year, though, since I’d moved into a new home, he very thoughtfully gave me a gift card to a high-end kitchen store. Last week I finally had time to shop.
I used it to add new cookware to my collection. If you’ve been following along, you know I love my cast iron skillets. The rest of my cookware was high priced, high end JUNK. Seriously, it was suppose to be life-time cookware, purchased at a high end kitchen store that did nothing but pit, chip and stain. I replaced it several times under warranty, but gave up because it was more trouble than it was worth. And I wasn’t sure the chipping wasn’t toxic.
So I chose a mid-priced cookware set this time, figuring it couldn’t be worse than what I had and I was still going to rely mostly on my cast iron. I laughed when I read the care instructions. A bit fru-fru compared to my indestructible cast iron. But I really like it, it’s been a dream to clean and heats up quickly – which I’m still getting used to – and cooks evenly
I was out doing a bit of gardening when Bad Horse pointed to the sky and said “oooo”. I concurred. I am still alive and well. Been terribly busy with work and gardening…and still a bit of house stuff. I don’t know if I already mentioned, but we decided the rooms need crown moulding. I’m now the proud owner of air compressor, nail gun and chop saw. Uh-huh. I’m much happier with garden tools and cookware.
The other big projects are changing out my office ceiling fan and putting in a solar tube in the kitchen. It is cave like over by the sink and needs some help.
Gardening is an ongoing project that may never end….but I’m okay with that. It’s suppose to rain/snow tomorrow so maybe that will give me time to update you on the progress to date.
I’m doing corned beef and cabbage this Sunday, so I’ll post those recipes and some updated photos, too.
P.s. photo has a copyright on it because they used it on the evening news…
I was lying in bed the other night and the full plan for the garden beds came to me. So the first nice day this week, I began to implement the vision.
Here is phase one of the side garden:
This bed is home to two Aspen groupings that are struggling at this altitude. My first order of business is to turn this into a rock garden with ice plants, black-eyed Susans, ornamental grasses and some flax for good measure. Hoping by clearing out all the high water plants, it will take some of the stress away from the Aspens. I’ll probably contact an arborist for tips on getting them healthy again.
Turning the bed into a rock garden will be easy. It appears it was a rock garden in a previous incarnation, before soil and mulch covered the rocks and plants added. The former owner collected rocks and fossils, so the yard (and by yard, I mean every inch of the yard) is full of some beautiful and unusual specimens. This was from phase one. I more than doubled it during phase two today.
Phase two – before!
An hour later, rock, mulch and plant free.
Making good progress with just a couple hours of work. I think I’ll have it completely scraped by the end of the week. Then I can begin to add the rocks back. After that, I’ll start pulling some of the larger unique ones from the backyard and add them.
The kitchen is shaping up. The table and chairs still need a coat of paint, but that will wait until the days are warm for more than just a few hours. The planters need to be hung, but not until we finish the crown moulding.
Took down the old vertical blinds, painted my old wooden rod white and hung my old panels. They are too short, but will do until I decide what I really want on the window.
Bonus puppeh picture:
Why I never get any work done. My faithful staff. They are part-time and trade shifts with the feline helpers.
Bailey is still choosing to sleep in most mornings. Can’t say I blame her.