August 15, 2018

Carrot on a stick to RDU

We had committed to being in Raleigh Durham area for a family event. We had planned to travel west and down through Nebraska, spend the last bit of Summer in VT hiking and biking, but life is not scripted.

popo house 

We spent the night at Popo's (Chinese Grandma) house in DC area. 


Then we made it to Raleigh Durham area of North Carolina. 


My Brother... 

father and sons  

My father... 



Bride and Groom.... 




Then we hit the road. Now I'm racing out the door to get two new tires for he BMW X5 as they did a lot of rolling this summer.   

Rush Job on the bathroom renovation in Vermont

It seems we were constantly struggling to stay on schedule. Much of that had to do with the availability of the plumbers. Then, our deadline to get on the road became a hard date. We spent the last few weeks of summer in Vermont working. We all felt the stress but we managed to get it done.

Kat had taken a few before pics. The wallpaper was actually contact paper, and it had begun to peel in the tub/shower area. I hated that tub shower unit. The floor was an ugly peel/stick material.




(note the section of missing wall paper top right. We just painted the wall board white as a temp fix last summer)


The toilet was already too close to the wall. The lid didn't sit flat on the tank. I knew this would be a problem later as our plan would decrease the distance between the wall and tank even more.



It was a huge milestone to set that sliding glass shower door. We had to be on the road in less than 36 hours.

honeycomb tile rochester house hardwick vermont  

rochester house hardwick vermont  


I fabricated a custom tank lid from a piece of Carrera marble.  Not only does it fit correctly, but it also looks nice.

I literally took these pictures moments before locking the house and walking out the door. We didn't even get to shower in the new shower...  You can see the ladder was still there in the pic below. It may be another ten months before I get to actually use the shower that caused so much stress and effort this summer.

rochester house hardwick vt  



August 06, 2018

A couple days behind, but time waits for no man

No time for pretty Vermont scenery this week. Trying to finish up and head home. Maybe another ten days until I get time to make a real post.

July 30, 2018

Tile, Corn, Potholes, and 16 miles of NEK LVRT (trail)

We anxiously awaited the appointment for the next set of plumbers. Master Plumber guy looked at the space, looked at my shower tray.... and he paused, silence... I was about to have a stroke. Then he said "YUP! We can do it!". They jumped into action. Things were happening so quickly.

 Then they opened the shower valve kit we had ordered (big box store in NH). "This is the trim kit. Do you have the valve to go with it?". I went into a panic. I was about to jump in the car and race to Littleton NH to the big box store. I checked online inventory, the valve is a special order item.... The plumbers set the tray and did all they could without the valve. I have ordered two just to be safe, one from Lowe's and one from Amazon Prime. It's a race to see who can get the valve first. The Amazon valve is guaranteed to be here (at the house) tomorrow. But Prime is not always accurate here in VT. If it comes fedex, it will be here. If they ship it USPS... there is no home delivery in Hardwick. All residents here get a PO Box and the people at the Post Office get upset if Amazon drops something at the Post Office and it doesn't have my PO Box number on it... but amazon won't ship two day prime to a PO Box... 

We have started tiling what we can, outside of the shower area.  

hardwick house bathroom tile

It's looking really good!

After working all week, with many rainy days, we worked half days on the weekend and enjoyed the beautiful Vermont summer afternoons. 

walden vermont creamee butch's harvestore  

We stopped in Walden for a roadside creamee.  

vt creamee walden rt 15  

vermont creamee nek 

My Mom took #2 son and Daughter to the Great Vermont Corn Maze. I sent the Daughter with my camera.

great vermont corn maze 2018 

danville vt boat cornfield great vermont corn maze 2018 

corn maze nek vt danville 

great vermont corn maze 2018 success 

#1 son and I set out for sixteen miles on the LVRT. We started at Joe's Pond/Hasting's Store in Danville and rode all the way to St Johnsbury. It was mostly downhill.  

lvrt danville to saint johnsbury vermont bike trail 

danville vermont bike trail lvrt vt  

gary fisher on the lvrt vermont  

spring water lvrt  

We drank fresh spring water straight from the source. It was good water.

The LVRT ends a couple blocks from the Kingdom Taproom. It'd been a few years since we last visited this place. It's still good! 

lvrt to kingdom tproom st johnsbury vt 

#1 son is rarely enthusiastic about restaurant food. This was an exception, "The food here is GREAT!". All three kids enjoyed the French Onion Soup and fresh baked bread with herbed butter. 

black barn farm bolton vt 

We also attended a party at a friend's farm. Yes, another back yard waterfall.  

black barn farm party bolton vermont 2018 

The Black Barn Farm Party of 2018 was a good time.  

black barn farm bolton vt party 2018 

black barn farm party 2018 bolton vermont   

Hill Farmstead Society nd Solitude #10 ten nek craft beer vermont 

My current favorite Vermont craft beer, Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #10 is so delicious.  



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