Weekly Review

Weekly Review

I’m back at it again!  I am finished the main part of the field in “Doom”.  I’m about one quarter done.

I had the opportunity to hook on it during Beth Miller’s Parris House Thursday Zoom Hook-in yesterday. If you’re interested in joining the hook-in and are on Facebook, do a Facebook search for the group and ask to join.  Beth is very encouraging and always looking for new members.

This week, after returning home from the bicycle trip, was rest and relaxation time. We were able to put the house mostly in order again.

I ordered more greeting cards for the shop – some old designs and some new ones. I am also ordering from a Canadian company this time. I’m hoping they turn out okay. They should arrive in early October. When they do, I’ll write a blog post featuring them.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Having a wonderful time…

Having a wonderful time…

Company arrived Saturday and we’ve been having a blast!  A couple of us drove the sag wagon while the rest bicycled to Chester, Nova Scotia from Halifax. Yes. It was 77.2 km. They were an pretty tired crew when they rode up to the Mecklenburgh Inn, where we were staying. But happy too.  They had a good day on the trail.

And I had a good day with the other sag wagon person.  We drove the slow route to Chester, stopping to visit his old family haunts and some antique stores and book stores. We arrived in Chester about 1 1/2 hours before the cyclists. Enough time to read a book and nap.

We went to The Rope Loft for supper.  It’s a good restaurant on the waterfront with a fascinating history. The original building is over 200 years old.  Our travelling companions were comparing the structure to their almost 200 year old farmhouse.  It was a good meal with healthy portions.

After walking back to the Mecklenburgh, we played a difficult game of Scrabble.  It took an hour. We all had to help each other.  And no one scored over 200!

For those who have never been to the Mecklenburgh, it’s floors are peppered with primitive hand hooked rugs.  Absolutely gorgeous!  Here’s a sampler…

Today we complete the ride and head home.

If you have been, thank-you for reading.  Have a great week!

Lovin’ My New Kitchen!

Lovin’ My New Kitchen!

Hi everyone!  No rug hooking this week…I’ve been making up for lost time in my new kitchen!  What have I been making?

  • cooking red kidney beans from dried,
  • cooking chickpeas from dried,
  • cooking black beans from dried,
  • baking johnnycake (aka cornbread),
  • baking 2 loaves of French bread,
  • baking a triple batch of whole wheat dinner rolls,
  • making a triple batch of whole wheat tortillas,
  • baking granola,
  • baking granola bars,
  • making Nanaimo bars, and
  • making Raw Energy Balls.

I am attempting to provide healthy snacks for Hubby for his bicycle rides. Though, I admit, the Nanaimo bars are just because they’re his favourite.  I used the recipe on the City of Nanaimo website .

My treat for you is my Raw Energy Ball recipe.  There are many versions of this floating around the Internet.  This is the version we use.

Raw Energy Balls

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground cardamon (optional)
  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter
  • unsweetened shredded coconut

Grind almonds until finely ground to meal in a food processor.  Add everything BUT the coconut.  Process until just smooth enough to shape, but not runny.  Squeeze into 1” diameter balls.  Roll in coconut.  Let sit in fridge to cool and firm up before serving.

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As you can tell, it has been a busy week in the kitchen. This weekend we have company arriving. I may or may not post on Monday. Lots happening!

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Running Late…

Running Late…

Good morning everyone!  This past weekend was busy. The kitchen is mostly done. We have two stubborn parts to it. We want to replace the light fixture over the dining area and stain the wood threshold between the living room and kitchen. The light fixtures we pick are all out of stock, and we are having difficulty matching the stain for the threshold with the existing wood floor. We are waiting for more lighting to come into our area locally, and visiting a local hardware store to talk to their experienced paint staff about stain.

Despite all that, everything has been moved back into the kitchen as of yesterday, and I found a taker for my old stainless steel pots and pans. Yesterday I spent cooking in my new kitchen. It was nice!

In rug hooking, I have not pulled a loop these past few days.  However, I can at least get to my work now!  So work will continue on “Each Step Spells Doom”.

Friday Hubby and I went on a road trip to Amherst to meet up with some visiting relatives. We had a great time walking the town!  We ended up at Dayle’s Grand Market and meeting the owner of Maritime Mosaic, Karen McKinnon. We were greatly impressed by the variety of goods in her shop, and the quality.  A few rug hookers are represented. I highly recommend people stop in on their way through or to Amherst, Nova Scotia.

This week’s plan is to catch up on kitchen activities and start hooking again.  I hope to spend a few hours hooking on “Doom”.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great week everyone!

 

Weekly Review

Weekly Review

Hi everyone!  My kitchen is 95% done!  We need to take the new dining area light fixture back and exchange it for a different one. It was too big and the wrong configuration.

Hubby is fixing some drywall the electricians wrecked.  To be fair to the electricians, they didn’t know there was a double stud right where they needed to move some wires.

We have a couple of screw caps to install.  The IKEA kitchen did not come with enough of them.

We want to buy one more IKEA freestanding kitchen “island” to back up to the wall, next to the first one, to hold dishes and cutlery.  The first one holds the microwave.

Last night I cooked our first meal on the new stove with our new cookware. It was nice. We started moving food and equipment back up. We’re by no means done, but we’re not in a hurry.

The kitchen installer is back Saturday morning to check and make sure everything is done, and to be paid. One of our daughters and her husband are coming Saturday afternoon to help us move everything back into the kitchen.

There are a few points to make about this kitchen.  It will double as a dye kitchen, which majorly affected design and finishes.

  • There is no microwave over the stove, so I can dip dye without banging my knuckles against it.
  • There is a preformed laminate countertop to handle all the excess water involved in dyeing.
  • It is a blotchy granite look laminate, instead of stone, because that resists and hides stains better.
  • The sink is 8” deep and the faucet high, to accommodate big dye pots.
  • We went with a high grade, highly cushioned, sheet linoleum floor to handle any spilled water and to provide comfort for prolonged standing.
  • It is very well lit with LED lights, so I can accurately see colours.

We are very thankful for the help we had in this kitchen renovation.  There are some generous tradespeople out there (as well as some not so generous!).  We appreciate the generous ones more than they know.

Thank-you to everyone!

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Monday Meanderings

Monday Meanderings

It’s a holiday weekend here and the kitchen renovation is humming along  We’re taking advantage of the absence of outside workers to fix some of their mistakes, repair damage, install lighting, and general clean up and prep for the range hood installation.  I made a list of what’s left to do and it’s very short.  However it’s a holiday Monday and the home building and electrical supply stores aren’t open.  We’ll head out tomorrow and look for supplies.

In rug hooking, I started another piece Friday. I think it will be my last in the poetry series. It is a piece about how humankind’s activities have negatively impacted the Earth. It is a response to my youngest daughter’s poem “Each Step Spells Doom” – a very angsty teenage poem about the state of the earth – a bit of a depressing piece actually.

In fact, so much so it might morph into a slightly different design than what’s on backing.  And I might just not add the poem with this one. Normally they are on the label in this series.  We shall see.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great week everyone!

 

 

The Weave

The Weave

This week I settled down and finally finished hooking “The Weave”. It is one of my children’s poetry series. I have two more of that series to hook and then I’m done!  I am actually reconsidering the remaining two pieces. I’m not sure one of them can be hooked. The design is too detailed for the medium of rug hooking.

In kitchen news…the plumber came and installed the sink, taps and dishwasher. He also fixed our hot water line problem.  Apparently there was a valve issue affecting the hot water flow.

Today the electricians come to install the lights and pull out the wire for the range hood. They may have to extend the wire for the range hood.  We’ll see.

I’m still waiting for the range hood to be installed. We won’t get a quote for that until Tuesday. We were going to have the kitchen installer do it, but the part we need to go through the wall isn’t available in local stores. The electrician who was here said it normally comes with the range hood. It didn’t. I hear the HVAC guys have it though. So, if they can provide it in a reasonable time frame at a reasonable price, the job is theirs.

I am looking forward to getting my kitchen back.  Almost there!  It might be time to start moving items back in there. Maybe this weekend.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Be safe and have a great Labour Day weekend everyone!

Finishing Up

Finishing Up

Hello everyone!  Our kitchen installer is done for now. He’s gone to build his own cottage for a couple of weeks.

We are working on finishing up a few odds and ends. Hubby will be doing the bulk of the work. Plus hiring a plumber and electrician. Right now, while the flooring, cabinets, and countertops are in, our kitchen is basically unusable.  The range hood is not hooked up, the under cabinet  lights are not in and there is no running water. The job quality is very good…just not finished.  I don’t have time to wait until the installer gets back.  I have other projects on the go this fall, and a vacation of my own to take. Though that might go out the window fast.  So this week’s focus is still the kitchen!

If you have been, thanks for reading. At some point here I’ll return to rug hooking.  I’m looking forward to it!

Weekly Review – renovations

Weekly Review – renovations

Kitchen renovation update:  The flooring is in, the wrong dishwasher was returned, and the new one arrived. I sold the old kitchen cabinets. I gave the dishwasher to our kitchen installer and we recycled our old broken microwave.  I also sold the old stove – the last of the old kitchen.  Installer measured new cabinets to be sure there was room for everything in the kitchen.  There is.  Fridge might be a tad small.  We’ll see.

Turns out the guy who laid our flooring has a construction company.  They renovate bathrooms.  We need a shower in our basement bath.  That will mean digging up the floor for new plumbing, removing the ceiling and walls to rerun electrical wires and enlarge the bathroom.  We have tentatively decided to spring for it…depending on the quote

The contractor and plumber are available, but a quality shower stall is not.  We would have a shower stall professionally tiled. We want the bath done by the end of the first week of October. Company arrives soon after.

If we go ahead with the bathroom renovation, next week Hubby and I will be on the road buying supplies for the job.  We’ll leave the contractor to deal with caulk and grout.  He seems to know what kind he wants.

In rug hooking, nothing has happened.  I’m definitely taking an extended break to get these renovations done in time.  As soon as the kitchen is finished we have to put stuff back in it.  Then we have to clear stuff out of the way in the basement, so the contractor can knock a hole in the wall of my studio to enlarge the bathroom to make room for a vanity.  I think we’ll be busy!

If you have been, thanks for reading.  Hopefully by Monday evening my kitchen will be finished and I can post some after photos for you to see.

 

 

Looking good!

Looking good!

Good morning everyone!  It’s been a busy weekend in the renovation. Saturday the kitchen came out. We still have the stove for sale. The people who bought the old kitchen are coming to pick it up tomorrow. Hubby has filled holes and primed the kitchen walls.  He’s applying the finish coat right now.  The flooring guy comes tomorrow.

One fly in the ointment.  We have the wrong colour stainless steel dishwasher. Apparently there’s regular stainless steel and black stainless steel. I did not know.  So I have to phone IKEA and make arrangements for the right one to be delivered…hopefully by the end of the week.

In other activity, Hubby and I took last evening off and went to visit the Halifax Public Gardens  The dahlias were in bloom and it was just beautiful!

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Also, my peach jam decided to gel after all! Maybe today I’ll fix the labels on the jars from “syrup “ to “jam”.

If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a great week everyone!