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Insulating electrical boxes
It’s winter. Put your hand up to an electrical outlet or light switch in an exterior wall. Do you feel some cold air coming in? If so, there is a quick and easy solution. Pick up a pack of foam outlet and switch covers from a home store and put them behind the plates. No more air infiltration. If your electrical boxes are set behind the drywall, it is really that easy. If you have...
Can you see the difference between these two receptacles? The one on the right is tamper resistant. If you look closely, you can see the two slots look white. There is a plastic shield behind the slots, and it only moves aside when something pushes evenly into both slots, such as your standard electrical plug. This prevents children (or anyone really) from sticking something into one of the...
"Do everything with love"
Something in Sherry’s post today on Young House Love resonated with me so much that I had to pass it on. She was responding to questions about how to deal with criticism that is an inevitable part of putting oneself out there in the world via blogging or other venues. It seems especially true on the internet. I agree with the entire post, but I especially love #4: “Do everything...
As I mentioned yesterday, it’s been snowing all week and practically the entire city of Seattle called a snow day yesterday and today. Snow is a big deal here because it hardly ever happens and we’re just not all that prepared for it when it does. I turned on a local TV station to see how much snow different areas had (it’s highly variable even within town) and the station...
Exciting January news
We have so much news to share! We secretly (well, secret from the internet) went on a trip to an exotic place far, far away. We’ll share more details soon, but for now here is a sneak preview. See if you can guess where we went. Scroll down for the answer. 2000 year old rice terraces and Ifugao elders in traditional clothing 20-week belly at the beach Ocean kayaking We went...
Potato & Parsnip Roasties
January through March has always been a great time to grab some parsnips out of the garden. Practically the only thing out there besides some kale and oh what a treat! Just a little nub of green is all that really remains above ground from the prior growing season so it’s always a bit of a challenge to know which are the biggest ones and which should be left for later (or even later to let...
and I think I feel some little kicks! It kind of feels like a kernel of popcorn popping in my belly. It’s weird but great. Maybe I watch too much Seinfeld, but “little kicks” always makes me think of Elaine. -Kelly
Hole made whole
For several weeks, we had this mess in our front yard: When we had our natural gas fireplace/heater installed, we said goodbye to the hulking oil furnace formerly occupying about 12 precious square feet out of the total 840 in our little house. We also said goodbye to the underground oil tank in our front yard. It was hardly noticeable from the surface, but legally we had to decommission it...