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26
Mar
17

Last snow storm for the year?

Hello beautiful.

Just when we start to get 65’F weather and I was thinking the worst is over… I returned Fordie to the leasing co and got ourselves a cute little VW Golf …. we get slammed again. 12 – 18″ of snow fell and was blown around by huge winds that is prevalent this time of year. Meaning that snow that would normally settle on roof top are blown around and settles on ground finally, making it 18″ at least everywhere.

Good looking butt.

Only days before the storm, was a clear sunny weekend when I had all that energy to cut out a full suit of “decal armor” for the little redsy. A tad too much contrast, IMO… I didn’t have a good supply of light grey, so I used white against my better judgement.

The works!

It was a state of emergency and we are advised to not go anywhere unless it was in a snow plow or emergency response vehicle. Look, less traffic, less accidents, less need for emergency responders and snow plows work more effectively. So yes we are not going anywhere in Fordie in these conditions, and much less in this lightweight little scoot of a car…. we haven’t settle on a name for this little reddy… nothing we think of seems to suit him/her… yes, we are not sure about that too…

Yikes, snow banks taller than me.

Since the forecast sounded really bad, the kind of storm that gobbles up little cars… I move our new little red car into the garage, something I vow to never do after I broke the back window of the Fordie doing so 3 months back. This time, I had help from Doug… phew… Only inches to spare in the front and back.

Banks of snow everywhere in the hood.

Ok, we out lasted the 36 hours storm. We were snug, cozy, warm, well fed from foods that we stacked in the fridgy, little reddy is in a heated garage, what more comfort can we ask for 🙂 . No wonder people in affluent societies get fat in winter…

And look! Right in front of the garage door is where the plows deposited the snow from the cul de sac… Little redsy would have been buried in 18″ of snow and then crushed by 8′ snow bank. Lucky girl (I guess that’s pretty much decided after all that flowers eh?), and lucky us, we don’t have to dig her out … phew.

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16
Oct
16

My 1st attempt at building a portable tiny home

5ft x 10 ft utility trailer bed and my beginning planks.

5ft x 10 ft utility trailer bed and my beginning planks.

I thot I might learnt a little something from Doug…. enuf to run the tools to build a tiny home perhaps? Well this isnt something that Doug would do, build on a tiny budget, small on weight and no resistance to impact. Not a sound building in his opinion, and should not even waste time on it…

My workspace setup next to the power pedestal.

My workspace setup next to the power pedestal.

So it is entirely up to me, if it is to be. We’ll see if what little I know can amount to anything.

Framing the floor.

Framing the floor.

It was mentally strenuous to work out the construction details, but it was harder if I had to start drawing it on paper. I tried, but all I have is just the layout. Making up for the lack of construction drawing is my willingness to just go out, chop up some planks and screw them together and see what I got and then make my next move.

My cute tools. Note the purpil pencil. Fancy eh?

My cute tools. Note the purpil pencil. Fancy eh?

Naturally my construction plans are fluid and changing all the time… even the finished dimensions is not fixed until the last … 🙂 heeheehee… That is my way of thinking, why limit myself to a fixed plan when I can change it all the time?

Removing the trailer... camper didnt stay on the blocks...

Removing the trailer… camper didnt stay on the blocks…

And it was all working out just fine, I was able to construct the floor right on the trailer…. then I wanted to remove the trailer so that I can screw in the plywood underneath….

Insulating the floor.

Insulating the floor.

I worked real hard at jacking it up, putting blocks under the floor and then pulling the trailer…. opps…. the trailer is out but the jacks toppled. Its really hard to work on uneven ground and just a little nudge from the rail was going to push it over.

Luckily not much damage… phew… but who needs the extra work to set it up on the blocks again.

Well, at least I recovered and completed the floor with insulation. Yep, I am not skipping steps here. Trying to do a real good job.

 

25
Oct
15

Back to cabin in Fall.

A small Alder tree leaning on the cabin.

A small Alder tree leaning on the cabin.

And a fallen tree on my cabin was the 1st thing I saw driving onto my driveway. What a rude surprise. Yep, the few days of bad weather we experienced up there in the Strait of Georgia have something to do with this.

Snap cut is great!

Snap cut is great!

So what do you do when you come back to unexpected problems? Sigh…. fortunately no big damage, I could fix it myself… And myself it is, as Doug is still up at Cortes.

My 1st corn harvest.

My 1st corn harvest.

Up on the roof with the snap cut tool, nipping away at the branches. The snap cut is great for cutting anything under 1″, above that will need the hand saw or chain saw… So I just nip away what I can and pushed the tree over the side. Cutting up the tree will just have to wait till Doug is back cos I am not a fan of running the chainsaw… it bullies me…

Boiled and buttered!

Boiled and buttered!

On the brighter side of things, its time for my 1st corn harvest… They don’t look too good, but they do taste pretty good. I am just happy to have some edible big kernels. It taste like success! To me it does.

Popping them out from the seed pods.

Popping them out from the seed pods.

And from all that blooming onion flowers earlier, these are the onion seeds. Will I successfully grow onions from these seeds? I guess we will know next season…

For now, winding up my gardening business and back to land clearing.

23
Mar
15

3 weeks into my new life

Before ....

Before ….

Its nothing short of work. Mostly we are cutting down Alder trees, making way for the drain fields. Trying to keep most of the Hemlock, Firs and Cedars… Maybe a few would have to go, but I hope not… I am not a fan of the Alders, but love the look of the majestic Cedars. Still some Cedars will have to go, making way for the building and driveway. Anyway, we are starting with the Alders.

After... Do I look like a lumberjack?

After… Do I look like a lumberjack?

1st down is a 35 year old Alder. We counted the rings at the trunk so we know how many years does it take to grow a good size Alder. This is not worth milling into timber… too many knots and not enuf diameter for a cheap wood, cause its not durable and only indoor use. Some do make cabinet knobs or cheap furniture… most people use for firewood, think I would too.

Processing the trunk and the branches.

Processing the trunk and the branches.

To be honest… I didn’t run the chainsaw … just posing like they do in Hollywood 🙂 …  Let the man do the macho work 🙂 … and I will run the lopper and clipper. IMO, gender equality is overrated.

Heaped branches makes a great bird nest. Some little birdie may have claimed it already.

Heaped branches makes a great bird nest. Some little birdie may have claimed it already.

For people who have no time, they will bring most of the branches to the dump, but hey, I have time, so I slowly trim down the branches to sticks, leaves and firewood. Starting composting pile of leaves and small twigs, drying out the sticks to be tinder and drying out the stem to be chopped up into firewood.

This I did on my own!

This I did on my own!

Feature wall made from 1 tree. Its a lot of work hauling the little stems from the downed site to my cabin’s back yard. 1st I tried the wheelbarrow, but it was more work than its worth. I found it less strenuous to roll the little stems 200ft, mostly downhill with a little bit challenge to get around the cabin. Took me a full day to do just that.

 

Got my onion patch going :)

Got my onion patch going 🙂

This area is where we expect least changes over the next 2 years. That’s when I can take it down for splitting. Seems like a waste to just burn it up, but as Doug says, Alders are really weeds, theres no value in them.

Spring is just around the corner and I see people are starting the planting season. I got bit by the green finger bug too. Using the stems from the tree that Doug chopped down few months ago to build my little farm. This is my onion patch 🙂

I bought too many seeds while at the store… problem with shopping, easily influenced by whats on the shelf. I only wanted to plant corn, end up buying 2 types of corn seeds, Chinese parsley, snap peas, black beans and onions… sigh… more work, hope the plants turn out good fruits to reward my labor.

In between clearing the forest, I be extending my farm. The simple life… feel like a pioneer… 🙂

 

15
Mar
15

Going into my new life… in style.

Finally, after 13 months since I applied to the US Greencard process, I have it in my pocket! At this time, I don’t plan to give up my Singapore citizenship and I don’t see that I would in future. I hope to return home every year for a visit, and get updated on my health screenings with my CPU mediSave account.

So I have gotten my flat in good order, tenants living in 2 bedrooms and I get to keep 2 rooms for ourselves when we do come back visiting. Got my one way ticket, packed my bags and on my way.

Free breakfast @ SilverKris lounge :)

Free breakfast @ SilverKris lounge 🙂

02Mar2015: Since I am now retired and my flight is at 0920hrs, I thot to save the cab money and use the MRT to the airport. Good thing that my lugs have wheels and its only 5mins walk to the MRT station… Well, but hauling 30kgs up a slope got me all sweating by the time I got to the station. After 2 quick connections, I did arrive at the airport T3 at 0700hrs, just like I planned to.

Selfie :) Comfy in my big seat.

Selfie 🙂 Comfy in my big seat.

In a few minutes, I was all checked in on SQ12 and enjoying a free breakfast at the SilverKris lounge… 🙂 … where some people robbed all the ikan bilis from the Nasi Lemak counter, leaving only peanuts, otah and eggs. The roast pork bun was probably the best of breakfast selection. Well, that would do… reward for all the effort that I spend in saving $20 cab fare.

SIN2SEA (2)

Lobster Termidor and Saffron rice.

And I don’t think there is another non-econ class passenger that came in on the MRT. .. And for lunch, I pre-ordered the lobster termidor when selecting my seat online… sounds better than it looks. Lobster taste okay, but I didn’t like the saffron rice and asparagus… well, theres lots of stuff to keep me all filled up anyway. … lots of champagne and whiskey on the rocks. Short stop at Narita, which I didn’t spend anytime shopping. That’s a 1st. Went to the lounge and get connected. I am so stuffed on the plane that there is just no craving. .. and I know, next on my menu is a Chirasen on board… which turned out to be rather disappointing in raw meat selection… think I should have ordered the ramen instead. This is a really long 02Mar2015 for me. After 18hrs of flying, it was still only just past noon when we arrive at LAX. Being amongst the 1st group that were off loaded, I got to the Immigration queue sooner than most, and Special processing took only 30 mins. Oh wow! That’s it, I am a US resident now. Next, got on Virgin America flight that was delayed from 1735 to 1945. … arriving at SEATAC at 2200hrs. Thank goodness for all the advanced communications that we enjoy these days for nothing, I was able to get Doug on facetime on the free wifi at LAX transit lounge, so that he knows my new schedule. … so when I walk out at the arrival pickup zone 3, Doug was there for me. Was past midnight when we finally got to Calliste @ Bayshore @ PT.

06
Mar
15

My #6 last day at work

Doing the traditional farewell picture.

Doing the traditional farewell picture.

Yep, its that time again. Who would have thot that I had work for 6 companies in my life… I am no hopper .. or maybe I am.. erh…

Oh well, working life has been interesting so far… and I have no job to look forward to at this time… so what does that make me right now… jobless? or retired? 🙂 I choose the later 🙂 ! Yippee! I am retired… lets see how long that last 🙂 …

Kempatei! I knew 2 of these girls since my 2nd job 19 yrs ago!

Kempatei! I knew 2 of these girls since my 2nd job 19 yrs ago!

MyMy, am I too arrogant… but I have faith that things will work out just fine 🙂 my God will show me the way and it will be alright.

Soon to begin a new life in my 2nd home country. Looking forward to all the fun things that’s on my plate already, building a house, cruising the Puget Sound and road trips! Will I run out of funds? Am I worried about that? Of course that may happen and of course I thot about that… but guess what, we’ll deal with it when it happens.

Sorry folks, despite all that working fun, I gotta go live a live of adventure. Kempatei!

01
Mar
15

Finishing up on Bust O’Mama, among other things

Before, my badly scuffed up project table.

Before, my badly scuffed up project table.

This project took way much longer than I thot it would. Largely becos I wanted it to be almost perfect and was willing to put in that time and energy into making it so. … and I combine this resin project with resurfacing a few wood top tables that has been badly scuffed up from my doings in previous projects.

Too many projects going on at once...

Too many projects going on at once…

Like this little table, its my favorite little work bench. Its been with me for 14 years, so many projects had been done on it.

White tarp over shelves.

White tarp over shelves.

So to resurface it, I cut a piece of canvas to size, resin over the table top, stick the canvas on using a scraper to spread more resin on the canvas, cover top with trash bags, line pieces of wood over and clamp down. Clamping down is important, so that bubbles do not build between the top and canvas.

Clamps off. Color of resin.

Clamps off. Color of resin.

Oh yes and BTW, I also wanted to use that white tarp to cover the unsightly clutter of this strange looking shelf in the foyer. An easy project while waiting for resin to harden.

White paint on, next to resin over.

White paint on, next to resin over.

And now the resin’ed over tops are painted white. But paint isn’t durable, so 2 coats of resin over paint will make these tops project ready again.

Hope these little guys take root.

Hope these little guys take root.

Oh, did I say…. its Valentines’ Day… and I have no date and nothing better to do than to stay home and work on personal projects… my life is so sad.. for now. … sigh… how about some gardening in between painting.

Using vinyl stickers and heat gun.

Using vinyl stickers and heat gun.

Back to work on the Bust O’Mama. I wanted to achieve a matt black finishing that is wear resistant, so I tried vinyl stickers that is used to “wrap” over cars. It was really difficult to get it wrinkle free… as you can see… alrighty, so its back to resin and matt black spray paint.

Pot marks glaring at me...

Pot marks glaring at me…

Unfortunately, peeling off the vinyl caused some resin to flake off. These are areas that new resin did not bond well with the previous layers. Many more hours of repairs over several weeks before I feel it was good enuf for paint.

Are u ready Mama?

Are u ready Mama?

… but alas… pot marks that I thot wasn’t obvious showed up after the painting. … not ready to strip and spend many more hours and weeks on it. .. My 1st journey with Mamacat is just round the corner.

Alrighty Mama, ready or not, we are going on a adventure!




Sailing 2015: Port Townsend(WA, US) -> Costes Island (BC, Canada)

Sailing 2013: Singapore -> Okinawa -> Kobe

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