New Beginnings

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Our summer of adventure has come to a close!  We have a new house and are no longer living in the camper.  With that came a lot of work. First, we had to look for hours and hours on the internet for housing options that we could afford.  Then, we worked with a realtor to show us many, many house over a period of weeks.  After we found this one, we were outbid–$15,000 over the full asking price that we offered.  Eventually, after searching some more, this one came available again, this time for the original asking price.  Finally, we were successful!  Our offer was accepted, with a little back and forth, adjusting for a couple of things that needed fixing.

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We tore up the old carpet to reveal beautiful hardwood underneath. We had it refinished.

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We painted the entire house with Kilz to get rid of the lingering smoke smell.  Then, we painted it cream color in the main parts and our bedroom.  The kids choose other colors for their rooms.

We gathered family and friends and moved in, most of the way.   There has been a lot of work, but it is coming together nicely.  We have a long ways to go, but we are living in there and do a little unpacking each day.  It’s going to be different to live in town instead of the country, but we have enjoyed the convenience of everything.  I’ll keep you updated!

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Wooden Cutting Boards

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One thing Rob likes to make in his shop is cutting boards.  He takes different kinds of wood and glues them together.  Then, he cuts and shapes them into cutting boards.  Over the years, he has made many different shapes and sizes.  We have given these cutting boards as gifts on many occasions.

For the last few years, this has been our gift of choice for wedding gifts.  Because the cutting boards take quite a bit of time over several days, sometimes he can’t get one done for each new couple and we have to give them something else instead.  This happened when our nephew, Geoffrey, got married this fall.  He got a different present, but Rob really wanted to make him a cutting board.  So, in December, Rob started a new batch of boards.  Geoffrey and his new wife, Keri-Anne, will get one for Christmas, along with a couple of really nice knives from the Kershaw knife sale.  A couple of other people will get one as well, and we will have a few extras for the next time a wedding gift is needed.

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After the wood is glued, dried, shaped and sanded, the cutting boards are covered with mineral oil. After that’s had a chance to soak in, we usually wrap the cutting board with white tissue, and send it on it’s way to the recipient.  All the new owner has to do to care for their new cutting board is  occasionally rub mineral oil over the cleaned surface.  Otherwise, they just need to wash the board in a sink, with hot, soapy water as they would do with any other cutting board.  Rob does not recommend washing them in the dishwasher, or soaking them for prolonged periods of time in water.  It may ruin them.

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Here is the finished product, ready to go to its new home.