Earthquake Fixing – House Leveling

So we have to get some repairs done to the house thanks to the August 2014 Napa Earthquake (6.0).  The big one is a new roof.  the chimney in the back and in the Library wobbled so we have cracked tile all around those two.

Due to the fact that the tile is Cement and Asbestos material, we also have to have that abated prior to the new roof.

The other item that we’re going to have done is the removal of the back chimney and replacing it with a vent housing that will look just like the existing chimney.  This is where we’re going to run vents for the hot water heater (currently venting through the chimney) and the furnace.  This will allow us to eventually swap the hot water heater out for a new on-demand hot water heater- which means NEVER running out of hot water!  Yeah!

So before all that can happen, we need to get some issues dealt with regarding the foundation and house leveling.  During the earthquake the shaking was pretty violent, but luckily, the key parts of the foundation are good.  However, there’s still areas where the house is significantly out of level due to sinking that has been occurring over time.  Also there’s a section at the front of the house where some idiot cut a beam that runs across the front of the house.  SO, to fix the sagging up there, we have to get that fixed too….  SIGH…

Well, luckily we have a loan from the SBA as part of the FEMA actions after the earthquake.

Here’s pictures of the piers and such we need fixed to make the house level.  I’ve also posted a video of the area -






It’s been a while…..

Chris just after being sworn in.

Chris just after being sworn in.

Yes it’s been a while since I posted to this site.  Life has been busy (work, life, etc.).  We’re in prep mode for a big party here at CDK – Chris finally has his citizenship.  So we’ll be having several people and most importantly my dear Sister Tammy will be visiting with her husband Eddie.  So we have to get the house ready for folks…

Having a party is a great motivator…..


2010 Garden at Casa de Kitty

So, we’ve planted our garden this past month.  This year instead of variety, we’re going with a more organized approach and trying to reach larger yields with fewer plants.   Though we said we would do less this year, we still have 31 tomato plants – NUTS I say – NUTS….

Main Garden Patch

  • Bell Peppers
    A variety of yellow, red and green bell peppers
  • Row of Sweet Basil
  • Tomato Row – 1
    • 2 – German Queen
    • 2 – Pink Brandywines
    • 1 – Jubilation (orange colored)
    • 2 – Thessalonika
  • Tomato Row – 2
    • 1 – Early Girl
    • 2 – Persian
    • 2 – Bradley (for canning)
    • 1 – Michael Polan (new variety from local tomato grower in Solano County)
    • 1 – ACE Hybrid
  • Tomato Row – 3
    • 2 – Spike – supposed to be good for Vallejo area
    • 1 – Early Girl
    • 2 – Champion Hybrid
    • 2 – Roma – Must have for sauces and such
    • 7 – Costoluto Genovese – GREAT freak’n tomato – just lovely high acid flavor
  • Squash Corral
    • 2 Yellow Crook Neck Squash
    • 1 Yellow Straight Neck Squash
    • 1 Yellow Zucchini
    • 2 Green Zucchini

Small Garden Patch

  • Tomato, Pepper & Herb Area
    • 1 – Large Red Cherry
    • 2 – Golden Sun Sugar
    • 3 – Thai Basil
    • 2 – Pepperoncini Peppers
    • 20 – Sweet Basil plants
    • 2 rows of Beets
    • 2 Rows of Onions
    • 2 rows of potatoes