Satisfaction: A job well done–my 24 kitchen

I have a new kitchen. I call it my 24 kitchen,  All of the appliances are 24inches wide.

I took the leap last year and bought a condo outside of Victoria.  It had an old and tired feel to it.  Some poor soul thought that it was a good idea to paint it, so they did.  Everything including the counter.  It looked great on photos however keeping it clean was impossible as the painted counter top had a sand mix to make it look like granite, They forgot the last coat of epoxy and it was like cooking on  and cleaning  sandpaper.  So, we gutted it and started fresh. 


The first to go was the fridge and stove.  We had a good fridge and I would rather have a washer and dryer.  Next the counters, we took them out in stages with the old cupboards below.  To fill the needs of the kitchen we bought an old oak side board.


Then we budgeted and planed.  Ikea cupboards were selected as my partner and I were good at putting things together.  The Ikea planner was really helpful.  I found the appliances that would fit this small space (6*10) and then the fun really began.

Every thing but the kitchen sink was removed. The washer and dryer were movable and worked as our defunct kitchen. Yes, the kitchen sink is on saw horses.  It worked but was a pain to do much more than the basics and we ate out a lot during this part.



We sanded, primed and painted the walls.  The electrician came, ripped out some drywall and installed new lines for the new cook top, built in  wall oven oven and the dishwasher.



We called the plumber to properly hook up the washing machine, so more wall had to be removed, the plumbing was also updated with new lines and bits. 



We stared the setup for the new cupboards.  They reach the ceiling giving us more space and clean line.  This was fun, like putting together a Lego castle. The drywall was replaced, mudded, sanded, primed and painted. 


The blue is the plastic protecting the finish. It only came off as we finished working in that area.


We had removed the old sink and that meant dish duty was a laborious affair in the bathroom sink.  We used a toaster oven and some induction cook plates (for 5 years actually – long story!)


The plumber came back to hook up the sink and the dishwasher.  The dishwasher is the white drawer in the picture below.  Perfect size for the two of us.  Love it!


Then we had the electrician back to hook up the juice for dishwasher and cooktop. The empty space is for the wall oven that was damaged in shipping. Bummer but it happens.  And we couldn’t finish the bottom until the oven arrived.  All of the appliance in my new kitchen are 24 inches. So we had to do some serious mods to the bottom cabinets to fit the appliances.  And it worked beautifully!



So, after 11 month and 10 days, I have a decent working kitchen! The floor is next but will have to wait as I blew the budget. And for the first time in 5 years, I have a great working oven and cooktop. 


A photo or two for the tale of the lame gosling.

Late last summer I moved to a small condo. The property is on a small basin of water that is home to Canada Geese.  This years brood has hatched and the parents are dutifully tending to these young.  


Walking the dog down to beach I spied a lone gosling on the berm.  I took Loki back to our unit and grabbed the camera.  When I returned, the young gosling was still there. He sat there a bit and I slowly edged closer.  It was odd, as they usually shy quite quickly. I took a couple of photos, and edged closer still. 

The goslings parents were on the beach with the rest of the brood, and I stayed my distance.   I looked back to the lone gosling and he was doing his best to make it down the berm, the gosling had an injured foot.  He was slow but determined to meet up with his family.  It was an odd reunion,  the parents didn’t rush to meet this little lame gosling, they stayed back and assessed his condition. 



The little gosling is just shy of the waters edge at the far left of this photo. 



The geese filed into the water, and the little lame gosling, did the same at a distance.  The lameness on the land was not a hindrance in the water and he was able to catch up and find his place with his family

This was a happy ending.  This time.


The goslings numbered 8 on May 13th.  The basin is filled with life both above and below the water. 


My Sewing life: Inside the machine


I have been sewing for thirty years now, so for most a lifetime.  When I was younger all of my machines were used.  Professional service was a luxury, so I would take the machine apart and do my best.  And it worked.


A few years back my Husqvarna Emerald Sewing machine blew a fuse, it wasn’t under warranty, so to replace the 3$ fuse cost me $89& taxes. Not cheap.  So, when the fuse went a few months later I took the machine apart, replaced the fuses and repositioned the wires to make then next fuse replacement a snap.  The whole machine had to come apart to get access.  Well, in doing so, I flipped some wires in replacing the fuses.  The consequence was that they light on the machine would only work when the pedal was in use.  A nuisance but not broken.

So, I recently listed the machine on crags list and the one offer was incredibly low.  So, last night I took it apart to fix the issue.

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Now if I had looked at the bottom once the plate was off I should have notice that the fuses were yellow wire to white wire, but I didn’t.  I was thinking that I had put the wrong wires to the machines computer board.  So, I unscrewed all kinds of screw, coaxed the plastic bits apart and swapped the wires.   Then I put it back enough to test, and the machine said no, they were fine the way they were before.  I then went looking to see what was amiss and that was the moment that I realized I didn’t need to pull it all apart.

The picture below shows the correct fuse wiring.  While I was in the machine, I cleaned and lubricated all the gears and moving parts.  Now it should sell for closer to the asking price.


I just want to emphasize that this was only done on machines that were beyond the manufactures warranty.  Never touch a machine under warranty – it will void it.


Sewing with Hemp linen. A quick finish to the sleeve.

Hemp Linen (40% Hemp/60% Organic Cotton) is a joy to work with.  The more that it is worked, the softer it becomes.DSC02057

I have worked with this before with great success.  The lace is a cotton 1” that I picked up years ago.  When folded and sewn over the materials edge the finish is clean and wears really well.  DSC02060

One of the property’s of hemp woven material is that the hemp will have a tendency to bind to itself naturally during wear.  So it will not come apart under the lace. 

I will be using this technique on the neck for this hemp shirt.