Monday, June 21, 2010

I like it.

Sunday evening, I pulled the first two countertops from the forms. They aren't perfect. Nothing in this house is. I'm okay with that. I really like the look and feel of them.

The small holes created by air pockets will be filled with Portland cement before sealing them. There aren't many. The majority are in the center of the larger of the two countertops. I need to adjust my technique for the remaining piece. It's the largest at 102" long.

It's 72 degrees. The high today will again reach into the mid/upper 90s as we officially roll into summer. I need to spend a couple hours this morning watering a few things in the backyard. The potager and the grasses I planted last week are in dire need of rain. I've lost one squash plant. I believe the wind storm was to blame.

10:04am - The watering has been done. I'll do more tomorrow morning. I'm going to have to do a rain dance soon. It won't be pretty. It's 79 degrees, clear, and sunny. Humid is an understatement.

The first Yvonne's salvia blooms of the year. It reached 57" tall by the end of 2009.

The first hibiscus bloom. I think I grew this one from seed.

Milkweed. Wintersown in 2008/9. I hope to create lots more from cuttings in a few weeks.

A combination I like.


Dar said...

I love your new countertops...did you do the cement one yourself?...great job...a true challenge
Have a Great Week...I'll hope for rains for you...we Finally got some

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

Yes Dar, Robert and I built the forms. Carla and I poured the concrete last Thursday. I have the large one still to do. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe later in the week. They need a week or more to cure before I can seal them. I'll be taking them back out of the kitchen very soon. I just wanted to get an idea of what they would look like. The finished color will be slightly darker when the sealer is applied.

NellJean said...

I am impressed with your countertops. Great work. Carla is an excellent helper.

Your garden combinations are impressive too.

David - Pinewood Cottage said...

the counter tops really do look great. I don't know about picking up and flipping one that is 102 inches long though, i hope you have some good help.

Cameron said...

You've done an amazing job with your countertops.

That is a great combination you're showing. I'll be doing a rain dance soon, too. I dragged the hose around last evening--if I waited until morning to water, the sun would be scorching the plants at 6:30 am. Not the best thing to do in the evening, but at least the soil still looks damp the next morning. Even my agastache are complaining!

gld said...

I like them too! Great job.

Love your mix of flowers.

We are 78 degrees here this morning and in dire need of rain.

Debbie Harris said...

Hi from Chicago, where we wish we could send you some rain. It's unbelievable here. I bought two rain barrels but I haven't had a chance to install the downspout diverters -- they're still filling up just by sitting outside.

The counter tops are impressive. I'd love to do that one day.

I'm also impressed with your statement that the house isn't perfect and you like it that way. I wish I could get there!


Pam said...

Your kitchen looks fantastic - the colors are soft and natural. Great job!

Garden Flowers said...

your kitchen looks really great! I am seeing your blog after a long time and was wondering how your DIY project going on. It has come out great, but i like your garden more.


Jason said...

The countertops look really good! You should be proud!