Last night was a conjunction of the crescent moon, Venus and Mars. It was so cool! I don't normally pay a lot of attention to astrological occurrences, but this one was easy (no telescope needed) and the night was so clear, that it wowed us despite the sub-zero temperature. Unfortunately we didn't have out camera with us so couldn't take a photo (argh!).
If you missed it last night, you have another chance tonight. The crescent moon will have moved off, but Venus and Mars will be together. Look toward the west, a bit above the horizon, around 6:15pm or so. Venus shines so very bright and Mars will be a small red light just above and behind it.
Happy star gazing!
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
Chris is now dimensioning and planing the wood for the landing surround and wall boards. The work is cold (you have to do it outside), loud, dusty, and boring to photograph. So here are some of the other things we've been up to:
Testing a new recipe for Cook's Illustrated (don't be impressed, all you have to do is volunteer). I love this magazine and it's great fun to try out recipes before they're published. Plus you get to see how they changed from the trial once they actually appear in the magazine.
|Getting the ingredients ready|
|Not quite there...|
|The first jump - off to a good start.|
|And then she saw me...|
|Back on course|
|Ta da again!|
|The great mouse caper|
|Venting steam to reduce the soup|
|Cooper loves the snow|
|Look at that face!|
|16" in the first storm followed by another 12"|
|Smiling despite freezing his butt off|
|Making the graham crust|
|Trial and error|
Monday, February 9, 2015
Saturday, February 7, 2015
When last we left, Chris had finished the compass rose and was fitting the white oak flooring around it. This was a painstaking task but it came out great.
We put a light coat of stain and poly on it and then took a deep breath.
|Wait - you want to do what to it?|
|The practice N. There is wire in the middle channel|
|The template and the practice N|
|Taking a power tool to the new floor (breathe, just breathe)|
|The flash makes it hard to see the copper|
The effect is subtle but it looks great in real life. The copper just catches the light.
|No flash - see the N at the top left?|