March, 2013 browsing by month


Book nook

Monday, March 25th, 2013

For a long time, I’ve had a plan to build a few built-in bench seats to be book nooks for reading. The first one is now (mostly) done.

As with most wood working projects, we started by carefully selecting the wood and preparing it. We glued these boards together the same way we did the new doors, with routed channels and small pieces of plywood to add strength. Here is the wood after it was glued and sanded, but before any finishing.

And here’s the (near) final product.

The windows here face the mountains in the west and offer a great view. There is storage under the seats. (Note the charging station plugs with USB and regular outlets.)

I think we’re going to cover the front of this with the same material we use for the kitchen bar…hopefully distressed corrugated metal if we can find some we like.

Oh, and we finally found that pesky electrical short. Fortunately, it was behind the part of the wall that is still just OSB, not behind the brick. Good news!

Seed libraries on the natl. news

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

What a great story! This was shared with us by one of our fellow seed librarians. Nice to see something positive on the news.

A day we’ve been waiting for!

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

The daytime temperatures here have been warming up, and we’ve been eagerly anticipating this:

The first shoot of asparagus!

We put in a lot more plants last fall, and so we’re hoping soon to have more asparagus that we know what to do with.

The lettuce and broccoli continue to thrive, and my conference table is full of tomato starts. This is a great time of year here.