Sunday, April 30, 2006
Friday, April 28, 2006
Arched hallway to the kitchen
This is the control box upstairs for the Russound A-BUS Whole House Audio System. This will allow music to be sent to any room in the house, and even out on the patio. Learn More
Siding looking good on the back side of the house.
Insulation is going up in the garage.
Shingles are going up on the front of the house.
In fact, we may never understand the full story behind the snap, crackle, and pop, because finding money for experiments on cereal noises isn’t easy.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Left Front: columns and arches will be done in stucco. Lower windows are to the living room. Upper from right to left are, master bath and main entry way.
Front Right: Three car garage with a drive through on the far right bay. Upper windows are all for the theatre room.
Left Side: Hmmm? What the hell is going on in the back of the house you ask. Lower windows from left to right, kitchen, two for the living room, and the far right one is to the garage. Upper windows are both to the master bath.
Right Side: Back side of drive through garage bay. Bottom window is to the office. Top window is to the laundry room.
Back Side: The top right is a covered deck off of the master bedroom. Below that is a covered patio off of the kitchen nook area. The four windows on the left ground floor are to the main family room. Continuing to the right are the kitchen nook and then the kitchen on the far right. Top floor left to right are, guest bedroom, exercise room, master bedroom sitting room (2 windows and a door) and then the last row of windows is for the master bedroom.
More tomorrow, right now it is time for bed!
Saturday, April 22, 2006
This is the general shape of the outside of the house. The outer finish will include stucco, rock, and shakes. The builders web site does not show the back of the house, I will post that tomorrow... You will not believe what you see, we still don't!
We are exhausted and must go to bed, we fly home tomorrow and I will post a lot more information Sunday night. Until then, have a great weekend.
We are off to breakfast and then back on the hunt. We'll keep you posted...
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Loud and brash, in gawdy garb and baseball caps, more than three million of them flock to our shores every year. Shuffling between tourist sites or preparing to negotiate a business deal, they bemoan the failings of the world outside the United States.
The reputation of the "Ugly American" abroad is not, however, just some cruel stereotype, but - according to the American government itself - worryingly accurate. Now, the State Department in Washington has joined forces with American industry to plan an image make-over by issuing guides for Americans travelling overseas on how to behave
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Friday, April 14, 2006
"I certainly would consider this a serious threat," said Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, the state's epidemiologist. "We're doing everything we can to try to address it, get information out, do what we can to try to get it under control."
The state has received about 50 reports of new infections a day, a level which has remained consistent for at least a week. As of Monday, Nebraska has 43 reported cases; Kansas, 33; Illinois, four; Missouri, four; Wisconsin, four; and Minnesota, one.
Iowa Department of Public Health Director Mary Mincer Hansen said questions about how the epidemic started and why it has hit Iowa so hard have not yet been answered.
Office Depot CEO Steve Odland remembers like it was yesterday working in an upscale French restaurant in Denver.
The purple sorbet in cut glass he was serving tumbled onto the expensive white gown of an obviously rich and important woman. "I watched in slow motion ruining her dress for the evening," Odland says. "I thought I would be shot on sight."
Thirty years have passed, but Odland can't get the stain out of his mind, nor the woman's kind reaction. She was startled, regained composure and, in a reassuring voice, told the teenage Odland, "It's OK. It wasn't your fault." When she left the restaurant, she also left the future Fortune 500 CEO with a life lesson: You can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she treats the waiter.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
10 bubble blowers -- appreciation should continue to grow
Besides having a happy-sounding name, Boise is consistently mentioned as a small, but strong real estate market. Forbes magazine ranked it first on its 2005 list of the best places for business and a career; John Burns Real Estate Consulting puts it almost at the bottom of its list of markets headed for a potential housing bubble.
John Schleimer, a real estate market consultant to major builders, says that both Boise and parts of the Idaho Falls panhandle will "hold up very well" housing appreciationwise.
"They're getting migration of people fleeing the blue states," he says. Annual price increases on housing has been a modest, but steady 4 percent to 6 percent over the past couple of years, with a significant -- but not out-of-proportion -- increase of 14 percent in the last quarter of 2005.
The overall news out of the Pacific Northwest isn't great. The area lost jobs in the tech bust and is still recouping. But in terms of housing price appreciation, the thing these cities have going for them is a restriction in supply. Tight controls on development have prevented the normal progress of builders going farther out from the city core to find cheap land in the suburbs. Hence, demand stays high for available units. (Forbes Magazine lists Seattle as the most overpriced place to live in the country; Portland was third on the list.)
"Portland and Seattle have really benefited from California's growth," says Richard Gollis, principal of San Francisco-based real estate consultants The Concord Group. "Portland is starting to see the next generation of housing product, which is large-scale, high-density projects in downtown. The same thing is happening in Seattle. People who moved there 20 years ago for the tech market are older now and have a different lifestyle."
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Here is my latest load out of drugs:
Erthromycin ES: Erythromycin can be used to treat Streptococcal infections of the throat (strep throat) and the skin. It can also be used in treating lung infections (pneumonias) caused by streptococcal pneumoniae, mycoplasma pneumoniae, and legionella pneumophila (Legionnaires disease). Erythromycin is used in patients who are allergic to penicillin for the prevention of recurrent rheumatic fever, and heart valve infections (endocarditis) in patients with heart valve abnormalities before undergoing dental treatments. Erythromycin is also used for the treatment of staphylococcal infections of the skin, and as an alternative drug for syphilis, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia.
Prednisone: Prednisone is an oral, synthetic (man-made) corticosteroid used for suppressing the immune system and inflammation. It has effects similar to other corticosteroids such as triamcinolone (Kenacort), methylprednisolone (Medrol), prednisolone (Prelone) and dexamethasone (Decadron). These synthetic corticosteroids mimic the action of cortisol (hydrocortisone), the naturally-occurring corticosteroid produced in the body by the adrenal glands. Corticosteroids have many effects on the body, but they most often are used for their potent anti-inflammatory effects, particularly in those conditions in which the immune system plays an important role. Such conditions include arthritis, colitis, asthma, bronchitis, certain skin rashes, and allergic or inflammatory conditions of the nose and eyes. Prednisone is inactive in the body and, in order to be effective, first must be converted to prednisolone by enzymes in the liver.
The Prednisone pretty much shuts down my cough, but I can tell a few hours before my next dose, because the coughing starts up again. I have been assured that this will be the last medicine I need. Actually the quote from the doctor is, "You'll feel like a million bucks by this weekend!" We will see.
One minute it was there frustrating me... It's slow, it's hard to dial on the road, the friggen hour glass while you try to do just about anything! And then the next minute, it was gone.
(Reset Error 365)
I looked it up... It is bad... Hardware error, phone must be returned to dealer.
I will start out tomorrow with no ability to contact the outside world! No email, no voice mail, no talkee period! Nervous laugh. Why now, I ask.
I sure did love that phone!
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Sunday, April 09, 2006
I was fine until all of the paper work signing started, and then it became real to me. We now have a lock box on the front door and (as you can see) a sign in the front yard. I will post a link to the MLS listing as soon as it becomes available.
We are happy with the determined value of the house, since just 13 short months ago we purchased it for $400,000. Not a bad way to make $165,000! We of course still have to actually sell the house, but the realtor is confident that we are priced right and positioned to turn the house in a reasonable amount of time. I hope so, because we won't be able to sleep again until all of this is over!
We have begun to get listings for homes in Idaho with a target price of $600,000. Homes in this price range are very nice but come with the caveat of (at the most) being 2 acres or less. If we wanted to get our five acres back (flat treeless scrub of 5 acres I might add) we would need to spend over a million dollars. So, we have adjusted our search accordingly. I figure that as long as I regularly wash and wax the quads, that we will be able to run up and down the road in front of our house without any complaints!
... Now we have to make the bed every morning and pick up after ourselves. This is going to be tough!
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Teeth from a Neolithic graveyard in Mehgarh in the country's Baluchistan province show clear signs of drilling.
Wow! Put down your club and spit!
In a tale reminiscent of the last Wallace and Gromit movie, furious villagers in northeast England have hired armed guards to protect their beloved communal vegetable gardens from a suspected monster rabbit.
Leeks, Japanese onions, parsnips and spring carrots have all been ripped up and devoured by the mystery were-rabbit -- prompting the 12 allotment holders in Felton, north of Newcastle, to hire two marksmen with air rifles and orders to shoot to kill.
"It is a massive thing. It is a monster. The first time I saw it, I said: 'What the hell is that?'" the Northumberland Gazette newspaper quoted local resident Jeff Smith, 63, as saying on its website (www.northumberlandtoday.co.uk).
Monday, April 03, 2006
This strange falling sensation and muscle twitch is known as a hypnagogic myoclonic twitch or “Hypnic jerk” If this has happened to you on more than one occasion, don’t worry, you are not alone. Close to 70 percent of all people experience this phenomenon just after nodding off, according to a recent study at the Mayo Clinic...
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Dream Dinners’guests preview a monthly menu online at dreamdinners.com and select their dinners from a menu featuring entrées such as Herb-Crusted Flank Steak and Citrus Ginger Salmon. Then they register to attend a meal assembly session at the nearest Dream Dinners retail location, and pay for their session online.
When it’s time for their session, guests bring boxes or coolers with them to the Dream Dinners store, where our friendly and knowledgeable staff greet them and explain the process. At the store, guests rotate through refrigerated recipe stations, scooping freshly cut and prepped raw ingredients into the provided baking pans or gallon-sized zip-top bags, which they label with the appropriate cooking instructions. The whole process takes two hours and costs about $3.00 per serving.
After assembling the dinners, guests then take the uncooked meals home and freeze them. Each week, three meals are taken from the freezer and placed in the refrigerator to be enjoyed during the week.
Deb and I tried this out! Since the meals feed 4-6 (and they mean it!) we were able to split each meal into two helpings when we created them. So bottom line is $210 dollars: 24 dinners all ready to go in our freezer right now! It took less than 2 hours to make all of the meals. I must say it was a fun process, and the provided coffee and snacks made it even better.
Saturday, April 01, 2006
- Selling the house and moving to Idaho!
- Finding a new home in a strange (to us anyway) land!
- Deb quitting her job here, and then hunting for a new one there!
- Leaving all of our friends and family behind!
- And me trying to figure out what the hell I am actually supposed to be doing!
... Every day will be unscripted for quite awhile as the comfort zone must be reinvented 440 miles away!
Deb and I thank everyone for their wishes and good thoughts.
As usual, tune in here for the latest in this next chapter of our lives.