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 […]

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 […]

It’s 2:30 in the morning … and though there are frequently nights where I am at this time (recently) this time I think I am spiked by a coffee I had as I drove home late at night. Started the day at the computer revisiting plans for our future bedroom cabinet. It has moved up […]

Today started off as an unknown .. and now that is is over it is much clearer. While the day was still trying to figure itself out in the morning I managed to place (no mortar) yet the first layer of bricks for the rocket stove in its designated location in our bedroom. Great stuff […]

today was a strange day … very shifty … sun, wind, warm, cold … started the day with pear picking … great fun … got a nice load (and plenty more is still on the trees) … planning to make both compote and jam. spent a few more hours figuring out final construction details for […]

Rumors said today would be sunny and warm … the day didn’t start like that at all … frost was covering everything … outside had a unique (to me) pale look to it and it stayed that way until the sun found its way through the haze and revived everything. I started out with the […]