.....and other random stuff......

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Into Each Life A Little Rain Must Fall

....and then there's total failure.......

So, things here in remodel land have been going along swimmingly....until they weren't! LOL

Husband was plowing through tasks left and right. We got the oven/microwave into it's cabinet....I helped (it was HEAVY!) It went quite well........

Then it was time for the tile to go up on the wall behind the cooktop. No big deal. Husband is a pro at tiling by now......except maybe not......

We chose marble tile, a natural material. We knew that it being a natural material there would be differences in the coloring/striations. We KNEW that in such situations you are supposed to open ALL the boxes and mix them up so you don't see one 'block' of tiles looking too much alike and then blam another 'block' that look different. Except in our excitement to get it up on the wall and see it we.....forgot that step.......

Sooooooo halfway up the wall we stood back to admire our handiwork, and open the next box of tiles aaaaaand.......EEEEEEEEKKKKKK.......they were all mostly WHITE! Up to that point what was already on the wall was.....all grey!

OH CRAP! Now what??

Well, we could pry off some of them here and there and fill in with the 'white' ones.....maybe???

Long story short...... Husband pried off ALL of the tiles he had already installed (except the ones he cut to fit around the outlets) scraped the thinset from the wall and off the backs of EVERY SINGLE TILE.......he was NOT a happy camper.
The next morning we laid out two shipping blankets, opened ALL the boxes of tiles and laid them out in a cohesive design that we liked.
I think it's going very well.......second time's the charm!

Lesson learned: Open ALL the boxes BEFORE you start your tile installation!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Here's How You Do It

How do you and your wimpy wife lift a 250 lb. oven/microwave up and into the cabinet without causing all sorts of damage/pain and possible divorce proceedings?????
You 'bunk' it, that's how!!!!!

Sometimes Husband's ideas are a bit.......questionable.....but in this case he was downright BRILLIANT!

I had never heard of this procedure but it really was pretty easy, if not time consuming.

First you measure how high you need the bunk to be, multiple times just to make sure your math is correct.......then you cut as many 2x4's as it takes to reach that height making sure they are long enough to support the oven. Then you get wifey to help by stacking the boards underneath the oven as you hold it up.

So.....picture Husband lifting one side, as I slip a 2x4 under that side. Then we switch to the other side and repeat. When we've gotten two 2x4's stacked Husband screws them together for stability. Then we repeat the process for each side....lift, slide, screw....lift, slide, screw.....alternating the direction of the boards for steadiness until it's just the right height....except it's not because....well, let's just say SOMEONE mentioned that the weight of the oven was compressing the 2x4's and the math might not be exact.....not naming names here....
So......we have to 'unstack' the last four rows to get it down to where SOMEONE had slipped in  unauthorized pieces of wood......un-screw, un-slide, lower......un-screw, un-slide, lower.....and then reverse the process AGAIN using the CORRECT pieces of wood...........lift, slide, screw....lift, slide, screw!

We finally got it to the right height and were able to slide the oven into the waiting cabinet. It was perfect! It all lined up and worked just like Husband said it would.

And I apologized for doubting his math.........


Thursday, November 8, 2018


We had to buy new pots and pans.....for the induction cooktop. I thought at least some of my old set would work....ummmm....apparently not.....lol.
I didn't want to spend a fortune. These looked like a good set. Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 13-Piece Cookware Set....I had a coupon so I got 20% off! They have a nice weight to them and the handles are very sturdy. I haven't used them yet but my old ones were stainless too so I don't anticipate much difference other than getting used to induction cooking.
Right now they're on the table we're using in the living room.....sort of like showing off wedding presents....I like to sit and admire them! LOL 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

I Am Over the Moon!

The countertops were delivered/installed last Thursday.......
The owner came to supervise. 
He said in eighteen years in business this was the largest slab they have ever installed! It's ten feet long by four feet wide and weighs over 800 lbs!  
It's the perfect place for a buffet for a large gathering. Too bad I'm anti-social! LOL 

This is where the cooktop will be. I might even enjoy cooking again now that I have some space to spread out!    

Now I have to decide on and order bar stools....... 

The sink is so big you could do laps in it! LOL
....and the plumbing is a work of art! 
This is becoming my favorite kitchen EVER!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Funny Monday

(these next few Funny Mondays were pre-scheduled....and I thought they were worth sharing...)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

……The Rest of the Story

Here are the last of the Inktober renderings, #21 through #31.
#21 drain (self explanatory)

#22 expensive...a diamond encrusted fountain pen.....

#23 muddy....the squiggles are supposed to be the mud! don't judge! lol

#24 chop......made me think of Lambchop, the puppet from my youth...and then to 'fix' my drawing I added the 'chopper' accoutrement.....

#25 prickly...couldn't decide between a prickly pear or a hedgehog so I did both.

#26 stretch....uninspired, but done is better than perfect.

#27 thunder......

#28 gift....another uninspired one but I stand by done being better than perfect! 

#29 double.....double stuf oreos.

#30 jolt.....Frankenstein's younger brother, Jesse....because of the bolts....oh, never mind....

#31 slice.....FINISHED!!! 
YAY I did it! 

I think I enjoyed this challenge…..for the most part, lol. I didn’t realize how much I missed the tactile feeling of drawing ‘for real’ as it were. I enjoyed the scritchy scratch of the pen on the paper, making mistakes you can’t erase so you have to figure a way to incorporate them into the finished piece (unless you cheat and finish them in Photoshop…..but that has its issues/limitations too….) The hardest part was trying to figure out what to draw, even with the prompts. Originality isn’t always an option.

Having said all that….. will I do it again next year? Probably, depending on my mood.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

OMG…I’m Even Boring Myself!

I don’t know about you guys, but for some time now I find my posts are getting…..shall we say, less than scintillating. I thought by using the cartoons as ‘fillers’ so to speak, it would give me time to come up with more interesting posts for the other days. Apparently, I was wrong……insert sad face here……

I’ve been thinking about this for a while. Should I just call it a day? Retire the blog? It has been over eight years…..that’s about seven and a half years longer than I expected! LOL

But I don’t think I want to end it altogether. I like having a place to come to and connect with you! And yes, let’s face it, I like ‘showing off’ the things I make and write!

So I’m thinking I’m going to end the cartoons and go back to why I started this space to begin with. Sharing my art and telling stories.

BUT…..I’m going to give myself a break and not post every day. I’m still working on which days or even if it will be set days. And I think I will also do some ‘re-runs’ of previous posts…..maybe…….possibly…….I’m still ruminating on all this and trying to work out in my head what I really want to do……

So, forgive any bumps in the road as I go forward from here. I’ll try my best to get it right!

Friday, October 26, 2018


Prickly was the prompt for yesterday. I couldn’t decide between prickly pear or hedgehog so I did both!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Thoughts on a Thursday

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Inktober #15 Through #20

#15 Weak

#16 Angular
(yes, the reference photo really was that wonky!)

#17 Swollen
(Gout....Husband's toe, a long time ago.)

#18 Bottle
(Husband bought me a new water bottle. I refill it and reuse it so I don't feel so guilty about trashing the planet. The last one was over five years old!! )

#19 Scorched
(self explanatory.)

#20 Breakable
(I break soooo many pencils points!!!)

Friday, October 19, 2018

I Bit the Bullet

.....ordered the appliances......and went into debt!

But we now have lovely new stainless steel appliances! They didn't have the induction cooktop in stock so we have to wait for that. And I didn't take a picture of the dishwasher because it's still in the box and I didn't think a picture of a box would interest you.

You'll get to see it all once the kitchen is complete (more or less....lol) pretty soon!

I didn't even wait to peel off the protective film I was so excited to show you! 
(or for Husband to put the handles on the fridge! LOL)

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thoughts on a Thursday

Why do doctors leave the room when you change? They're going to see you without your clothes on anyway. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Inktober 2018 #6 Through #13

#6 drooling

#7 exhausted

#8 star

#9 precious 
(couldn't think of anything for precious so I did Oc-TOE-ber instead)

#10 flowing (liquid soap flows!)

#11 cruel 
(she thought it was cruel she didn't have straight hair like her sisters) 

#12 whale

#13 guarded (he's my guard dog) 

At least I'm keeping up! (more or less....)

Friday, October 12, 2018

Before....and Almost After

My 'art corner' is gone.......

 ......but the new pantry is going to be AWESOME! 
(I had no idea the kitchen reno was going to necessitate a studio remodel.....someday.....later......much later! LOL)