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Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese boards, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, meat thermometers, jam funnels, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, fondue sets, healthy-grills, home smokers, tempura sets, tortilla presses, electric whisks, cherry stoners, sugar thermometers, food processors, bacon presses, bacon slicers, mouli mills, cake testers, pestle-and-mortars, and sets of kebab skewers languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.

I have a fairly small kitchen; I don't keep anything I don't use (mostly. I do have a cheapo blender that I'm saving to use for making paper). However, I notice they don't have stand mixers or even hand mixers on the list. Maybe it's assumed that they get used at least once a year? (I love my stand mixer for making meringues! Though nowadays, that's about the only use it gets... The hand mixer gets far more use.) They also don't have some of the things I covet, like a mandolin, spit roaster, and such. Ah well.

Oh, and I will say the jam funnels I have aren't used for jam. But they're pretty darn useful for other funneling jobs.

And what do they mean by "cake testers"? I use toothpicks, or, if it's a deep cake, bamboo skewers. Doesn't everyone?
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I'm kinda at a loss for what to do, even though I can think of many things that need doing. But Page is still sick (he has an appointment with the doctor at 4:30), and I'm almost convinced it's scarlet fever, seeing as the rash has worsened. Even though there's no fever or misery whatsoever. In fact, he's busily playing with his legos and acting as if all is right with the world. Odd child. ;-)

(Btw: I find it ironic that since deciding to forgo his insurance this year (decision made in May or so), he's had more doctors' visits than I have. Granted, the most expensive of those were still while he had insurance (and we still had to pay thanks to the deductible) and we are still about $400 ahead, what with monthly insurance costs vs. doctors' bills. Actually, far more than that, as the only visit that would have been covered by insurance without having to apply the deductible would have been the yearly check-up. Health insurance in this country is such a scam.)

But his being home and contagious-as-all-get-out means I'm stuck at home and at a loss. My fledgling schedule has been thrown out of whack, leaving me feeling like I'm on vacation. Again.

I finished making the risers for the couch, but can't put them on, as it will need at least two people, probably three. I could paint, as I missed doing so on Monday, but I really don't feel like it. Lego droid war soundtracks do not get me into the creative mood for some reason...

I guess I should finish what I started in the kitchen (aw, do I have to?), and cook those roasts and make lots of veggies to nosh on... Oh, and do my homework reading for the next classes. Which I may be able to get to, depending on what the doctor says.

(I wonder if they'd be willing to swab my throat, too... Doubt it, but will ask anyway.)

Oh! Did I mention that this weekend saw another advancement in the completion of the kitchen remodel? (Yes, we did start the remodel something like three years ago.) I finally got Geoff to unscrew the light and pisozer (garbage disposer) switches so I could shim them up to fit flush with the tiled wall, and they now are covered by a proper light switch cover rather than blue painter's tape! Yay!

And I also got Geoff to figure out how to and actually attach the dishwasher bottom cover thingy. And I cut two of the needed pieces for the toekick. Now I just need to attach them to the cupboards...

So progress, anyway. Perhaps the kitchen will even be finished before it needs repainting... Maybe. ;-)

Hum. Anything else? No, not really. I should go force Page into the shower. I should shower myself, too. And then get started on whatever I decide needs doing.

But... do I have to? ;-)
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I'm busy tiling (or will be when Geoff actually finishes the prep work). I really hope to have pictures to share this evening, but I'm not hopeful. Babe snuck half a bag of marshmallows this morning and is still hyped on it, which means he's seeking attention big time.

Oh. Joy.

I will probably be sending the boys out on errands VERY soon.

But still, Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

Happy Mother's Day, moms!

Happy Sunday to the rest of you!
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The kitchen island is DONE, BABY, <i>DONE</i> (except for the doors needing to go back on when the paint dries fully)!!! )

And the painting I've been working on for... however long it's been. Five weeks? Granted, it's only been worked on three hours a week.

Comox Sunset, Redux )

G lent me her tile saw today, so tomorrow, assuming it warms up enough to be outside, I shall start cutting tiles for the backsplash! The kitchen won't be done done when that's complete, but it'll be a good sight closer. Yay!
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It's hard not to scarf food down when it's so darn tasty. (Salmon, onions, garlic and blueberries again for lunch. Yuuummmm!)

Received a very cranky, threatening email from the condo association about toys in the neighborhood. Grr. It wasn't aimed solely at us (though we are guilty of leaving Babe's bike out front on a regular basis), but it makes me cranky all the same. I hate being threatened, and I hate the anonymous nature of the complainers (mostly from Mr. Grumpy Gus, probably). If you have a problem with a neighbor's yard or behavior, TALK TO THEM DIRECTLY! It's the polite thing to do. If they ignore you, then go to the association and complain.

Yes, we have been breaking the "rules", but, you know, perhaps, Mr. Grumpy Gus, you should have considered that this was a family friendly neighborhood before moving in. Kids are kids and they don't like you and you can't expect them to be quiet or even sensible.

So ner.


So that was a downer this morning (on top of a downer of a dream involving childhood antics turning deadly, and then the child, as a teenager, having to face the social consequences of their past mistakes). But then I read an article about meditation in prisons. In this country!

Very, very cool. I hope it catches on, as that is certainly one step toward making the "correctional facilities" actually correctional.

Also, my lettuce seeds have sprouted in my garden beds! They are minuscule at this point, but they are growing and happy and yay!

I worked hard this weekend, and have a fair amount to show for it. The kitchen baseboards are in and painted, the island paneling is installed and will be painted today and I also figured out a way to install the toe-kick of the cupboards including the dishwasher, without having to adjust the dishwasher's toe-kick. Magnets! Then the toe-kick can come out if/when the dishwasher needs repair or replacement without destroying the toe-kick!


And now I should go get changed so I can get started on today's tasks: mow lawn (first, to do before it rains), prime, caulk and paint woodwork, cut toe-kick and... laundry? games with Babe? Cooking? Yeah. Cooking.

(Last week, Babe didn't want to do something, and Geoff told him it was one of the things that he needed to do, like work. Everyone works. Babe replied, "Mom doesn't. All she does is do the computer and eat." Geoff disabused him of that notion, but that sure hurt, because it is true those take up the majority of my time, especially in the last month. It's not what I wanted to do, but... Having no energy sucks. Fortunately, since resuming meat consumption, my energy level has shot up to almost normal levels! Yay, being able to do stuff!)

Home pics

Jan. 17th, 2009 06:18 pm
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Okay, no kitchen pics at this moment first, because it really isn't finished yet. Although it wouldn't hurt to record what it looks like without the finishing touches (like the backsplash), but then I'd have to tidy up, which is the second reason there aren't any at the mo'.

But here's the rest of the pics you requested, Mum.

Lots of pictures )
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I am of two minds as to what to do today. Read more... )

To dos

Oct. 27th, 2008 11:02 am
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I woke up this morning with no idea what to do today. There's lots to do obviously, but, well, I've lost track of the list in my head, and so prioritization has gone out the window.

Fortunately, I was able to think of an "oh shit" item that managed to get me out of bed.

I need to start working on that very, very soon. But first I would like to get my head together and reform that list of other stuff.

Listsies )

Nice thing is that yesterday we got the entryway grouted, so that's pretty much done. Need to let it cure a bit more before we can walk on it, and therefore before we can reinstall the clost door, but it's better already.

It is getting there. It is. And to have a functional kitchen again (the fridge was moved back into its home on Friday, did I mention?) is wonderful. But it's still chaos. Just slightly controlled chaos.

But now I need to go start that "oh shit" project. And today I need to take advantage of the last day of warm weather to repot two plants. And tonight I need to make Babe's costume. And sometime before Friday I need to make quick false frames for the triptych pieces. And pick up and frame the photos. And also look through all my available photos for fillers in case the gal who agreed to share the gallery with me doesn't show.

And, and, and...

And hopefully this is just allergies and not another cold coming on.
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I have a finished corner! Okay, it's not quite finished, because I have to wait for the paint to dry thoroughly before I do the final clean-up/touch-up, but it's basically done!!!


Let me show you it! )

And I also have an almost finished wall. I need to do another coat of touch-ups, but all the main stuff is done!

Let me show you it! )

And the display cabinet is all painted up and, after a week or so, will be ready to finish!

Whee! )

And now I'm almost at a loss of what to do. There are tons more details to choose from, but I was so set upon finishing this bit, that I'm not sure what should be next. Probably I should go pick up my tiles, and then, maybe, pick up my smaller brushes and start doing other things I need to do.
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So, I know I've been nattering on and on about this paneling project of mine. Well, I just finished priming it and decided to show what I've been talking about.

It's not caulked or painted, but it's well on its way now. And I'm rather pleased.

Keep clicking on the pic for detail )

ETA: And oh my goodness! I am one coat of paint (and some touch-ups) away from completing two walls! Actually, it's more like five walls, because the display cabinet only needs one more coat, too! Whee!

And on a completely different note, I dreamt that McCain died the day before the election. I had no idea what was going to happen, but felt squiffy about all options.
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It's funny how accomplished I can feel after doing so little. For instance, yesterday I did two things - I finished assembling the paneling, leaving it ready for priming, and put the handles and knobs on all the cabinet drawers and doors. That's it. But, oh, how good it feels to have got those two things out of the way!

Today I will prime the paneling and then caulk everything that is ready for it. Hopefully I'll be able to do a bit more than just that, but if not, I will have accomplished something that I've been dreading for a long while now.

I hate caulking. But it's really essential to a nice finished look.

I'm waffling on the shelves now. I want to use them. I really want to use them. If I finish them and paint them up, I won't be able to use them for two weeks after the final coat of paint goes on, at the minimum. But they'll look butt ugly if I shim them up and caulk without painting them. And just plain unfinished as they are now.

I guess over the next couple of days, I'll find out how much we can stand the paint fumes without being able to open up the windows (but having the house fan going). That will decide whether the painting will wait till Spring or not.
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Sometimes I am so clever, I amuse myself.

I am almost done with the construction phase of the paneling, and I figured out a way to make the end trim work with the use of a simple dowel.

The paneling is far from perfect, as is everything else I've done so far, but I am very pleased with how it's turning out. It might not look professional if you look closely, but it'll be a nice custom touch that will make me smile, and might make others go "ooh!"


On the other side of things, here are a few of the photos I've managed to take outside of the house this fall.

Most of these look better full size, so please do click on the pics!

Lots of fall foil-age )
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Is that I don't want to get back to work.

I'm trying to organize my thoughts enough to figure out what needs to be done when, but...

More delays, a 'disaster' and some dithering for good measure. )

And since I downlaoded all my pictures onto this computer, sometime today I'll try to post some of the prettier ones. Perhaps some other in-prog pics will sneak in, but, well, we'll see.

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Ya know what I like? Green curry. How my display cabinet is turning out so far. Sitting down and relaxing.

Ya know what I don't like? Chaos. Delays. Sore throats.

Our dishwasher is back in the living room, almost dead center, because that's where there was room. Fortunately, it now has an intact heating element, so perhaps it'll work better when it's reinstalled. Which hopefully will be tomorrow, though it was supposed to be yesterday. Or the ninth. Or last Sunday.


It will be worth it, though. The color I chose for the fridge walls is like chocolate. It's rich and deep and comforting. And it looks fabulous with the island top and I'm almost positive will look fabulous with the counter tops.

I've also figured out how to tie the entire room together perfectly. It'll be a bit of fussy paint work, but it should do the trick. Whee!

Unfortunately, painting season is coming to a close. Thursday is pretty much the last day we (I) can paint because according to the forecast it'll be too chilly to keep the windows open after that. And since I'm not about to spend $60 a gallon on VOC-free paint, that means I'd better hurry up and finish.

Everything takes so much longer than expected, though. Everything.

But, I haven't lost hope of completing this kitchen yet.

Even if I do take Tuesday off to go galavanting with Geoff and look at all the pretty trees. It will be awesome to have a day away from the house. And then come home to a newly painted, no longer smelly, ready to move into its real home fridge.

And now I'm off to have a shower. I've been having a lot of those lately, for some reason.
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More of the same )

Geoff helped paint the stairwell and ceiling today. I can now call that task done, thank god. That would have taken me three days and two chiropractor visits had I done it by myself. With the two of us, it only took seven hours.

And now I'm going to go attempt to cook myself in the shower.



Oct. 10th, 2008 03:07 pm
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Well, Babe is officially sick. I took him into the doctor today because the cough he's had for two or three days took a turn for the worse, and, well, he doesn't have strep or bronchitis or anything (thank goodness!) but he does have an ear infection. So he is on his first ever dose of antibiotics, the poor kid.

I find it funny that although I could rationally come up with many causes for the cough (paint fumes being the main one, but a cold being very probable,too), and knew that it was probably going to be a wasted visit, I chose to take him in anyway. Instinct? Coincidence? Paranoia? *shrug* Who knows.

As heartless as it sounds, I'm actually kind of glad Babe is sick, because that means I have to slow down and care for him. And even though I need to do it for myself as well, it's nice to have him as an excuse. It takes the guilt away.

Though I still hope to get some cutting done today anyway. I would really like to get the trim on the display cabinet installed and the back of the island cabinets paneled up. But that will be after Babe wakes up from his nap. After all, he needs his sleep.


Oct. 9th, 2008 03:53 pm
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So, I put the first coat of the color on... Wow, is it dark! And it's going to dry darker. I have to keep reminding myself that the fridge is going to be covering at least half of the area painted. I like it, though. It's just rather shocking. Despite knowing that it was going to be dark.

However, the display cabinet is going to really shine in the middle of all that darkness. And the color (a mix between dark brown and maroon) goes very nicely with the living room's butter yellow.

And, if it turns out I don't like it in the long run, I can always paint it over again. :-)


Oct. 7th, 2008 09:35 pm
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