March 2021, Part III

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We’ve been talking about it for years, and decided finally to do it: Remodel the kitchen. The main goal is to introduce a second oven, secondary goal is to increase storage space a little bit, third goal is to replace the countertops with slab, which means the sink will also be replaced, and apparently we also need to have white cabinets, and apparently that means we’re replacing all the cabinets. We’ll extend the island lengthwise by six inches and make room for 36″ free-standing gas oven+range (which will require a ventilation hood that retracts into the island), extend the island widthwise far enough to put a row of cabinets, and make the island all one level. The rest of the kitchen will mostly be the same, just new. We might take the little gap between the existing oven and the fridge and just make it a flat wall of cabinets.

We agreed to a proposal with a contractor and we’ll be meeting with the cabinet supplier this week. They tell us it will only take three weeks to complete, but it’s going to be a challenging three weeks — construction work while we are working from home, and no way to cook or clean?

The kids have been asking for digital garbage (levels or skins or maps or whatever for apps on their iPads), which costs money, and KrisDi stopped arbitrarily complying or denying. Now the kids have to pay for their own. And consequently they now are interested in doing chores for money. Not the best motivation for helping the family, but gets them off the couch. Chilkoot seems to like vacuuming, and Chilkat seems pretty comfortable scrubbing toilet bowls. Here they’re both sweeping.

Chilkoot is prepping for first communion. KrisDi bought him a white suit. He’s doing the classes / learning stuff online. Recently, he went into the church for his first confession. He was pretty cute about it. He says he felt better afterward.

I got my covid19 vaccination last week. The latest tier that opened up in Washington included my age group if they have two underlying conditions…I’m overweight and I have asthma. KrisDi was able to get me an appointment on the first day the tier opened. I expected to get the Moderna vaccine (which requires a second dose), but learned when I arrived I was getting the Johnson & Johnson (which does not require a second dose). It was in an old Sports Authority in a mall in Auburn. There were more workers than patients. I arrived 45 minutes early, and they waved me right in. The day after the shot, I was slightly nauseous in the morning, and I was totally wiped out. I took half the day off and took a four hour nap, and then went to bed early.

Mom can visit us again. She’s vaccinated, KrisDi is vaccinated, I got my shot last week. The kids are basically the lowest risk category. It’s nice to see her again. It also means she could help me with replacing the garage door bottom seal, which was a very frustrating experience.

After our excitement with the mouse, we had a local pest control company send someone out to visit us. He spent a couple hours looking around our crawlspace, attic, the outer edges of the house, the inner edges and corners, etc. He found one drain pipe in the crawlspace that could be an entry point but didn’t have real evidence of being so, but he covered it in wire mesh anyway. He also found that the garage door bottom seal was a couple inches too short, leaving a space large enough for mice to get in, and that was evidence along that side of the garage that mice had been there, but not recently. He put a few traps around inside the house, the garage, and the outside of the house.

I bought a replacement seal at Lowes, only to learn that the standard T-shaped ends would not work with my garage door, which requires fatter bead ends. I had to order that online. Removing the old, stiff one was very slow and frustrating. Putting the new one in was also slow and frustrating, and required two people, one to guide it in and the other to try to pull it across. We got it all the way in, and I trimmed it to size like you’re supposed to, and then the 16′ length of plastic contracted by about three inches, making it somewhat shorter than the one I was trying to replace. Also, it wasn’t quite poofy enough to hit the ground across the entire length of the door.

Chilkat has grown about 6″ since the pandemic began. Chilkat also started hybrid school. She was really nervous about it beforehand, but after the second ay she was really excited. Now Chilkoot has two (sometimes four) other kids at the bus stop with him.

All the flowers KrisDi planted last year are coming up, but apparently rabbits think they’re delicious. Some of them have been devoured down to nubs. Now KrisDi is trying every countermeasure she can find — stinky sprays, spicy powders, human hair trimmings, egg shells…not entirely successful, but we do still have some plants. On a related note, it appears that the new trees we put in yesterday are not dead yet.

The kids have continued to work on their Kettleworks Frozen production.

HB and I bought a collection of barleywines from Brouwer’s as part of “Hard Liver Fest At Home” or something similar (in lieu of Hard Liver Fest at Brouwer’s). We’ve Zoomed and drank several of them. The ones we have left we want to drink physically together, because we have different years of the same beer, or in one case different beers entirely, and we want to share. Now that I’m vaccinated, and I think he’s at least half vaccinated, maybe we’ll be able to actually do that this summer.


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Wow. That glove *really* didn’t fit, did it?

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