Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Coze factor - lo

Came up on saturday morning. Hello House. Contractor bills on the kitchen table, a general bloody mess and a shower we didn't ask for. Welcome back. It's been frikkin Grand Central Station over here on Maple Ave. The electrician started looking over our less than ideal situation. In the spring we want to upgrade our box, bury our lines and get power to the barn. The plumber fixed the toilet and the shower and started planning for our 2nd bathroom. Scott is working on finishing the windows and Michael is our floor sander. Yes, we started a few too many projects and the house is a construction zone. We knew it would happen and this is the worst it's gonna get. 

We moved in to the blue room upstairs for the weekend. It felt like staying in a hotel. And it's good we're testing it out because my parents are coming over for quite the stay this spring and that will be their room. Couldn't keep me completely out of the kitchen though and for sunday breakfast I made scones. 

Cranberry Pecan Scones

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4+1/3 cup brown sugar. The recipe called for 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/3  cup white, but why use white?
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspon salt
  • 1/4 cup chilled and diced butter
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/2 diced pecans
  • 3/4 cups of liquid. I used milk, the recipe called for cream but I think I would like to try buttermilk or plain yoghurt next time.
  • 1 egg

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put batter-dough on greased baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. My sister said to use a muffin pan which is a great idea and now I know what to wish for for my birthday.

WT...? Whose green car is that?

Our wonderful neighbors who look out for us will wonder. It's Ebba! She's on the east coast! Ebba is my California car that was just shipped out via car carrier. She is named after the Swedish punk band Ebba Grön (green). Because of the color AND her rather punk attitude. She does not take crap from anyone and does exactly what she pleases. Be it drain all transmission fluid on a hairpin turn in Baja, Mexico or bust a fan belt exactly 5 minutes into reaching civilization after 3 days driving in the desert. Sometimes her timing is good.

Here is a finished window, trim and everything, in the living room. It still needs one more coat of paint, but that's it.

Here is the bay window in the bedroom. Also almost close to finished.

The door between the hallway and the living room, my vacation project. Stripped and ready for a final light sand. We like the bare look. No puns, no jokes. We'll see if we'll stick with it.

One last look at the floor in the living room. When we left on monday morning, Michael the floor sander was just about to start making a mess. After the sand he is staining it with a light stain and then coating it with polyurethane. Can't wait to see it. 

The couch is done and we will most likely have a living room in 2 weeks. 

I would have you all over for Superbowl because I want to make wings but I'm afraid we would have to reenact the football part of the event cause we don't have cable.


  1. Som jag har längtat efter ett inlägg på gazetten! Vilka fina fönster! Precis som jag sa, New England, no doubt. Och det är skitsnyggt. Kanske för att de ser jävligt svenska ut... ;-) Spännande med golvet - nu är det min tur att nästan bajsa på mig. Sconsen såg ut att bli goda. Veckan har varit... som vanligt. Det händer verkligen ingenting upphetsande i veckorna här. Man tar sig liksom bara igenom dem. Sen kommer FREDAGEN och HELGEN och LIVET. Fast det blir andra bullar när våren och sommaren är här. Ljuset och värmen som förlänger dygnet och man kryper inte in under filten direkt efter hemkomst. Fast ikväll ska jag till stan. om jag hittar. Lite skidåkning i Karlslund med o-tjejerna och sen en klubbstugefika. Och imorgon är det fredag... har jag sagt det redan. Som jag längtar. Fy faaaaaaaan! I helgen blir det takläggning och det ska bli skitspännande! Om jag inte hinner åka skidor så må det vara hänt. Det här ser jag verkligen fram emot och det blir nog fysiskt det med. Det verkar lite rörigt i Clintondalen. Hoppas det snart är över. Kram!

  2. Dagnabbit, it's been so long you have posted, that I completely forgot to check. I assume you got your laptop fixed ... :-)

    Everything looks good, and I can't wait to see your floor. We still have to finish the bar and Stube floors, so it'll be interesting to see how Michael does.

    What do I read, you don't have cable to watch the Superbowl!?! Last year we went with Julie and Jodi to Brown's Bar (shortly before Rocking Horse Ranch on 44/55), which was described to us as a dive, but it turned to be a great place to go.

    I hope you guys are doing well, and don't just drive by (I see you, so no excuses ... ;-) ...

  3. Brown's *was* a good hang (you'll like their dog), but if I recall correctly, the four of us spent most of our time chatting and drinking, with occasional glances at the tv. So I guess what I'm saying is, feel free to invite us on *any* Sunday (or other day that ends in "Y") for wings and general festivity. We're looking forward to seeing all that amazing progress!