Week in Pictures

Still making progress on the kitchen remodel. Built the base cabinet frame, set the sink, cut and installed the plywood base for the counter, installed the sustainably sourced doug fir planks for the countertop and applied wood putty to the screw holes and seams so that we can sand and smooth them out tomorrow before putting a final layer of stain on them. I still have to source more salvage wood to repurpose for the base cabinet shelves, this weekend’s primary project, and get the floating shelves up on the wall, but it feels good to not have the sink on the sofa! We also bought a hole saw attachment for our drill to make the hole for the faucet and soap dispenser and man, making a 2 1/2″ deep hole takes time!! I got our stainless bars up around the stove so we could start accessing things again normally, and also cut & installed a bunch more shelves to better utilize our spice shelf space (click here to see what it looked like before) which I’m loving so much!! Our GC came by and put in a new dedicated circuit for the dishwasher and helped with some plumbing, so by next week it appears we’ll be – gasp! – done! And best of all? It’ll be just in time for Thanksgiving prep – woo hoo!!!

It’s been a pretty warm fall week and while the raised beds have been put to sleep and garlic is planted, the calendula is still blooming happily, and boy oh boy has the pineapple sage flourished in the back yard! It’s shown to be pretty wussy this year in the front yard but has exploded in the back where old garden beds were last year, so it’s a lesson definitely learned to get more compost in the front where the other ones are so next year they’ll be happy as these are my favorite flowering bush!

And I must say, even with the horrible news this week, I am inspired by those around me who are speaking out and not rolling over and playing dead. Portland Police sprayed marchers with rubber bullets and tear gas last night and my heart broke because they are doing this to address the actions of a minority faction (I refuse to call them “anarchists” as the media do because they’re just jackasses and probably don’t even know the true meaning of anarchy) while disrespecting the peaceful protesters. It reminds me of my time in Seattle during the WTO protests when I was just trying to walk home from my university class and a cop tossed a tear gas canister at my feet as I was trying to cross the street to get to my apartment. Ugh. But I am so proud of the women and men who are standing up for what’s right, who are drawing attention to what’s wrong with an election where the person, for the second time in 16 years, with the most votes is not the declared winner, where each individual’s vote doesn’t have equal merit. And so I will be part of the Million Women’s March. Whether it be to do it in Washington DC or here in Oregon I’m not sure (because of IVF scheduling up in the air), but I will be at one of them. And to see the photo of the awesome HRC who a fellow voter bumped into while on a hike, it gave me warm fuzzies. We love you, Hillary, and we thank you.

And as I sign off I’m going to leave you with hope, courtesy of a video of the amazing recently retired Senator Barbara Boxer, who was on Chelsea Handler’s show the day after the election. She reminds us of how momentous it is that Hillary did get the popular vote, and even if she did not win, we are still moving forward as women in this country, and we must keep that focus and not take this as defeat. Like Anita Hill, she may not have technically won, but she has fought a battle that will change our lives forever. Clarence Thomas and Donald Trump may have talked about their dicks, but Anita Hill and Hillary Rodham Clinton are the ones who made history.

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