Thursday, April 7, 2016

The changes keep coming!

I've been trying to write a post about our home-buying adventure for several weeks now, but the words don't seem to be flowing right.  I can speak the story just fine, but somehow, it isn't translating to the written lexicon nearly as well.  
In the meantime, a lot has happened.  For one thing, we've turned in keys on our old place, and are living in our house!  There's so much work to do, and we aren't as on top of it as I might wish we were, but the reality of life is that you still have to function in normal society while updating a house, particularly if you're doing all the work yourself and have limited funds.  So far we've torn some holes in the walls to make sure the water damage we've got going on was not translating into massive mold problems (it wasn't - yay!), we've replaced the kitchen sink, spent several thousand dollars at home depot, purchase appliances, and started working on the guest bedroom, which is the bedroom we're going to live in while we renovate the Master Suite.  Right now, we're living in the loft - it's a good thing it's just the two of us right now!

"Exploratory holes".  This one is in our Master.  

The first Home Depot trip of many....  Luckily, it's the only 2 cart trip we've made so far.

There's a saying about kitchen sinks, isn't there?  I think it's safe to say that everything in this house is getting the once-over.

Another big change - I got a new job!  My last day at my old job was yesterday, and I start my new job on Monday.  I'm looking forward to a few days off to get some stuff done, like finally getting a CA driver's license, and trying to get our guest bedroom put together so that we can get out of the loft.  It's just awkward to be sleeping so out in the pen, even if it is just us and the animals.  Also, our loft is pretty darn ugly, and it's going to be my next project to start on while Ammon works on the more construction-heavy projects in the Master, so I'm looking forward to getting going on all of that.

One of my favorite changes though, is that I'm experimenting with Sourdough starter!  It's something that I've been hearing about for my whole life, and wanted to mess around with for a few years now, but never got up the courage.  I found an easy tutorial for making your own stater here.  My starter is ready to go today, and I'm going to try this hybrid yeast sandwich loaf.  It seems relatively goof-proof... but we'll see!  This could all be one big disaster.  I would show you a picture of my starter, but it just looks like a thin pancake batter... nothing exciting at all.

However, I will show you a picture of the flowers I planted in a cute metal bucket from Ikea.   When I put two of these buckets in our cart Friday night, Ammon wanted to know what in the world I intended to do with them.  He looked at me like I was a little out of my mind when I told him I was going to plant flowers in them, but he has since come around.  I've also planted some tomatoes, and will be planting a few peppers and a box of herbs.  Not going to lie, I'm enjoying the fact that spring in California is super mild, and spring planting starts in March and April.  The bright pops of color on our back patio do a lot to improve my mood.

What's new with you lately?


  1. I'm going to need a full report on that sourdough starter and bread. I might want to try it. Also, love the buckets.

  2. The buckets are beautiful! Love IKEA so much. :)


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