Thursday, June 30, 2011
So, pasta it is. Pre-made noodles. Pre-made sauce. I was so tired that I didn't even heat the sauce. I let the hot noddles do that. (It was a trick I learned in college. The hot noodles heat up the sauce, but then quickly became cool enough to eat.) But how boring is pasta and sauce? I added a bit of goat's cheese, but still.
And then I remembered our lovely herb garden!
I can at least spice up the dish by adding fresh basil, oregano, and Italian parsley! It adds a bit more flavor and definitely more color, thereby making a boring meal more semi-exciting! Plus, it just makes me chuckle to go out to the Herb Garden: I think of Eddie Izzard....
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Only in our garden, we aren't sure what kind of squash/zucchini/pumpkin/watermelon/gourd we are growing. We have a tendency to do this: plant stuff, forget to put the name of the plant or variety of tomato on a marker of some sort by the plant, and then wonder what in the world we are eating. Was this the Better Boy tomato? or the Big Beef? It really is an issue when you have large gourds on the vines. Since we aren't really sure what it is, we aren't really sure when to pick it. Is this a cucumber? a zucchini? In which case, it is now too large to pick and have it taste the best. But what if it is an odd shaped watermelon or a pumpkin waiting to turn bright orange? But, do pumpkins turn bright orange? Or do they start off already that color?
The level of amateur gardening is really astounding when you consider how many things we are really trying to grow. Can you identify what that is? If you can, you are a better gardener than I.
Monday, June 27, 2011
I love this violet with the streaks of purple in the pink petals. This one has not blossomed in a year, so it is nice to see these again.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
|The C&O Canal Locks, or what is left of them.|
|Mile O of the C&O Canal. Reminds me of when my sister and her friends attempted to hike the trial... not getting anywhere close to this marker.|
|The Kennedy Center from the Potomac|
|Music and Harvest|
|Walking along the path and river|
|Bronze statues from Italy|
|Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial|
|taking a break by Memorial Bridge|
|side of Lincoln with Kentucky listed|
|U.S. Institute of Peace|
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
The laundry room is completed! The dryer was delivered and installed today and Will fixed the doorway. There is no longer a chunk missing out of the frame and wall. We are totally amazed at the transformation of the space. Two weeks of long weekends and week nights, plus having to rebuild a wall unexpectedly, was all that it took.
As Will remarked, "I feel like I can come down here in my bare feet and not catch something." I couldn't agree with him more. I actually want to do laundry now. The new set up is nice and easy: transferring from washer to dryer is more like twisting.
The stairs are what Will thinks is the most radically transformed. The nasty, mildewed, cat pee soaked carpet was removed. We painted and added carpet tiles on the treads. They have slight pattern to them and were so easily installed!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
They look great-- bright, clear, and easily opened and closed. 10 windows in and only 36 more to go....
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Stirling had a rough day today. She went into the vet to have a growth (or as Will calls it, a "butt wart") removed and her teeth cleaned. Her teeth were pretty nasty with lots of tarter build-up. But no more! That has been removed, much like the fur on her right hip. The growth is gone, off to be biopsied. She has about 10 stitches in her side, which are to be removed July 1st. She seems to be doing okay-- lots of rolling on the ground to scratch. Apparently anesthesia also makes dogs itchy.
Monday, June 20, 2011
The paint is drying, the trim is still wet, the stair well is tacky to touch, and some of the vinyl tiles are laid. Here is a semi-reveal of the laundry room.
|no more baby blue paint|
|ready to wash-- just need the dryer|
|new floor vs old nasty concrete floor with years of nasty carpet glue|
|#2 coat of paint|
|new floors done and done!|
We still have to lay the carpet tiles down on the stair treads and do some minor paint touch-ups. And paint and rehang the doors. Oh, and get the new dryer installed (on Thursday!) to then repair the chunk taken out of the doorway. Plus, clean up the tenant's unit since we used that as a thoroughfare when the stairs were wet with paint. *sigh* That sounds like a lot more than it is, but the main thing is that the laundry room, hallway, and stairwell of doom are now bright and pretty and clean. I want to hang art on the walls and show everyone the renovation! I want to do laundry now--maybe even iron!-- in the fresh space. Yea!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
The threat of rain, and even a minor rain delay, didn't stop the showing of "The Princess Bride."
The great thing about having a foreign friend who didn't grow up with American iconic movies: we get to show these movies as outdoor films! The neighbors joined for a little bit, but I think that they were scared of the ROUSes.
|The Italian with B with the screen|
|those are some good looking burgers!|
Saturday, June 18, 2011
The Windows were delivered on Friday. All 44 of them. We have windows leaning against a wall in every room of the house-- I wish I was exaggerating. They are as tall as me--close to 6 feet!-- and we have a lot of them. Here are just the ones in the dining room, resting there until next Tuesday when the installation will begin. It is very exciting to have these in the house. Soon, they will be *in* the house, and that will make the entire summer perfect.