Aug 23, 2013
My intention was to wire it into the ceiling and be done with it. Not so easy! The ceiling was wired for a fan/light combo and when I reached up to look at the wires, I got a nasty zap. The porchlight stopped working at that point also. (I'm not stupid, the electricity was off, something was seriously wrong.) Well, its been a year, and my father's friend, an electrician, came out to look at the problem. After four hours of back and forth with the wires (kitchen on, porch off, porch on, kitchen off, et cetera), the problem was finally resolved and the fixture installed.
Aug 9, 2013
So far, this has been a quiet spring. Winter was dry, little snow at the house and not much up in the mountains. Everyone in town has an underlying tension about the possibility of flood, but the plants and animals continue on as always. The sycamores and cottonwoods are greening up, the fruit trees are blooming (the first time all have bloomed). The weeds are sprouting and the lizards are out basking. I caught the first grasshopper of the year - a very nice specimen. My skills at keying out insects are rather poor, but I think this is a Red Shanked Grasshopper (Xanthippus corallipes). According to my grasshopper books, these guys winter over as immature adults and are common in the spring.
This hopper was not happy with my attempts to open its wings and pose its legs at the same time. It is difficult to tell from the photo, but this fellow is very colorful. The hind legs are a nice bright orange (easily seen), but the top of its abdomen and head are a rich marine blue (not so easily seen). I know not many people like grasshoppers, but they are wonderful.
Jul 27, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
The cabin is small (if you've been following the blog, you know this), and counter space is at a premium. I have a rolling cart with a butcher block top in IL and use it constantly. One day, the idea to make a similar cart with a marble top popped into my head. The result is shown at left - pretty simple, but very useful.
The toughest part was painting all parts of the shutters. Note to all, spray paint is the way to go! I sprayed the primer, but brushed on the final coats of blue. It was time consuming and looks sloppy, but the shutters are down at knee level, so I'm fine with the result.