Snippets: Hikes and Home Projects
This is a reoccurring series on Macheesmo that shows life from the point of view of my phone.
I’ve been really remiss at posting some Snippets recently. My goal is twice a month, but I’m not sure I do enough interesting stuff to really make that happen!
Anyway, this is what I’ve been up to recently.
Betsy and I made it a goal to hike more this year and so far we are off to a great start.
This wasn’t exactly on a hike, but on a city run I did a few weeks ago. I had to stop and snap a quick pic of the cute ducklings. Good thing I didn’t bring Porter on this particular run…
Two weeks ago we met a few friends in Boulder for brunch and then attempted to hike Bear Peak.
We ended up not making it completely to the top, but it was still a great view!
All told, the hike was around seven miles and around 1,500 feet elevation gain. Not shabby.
For Memorial Day weekend, we headed to Estes Park with Betsy’s family. The goal was to hike all weekend and really explore the Rocky Mountain National Forest.
Instead we were met with some serious storm clouds. This was the view from our house which turned out to be an incredible place to watch a storm.
We only got in one hike all weekend due to weather, but we were out early enough to find a great herd of elk just hanging out on the trail.
These elk were not scared of people.
They were not even scared of a Betsy photo bomb.
So we spent most of the weekend just cooking, playing games, and relaxing.
This was my view for most of the afternoons.
This was Porter’s view!
Definitely worse places to have bad weather for a weekend!
Home Projects Update
We’ve really hit the ground running with some home projects on our new house.
As Betsy’s mom told me, 90% of being a good home owner is keeping the water in or out. That has turned out to be mostly true for us also and our biggest project to date has been water-related.
Long story short, there was some sewage work done on our home before we bought it. The company did a subpar job (I’m being polite with that assessment) and after they were done, the work area they dug up completely collapsed leaving about an 18 inch sinkhole next to our house.
This sinkhole, in turn, broke our sprinkler system. So I had to dig up the entire line and replace it.
They also managed to somehow rip apart the electrical wiring for the sprinkler system!
Luckily my step Dad is an electrician and gave me lots of instruction (and tools) so I could fix this myself.
Also, turns out that the sinkhole work was covered by a warranty so the sewage company came out and repaired the hole and packed it in correctly which will hopefully mean that water doesn’t flood our basement in the future.
Time will tell.
Meanwhile, we crossed off some quick projects like putting up our photo wall. While we normally hang these, we went with shelves this time which I think looks better actually.
We also ordered a beautiful table from reclaimed wood.
It’s my favorite and we’ve already had a few good meals around it.
People make jokes about duct tape, but I’ve already used it effectively on one project. On a particularly windy day, a gazebo we had on our balcony became detached from the balcony and was going to blow off!
Not if Dr. Duct Tape has anything to say about it.
After the wind calmed down a friend helped me take down the gazebo and I sold it on Craigslist to cover my duct tape costs.
All in all, we’ve done good on the projects list so far.
And don’t worry, there is already a second and third list ready to go when this one is done!
Love Your Leftovers!
I’m really happy with the response for the cookbook so far! It makes me blush like a baby to read the Amazon reviews.
A quick update on some fun Love Your Leftovers things.
I did a fun book launch/signing party at a local Denver brewery a few weeks ago. It was mostly close friends who came out and I signed 40-50 copies which was a lot harder than I was expecting!
My friend Allie snapped a pic of me deep in thought.
A few weeks ago I also did a short cooking segment on the local NBC affiliate station. (You can watch the segment HERE.)
This was a pretty serious news room.
And I happened to see the book on display at the Tattered Cover, a local Denver bookstore.
That was like hearing my song on the radio!
I’m also doing a more public book signing at the Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch location on June 4th so if you’re in the area, come say HI!