It’s the day after the debate and extremely hot outside. I’m stuck inside and enjoying my home. Outside the window I see an aloe bloom. It’s quite nice, yellow on the bottom and gradually becoming orange on top. I watch a humming bird. It’s bringing me a little joy, a little hope, we will get through this.
Our son Jed is always bringing us street treasures when he visits from LA. Last weekend he brought down an old tea cart. It was missing wheels and the glass top, oh what to do? Let’s make corbels!! We wanted to put something in the corners of the pergola, with a little imagination, the corners of the tea cart worked perfectly.
When we were on pretty strict lockdown, we seemed to have a lot of extra time on our hands. Why not bake homemade bread? I hadn’t made bread for many years but it sounded like a good idea. It was tough finding supplies, my idea wasn’t a novel one, I guess many others were thinking the same thing. However, once I made the first loaves, I knew it would be something hard to quit doing.
Let’s build a boat!
A couple of year ago, our neighbors, the Johnsons, gave Doug a canoe kit. It was something he had always wanted to do and so began the project. My 90 year old mom was thrilled and when she came to visit would beg to help build it. It’s a cedar strip 16 foot canoe. It sat for a couple of years after finishing the hull until a few weeks ago, when the Johnson’s helped fiberglass it. Now it’s full stream ahead!
Canoeing on Lake Hodges
We’ve been trying to use our new canoe. Finally today we put in at Lake Hodges. All the gates were closed, we had to carry the canoe and gear a short walk to the water. It was a beautiful day. Many interesting things around the lake, a floating rest area called the SS Relief complete with handrails and places to park your boat.
There were lots of birds, we couldn’t get close enough to get a good picture. We did see a rather large golden eagle (perhaps). He swooped down and robbed a nest along the shore, then flew away to enjoy the snack. We brought a picnic and sat on the bottom of the canoe and floated while we ate, listening to the birds and water.
When Covid began we were helping a friend renovate her kitchen cabinets. We were stripping and staining and urethaning, all the equipment was on hand. Our house’s front door wasn’t something that we loved but it needed help. With time virtually standing still during the lockdown, oh let’s strip the door. Oh boy, what have we started! Multiple coats of different color paint, 15 indented panels, well what else have we got to do? It took awhile to strip away all the years. We used dental picks to get into the corners of the panels on both sides of the door. Finally we were ready for stain followed by urethane. I’m not sure why we didn’t like the door before because what the finished door looks like now is amazing, who knew?