Countertops… check!

We are counting down to the finish. The laminate was put in today and goes beautifully with the cabinets. It is from WilsonArt , they call it Terra Roca and it looks like picture jasper. Bob, the laminate guy, says this is the first color combo in years that he’s been excited about seeing when it is done. His advice was pick something you like and then go a shade or two lighter.

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Heeeere’s Drywall!

The drywall, or sheetrock as Kevin calls it, is up but has not been inspected yet so we won’t get any tape or mud on it until Monday. What is the difference between sheetrock and drywall, you ask? see below…

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Here is what Wikipedia says about drywall:
Drywall (also known as plasterboard, wallboard or gypsum board) is a panel made of gypsum plaster pressed between two thick sheets of paper. It is used to make interior walls and ceilings. It is also an excellent quick DIY repair tool. Drywall construction became prevalent as a speedier alternative to traditional lath and plaster. In many places, the common term is a genericized trademark such as gib, sheetrock, or gyproc.


Kitchen update!

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Scott passed his electrical inspection with flying colors, which means we have moved on to insulation. Tomorrow will be sheet rock day, then floor and paint, then next Monday … cabinets!  It has been interesting “camping out” in our own house. We have the studio kitchen downstairs so the only thing we are really missing is our living room. I don’t know whether it was the dust or a seasonal thing but I was sick all last week but thankfully back to normal today. I’ll put up pictures of drywall tomorrow!


Kitchen update: Wednesday

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The floor underlayment is in, ceiling drywall is in, plumbing is roughed in and has passed inspection. Scott’s cigar lounge is full of cabinets and the living room is stuffed with everything that belongs in the kitchen. The job is going quickly and I think we are good as long as Scott has his lounge back by the time the rain starts. Read the rest of this entry »


As promised… the kitchen remodel

Well, right in the middle of losing and finding Gracie and simultaneously exhibiting Chinook at the Wooden Boat Festival, we began the kitchen project. It is the last room in the house to tackle and we put it off for a very long time.    I love the way we always learn more about the house and find things in the walls. When we remodeled the bathroom we found a 1944 newspaper and this time we found more newspaper, a few bottles, marbles, stamp pads, and some fossilized mouse poop. I assume it is litter but keep wondering if builders placed stuff into walls before closing them up on purpose like a time capsule, or like putting your initials and the date into freshly poured concrete. Else how do things like the marbles get in there, did a builder bring his kids along one day and they lost a couple? Read the rest of this entry »


Lost: last night was Gracie’s fourth night out

No new sightings yesterday, sigh. I did get two calls with tips and some good suggestions from FB. A woman said to check the For Sale listings on Craigslist. I have G listed in the Lost/Found and the Pet categories but she said her two Belgian Malinois disappeared and then turned up for sale on Craigslist, luckily a friend noticed and called her. She said she went with an animal control officer and a microchip reader and got them back. Then Joe sent this idea:

First map out a series of spokes radiating from the house to the south and west.  Load Robbie up with water and drive out to the far end of a spoke. Walk Robbie home, pissing all the way. That way the strength of the scent shows the way home.  Repeat for the other spokes. 

So, that is what I will be doing today, taking Joe’s more systematic approach.

Thank you Katie & Erika for posting more flyers for me!  If any of you would like to print some I added a link to the flyer as a button in the nav bar or in Pages in the sidebar, or here. I don’t know what area she’ll turn up in next so more is better. I am checking all the links in the previous post several times a day to see if there have been any new sightings or ideas. If you would like to help with this, please check Petfinder, PetHarbor or any other shelter any time you have a chance.

One benefit of all this driving around is that it reassures me that she isn’t lying hurt or dead by the side of any of the roads I’ve been on. I am keeping my attitude optimistic and I still keep visualizing that she’ll either be waiting on the porch when I get home or that someone will call and say she is hiding under their deck and would I please come and collect her.

As if having Scott out of town and Gracie lost wasn’t enough, today is kitchen demolition. It has been scheduled so long that I can’t put it off again, besides I have no room to store the cabinets when they arrive on Monday. I moved everything from the cabinets and drawers into the living room last night and early this morning and now that Kevin is working, I can get back to the hunt.  Hmm, I looked for an emoticon (a smiley icon) of someone tearing their hair out but I can’t find one. You would think there would be one.

I found this gem while going through all the pictures I have of her. She’s such a nut!

Gracie loves camping


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