Thursday, January 28, 2010

I just got the best new, dishrack?

Ok, I never thought I would say this, but our new dishrack is awesome. During the coldsnap our dishwashers was frozen and I was doing lots of dishes by hand. Our dish rack was pitifully small and drained all over the counter. I tracked down a great one at William-Sonoma. It is big, tall, and has an adjustable drain spout. No more wet counters.
See, tons of room.

Monday, January 25, 2010

A Few Updates

Other than some planning, we haven't done much around the house lately. It has been kind of nice just living there without any on-going projects. That being said, here is the list for the upcoming year in no particular order:
1. Turn the furnace room into a true half bath
2. Replace the tile/stairs in the entryway
3. Finish epoxy-coating the garage floor
4. Finish organizing the garage
5. Build a raised garden
6. Build breakfast bar for kitchen
6. Continue concrete projects: tulip table for patio, countertop for kitchen ledge, patio lights, planter for bathroom
See we did have lots of snow.

All the snow has melted except for a little from this pile.
Careful kids, these can kill.
Spring is around the corner. Sam's bonsai has new growth.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Warmer Weather

Well we made it through the cold snap the past couple weeks with only a few small leaks. I thought the dishwasher was toast after it froze and the heater turned it into an oven. Luckily with some warmer weather it just turned back on, good because I didn't want to buy a new one. We ran on solid ground last weekend which was a nice change after a month or so running on snow.
With the warmer weather I have started thinking about the garden. It isn't that far off. I am planning on building a series of raised beds to help access everything. I got the itch and yesterday ordered some seeds. Right now it looks like we will have tomatoes (heirlooms and romas), sweet peppers, hot peppers (jalapeno, chili, and kung pow), broccoli, couple types of lettuce, spinach, radish, and couple types of bush beans. I also ordered some sunflowers for the other beds. The herb garden is getting moved from next to the house up along the back wall.
Warmer wishes.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Frozen Pipes

Cold weather and this Revere Home don't mix. Our shower froze last year. Last weekend we froze everything. On Friday the main line into the house froze, it is even inside. So I spent the day insulating that. Then on Saturday the shower, dishwater, and kitchen sink lines froze. Actually everything under the sink froze including the dish soap and olive oil. So we thawed out everything, but I had to cut some drywall to get at the freeze. Thank goodness we didn't split any pipes, yet.
Anyway, this is a more relaxing picture than the next. Yep, the best way to inspect your tiling job is from the backside. Luckily this is in a closet so I can install an access panel without too much trouble. See that little blue cold water line run on the outside of the house, it's the problem.
This is why the tub freezes up, nothing below! While a very cool design feature, very hard to properly insulate. I did my best, but next summer this section gets redone.
Onto something else. Last weekend I did some mid-century cooking. At Christmas I picked up my grandmother's old rotisserie. It got rubbed in orange zest, garlic, and Italian spices. This was pretty much all afternoon, Portland was mesmerized.
Golden brown and delicious.
Sam packed up the Christmas stuff and managed to get the little tree skirt on Portland, so he had to go outside. I think he looks quite regal.