About Linda D

The kids are grown. I am creating and living the life I love. I do miss our family dinnertime conversations, especially Honest Wednesdays, or Reality Sundays, somethin' like that, always a laugh or a cry or look into each individuals perspective and life experiences. To me, that is what FAMILY is about, sharing the joy of being connected to each other! So even when the kids live away from home, one is 630 miles away, I strive to keep connected, with love!

Square Roots & Solatubes

Mom, Casey and Dad travel to the construction site to figure out, and ultimately place the proposed Solatubes.  You know, tubular daylighting devices (TDDs).  This is in lieu of putting in sky lights.  For our house, conventional skylights present a challenge somewhat, as the combined roof pitch and skylight location causes the “tunnel” portion between the roof and room ceiling to be 10+ feet tall.  It could be done, but is a bit extreme in our opinion.  Therefore, we are going the TDD route instead.

The manufacturer claims that the Solatube will lighten an area approximately 300 sq. ft.  So, exactly how big is the 300 sq. ft.?  Kinda need to know this to help determine tube spacing and locations.  Is it 10 ft. x 10 ft.?,  20 ft. x 20 ft.? 

Dad says, “Hey, Casey, what’s the square root of 300?”  

There’s a three second pause, and out comes, “17.3 ft.” 

“Shit, really?…How did you do that?” 

“Daaad, it’s easy, the square root of 3 is 1.73.”  Dad,  “of course.”

Solatubes & Sustainable Art

We took at trip to Lawrenceville to see a Solatube display, http://www.solatube.com/ .

The website said “come visit us,” the hours were 10-2 on Saturday.

We decided to take a scenic route along the river and showed up at 10:40 am. Artemis Design, http://www.artemisdesignbuild.com/

Uh-oh, we interrupted one of the “Principles” in a client meeting….Oops?  “Why are you here?” Well, your webpage says “hours 10 to 2 call, or just dropo in…” Principle says, “it does, Really?”  Ahhhhhh, yes.

We were in luck – the 11:30 client was going to be late?

SO – we found a coffee shop… oh my, the coffee was very good.

Then at 11:30 we visited Artemis again – a unique design firm that works in the “sustainability” arena.  Cork Floors, Paper-made counter tops, etc. We dropped into a world unknown to us, and amazingly, Dad didn’t explode, but is still recovering.

Their vision – create a work of art with each room and build design, they make things for the “art” room.  We just wanted to learn about natural lighting and get a little interior design help. It was a wonderful collision of new ideas and language disconnects.

Thought about using “splintery” as a descriptor, but decided not to.

It was really cool, maybe there will be more later.  Our hats off to you Nicole!




Faucets & Such

Today Mom and Dad were on a mission to get pricing for Angie to estimate some items, as we dial in on the final price for the River House. You know, Light Fixtures, Faucets, Vanities, Washer and Dryer…stuff like that.

Imagine the fun.

At Home Depot, the FIRST vanity we look at is unfinished oak, $100. Mom says, “That’s good enough, just throw some stain on it.”

2 HOURS LATER shopping online, Mom says, “oh look at the weathered pine, I gotta have that,” $650.

10 MINUTES LATER, “ooohhhh, look I really love this,”… $2500.

PAUSE 30 SECONDS, Mom says to Dad,…wait for it…

“You know, this is all your fault.”

Top Down Ride

We cruised with the top down on the on April 16, 2016.  So much fun!

Even more delightful because this 1968 GTS sat in the garage without starting for 13 years and we only thought about rides (we spent our time raising kids and enjoying their activities).

Seems all that was required to start it was a little Russ magic.

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1968 GTS, 383 4 speed


Firing Up the Riverbank

It was mid-April and 80 degrees!  So we packed up and headed to the River Property for the day with the dogs and a little project. It seemed extra hot with no shade because there were no leaves.

The project:  Burn the leaves on the riverbank (of course, this was Dad’s last minute idea, i.e. no plan). The accumulation of leaves had increased over the winter (and likely winters before).  Apparently, as the river goes up and down, all kinds of things park themselves on our bank, ’cause we are on a bend, I guess. Good news! No new island of knot weed deposited this year.

My job — start a fire on the bank and rake leaves into the fire. I’d like to remind everyone, this is Dad’s no-plan leaf burn

Did I mention it was hot with no shade?

After I cleared an area for the fire, then moved it because Dad didn’t like my location, and finally started a small fire on the BIG rock, I took a break. Then I got up to continue raking.

Did I mention it was hot and no shade?

As I raked more leaves into the fire, a light breeze picked up and suddenly the part of the riverbank starting burning. I’ll cut to the chase here: we were not on the nightly news, and the fire department did not have to come out…..but it was nip and tuck for a bit. I went into fast action mode – to get water to keep it from the next property and Dad started raking the fire to get it back to in its place.  Alas, I’m not a great water girl — the 5 gallon containers are super heavy when filled with water and I had to drag them up the hill to the fire, then go down the hill to fill them, then back up the hill — you get the picture. We got the fire under control, just before it crossed over to the other property where the vegetation is tall and dry. We then guided it to burn in segments on the riverbank.

Did I mention it was hot and no shade? The dogs had to get in the river to cool off.

Before I started this project I fussed about the amount of work required to burn (I wanted to relax) but I guess the universe thought I should rest too because the riverbank burn was over and done quick!  Next step – PLANTING GRASSES!

Note — no pictures of burning bank, all the photographers were busy.