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Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 Replies

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Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

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Comment by kathy: ky on November 19, 2016 at 10:31pm
I finally found one thing that entertained me this week. My daughter got me a FFRF T-shirt. AND, I wore it to the elementary school family fun night with my youngest granddaughter. This is the same school that has a club called athletes christian something? Which is illegal. The principal is always talking about how 'blessed' we are. Found out he was doubly 'blessed' last year because he was caught having an affair with one of the young teachers. Lol. These are the good Christan values they brag about so much :)
I made it a point to speak to him. Yes, he noticed my shirt but didn't comment ;(
Comment by Daniel W on November 19, 2016 at 1:14pm

Chris, thanks.  Retirement was not the goal or expectation this soon, but we have to do what we have to do.  There is more solitude and less sense of purpose, but I feel lucky and like maybe I did plan ahead responsibly.  I have not adjusted to the solitude, strange because Im no comfortable around most people.

Joan, I bet they will love the pickled beets!  Some family time will be good.

Comment by Plinius on November 19, 2016 at 10:49am

Joan, don't worry, I know it when you talk to me, thát is important! People call me so many different names, and that is not even behind my back!

Daniel takes the kitchen troubles in his stride - he couldn't have done that when he worked, I think. So congrats, Daniel, retirement works well for you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 2:13am

Chris, I am sorry, I misspelled your name again. I try to double check to make sure I spell it correctly and missed that one. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 1:35am

Your kitchen has a fine arrangement for cooking, I can tell a chef designed the space. Your food will taste as good, and your kitchen will be as it should be and this time next year we will all be laughing about Daniel's remodel-remodel. That is after you have spent all the blood, sweat, tears during the redo. 

Jut a thought, if the specs have changed, can you get grandfathered in under the old rules?

No, I don't get on a ladder to reach the top shelf. It is reserved for things that Laura and Larry and Craig can reach. I do have a bowl my grandmother made her pie dough in, on that shelf, but I don't make pie dough anymore. 

Tomorow, I am going to make some pickled beets to take to L & L Paradise Acres for Thanksgiving. My granddaughter, Laurie, is going to cook the meal. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2016 at 10:45pm

Ruth, I asked about that.  I have about 1/2 inch that I could lower.  But, the spec states the cabinets need to be 18 inches above the counter, not the stove.  I even called the stove manufacturer.  No go.

As for getting a different stove, this was a floor model, half price. We would not have bought it at full price.  We had to deliver it ourselves.  No way can we get it back onto the pickup truck ourselves.  It's worth the modification, nothing happens without some effort or struggle.  It's worth the effort, even though this was not anticipated.

The good news, actually amazing news, is I went to the tile place today, with a sample tile.  Not only were they able to match the backsplash tile, which is a tumbled travertine, but they gave me a box of the tiles for no charge.  I was stunned.  Very nice!  Now I can make up the difference in backsplash height.

Since I am doing the work, it is not that much expense.  I have left over drywall that should be enough, and if not, it's not that costly.  The framing is cheap.  I already have primer and paint.  There will be some challenges, but it's worth it.  I spend 2 or 3 hours a day in the kitchen.  Sometimes more.  It's nice when you created the room yourself.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 18, 2016 at 3:26pm

Daniel, wouldn't it be easier to lower the stove? Or just bite the bullet and get a shorter one? That's way too much work an cost.

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2016 at 2:54pm

Joan, be careful on the stepladder!  Do you need to use those top shelves, or can they just be kept empty?

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2016 at 2:53pm

Joan, I might swear but not within earshot  :-)

Ning's recommendations -

1.  Have a fake ruler made with measurements that meet the specs.  Since the inspector borrowed my ruler, I can say I had the work done, give her the new ruler, and it all meets spec.  This is kind of a Chinese way to do.  Not going there.

2.  Forget the specs and the permit.  Cut a hole in the wall and run a hose to a portable propane tank, that we would just change every couple of months.  He actually wanted to do this at the outset.  Growing up in China, all of their gas cooking was done this way.  They hauled the propane tanks on their bicycles to have them filled.

3.  Call the county - someone - and complain.  That would not work, I'm not even going to try.

Joan, I'm tall enough, 5'11.  That makes me the shortest man on my father's side in at least 3 generations, maybe more.  The cabinets were to specification, it's just that the spec has changed.

Spud, the idea is that it reduces fire risk.  A whole inch, and not over the stove itself.  I think this helps the builders and contracters, because it means in theory they get to do more. 

Whatever, I'm headed to the tile place now to see if I can find matching tile for the slightly higher backsplash!  If not, then I'll add some kind of fancy tile edging trim.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2016 at 2:10pm

Daniel, what a horrid bit of news. You take the chore very calmly, no help to yell, swear, beat your head against the wall. It just doesn't help get the job done. I am glad to read you take it in stride as another adventure in life. 

Please don't let that stop you from taking all those actions as you sweat over the tasks. We can hear you if you need to vent. 

I don't know, but I assume you are not a tall man and those cabinets being lower was a bit of a help. That would be true for me. I can't read the third shelf of my cupboards and have to use a step ladder. 

Whatever you do, I know it will look fine!

Your feral cats do a good job for you! And your chickens take care of your kitchen food scraps. You have 24 hour a day help that is silent, mostly, and unpaid. That is the way to go!

 

 

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