I predict 2 hours

I predict it will take a mere 2 hours to remove brick and wall. Then some clean-up. A day of prep (making wall a 6″ wall, adding heat reflecting barrier and insulation), 3rd day dry wall/taping/finish work. 4th Day texture? Day 5 and 6, tile and grout. (It will be interesting to see how accurate my timeline predictions are.)

Yes, we removed the insert ourselves. The company that was to do it, backed out last minute. So, I removed the insert facade, insert fire bricks and insert door, to reduce weight. Determined how to disconnect chimney liner pipe. Hubby cleaned the chimney and did the muscle work of getting the stove out onto plywood. I purchased wood floor sliders to put under plywood. Slid perfectly across floor.

Do to a lack of laborers and skilled workers in the Bay Area, more and more, projects are becoming DIY. That’s not our first choice. I know we could do this entire job ourselves, but hanging drywall and texturing is not my expertise.

Carefully labeled insert bricks complete with schematics.

My chimney sweep. He’s done this for years.

Next up for me is cleaning the inside of the fire box. Bought the TSP, brushes and gloves. Then I plan to paint the inside with high temperature fireplace paint. Unless Lance wants to do this for me?

My only request of hubby is that he build the arts and crafts mantel/columns by November. I think I’m being very generous with my timeline.

Oh the joys of home ownership.

Welcome back my old friend

I haven’t worn my watch for probably 5 years. I had become so attached to my iPhone I no longer needed or wanted to wear my watch. Now that I’m breaking my addiction of feeling I need to be constantly connected to “that” life, I’m welcoming my old watch back.

The other day I was out gardening. After several hours I realized I was hungry. I wondered if it was lunch time. I reached for my back pocket, but my phone wasn’t there. I’d left it in the house. Of course when I located my phone to check the time (it was past lunchtime), I found myself sitting down and getting sucked into my phone. What were my latest emails, latest news, weather updates, texts, SnapChats, any Instagram posts?

If I was wearing my watch I would have seen it was lunchtime. I would have taken a break to eat, probably have eaten outside and noted what else needed to be done and then returned to my gardening. But no, I wasn’t wearing my watch, so I wasted my time surfing my phone.

Welcome back my old friend. I bet you don’t need cell coverage or wi-fi connection to tell me what time it is. But can you take pictures of garden critters? Dang!

When you’ve waited 33 years

Destruction reconstruction time. From the first day I moved into this house I’ve disliked this brick facade. Finally, after 33 years, my wish to replace this wall is about to happen. Sometimes one just has to be patient. Am I being patient if I moved most of the furniture out two days ahead? I left the TV for dear sweet hubby. Side note: that’s a chair he built and the entertainment center he built.

#enough

Why do we even have to do this, March for our LIVES?

I was/am a teacher. Armed teachers is a ludicrous idea. Children shouldn’t have to live with this fear of school not being safe.

Someday soon I will be a grandmother. I want a safer country for my grandchild.

March For Our Lives – Walnut Creek, CA

Carrizio Plains National Monument

Recently discovered a place that I will need to return to, to explore more. On this visit I was a bit too early for any wildflower bloom and due to the wet weather many of the dirt roads were impassable. We did enjoy the solitude and being the only ones in the campground. Possibly the best aspect was the lack of internet access or cell signal. Managed to read a book and a few journals.Diversity of wildflowers yet to come seen in the seedlings.

Spooner Cove Winter Image

 Spooner Cove Treasure Hunt

Shot with DxO ONE and iPhone7
A woman scans the tumbled gravel for treasures as a Pacific storm approaches view @ Flickr

Facebook, Social Media – when is it too much?

I don’t like that even if I don’t have a FB account, FB still gets data about me from all of you who do have FB accounts and from those who have shared their contacts with FB or other apps.

I’m guilty of having shared my contacts at one time or another with one app or another.  So, I’m sorry. Your contact information is out there.

If you are listed in ANYONE’s contacts and they have shared them with apps, then those apps have your name, phone number, email and possibly your address from which they can sell your info and link you to any business you have interacted with and so much more. These companies exist solely to match our phone numbers, email address etc with other data about our online life; from what we buy, search, read, like etc. Not that I feel I have anything to hide, but I don’t want targeted advertising and propaganda. No one is that that good at filtering the fake stuff out.

Also updating this blog so it won’t link back to any of my other social media links.  Time to learn some more.

Subscribe to my blog to get updates. I promise I’m not very prolific. This blog and flickr may become the only places I share my adventure with iPhonography.

2017 Year Of Prisma iPhonography

In 2017 I discovered the Prisma App for iPhonography.  People love the images I’ve created and so do I.  I decided my year of photos in review this year would be 12 images edited with the Prisma App. Enjoy.

2017 Isn’t Over Yet! My year in SPORT!

The year’s not over yet and I WILL get 2,000 miles in cycling. Less then 15 miles left to go.  Big year of climbing. Next year I hope for even more. Remember, if you don’t STRAVA it, it didn’t happen.  My Year In Sport Video link on blog post: STRAVA Sport Video 2017

 

Vegetarianism – Veganism – is it a choice?

Vegetarianism – Veganism – is it a choice?

For me, eating gluten free is NOT a choice. It is a medical necessity to LIVE.

The same for some who are dairy free, nut free, avoid shellfish, fish or in some cases eggs,  or soy . IT IS NOT A CHOICE.

FOR SOME, IT IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

So, when someone chooses to be vegetarian or vegan you really piss me off when you make a huge scene demanding your food choice be met.  I’m sorry that a cycling event ran out of the vegetarian sandwiches. Just shows you’ve possibly chosen a healthy lifestyle like many others.  I know you also started the ride an hour late and you arrived at the lunch stop between 1:30 and 2 PM.  Is it really the organizers fault they didn’t have as many options that late? Besides, vegetarian was not even advertised though many events now offer vegetarian, isn’t that nice?

I don’t know you. And now I don’t really want to get to know you. That is maybe my loss. I suppose if I got to know you, maybe I would understand better what was really upsetting you. Was it really the lack of vegetarian sandwiches or is there a much deeper issue in your life and this is your way of asking for help. I probably should have been more compassionate and learned about your life but I was busy coordinating my group for the event.  I did offer you several of my food options from cheese, gluten free tortilla, peanut butter, cashews and two kinds of energy bars – all of which are vegetarian.

However, I bet you could have picked the meat out of those sandwiches that were being served and eat just the veggies, cheese and roll.  I absolutely CAN NOT just discard the roll and eat the filings.  You see, a piece of wheat bread, even the size as one grain of salt is enough to buckle me over, given me an unwanted colon cleanse and lots more, like chills and cramps followed by joint pain and a migraine that may last several days.  And God knows what damage is done to the villi of my gut that can lead to cancers, further bone issues from what I already have and many, many other serious complications of living with an auto-immune disease.

You don’t see me making a fuss at events because SAFE gluten free food options aren’t made available. I still pay the full registration fee like everyone else, even though I know I can’t eat any of the food offerings. If your diet is that restricting then by damn, take care of yourself and bring your own food.  Yes, it sucks to have to plan ahead and live with the anxiety of knowing where I will get enough safe nutritional calories to live.  But, you see, I don’t have a choice.

You don’t see me making a scene, demanding a refund or exceptions be made for me.

You see, I also have volunteered over the years for lots of fundraising events and I know how difficult it is to feed a crowd of a few dozen to hundreds or even thousands. This particular bicycling event had 600 riders.  It is a volunteer bike race team that plans and runs this event.  These cyclists (men and women racers) put on this event to do good in their community.  Profits don’t go to their team, they go to local charities.

They are putting on a fun event for us, the paying guest who receive numerous benefits.  Routes are planned, well marked, donuts and coffee, water, snacks, lunch and dinner are provided to those who can eat them.  The wineries are lined up and provide free tasting. Where else can you taste and compare world renowned wines at over a dozen winery’s for free.

Winery’s often extend event day discounts to us that are even better then their club rates.  The event sponsor (those men and women of the local cycling team), drive around all day during the event keeping us safe, carting our wine purchases from the winery’s to the finish of the ride and they provide sag for those who over estimated their abilities to ride 75 kilometers.

They provide us with a phone contact in case of emergency.  They have sag support vehicles on the course.  Of which you can be glad if you didn’t need them, but it sure is nice knowing they are out there.  My group of 12 was grateful for the sag support as one passed us while we were fixing a flat.  The sag guy stopped, took over and was way faster then us at fixing the flat and even had a top notch floor pump. And then, another of our riders realized he had a flat too.  Before we knew it, this kind cycling team race member, driving sag, repaired the second flat just as fast.  Cheerfully joking and visiting with us the whole time.

I’m sorry your dietary CHOICE wasn’t met.  I’m sorry you didn’t prepare and pack your own energy bar.  I’m sorry you didn’t feel you could purchase a snack for yourself at one of the winery’s.  Most of the winery’s had vegetarian food options available for purchase. I hope you have learned something from this event.

It’s nice to be taken care of, however, I sincerely wish many in this world would accept responsibility for themselves, their actions and words.

People are watching.  What example are you teaching?

I can’t find any research on the medical necessity for one to eat vegetarian.  If you are eating vegetarian for religious, environmental, you believe it’s healthier (research data is mixed on this), animal welfare, I get it.  But, that is your choice.  Again, if eating vegetarian is truly a medical necessity for you, then do what I do, and be responsible for your own dietary needs. (And maybe send me the scientific research showing the link to a medical condition thats treatment is vegetarianism. I’m open to learning.) EDITED: proof of a meat intolerance, learn something new everyday: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha-gal_allergy

I found this quote.  Something to ponder.

“If any animal was hungry enough, it would cast aside any issues and eat you. Hunger must be fed in whatever form is available. If you are in a land hit by drought and the only thing standing in between you and death is a roaming chicken, your survival instinct would say eat the chicken. If you refused and died, that hungry chicken would certainly peck at your corpse.”

BTW if you’ve read this far, you maybe interested to know, I was a lacto-ovo vegetarian for several years, but it was my choice. I CHOSE to be vegetarian in hopes that if would improve my health.  It did not!  I have a neice who is vegan, by choice, and several family members are varing degrees of vegetarians and have been for many, many decdes.. They choose to eat this way do to economics, animal cruelity and environmental reasons.  I respect that and I love to serve them food that meets their WISHES/CHOICES. But to demand and make a scene if I don’t provide them vegan options, that would be just plan rude and disrespectful.

Humans have canine teeth and teeth for cutting and ripping meat.  As a species it appears we are meant to eat meet.  Dairy (besides a mothers milk) and gluten on the other hand, appear to be possibly harmful foods for ALL humans.