Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Gail decided it was time to get rid of the yellow counter top, the fan that didn't circulate, the sink with the crappy faucet, and the rounded shelves at the end of the counter. Her (excellent) plan and design was to move the cupboards up, add more shelves and replace the rounded ones with a cabinet.
We envisioned a late spring project, our contractor of choice, Scott, who did a great job with our bathroom and doors, tends to be in high demand. When we had him come by to do the estimate he said he could get started in a few weeks (it was January).
We also wanted to get the floors redone in the kitchen and dining room while we were at it, and the crew who did that were able to start even sooner. So much for cooking out on the grill while this was going on and eating on the porch or patio. We managed, and it was nice to sit in the recliner in the living room and open the fridge to grab a snack.
The new sink and faucet are nice too. So are the counter tops. And the shelves.
Gail's cooking has always been great.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
From the top: A red oak with a diameter over 3'. An undetermined species sporting some impressive boles. The biggest tree I know of in the woods, a tulip poplar. My skis leaning against it are just under 6' long. The biggest dead tree, is it still a white pine if it's dead? And a straight as an arrow shag bark hickory.
This was discovered when I wanted to show someone the snow wall we built that year during our annual trip to Pharaoh Lake. There have only been a couple years since 2000 that I haven't gone on this trip and it looks like this year may make a few. Stay tuned.
It started snowing just as we arrived and really came down until after dark to give us about 4'' of nice powder. The temperature really plummeted too and got down to 5 below zero, but Adam met the challenge by building a massive fire. He was dumbfounded when I told him I don't make a fire when I go alone. "That's not camping," he said.
Chub Pond lean to #1. We couldn't find it, the trail hasn't been maintained in awhile and after crossing the bridge over the outlet the trail markers had been removed.
The three of us took a beautiful hike along the Woodhull Creek. The snow was rock-hard so we could simply walk on it in our boots and not sink in. Adam and I turned back at the boat in the woods, Pete kept going and did a 15-mile loop. He went passed his truck and decided to go out for dinner, sometime while eating or enjoying a beer he decided he was going to get back to the lean to, pack up and hike another 5 miles out in the dark and go home.
BREIA near Tug Hill between Christmas and New Year for some fine skiing. We stayed at a B&B and got a chance to visit the trails at all three areas. BREIA stands for Black River Environmental Improvement Association, a combination of private property and donated land to the state by "Mr. Big" with an endowment to groom trails for free cross county skiing. There are a few warming huts, one in downtown Boonville along the Canal Trail and the others in the woods.
The first day it was icy so we stuck to the level Canal Trail and got to check out the abandoned locks in the Black River Canal, the second day there was some fresh snow so we got out into the woods. Then it really snowed so we skied for a few hours and headed south.
The warming hut in this area was the nicest, and Gail did some yoga while I skied alone a bit more.