Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Driving Directions


I'm sitting here in my office doing some paperwork. It's almost the end of my 2 week shift and this afternoon is pretty quiet. Then I hear a small jet land and look out my window to see it the Medivac plane. And an abulance is on the ramp waiting for it. This is not a good way to go home from a work shift. But I'm glad the medivac plans are available when they're needed.

PLUS, look at this spring snow storm. YUCK. Last week it was sunny and 40's. Melting snow everywhere. All the parking lots flooded. I'm NOT ready for snow again.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Island Countertop

I've been looking for months for a picture, showing what I want my island countertop to look like. It will be 4 ft wide, 10 ft long and 1/2 has cabinets underneath. The other half will be open so people can sit around it like a table.

I read about using hot rolled steel as countertop material but couldn't find a picture of what it looked like. I know it will rust if it's not kept waxed, but that's OK. It looks very durable and industrial. And it's all 1 piece, no seams which is what I want.

So here is the picture I found. This table was created at a shop in Dallas, The Weld House. I found this picture on Flickr.

So, then the question is. What do I do for the rest of the countertops. The floor is dark gray with sprinkles of aluminum filings. And the cabinets are natural maple, which is very light colored. Hmmm.....any ideas?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wildfire 2

The wildfire up the road from us is roaring out of control. I was up at the fire station last night about 10:30 pm (took some brownies up to help feed the fire fighters). They were expecting it to have grown to 1000 acres by this morning. The State sent in some Forestry crews, but the volunteers are on day 3. They're doing structure protection, while the Forestry crews try to put up fire break. But it's soooooo dry, that they won't get this under control until we get some rain. And there is NO rain in the 7 day weather forecast.

Patty took yesterday off from her job and took the ambulance up to the staging area to be on standby in case someone got hurt. She said there were a few minor injuries among the fire fighters, but not enough to send anyone home. Just patch them up and send them back to work. She's going to do the same today.
These are a few pictures she took from the ambulance.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wildfire - the first of our season

HEA had a powerline go down yesterday, and sparked this wildfire. The first of the season near Homer. It started about mile 17 on East End Road and has grown to over 100 acres. The fire teams got it knocked down pretty well last night, but it's warm and sunny today. This afternoon when the day breeze got going, it blew back up. Here is a picture of it from town, and then another from the Spider House. We're at mile 10 but the wind is currently pushing it toward the head of the bay which is away from us.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sheetrock is done.

I was surprised but happy to see the crew working on Saturday morning. But they got the sheetrock all in. Will the taping & mudding start on Monday? Stay tuned....

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Burning Sticks

Yesterday morning was nice so I spent several hours pulling dead tree limbs and assorted sticks out of PART of the yard to be. Boy, this is going to take me a couple of years to really clean up. Anyway, we were supposed to get rain showers in the afternoon, so I thought it would be a good time to burn them. Instead it turned to snow. In fact we had about 1/4 of fresh snow still on the ground when I got up this morning, but it's melting fast.

Anyway, burning sticks was a muddy, cold, snowy & wet mess. Kind of fun though :-) These pics were taken about 8 or 8:30 pm.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


The guys started putting up the sheetrock today. Yay!

That should mean mudding & taping next week...