Kitchen Renovation, Day 21

Today the painters came back. They lightly sanded all the woodwork that was primed yesterday and then sprayed the paint. Again, very potent stuff was used–they say that this’ll be hard as a rock once it’s dry. (Okay, I said that. But they said it’ll be really, really hard paint.)

We’re not sure if they’ll be back tomorrow, because they took a bunch of the cabinet doors with them when they left so they could paint them in an enclosed shop. So we’ll see what happens. Today is Thursday, and next Monday is 1 June. . .we are getting anxious to get back in our kitchen!

Southeast corner
Southeast corner
Southwest corner
Southwest corner
Northwest corner
Northwest corner
Mom in the northeast corner, admiring the work
Mom in the northeast corner, admiring the work
Pantry on north wall
Pantry on north wall
Island with open bookshelves
Island with open bookshelves
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Kitchen Renovation, Day 20

Wow! The primer these guys use is potent! It has really strong fumes and that helps explain why they wear serious respirators while they do it. And it also explains why the told us not to go in there and check it out for several hours. Wow.

But we couldn’t help ourselves. . .we just had to open up the seal around the doorway and take a quick peek. Okay. . .I actually stepped in and took a couple pictures. With the white primer on, we are getting an idea of how the cabinets are going to end up looking. We are excited!

Southeast corner
Southeast corner
Southwest corner
Southwest corner
Pantry along the north wall
Pantry along the north wall
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Even More Pics from Mac!

Just after I posted the last pictures of Mary Ann on her bikes, I received the following as well! We don’t get pictures from her too often, so these are especially priceless to us!

In front of a cupcake shop in Vista. . .this bakery won a Cupcake Wars tournament
In front of a cupcake shop in Vista. . .this bakery won a Cupcake Wars tournament
Closeup of the Cupcake Wars champion's bakery
Closeup of the Cupcake Wars champion’s bakery
This is the winning cupcake
This is the winning cupcake
Here's Mary Ann about to eat the winning cupcake! :-)
Here’s Mary Ann about to eat the winning cupcake! 🙂
With one of her companions
With one of her companions
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Pics from Mary Ann

Today we received a couple pictures from Mary Ann. She is loving her time in Temecula and she and her companion just got bicycles. Here’s how Mary explained the pictures in her email:

On the first bike that didn’t have gears. (Notice the dark clouds. We should have known. I remember Sister Day asked me if we would be okay-talking about the dark clouds-and I said we would be fine. Then after a pause I said, “Of course, that’s what the people told Noah before the flood came, and look what happened to them.” That made Sister Day laugh really hard.)

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On the new and MUCH better bike:
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We are so proud of Mary Ann!

 

 

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Delicious Strawberries

Mom has been not feeling too well the past few days–a stomach flu has really hit her hard. But on Saturday, she suggested that I go out and check the strawberry patch that she’s been nurturing the past three or four years because she was certain there would be a lot of ripe berries. And boy, was she correct!

Delicious strawberries from our strawberry patch. . .and there's lots more to come!
Delicious strawberries from our strawberry patch. . .and there’s lots more to come!

After picking a bowl full of beautiful strawberries, I enjoyed eating about 1/3 of them with Frosted Mini Wheats and yummy fresh milk with cream from the Graber’s dairy. And it’s a good thing I did that when I did. . .a few hours later, that same stomach flu hit me! And although it hasn’t been any fun for me, it was lots worse for Mom. But as of now, we are thinking the worse is behind us, and we are hoping we’ll feel better in the morning. 🙂

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Kitchen Renovation, Day 18

The painting crew came out today and did a ton of preparation for painting. Masking off the floor and other areas that need protecting, applying painter’s caulk, etc. took a lot longer than I would have ever imagined. We also had Emery come back and so some more cabinetry work and finished the crown molding.

So although it doesn’t look like much work was done today, we are happy with the preparations. On Monday the crew is planning on priming all the surfaces, and then on Tuesday they will start applying the oil-based paint. We can’t wait!

Southeast corner
Southeast corner
Southwest corner
Southwest corner
Northwest corner
Northwest corner–note the crown molding that went up today
Northeast corner
Northeast corner
Painter's caulk
Painter’s caulk
Floor is taped off
Floor is taped off
Everything not to be painted is taped off
Everything not to be painted is taped off
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Kitchen Renovation, Day 17: Lookin’ Good!

Today Emery came and did almost all the rest of the work on the custom cabinets he made. They look fantastic! He brought in the plate rack and the pantry, installed crown molding and other trim, added some of the pull-out shelves, and did some other minor work.

Emery also thought Mom’s solution to seeing the plug for the microwave through the glass doors was a good one, and agreed to do it. The cord for the microwave that goes above the stove will run up through the bottom of the cabinet and plug into the outlet that’s inside the cabinet. But last night I realized that all the cabinet doors along that wall will be glass. So Mom suggested that perhaps a false back could be built and added in front of the electrical outlet and cord. Emery thought that was a great solution and agreed to build it. We love working with him!

Southeast corner
Southeast corner
Southwest corner
Southwest corner
Northwest corner
Northwest corner
Pantry on north wall with pull-out shelves
Pantry on north wall with pull-out shelves
Northeast corner with the pantry to the left and plate rack to the right. Doorway to the basement is in the middle.
Northeast corner with the pantry to the left and plate rack to the right. Doorway to the basement is in the middle.
Plate rack--this one almost made Mom cry because she was so happy!
Plate rack–this one almost made Mom cry because she was so happy!
We love the double-height cabinets that go all the way to the top of our 9' ceiling. . .the crown molding really adds a lot of class
We love the double-height cabinets that go all the way to the top of our 9′ ceiling. . .the crown molding really adds a lot of class
Closeup of the crown molding
Closeup of the crown molding
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3rd Calf Joins the Herd

As Mom and I came home from dropping off the onyx marble slabs in Kansas City, I discovered that a new calf had arrived! I knew one of our Longhorn heifers was going to have a calf at some point, but being a Longhorn, she didn’t get as large as our two Charolais-Angus cross cows when they were with calves. But sure enough. . .there was a cute little Longhorn calf! And again, this one had to be only a few hours old. I definitely couldn’t get as close to this one as I wanted to: I witnessed its mom pushing our Longhorn bull away from it, and that was enough to keep me away!

Helping the calf get up
Helping the calf get up
There you go! You're walking already!
There you go! You’re walking already!
Checking out the new calf
Checking out the new calf
The calf on the left is less than a week old; the one on the right is the one that was born today
The calf on the left is less than a week old; the one on the right is the one that was born today
Cow and calf
Cow and calf
Mom is keeping the bull away
Mom is keeping the bull away
Trying to eat
Trying to eat
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Marble Slabs to the Stone Shop

Today Mom and I took the two marble slabs we have to a stone shop in Kansas City. You may recall that Mom’s candy slab, which she has had for 25 years or so, has been on top of our island for the past few years. After Grandpa Brown passed away, Mom discovered a larger slab that likely was part of her candy slab in the garage. It was a little rough with some holes, some chips, etc., but it was still in good shape.

When we talked with our contractor and our cabinet maker, they both indicated they thought the two slabs could be put together somehow to make a nice 26″ x 50″ island top. So Emery, our cabinet maker, built a base, and Mom started calling around to various stone companies to find someone who could help us. Today she finally found a company that said they could do what we wanted, so we put the slabs into the car and off we went.

As the craftsmen who work with the stone placed the slabs on their work table, they said, “Oh–what beautiful onyx!” It turns out these slabs (and they probably were once one large slab) are onyx marble. And they are beautiful!

These guys said they could cut the slabs and make them into one piece with no problem. We’ll be able to see the seam, but it will be be completely tight. We can’t wait!

This is the slab we've had for about 25 years or so
This is the slab we’ve had for about 25 years or so
This is the one Mom found in Grandpa's garage. Note the light shining through as it sits in the doorway of our front porch. Beautiful!
This is the one Mom found in Grandpa’s garage. Note the light shining through as it sits in the doorway of our front porch. Beautiful!
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