Monday, September 26, 2011


The completion of the dutch door is nearly there. We've been painting and staining all weekend. We added weather stripping. All that's left is to touch up the house paint.


I don't remember this from past years but the lime tree is giving us bunches of fruit this year. Maybe it was that wet winter that's making the tree extra productive this season.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Weekend Dog

Seven gets the hang of the dutch door......

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Up To Us

The project lasted past sundown but the hardware was attached and it was a beautiful sight this morning. Now it's up to us to finish the sealing, priming and painting of the exterior redwood trim. Some interior trim needs to be placed around the jamb as well. The door has transformed the kitchen and nearly completed the home's restoration.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hanging with Luis

Carpenter Luis V planed and sanded the two sides of the dutch to perfection and hung them to great effect. New oak sill gets rid of the rotting old one.
Now to add the hardware.......

Kitchen Door Demo

The previous owner's funky handiwork got ripped out this morning. What should have been an easy job was complicated by James' use of every conceivable style of nail and screw to hold his home made jamb in place. And like everything else in the house, a large dollop of caulk was always used.
Our carpenter Luis went through 6 sawzall blades.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Weekend Dog

Seven enjoys a good bone.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Manufactured Crisis

Columnist Karl Frisch explains the current state of the postal system's problems.

"GOP efforts to cripple the Postal Service predate the current tea party “cut government spending” drumbeat echoing throughout Washington during these difficult economic times.

Five years ago, during the Bush administration, the Postal Service handled the largest volume of mail ever seen in its 236-year history. It was in that year, that the Republican controlled Congressed passed the Postal Accountability Enhancement Act (PAEA).

As’s Allison Kilkenny recently reported, by passing PAEA, Congressional Republicans mandated that within ten years the United States Postal Service would have to fully fund retirement healthcare benefits for the next 75 years. Or to put it more plainly, the Postal Service had a decade to fully fund the retirement healthcare benefits for future employees that will not even be born until 2057 at the earliest."

"The only reason we keep hearing so much about the Postal Service’s impending budget shortfall is because PAEA requires that on September 30 a down payment be made on the healthcare benefits of postal workers 75 years into the future. This law has forced the Postal Service into the red for two years running.

In the end, Republicans know the Postal Service is a government agency that works well for Americans. And you know the GOP cannot have an example of good government floating around out there lest it get in the way of their political aspirations."

Read the whole column here

And for those of you thinking that budget cuts and deregulation creates jobs, here's a handy graph showing the effects of a republican lead economy.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Weekend Dog

Seven enjoying the cool slate floor in the bathroom.

Double Lucky?

Last night we had a crazy/beautiful sunset complete with double rainbow and a fierce heat lightning storm at dusk.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Three Drinks and a Pair

FN introduced us today to the joys of Little Dom's over on Hillhurst in Los Feliz. An excellent brunch and some fine old cocktails. Moscow Mules served in copper mugs and a Mint Julep in the proper silver cup. My Little Street came in a classic prohibition era cocktail glass.

Walking Stick Tree

A few weeks ago while in New Hampshire with the family, I helped plant a Harry Lauder's Walking Stick Tree. A very distinctive tree indeed.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Weekend Dog

Seven enjoys a shank steak in a backyard/picnic type setting. Bon Appetit!

Friday, September 02, 2011

Spike Before Irene

Before Irene hit last week, I was working on a commercial with S. Lee. We shot around different boroughs and different firehouses with a bunch of real firemen and real kids. Days were short...the work was easy and got to see a few friends I had lost contact with. The retro camera captured the ominous atmosphere of the stairs leading to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Banksia in Bloom

The Banksia tree we planted a year and a half ago has produced some flowers. They are all the lower part of the tree so they must only grow on old growth. There are five statuesque blooms made up of hundreds of tinier flowers. Amazing.