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

New Porch Glider

The Thanksgiving Holidays are over, and my parents were visiting us.  What a trip! 

I was able to take some time off for their visit.  Unfortunately Mama was as mobile as we had hoped some we had to curtail some of the outtings we planned.  One thing this did do was give my Dad and I time to work on a wood working project together.

I had found the plans for a porch swing a long time ago that I thought would look lovely on our front porch.  The only issue was that we really didn’t have a convenient place to put it.  The only real beam on the whole porch is in an odd position that with a swing hanging from it would block off the terrace section of the porch.  The most logical spot (at the end of the porch) has no roof over it – as it’s designed as a terrace.

With this in mind, we set out to make the swing and tweak it to convert it to a glider.  Our first step was to go to Foster’s Lumber Yard and select the wood.   I knew I wanted it to be made of clear heart redwood, and Foster’s has a great selection of old wood.  It is pricey, but it’s a good selection.  So after $400 and some time in the store, we came away with some great lumber for our project.  I chose each board based on the variations in the grain.  Looking at the finished product it is very pleasing.

My father was able to show me how to use my tools in a better way.  My grandfather was a finish carpenter, and my dad is no slouch either.  We really bonded over the swing.

Here’s a few pictures from the project.