Thursday, August 30, 2012
4 of 5: Handy Step Storage
so a LOOOOONG time ago, i found this ladder at The Container Store
but was too stubborn to buy it. i was certain i could find something (1) local & (b) cheaper with my focus being on the former. i also made the mistake of only concentrating on how flat the ladder could fold up & if it was shallow enough to still slide into the bottom of the pantry. i never really focused on the height it would give me (or lack thereof) when unfolded. so with that misguided priority in mind, i ended up buying a single step step stool from Target.
not a bad little step, but really what was i thinking? one step? i might as well stand on my tippies!
so i finally did an online chat with a CS rep & explained my delima & she graciously agreed to get someone to measure this thing folded up. "it cannot exceed 23" front-2-back when collapsed or the pantry door won't shut & this MUST be stored in the kitchen or we will continue to stand on my refurb'd stools" i told her - that poor poor woman! it came in at....drum roll.....dramatic pause.......i don't remember, but it was less than 24" hooray! so of course i ordered right then & there...........NO!
i don't know why, i just didn't. wait, i think i mentioned something about being indecisive? yeah, that would be it. so FIIINALLY i got my crap together & ordered it! but not before online chatting 1 more time to make sure i'd made it absolutely clear that this thing HAD to be 23" or less when folded. dear dog! someone help me! yet another CS rep chatted with me online & assured me he understood my question & it was definitely whatever measurement i didn't remember yet again - i have a feeling i'm flagged at their Call Center now. so all that for this!
and i love it! these upper cabinets by far are still one of my favorites HACKS in the remodel, second only to my wine storage. and how did the ladder do when collapsed?
perfect! do we use it often? sparingly, but the whole point of the top cabinets is for seasonal/lesser used items that had to stay - unlike the mounds of crap that never made it back into the kitchen! but when i do want to get to it, it's not a hassel & i'm not digging stuff out.
the only complaint i would say about this ladder is it's not easy to collapse back down. i saw that in the comments section before i bought it & it does take me a few seconds to get it right, but it's worth it not to have to lug a step ladder through the house, watch Nacho stand on the counters, or risk some horrendous Darwinian episode from standing on those bar stools.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
|coming into Denver station|
|on the way to Winter Park right before Moffat tunnel|
3 of 5: Microwave & Cutting Board Stationone of the early ideas i found when researching the kitchen redo was to place the microwave under the counter. most of the examples i saw had it positioned in the island. i have always hated any appliance that sits on the counter (with the possible exception of a Kitchen Aid Mixer cuz they are so stylish right?). of course, appliances on the counter take a way distant 2nd to the microwave above the stove. uggh! yuck! grosse! we lived with that beast for almost 10 years ourselves
anywhose...the great thing about that microwave was, NOTHING! there was nothing great about it. the lighting was terrible and the venting went straight out the top and into the kitchen. i love when people do that, not properly venting a stove! right up there with eating their toe nails that one!
so i knew 6 years ago that the microwave was not going back UP into or onto anything. it would be hidden out of the way. and here we have it!
Akurum Base With 3 Drawers (18" wide i believe) in Nexus Black/Brown
|Akurum Base w/ 3 Drawers|
moving on....the only drawer kit we bought was the bottom one. leaving the rest open, we simply used a piece of shelving, cut a piece of Black/Brown wall panel to size for the front, & attached the front panel to the shelf with the hinges to create this - some of these pieces you can't find online, so be sure to ask for extra shelving and panel pieces for custom stuff like this, you'll be glad you did.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
I love that group! But this is not about music. Nacho & I are headed out to CO but this time by train. I did this by myself 4 years ago since i didnt have to worry about anyone but me. I loved it! But of course i HATE flying. We usually drive the 14 hours out to CO & the train is 18 so not that big of a deal when you have the time. Of course I've never been out of the country, well except for Canada, so I have no idea what train travel is like in other countries. I hear nothing but good about it from those who have. I do know that we (US) are woefully inadequate in this tecnology as well. Too bad cuz it's relaxing & less demoralizing than any airport I've ever been in. Anyone want to enlighten me on how great, or maybe not, this is in other parts of the world?
we did have a spark of success about 2 weeks ago (July 19th) when we saw mama swimming with 2 babies after we got home from work. we didn't have our camera handy so had to run back inside & get it. by the time we got back out to the beach, this was the best we could get
HOWEVER, she came back the next day! Alone! yep, we have no idea where the babies were/are. we have not seen them since that day. we kind of hope she's hidden them away or Dad is taking care of them somewhere, but that is unlikely. she has been on those 4 remaining eggs ever since.
i did a little googling around week 2 & found that the average hatch time is 28 days after the last egg has been laid. we don't know when that was, but today, Aug 1, it's unlikely those eggs are good. she won't abandon the nest. my heart is broken. we wonder every day what happened to the 2 babies that did hatch & if there is any way possible the remaining 4 will - doubtful. i like to think her instinct is best & maybe they will, but, again, doubtful.
for now, here's another close up from the day after we saw those 2 babies with her. she still will let us get really close to her and the plants in the nest have grown so that she has great coverage. you can see me trying to console myself.