New Furnace – Day 1

Busy work day, but still found time to take a lap around the rookery and enjoy the sunny afternoon!  After doing a lot of cooking and eating at home, we decided to give ourselves a break and headed for some stromboli at the Muddy Rudder.

Swung by the Sellwood Bridge to see how the deconstruction is coming along and it seems like there’s just one span of the old bridge left to remove – and it’s positioned over the barge to be lowered.  Still a lot of work to do!



Ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog..

Paul continued work on the basement and I made a batch of Morning Glory muffins – an old favorite that we haven’t had in quite a while..

We finally broke down and bought an edging tool – nothing fancy, but it sure does get the job done!  The front walk looks much tidier and the dandelion population took a serious hit, thanks to my Hound Dog dandelion weeder!

Dinner was roasted brussels sprouts and pork loin..

Chili nights

Prep work continued on the basement walls and other wiring required to be ready for the furnace and tankless water heater install.  I immersed myself in the domestic bliss of laundry and other various chores.

Dinner was the (mostly) vege chili I’d made yesterday – not sure what I was thinking bringing that bag of Frito’s into the house!!  LOL!  They didn’t stand a chance!

Planning for our trip to Provence continues – we’ve secured a apartment in Aix-en-Provence ( for about a week and then one in Marseilles for the final weekend (  Tres excitant!


Squash harvest

Having been away for a couple of weeks, I was happy to get back in the kitchen. I made a broccoli cheddar and onion quiche, a pot of vegetarian chili with beans, potatoes, and soyrizo, and lemon vinegarette.   We had enough patty pan squash to harvest so I also prepared that to go with dinner by tossing it with olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme, and roasting it.  Topped it with fresh parsley, also from the garden!  Score!

Wine (rack) Wednesday

To get the new furnace, we have to get rid of the old furnace and patch the wall behind it.  To patch the wall, we have to take down the shelves.  To take down the shelves, we have to move all of the boxed wine over to the other side of the basement near the wine rack.  So what better time to unbox all of the wine and get it on the rack in its temporary home!  Not inventoried, but at least organized and accessible!  🙂


Went on a shopping spree at the local farmers market today – tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, snap peas, berries, broccoli, and beans!  The plan was for a vege dinner, but we settled for tomato sandwiches.  I can’t wait for that to be tomatoes from our garden!

Let the harvest begin!

Well, continue in the case of lettuce..  We have LOTS of lettuce!  So much that we can pick a salad pretty much every day this week!!  Our first patty pan squash was ready, so now we just need a few more and that’ll be a great side dish.  The kousa are showin up, the beans are flowering, the pepper are all producing!  Another few weeks and we’ll be rolling in our own home-grown produce!

Happy Independence Day!

We started the day at the Hyde Street Pier across from the hotel, then walked up to Lombard Street – the crookedest street in San Francisco.  From there we went back down to Fisherman’s Wharf and toured the SS Jeremiah O’Brien.  We stopped in at the famous Boudin Bakery for some fresh bread and then caught the bus over to the Golden Gate Bridge.  We walked out to the middle of the bridge and watch the whales feeding in the bay!

By happy accident, we took the right bus going the wrong way and ended up near Golden Gate park.  We cut through the park over to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood and found a great place for Mexican street food called Street Tacos. 

We were running a bit late for our 3:00 pm checkout, so we uber-ed it back and got there just in time!  Off to SFO!!

We got into Portland before the fireworks, but were too tired to go out and watch..  Time to sleep and get ready to go back to work..