Sunday, April 29, 2007

Kitchen progress II

We got our kitchen cabinet doors back - we had them spray painted by a painter and they look really nice. While Te Beagh slept I hung them back up and the colors look really good together. Tuesday we'll get our countertops installed, so that will be nice too. Then, eventually we'll get the new sink and I'll do the plumbing and we'll be almost back in business. We need to pick some tile to put on the wall below the cabinets and above the countertops. And a few other odds and ends, but the cabinet doors at least give you a little sense of what things will look like!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Te Beagh and Regan

After having Regan for so many years, it is hard to believe that a dog could not just gulp down all her food at every meal, But Te Beagh is quite different, at least in this first week. She is much less interested in her food, and will eat a few bites, walk away, come back for another piece of kibble, sit down, etc. Then eagle eye Regan will seize any chance to finish off all of Te Beagh's food if we aren't watching! Part of it may be the first week and change of environment, and nerves. But I read online that some dogs are really that way - nibblers they call them. I guess Regan would be in a class called gulpers, or swallow-but-don't chew!

We are loving our doggies - they are playing some, and Regan has to give Te Beagh some harsh words sometimes to keep her in check. It's a lot of work, but so far Te Beagh is doing really well. she has not peed or pooped in the house even once! We have her signed up for puppy classes starting on May 9, and she'll get some socializing there too.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A few more puppy pix

She's too cute! So, let's take up some more space on the Internet with a few more pix, what the heck! In other news, we may get our counters installed soon, and then have to wait 3 weeks for the sink, but at least we'll have counters! What I need to do now is get working on the garden - nothing is planted yet and it is time for some lettuce, spinach, etc.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

More Puppy!

Te Beagh and Regan are getting along well, and they play together and even fell asleep by each other! She is starting to get trained a bit and is learning to sit and lay down. But having a puppy is 24/7! She sure keeps us busy and needs attention a lot. But it will be worth it, cause then she'll be well behaved. Here are a few more pix:

Monday, April 23, 2007

Cutest. Puppy. Ever.

Te Beagh is doing really well. She stayed in her crate all night last night, and when she woke up we took her out and she peeped and pooped outside! So far so good on that count. Mom took her to the vet today and she is healthy and all is well except for a little cough. But no real problems, the vet said to give her a bit of Robitussin. She is a real sweetie, very nice temperament. She loves going out and romping around. It must feel like a big yard to her! A few more pix for your viewing pleasure:

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Amber ale is in the bottle!

Today was a busy day. First we got our new Puppy and then we bottled our very first batch of amber ale. Of course, we tasted a bit as we bottled it, and it seems to be quite good. A little carbonation, bottle conditioning, and voila - it will be ready to drink in a week or two! Much quicker than wine, so that part is great! I couldn't get the pix to download - but trust me - it looks good too!

NEW PUPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marianne and I got a new puppy today - a lab mix. We got back from our Chicago trip last night, and Marianne got online and there is a rescue place in Loveland and they had lab mix puppies. We named her Te Beagh which means Little Lady in Gaelic. Pronounced "Che Vek". Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are several thousand words:

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Kitchen Progress?!

Well, it may not look like it from this photo, but we are making progress on our kitchen project. Besides the new sink and countertops, we are painting the cabinets and walls. By we, I mean mostly Marianne. She is definitely small, but mighty! Anyway, we are almost done painting and then we can put stuff back in the cabinets. Our sink is supposed to arrive in about 4-5 days, so when we get back from Chicago hopefully we can get the counters and sink put in. Then I need to put all the plumbing back in place, pray for no leaks ( never seems to happen on the first go), and be all ready with a beautiful kitchen when Laurel and Freddie arrive! The miracle will happen.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Kitchen remodel

We are in the process of doing some remodeling in the kitchen. We're getting new countertops and a new sink, and will paint the cabinets and walls a new color. We're also putting in new tile on the wall behind the sink and stove, which meant taking out the old tile, which meant taking out the drywall, which means putting in new drywall, .... Anyway, you get the idea. Here are a few photos - the "before" shots that will make the end product seem even more amazing! But before we started all of this, you will see that I am boiling our FIRST BATCH OF BEER! We are making an amber ale, which will be ready in time for Laurel and Freddie's visit for the marathon. Yipperooney!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

10,000 steps

I went hiking with John Bartholow the other day and he showed me his new toy - a pedometer. he told me, now that he's retired, he wants to be sure he gets in his 10,000 steps each day. I've always been into keeping track of things, so it seemed like a good idea. So, I ordered a pedometer that you can simply put in your pocket and it keeps tracks of your steps. I like it, and it does motivate me to walk more, or park farther away, etc.