Trip, till and tuck-in

This passed weekend was completely random and scattered, but so highly productive. As busy as we were, it was completely relaxing and satisfying. Weekends like this are awesome.

We headed to the city Saturday morning with the young ones in tow to start our search for cabinets for the studio. Our search began at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. This store is a salvager’s dream shopping mall. It’s a good thing we took the kids, because that meant taking the car instead of the truck. Had we taken the truck, I would have spent a small fortune. As it was, we were only there to scope things out, gather some prices and possibilities.

The idea behind the Re-Store is this

Habitat ReStores are outlets that accept donated goods for resale. While every ReStore is a little different, most focus on home improvement goods—furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances. These donated goods are sold to the general public at a fraction of the retail price to help local affiliates fund the construction of Habitat homes within their communities.

Materials sold by Habitat ReStores are usually donated by local retailers, contractors and individuals in the community. ReStores provide an environmentally and socially responsible way to keep good, reusable materials out of the waste stream and simultaneously provide funding for all of Habitat’s community improvement work.
from the international  Habitat for Humanity website.

It’s an awesome opportunity to kill several birds at once, without firing any buckshot. Help fund the mission, keep shit out of landfill, get a really good deal, and retro-fit  the house all at the same time.

We came across a couple of sets of kitchen cabinets that would work great for the studio. Again, if I had the truck, cha-ching. One set was a solid oak ensemble, used, but in really good condition for $900. It probably cost upwards of $15,000 originally, we could have out-fitted the studio, potting shed and had left-overs for the garage with the amount of cabinets in the set. Next time!

Our trip showed us that we certainly don’t take the kids to the city near often enough. It’s only been 4 years since we moved up here, but man, were they amazed by what they saw. It was highly entertaining, and eye-opening at the same time. It never really occurred to me that the kids were not seeing city life, at ALL.  I’m not entirely sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. It definitely made for an amusing day!

Sunday we headed to a friend’s for lunch, and to lend a hand installing a retracting ladder in their garage attic.  They’ve built a little loft/clubhouse up there for all the kids to hang out. Although the ladder was supposed to be of the “cut a hole/frame the hole/bolt the staircasing in place” variety, it wasn’t as easy as all that. Fun times were had watching the men wriggle and jiggle the thing into place. I’m sure MauMau and I were at risk of receiving a stair tread or two in the eye over some of our comments, but it made for a good laugh over lunch.

Onward home to till the side garden. After a stop at the hardware store to buy a new tiller. We were going to just till it by hand, but screw it! We were able to till it, give it a layer of compost, a layer of peat and a layer of mulch all in about two hours. Today, if the day cooperates, will see the onion sets started, some lettuces and such planted, and a bazillion seeds set.

To finish, because the day would be better started soon, here’s a bunch of random eye-candy.


} Beautiful Garbage



Do you remember the icebucket from this morning? The one the kids brought home for me from the Disneyland Dump? Today it became a bin for the kitchen counter, one we can put scraps in to carry out to the chickens. Being an ice bucket, it’s air tight with the lid on, so if it gets left full on the counter for a day or two, it won’t stink the place up!



Here it is now, after a little bit of paint, some elbow grease, and a power tool.


Three coats of flat black paint, followed by two coats of antique white acrylic. I had considered using a crackle medium on the white square but since Kayla had given me the icebucket and she hates when I use crackle medium because she thinks it’s below me (rolls eyes) I decided against it.

Two coats of varnish and it’s all done! I love the egg handle!