With Joanne due in less than three weeks the house has once again been the focus of frantic activity. The kitchen is done except for an upper shelf and kickplates.
I bought some rough aromatic cedar which we planed, jointed, ripped and routed for a walk-in closet and coat closet for the mudroom. The walk-in closet is pretty much done but the coat closet will have to wait a bit. The benefit to using rough cedar is the thickness. Regular aromatic cedar that you buy pre-cut is barely 3/8" thick and won't withstand many sandings, our cedar is over 3/4" thick and should last a lifetime. Aromatic cedar is Eastern Red Cedar which only grows in the south, while regular cedar does smell it isn't "aromatic".
I designed bookshelves to create a wall separating the bedroom from the rest of the house. We cut the wood on Gene's big machine and we've been busy sanding and staining the shelves and uprights. Installation should happen tomorrow. I will take pictures, until then here are some pictures of the kitchen and closet, including a very pregnant Joanne.
So far as power goes we had mostly been breaking even but all of the extra work (sanding, sawing, vaccuuming) has been putting us into a deficit. Fortunately the insurance company came through and gave us the money to buy a new generator. This proved to be harder than expected since we got the money right after the big blackout so of course all of the good Honda generators in Southern Ontario were sold, but then Honda was diverting all shipments of new generators to the west coast to help fight the forest fires. Stores were telling us that they weren't expecting a shipment until late October at the earliest. But we got lucky and found one in Uxbridge and drove out there the same day.
Ideally we'd like to put four more solar panels on the roof but that's going to cost nearly $4K and I'm not sure that's in the cards right now.