Sunday, February 24, 2008

Pink is the new green

I wasn't sure what to call this post. My other option was “caffeine and caulk don't mix.”

But, really, they do.

Michael and I spent Sunday air sealing our home. Winter is definitely the time to find drafts and cold spots. Plus, having the walls down makes it particularly easy. We used caulk, foam, standard insulation – all of which ended up on me. Turns out caulk is the easiest to get off of the skin, aerosol foam is the most difficult, and insulation just itches.

I’m convinced that the way we are insulating our home is adding some to the structural integrity. It's certainly adding to the efficiency. Soon we’ll be on to drywall… I can hardly wait!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Rural Drive-by

Yesterday was unseasonably warm...about 65 and sunny. Michael and I decided to take a casual walk around the block. On our way we passed a very large field. In the summer it’s full of soybeans, but on Monday is was full of geese.

Anyway, we were talking and walking and in our own little world when – bang! Or whatever a shotgun sounds like
it’s just a sound you know when you hear it. We swing around to see a huge shotgun with a boy attached and hundreds of geese in the air. He jumps in a waiting truck and with a squeal (the tires, not the boy), they were on their way.

Seriously, a drive-by shooting in our quiet little town. I wonder if we’ll be featured on Cops.

P.S. If you’re keeping track as I am, this event marks the second gun sighting since we’ve been here.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sushi, anyone?

I’ve already documented some of the wildlife we’ve seen in our yard. Recently, we had a “drop in” visitor.

It’s winter. So, we expect geese, an occasional heron, but not much more... it’s too cold. The other day, we were checking out the frozen pond and we came upon an eel. It was about four feet away from the pond and covered in leaves. It didn’t come from the pond (or so we think/hope). Our best guess is that a heron or some other bird dropped the eel as it flew. He must have been a fighter… we gave him a burial at sea.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day, Michael

Your mom once told me that if we made it through our house renovation, we’d make it through anything. The house may not make it, but I’m sure we will. I couldn’t be happier that we’re tearing this house apart and making it our own. I look forward to many more years with you – with or without the house.


P.S. According to a really great web site, this is the new face of Valentine’s Day – no more paper cards, flowers and frivolous gifts. Dinner still sounds good to me though.