We ended up driving back home yesterday night (long story do be told another day). Today was a freezing frosted morning … AND the day got shorter since the clocks were moved … one less hour of work. 6pm and its dark out … which means folding up the day begins at around 4pm or […]

Today is a special report … I am writing this from Targu Mures (my fathers home town – about 70km from where we live). At around midnight last night Andreea received an SMS message and 2 hours later  we were on our way to her 2nd home birth here in Romania. I tagged along as […]

Today started out with a short visit to pick up milk from neighbors a bit further away (walkable distance, but we took the car). We got out late … the morning was freezing. On the way back we stopped at our next-door neighbors where we were offered the horse and carriage to complete the hay-collection […]

Today I spent the first few work hours doing another round of finishing on the last pieces of the shower stall (will we be showering at home in the coming week?. Looking good (though the working conditions are tough for achieving a quality finish). Then, after a short hop to the village, I got to […]

Today’s report is brief. I made excellent progress with the shower stall. All, except one, of the pieces are cut, sanded and mostly in finishing = at least 1st layer of lacquer applied. Today I finally assembled the drain-plate (all wood structure to be covered inside with pond liner) … and that really came together […]

Today was a neat day … we did nothing of the things we planned to do (me: woodworking – for which it was an excellent day of sun and little wind, her: taking another turn at plastering our rocket stove … hopefully with something that will stick this time). In the morning we went to […]

The last two days have been really fall-ish = late light, early dark, much gray, occasional sun, windy … it takes some getting used to on my part, it also takes some discipline to get out and work. Yesterday we rested for the first part of the day (continuing our day off in Cluj on […]

Yesterday started with some wood chopping. First time using the new ax … good tools make a big difference. We then spent the rest of the day together with our neighbor collecting hay into 6 very large piles from 3+ acres. We purchased the cut hay from her x-partner (they separstarted with some wood chopping. […]

Yesterday started out as a sunny day and I decided to make it one both inside and out (following the frustrations from the day before). So I did nothing at all with the smoking rocket 🙂 I did however manage to solve the smoking stove problem by removing some of the firebricks we put in […]

Today started as a feel good today but didn’t end up as one 🙁 I am bummed. Andreea is still away doing helping the new parents into their new parenthood. She should be back tomorrow. I am very happy she is there … but facing the hardships here on my own not fun. I managed […]