Sunday, November 24, 2013

Across Five Novembers

Here we are, five years after beginning and we are almost finished. From the outside, it doesn't look like much has happened. In reality, all of the exterior plaster and paint is done. The most apparent difference is an apron of gravel (actually a dry river) around the entire perimeter of the house. This dry river will channel rain water down the rain chains through the gravel and away to landscaping features that will need supplemental water.

Progress over the years...
November 2009
November 2010
November 2011
November 2012
November 2013
By November 2014, we will be full-time Torrey residents. That makes us smile.

Saturday, November 23, 2013


--> Benjamin Franklin was a wise man, his inventions many, accomplishments extensive and writings numerous. He is also given credit for several familiar sayings including my favorite, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” I like this one best because it reflects the way I wish our all of our gear was organized. To that end, Scott spent last week building shelves in his office storage room. This is where we are determined to stash our gear in an organized fashion rather than allowing it to gradually settle into chaos.

In order to determine the necessary shelf depth, the first thing we did was to inventory the items to be warehoused in this space. After that, there were only two other considerations. To prevent damage to the plaster walls, we decided the shelves needed a back and sides. This will keep backpacks, lanterns, cameras, etc. from damaging the plaster wall when they are slid into place. We also do not want the shelves so tall that items placed on the top will show above the pony walls that separate the storage rooms from the rest of Scott’s office.

Here is the result of his effort.

Looking into the room from Scott's office.
A closer look in.
Looking straight at the shelves.
The shelves abut the plaster wall near the curved window well.
I think we'll be able to implement Franklin's directive here.