Monthly Archives: February 2014

Sat 22 Feb 14

Quick homestead tour, photos from the past couple days. Our brief snow deluge didn’t stick around long. Not really spring yet, but seems to be getting close. Warm enough that I was in shorts and flip flops most of the afternoon on Friday and had the house windows open for a couple hours. I’ve started working in the garden a little, getting soil/compost prepped. Lots of crocuses and other bulbs are a couple inches out of the ground already. The rosemary seems to have survived the winter.

Dogs enjoying the sun. Here’s Parko getting ready to pounce on Nora and Parko getting kicked in face. Take that you bully!

Old, fat Taylor going for the Frisbee. She’s been a little hobbled with a bad back leg since last summer, but still lots of spirit. She gets really happy on the sunny days and squirms around on her back in the grass. And Parko, looking ridiculous, but far more coordinated.

Here’s the tile job in the front entryway that I finished last weekend. Hey, only took me ten months to get around to finishing this up since I put down the self-leveling cement underlayment. About par for me. Lots of weird cuts to match up with our curvy walls and the first time I tried even a simple pattern, but I think it turned out great. Next step is getting baseboards cut, painted, and installed, hopefully in less than ten months.

Our new dining room table. We had it custom made by a local furniture guy. It’s made from reclaimed wood from an old Yakima lumber mill and I think fits the character of our 1940s farmhouse quite well. Lots of neat wood grain and and interesting grooves. Like it. Moroccan red chairs to go with it, because color is fun. That’s not the rug that will be under it long term. We have a 9×12 coming some time next week. And here’s our new living room furniture and rug. Not entirely functional yet (still waiting on a TV stand). We’re having the same guy who did the table build us a simple media console. Hopefully in a month or so, things will be complete.

Sun 9 Feb 14

Snowpocalypse! Finally. I thought we might not get any winter this year. Up until this weekend I think we’ve had about 1 inch of snow total for the season and last year at this time we were in the 50s all month, so we seemed to be running out of time when this surprise storm came through and dropped a foot of powder. Here’s a yard shot, after things had compacted a little in today’s afternoon sun, for comparison to the one last month.

We went out to dinner last night, driving through six inches of street snow under snowflake-swirled streetlights. Everything quiet and white, the roads mostly empty. We’re supposed to be in the 40s again later this week, so not sure how long it’ll stick, but it’s great to get a taste of the season at least. The dogs were a little less enthusiastic this morning to paws packed full of snow.

But once we got them playing again, they had a ball.