Monday, October 20, 2008

Why we need a condo......

Ok, we really do love this house. But man, so much work! We were marginally lazy this summer, and now that winter is looming on the horizon, we've been cranking out the work, replacing a fence/gate, cleaning out the gutters, etc. But our big accomplishment over the summer was refinishing the floor of the last upstairs bedroom. Since Esther was here to take pictures, we figured we'd post about that.

We learned that some rental places have MUCH better equipment! Using this sander was way better than the last one. Unfortunately, there are plenty of horizontal lines left in the floors of some of the other rooms from the beat up drum of the last sander.

When you're done with the drum sander, you get a really well-defined edge along all walls. That's where the edger comes in!

This thing is fun to use, but after bending over around the periphery of the room, it's really hard to straighten back out. Definitely the hardest part of the job.

Staining is the most rewarding. You get to see the floor dramatically change to the color you like (hopefully).

Ahhh... the polyurethane.... They say you should use one of those really good filtration masks, the kind that really protect you from the chemicals you're breathing.... I do highly recommend those. But my limited home-repair experiences have been short on the protection side of things. So learned that if you don't use the proper mask, ever 200 square feet or so of spreading polyurethan is like 1 beer. Last summer, I did about 1200 square feet while Esther was away.. .and felt it!

And yeah, we forgot to get one last picture of the room complete. We'll get it on here someday. It's great to have this room done and really feel like we're in a bigger place than our 1 bedroom apt in good ole Lafayette Hill PA!! We miss everybody. I've been able to take in some of the Philly sports action at Iggy's sports bar in Ogden. I ordered a beer there, and when I finished it, the waitress came up and said, "If you want another beer, you'll have to order food. I was able to serve you the first beer, because of your 'INTENT' to order food".... Ahhh Utah. Mind you, this is 3.2 beer, limited in alcohol content. So silly.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Great October Utah Snowstorm

Woke up this morning to quite a snowstorm at our house.

Storm and I went out on the trails to hike around, and got to see some of the aspens that still had their leaves. This was the trail that we hiked. (Esther stayed home and drank warm things!)

Storm loved it, and now it's obvious that she's not quite as white as we thought.

It is a little wierd to get all this snow, and we haven't even raked up leaves or had Halloween yet. I had to go out and pick the last tomatoes before tonight's hard freeze, which just felt wierd. We ended up with about 6 inches of snow. Fortunately, we didn't lose power with all the leaves still on the trees. Our last big rose bloom looked great in the snow. We'll miss it!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Hangin with the locals

So, it's been great that Esther's been able to keep this blog up and running. Through the long, Utah summer, Ben kind of went off the radar. So I'm figured I'd jot a few thoughts down. It was a good summer. We re-finished the last upstairs bedroom floor, got the room painted, and then filled it in with all the stuff that got thrown into the guest room. So it feels really good to have an upstairs that is functional, and is actually bigger than the 1 bedroom apartment we left in Philly!

And we just had our first big fall storm, that brought snow down to 7500 feet. Always exciting! Which brings us to.... anticipating.... Ski season!! Snowbasin, the big ski resort next to Ogden, didn't fair too well according to Ski Magazine's rankings this year. It was listed as the 30th best resort in the country. 30th???? Are you kidding? They said it had a lot to do with the fact that it only features skiing, and there are no on-mountain amenities like hotels, bars, or places to hang out with locals. Apparantly, they failed to notice the warm and comfy confines of our home here on good ole Van Buren ave. We have to say "ave", like you would if you were talking about NE Philly. It just feels better.

Anyway, should you feel motivated to visit Ogden, and the ski resort that inherits the basement of Ski Magazine's rankings, we must point out that there are lots of crazy, interesting locals here to hang out with in town for your complete apres ski enjoyment.

As follows:

Harley: Kind of a tease, tickles you with his feather-duster tail, but he's all heart and likes beer. Well, he sniffs the cap when you pop it off.

Stella: Well, if you even see her, she'll have the most attitude. Which will make Philly people quite at home. She's not Utah-shy, and well, we won't comment on her driving. She's really enjoying the ongoing remodeling we've been up to.

Rascal: He will purr at 80 decibels, and then (affectionately) BITE you.

Storm: She will sniff your crotch.

So there you have it. Don't be fooled by any shallow journalism. Snowbasin rocks, and hopefully will be blessed by another banner snow year.