Tuesday, February 26, 2008

of scraping and framing

This month's Sunset is great. It does have a few too many articles about self-righteous hippies (hey--like me!), but it has tons of useful information--I loved their plan for an herb and veggie garden that can be grown in a 16' x 16' space. There are some good recipes, too, and a cool vertical planter (in their Idea House) that uses rainwater. Like, the plants are sideways. That is CRAZY, y'all.

I've been debating what to do about my kitchen floor. It's coming along, but I'm having second thoughts about whether or not to paint the big cream and green squares on it. John's never liked the idea, but I was damn-the-torpedoes-full-speed-ahead about it until, oh, probably last summer, when I saw it in at least two magazines, then again on "Pushing Daisies." Suddenly it seemed way less cute to me--even though it was super cute in all those contexts. I do love being a maverick. Well, the good news is that I don't have to decide for some time, since I still have a hard job of work ahead just getting the floor ready to be sanded.

Here's what's going on in the bathroom:

lift tank with pipes attached

up through the pipes and into the septic tank

framed shower

All the Pretty Horses is a great book, but be warned that there are sweary cowboys.

The Giver
I had never read before, I'm not sure why. It was terrifying and heartbreaking, and I have such an ambivalent reaction to depictions of dystopian futures, because any one of the many horrible scenarios seems equally plausible to me. I can't really talk about this book.