Sunday, January 11, 2009

Attic Insulation: Completed

After much, much preparation (reinforcing horizontal trusses,ridge blocking and reinforcement, pipe removal, roof patches, skylight installation, wall framing, and brick repair 'til the wee hours of morning the night before) -- the attic insulation was blown in -- TWICE in December. Really a third time would be nice, but that's never going to happen. NO, we will NOT recommend this contractor.... GRRRRR....



Much, much warmer and well, only drafty through remaining exposed bricks (more brickwork to come).

Phew. One thing down. What next??

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Happy Thanksgiving.


Rent movies
Prepare feast
Watch movies while feast is cooking
Eat in bed
Watch more movies

Serves 2.

Delicious on many levels!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Fourth Floor

I'm all about the pictures. Nina, these are for you sweetie since you keep checking this blog! I'm still in NYC, but these are the last photos I took before I left. Hopefully Jodi will add a few more from our rafter project, which she finished up without me, to changes she's made that I haven't even seen. These photos are the beginning of Jordan, Chris & Hil's rooms...AKA guest rooms when the kids aren't around.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A long belated post...

Hello, all of you missed friends. Despite all good intentions, this blog has sat in a state of neglect for some time. I assure you, it is not due to a lack of thoughts, well-wishes, or missing going out in your direction. Those have all remained constant. It is purely out of necessary, indescribable busyness balanced by the need to have SOME moments of rest to recuperate.

The attic is partially framed and structurally reinforced. We look forward to having the insulation blown in to the attic within the next two weeks. This is solely dependent on my efforts to complete massive brick reconstruction, as usual. Insulating our attic should help reduce global warming and save much money on our heating bills!

Plague update: one bat and two more birds in the boiler vent.

Hopefully, you are aware that Alicia has been in film school and temporarily living in NYC since early September. She has found her metier and is a great film maker in every facet: screenwriter, director, editor. I am very honored and excited to be working on the film's theme song with the help of Amy, Betsy and Tara in Seattle!! Check out Alicia's Facebook page and website ( for some beautiful stills from the shoot.

I continue to model almost full-time, take painting jobs on the side and work on the house as time allows.

I hope you are all well, happy and warm and urge you to keep in touch as time allows!


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Two Main Floors

It just occurred to me that we've never put the floor plans on the blog, so here they are. These aren't the final plans, but they're close. Each floor is about 750 square feet and this doesn't include the guest room floor (2 bedrooms, a landing and bath) or the basement - which is just one big open room. I'll post those plans in the future. Some changes to this set of plans include: the laundry room - which will be located next to the toilet with doors facing the landing and there will also be a door off of the dining room leading to a back deck.

Main Floor

Master Bedroom Suite
The oval in the middle of the room is a freestanding bathtub. The room with the shower will be a wet room, completely tiled and ready for water.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Metal for Electrical

We recently visited the salvage yard in a 14-foot U-Haul with all of the metal from the demolition of our house. This was a day that had been discussed with much anticipation for a very long time.
 Jodi painstakingly separated aluminum and steel from copper -- (Jodi's note: pulling literally thousands of fins from old radiator pipes and then cutting out . . . every . . . single . . . joint, totalling hundreds and hundreds of pieces of metal)
-- and when all was said and done, we walked away with a big wad of cash in hand. Twenty dollars shy of what we needed to pay the electrician today to install our new electrical panel. 

From this...

 To this!

A nice trade.

We laugh at how many times a MAN has offered to "take our metal to the dump for us".  Boys, boys, boys!

This house was a conglomeration of ancient wiring meets even more ancient wiring. Sometimes a breaker in the off position still meant power at the site of our work. Needless to say, the threat of a good jolt of electricity is a little off-putting even when your feet are touching the ground, but when standing on a ladder, well, it's downright scary.  One of our first acts of business  was removing all unnecessary electrical from this house. What this means is that if you want a piece of toast, you must unplug the microwave, plug in the toaster, toast the bread and then eat your toast in a dimly lit house.  This box marks a new era. One I used to take for granted. 

Let the stringing of new wires begin!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Well, we're in the midst (hopefully tail-end) of a heat wave, if you haven't heard. It's been scorchin'! 103 yesterday, 100 today on the Jeep thermometer. Phew. I am sorry to say we've been pushing 90 inside the house... Gee, is that what attic insulation does?? We'll have to get some!

Alicia is in Washington state (3rd time in two months!) on an artist's residency -- writing her screenplay, well, two of them actually. It is about 40 degrees cooler where she is.

I've been crazy busy, working an exterior staining job (lots), modeling and keeping things up at home. Oh, yeah, AND moving (literally) every-single-item-that-we-own from two storage units into one. To anyone who has ever helped me move my green couch, that remains to be moved with a helper.

Today was catching up with the garden, which is looking gorgeous and lush in this jungly humidity and heat. 
I picked four bags of delicious mixed greens, herbs and arugula and thought of all of you, to whom I used to give garden produce in Seattle. There are already 1" tomatoes out there...quite a bit ahead of the season in the Northwest. 

Had my first taste (no, not literally, although I read that they are quite delicious!) of stinging nettles whilst cutting the grass yesterday. 
I can adamantly say, that stinging nettle does, in fact, REALLY sting. Youch. It looks much better today -- about half as big.

Oh, I must include these photos for Amy V. and my mom, who never got to see my flowing tresses 
before they got chopped off. (I NEVER wore it down). 
Please note, for your amusement the pseudo bun that I sported during many a modeling gig... Tee-hee!