Monday, September 1, 2014

Adding an overhead light in the sewing room, with the added complication that we want to reuse the wall switch, which formerly controlled one of the outlets.

Which means I have to get up in the attic with the loose insulation. At least it’s not August anymore.

In the first photo, the connection from the switch comes up on the left side, then goes to a junction box in the middle. From there it runs to the right side of the photo, then dives down to the outlet.

In the second photo I’ve added a tee and marked the spot for the new box.

Right around photo three I was feeling like Wile E. Coyote. Look out below!

Last photo - everything’s connected, although there was still an hour of pulling recalcitrant wires to go.

Now I’m done with the attic (which is good due to the mess) but still have to wire everything up and see if it works.

Labor Day weekend - cucumber sandwiches, organizing the basement. It’s a good start.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A few photos from the family tradition, the DTPD Randall Oaks Campout!

We were right by the goats, but they were quiet and we didn’t smell them all night.

I brought chalk and it was a good distraction for the kids. It was a bit cool overnight so Dorothy kept her raincoat on at breakfast.

Our setup was under an oak (obviously) but I managed to remove the acorns from under our actual sleeping locations.

The kids had fun, although Dorothy has some kind of allergy which is making her very itchy. Still, she’s a trouper.

We never sleep well while camping - this time it was cool enough, but there was a lot of wind plus a spattering of rain to wake us up, plus Dorothy tossing and turning. I’m considering small air mattresses for next time.

Malcolm met up with his friends from school and had a blast. Unfortunately they never stood still for a photo!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

With the kids, Tim, and Emma at the Schaumburg Boomers game.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Welcome new followers!

Various spam accounts: nice try, but no.

NPR’s It’s All True podcast: I’m intrigued by your marketing approach, and you’re definitely barking up the right tree, but I’m not sure I have enough hours in the day. I think you’re in line behind Hardcore History and Golden Spiral Media for now.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


london underground.

(Source: roybds)

Sunday, August 17, 2014
Look what I just found in the yard under the swingset!  It’s a piece of type!

Look what I just found in the yard under the swingset! It’s a piece of type!

Monday, August 11, 2014