I love our kitchen! It's so much more enjoyable to cook in a spacious kitchen with a powerful new stove/oven. Having a dishwasher is huge plus too...

I think this was our first breakfast cooked on the new range. Scrambled eggs with red onions, veggie patties, and toasts.

Tuna casserole

Seared Ahi tuna

Roasted root vegetables and salmon casserole

Swiss chard and bacon quiche

One of my first forays into making dessert. Baked granny smith apple with brown sugar, nuts, and butter. I think the apple could've cook a little longer, but it was pretty delicious none the less. :)


Baby Stuff

With the impending arrival of baby Desmond, I need to find a place to store all his adorable baby cloths.
I can't decide which one of these Ikea dressers will work as our little one's wardrobe storage. Only the Stuva is a child specific line from Ikea. But I think the "adult" dressers could work well in children's room too.



Something Different

Now that Christmas is just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about holiday decorations around our new house. Once Desmond Liang LaBo comes into this world next month, I don't think I will have the time or energy to put up decorations. I love the idea of of succulent wreaths because they will stay alive for much longer and they are just so darn pretty. These wreaths don't come cheap, so the only way I can have one is to make it myself, but I probably have to wait until next Christmas to take on this project. In the mean time, I will just admire them online...


To Do List

Current projects (I know I am missing some stuff, but these are the most important...)
-Completing rental units
-Kitchen cabinets
-Paint both units
-Laminate floor
-Bathroom tiles
-Refinishing clawfoot tub
-Faucet fixtures
-Light fixtures
-Trash removal
-Fixing window leak upstairs
-Wall mount heaters
-Coin-op washer and dryer
-Kitchen exhaust fan
-Kitchen/bathroom sinks
-Interior doors

Next year...
-Landscaping: vegetable garden, lawn, fence repair/replacement.
-Exterior painting
-Interior molding, baseboard, window casing
-Interior door refinishing
-Desmond's room
-Replacing garage door


Sound Channels, Sheetrock, Oh My!

Our contractor friend has came to our rescue! He is managing the sheetrock guys and building inspections, while Justin and I are away at work everyday. Progress is being made, which makes me very happy. That means we have to get in gear and be ready to purchase all the bathroom, kitchen and floor supplies. We've decided not to do the finishing work ourselves like we did upstairs. Our contractor is hiring couple of guys he knows to finish the work for us. So it looks like the apartments will be done before the end of the year, which is quickly approaching.

We used the less expensive option for insulation, the pink panther stuff. It had a rather strong and unpleasant odor. 

Front unit before sheetrock. 

The strips of metals that went on before the sheetrock are call sound channels. They help to reduce the transmission of sound waves between rooms.

These sheetrock guys have been showing to work every night around 6 until 10pm, after their day job. Needless to say, the noise is kind of disruptive, but with a tight budget, we'll just have to put up with it for a couple more days.

This is where we are at on Sunday. It's supposed to be done on Monday so we can schedule a sheetrock inspection on Tuesday. 

With the recent rain fall, we've discovered several places in our "new" house that have minor leaks. The most puzzling one is this one above one of the living room windows. After we discovered the leak, we caulked all around the outside wood siding of this window but it  didn't fix the leak. We've also checked in the attic for any possible leakage, but it doesn't seem to be coming from there either. 

The water is seeping in between the window header. Ugh, where is the water coming from?!

To end on a positive note, we finally put up the new stainless steel backsplash.  

We found this pre-cut stainless steel backsplash on Quickshipmetal.com. It cost less than $80 and was pretty easy to install. All it took was a tube of construction adhesive from Home Depot. It did slid down the wall about 1/8" because we didn't put support to keep it up before the glue set. Oh well, we love how it turned out anyway!