September 2007 Archives

After the sealer dried, Anne and I moved the refrigerator back into the kitchen (along a bunch of the other kitchen stuff). The table and chairs are still in the basement pending painting/trim install.

Anne use the circular saw with the finishing blade to cut off the doors (I helped by holding the doors ;-) ). I still need to re-attach the front closet door. In addition to using the painter's tape to help keep the doors from splitting, Anne scored the doors along the cut line with a razor blade. It seemed to work well.

With the doors back in place, the cats have the run of most of the house again (and that makes them happy).

It feels a lot more like home now.


I just finished washing and sealing the grout/tile.

First, I washed it twice with an anti-grout-haze cleaner (once with a sponge, once scrubbing it with a cloth).

I probably could have made things easier on myself by buying a larger amount of cleaner (and thus being able to change my water more often), but it looks good.

After it dried, I applied the grout sealer. I used a water-based sealer, so there was no extra cleanup. I just have to wait for it to dry and then I can test it to make sure I got good coverage (I ended up using just under 2 cans that say they can cover 300-500 square feet, and I was covering 550 square feet, so I was probably applying it a bit thick).

I also purchased two new vent covers that are back in place (although the one still needs to be fastened). I still need to trim off the bottom of the three upstairs doors (I purchased a new circular saw to replace my broken one, a new finishing blade to make the cuts, and some painter's tape to protect the wood). I was going to do the cuts on the front step, but it's rainy and wet right now. I can probably set up some space in the basement, or wait and do it a little later.

I'll be able to move the fridge and most of the kitchen stuff back as soon as the sealer dries. Then the only things left to do will be to remove wallpaper, paint the kitchen, and install trim.

yay. (pictures will probably appear at some point, assuming I'm not totally lazy).


I pulled the peppers off of the jalapeno plant Anne planted and has been watering for me.

Now I just have to decide how I'm going to use them (use them as ice cream additives? as beer flavorings? should I just pickle them?)


4 cups heavy whipping cream
1.33333 cups half and half (except I mistakenly added 2 cups ;) )
1.5 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Everything is cold, so it's faster to make (don't have to slowly heat it and then wait for it to cool in the refrigerator). Good reviews from the people who ate it, but I didn't have any, so I can't really describe how closely it approaches my idea of ideal ice cream.

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