They still have a little trim to add, and of course all the yellow will become green like the rest of the house. Covering the pillars with tapered columns and stone bases is my job, so that may take a little while. It's on my list!
It isn't like nothing got done for the last few weeks... we got:
Beautiful natural red oak, three inches wide. Narrow oak hardwood flooring is what you found in old houses and bungalows, and since I'm trying to prematurely age mine, I had to have it.
Tile will go in the empty square, as a base for the woodstove. There will also be some cool retro tile in the bathroom and laundry, and a material called Marmoleum in the kitchen and dining nook. This is basically old fashioned linoleum. Not that cheesy vinyl we all lived with in the 70s and 80s; real linoleum, made entirely of natural materials, right down to the jute backing. It's said of Marmoleum that it came from the earth and can go right back there when you're done with it. Hopefully that won't be in my lifetime.
The swirly stuff is the Marmoleum. I chose a light oak color to kind of go with the wood, and the dining room will have a little red trim.
CabinetsKitchen and bathroom cabinets are my responsibility, so I've been working on them in the new shop. The base cabinet boxes are the first things that need to be installed, so I did those first. I'll build doors, drawers, and wall cabinets next.
|Taking up a lot of room in the shop|
The bathroom gets a little vanity built low, to accommodate a "vessel" sink:
Some cool porch lights
two sizes, so the ones for the shop are just a little smaller than the ones for the house, which scales well with the buildings.
An attic ladder
And a little awning for the shop door.
Clashes a bit with the green paint, but it will come in handy in the rain.
Staining interior doors also became my job when I decided I wanted varnished oak doors instead of plain painted ones. I rigged up a rotating jig in the shop so I can work on both sides at once.
There are fourteen doors! What was I thinking??
I'm using a combination of shellac and gel stain to get a kind of two-tone "old door" look.
A new coffee roaster!
My old roaster was dying, so I decided to treat myself to a new one. This one is much more civilized than the last one, which was basically a hot-air popcorn popper. The old one served me well for many years, but this one is much more controlled and can roast up to a pound at a time.
Speaking of pounds, it came with eight pounds of green coffee for me to play with!
A couple of the kids came out one weekend for some target practice against the dirt pile, and Ace spent one night teaching me how to lose money at blackjack. Beans and weenies for dinner.
|Future Horse Arena|
It's going on eight months since we broke ground for this project, and it's teaching me patience and perseverance. I'm learning patience from these guys, who seem to travel enormous distances, a little bit at a time.
And for a lesson in perseverance and determination I was presented with this little bouquet growing right out of the solid rock. It caught my eye as I was driving about half a mile from my place, and had to stop for a closer look.
So life is good in Sábado. Molly and I take our walks down to the mailbox every day at sundown, and if the weather is nice, I toast the sunset with a glass of what my friend John calls "warm flat English beer."