Friday, July 3, 2009

what I did on my summer vacation....so far


It finally feels like summer is here. It's about time! Most of the rest of this summer will be spent working on our house. Maybe by September we will finally be able to move back in.

If you'd like to read about our progress, just visit http://www.foamcorefantasy.blogspot.com/ which is my somewhat sarcastic name for our extremely unrealistic housebuilding adventure. Doesn't that name sound kind of porn-ish? It's not - our house is made out of structural insulated panels, also called foam core panels. They are super insulating and as soon as we get back in there it will cost us very little for heating and cooling, which is great because we'll need that money for interest payments instead.

Today we drove down to Smoot Lumber to pick up a replacement cabinet for one that had been sent in the wrong size. We were in Doug's car and I wasn't driving for a change. So of course I was snapping pictures of every little thing that entertained or amused me. People were certainly making excellent use of their pickup trucks today:




On the way back from Smoot we decided to take the scenic route to try and avoid all of the early rush hour traffic on 495, so we took Memorial Bridge across and then drove up through Rock Creek Park.
Memorial Bridge Statue
(and in case you were wondering that's a foot under that horse)
We stopped at Peirce Mill Dam for a minute and saw this lovely duck:


After crossing East West Highway we stopped at the roadside stand there and picked up some fresh squash, romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, blueberries, and blackberries. Later we had them all for dinner, along with some brown rice and vanilla ice cream. In appropriate combinations of course. But that would come later.

We continued on our way and when we got to Glenmont I saw that the "Glenmont Artist" for lack of a better description was still working on her most recent project. For the past three days she's been working in front of this sad little house at the corner of Randolph and Georgia which is due to be demolished sometime soon I guess. Previously I'd seen her doing the Glenmont water tower. I sort of want to stop sometime and talk to her so I can see what her deal is. We obviously share a mutual attraction for the various types of scenery that you might see in beautiful downtown Glenmont.
When we finally got to our house we worked for several hours. Doug immediately installed the new cabinet that we had just gotten and that made me very happy. While I was sanding and painting a bunch of pieces of moulding he put up the rest of the trim around the little windows in the pass through. He did a really nice job.


Then we went home and had our oh so fresh and fabulous, delicious and nutritious dinner. Tomorrow I'm going to mow the grass and then take Saturday and Sunday off for a change. Have a great weekend!

4 comments:

LiLu said...

LOVE the windows! So cute.

Have a great weekend :-)

Barbara said...

Doug could have a second career in construction if he ever gets tired of playing his trombone. He's really good.

Smoot is in my neck of the woods. That's a long way to come for a cabinet.

I love the picture of the duck. We're so lucky to have that park in the middle of our city.

Garrett said...

I love the window. Thanks for clarifying on the horse too. I was not sure what I was looking at. Happy 4th. Enjoy your weekend.

Cyndy said...

Lilu - Thanks, you too!

Barbara - Yes he can do many things well when he puts his mind to it. We ordered our cabinets from Smoot because the kitchen planner, Kathy Schmick, seemed so excellent. And she was!

Garrett - The guy's foot ended up in a funny place, but I had no choice about it since I was in my car at the time. You have a great weekend too!