Monthly Archives: June 2013

6/29/2013 Hot


A light vardo day as the temperatures hit over a hundred F. I went to town early for the farmers market, picked up a bunch of cucumbers for a batch of pickles tomorrow and 2 ears of corn for lunch. I got home minutes before Raven arrived.  Prepped a cucumber salad to soak.

She broke out the burgundy paint and did the upper door inside And touch up on the steps. I worked on the D bench, pulled it out and attached the high separator side, then the front panel with glue first then finish nails. Interesting, the frame wasn’t quite square to the front panel so I secured the one side with nails then adjusted the panel square and nailed it straight. That worked, with glue beneath.  I added the hinges to the bench top after scoring a pen line with the hinge pin outside the line.  Getting the hinge top secured was a challenge, holding it in place and getting one dot with the pen, drilled, then getting the others lined up and drilled, it worked. When we tried to fit the bench in it was too tight. We pulled it out, I marked the cover to seat edge line and cut it with the jig saw. Rough sanded, it fits well but needs more paint.

I set up the cabinet Chin gave me outside with a mahogany plywood top and the vardo stove, a regulator and my rhino tank, an outside kitchen stove. Corn and water in the big pan, O chicken fried in olive oil with oyster sauce, garlic powder and my not hot curry powder mixture.  Threw a few wax beans from the garden into the boil for a crisp cooking and some tomato sweet hundreds raw, good veggie mix with the cukes and fresh garden herbs. A fine repast.

It’s getting really hot. we fit the new bench back in and hit the road for town in Raven’s truck as AC works, with a spray bottle of water to help cool off.  A stop at Sally’s but nothing interesting, though the elderberries near the freeway are looking ripe, being near the freeway, not.

In Santa Rosa we check Joanne Fabrics for curtain prices, then the foam store for mattress info.  We’ll need the measurements in detail so we can get the foam pre-cut. A stop at ReStore turned up a nice new vent fan, $7.00, what a deal. Checking the included instructions I may need to remove the over stove paneling to get it wired in.

Off to a cool movie, good day.

6/22/2013 summer time


Summer started yesterday and it’s hot. I stopped at the hardware store for some spray glue and sand paper on the way to meet Raven at Bucky’s (starbucks) for coffee then hit the Healdsburg farmers market. I was surprised to see cucumbers already in, I’ll start pickles next week. We bought green beans for lunch, Raven chard, cherries, a cuke for me, and an egg plant plant for the garden.

Arriving home I set up the saw horses and door bench, Raven started painting the D side bench back in light yellow as I cooked lunch. O chicken breast marinated in oyster sauce and garlic powder then rolled in blender ground pistachio nuts, broiled. A slant on April Jones’ recipe for fish (egg dipped and pistachio flour). Jasmine rice, the FM beans along with my garden few wax beans and zucchini plus a radish for color steamed lightly. Very tasty lunch.

After lunch Raven touched up the window glazing with new compound, she could only fill the cracks but should be better when painted. I worked on the cabinet doors, some were a bit tight, used the orbital sander to open up the frame and fascia. I installed the hinges to the doors, pre-drilling small where there were no holes after an awl punch (awl I need) to center the hinge equal distant from the top and bottom.  I then drilled the outer hinge holes into the fascia and screwed them in with the gun blue patina brass screws, a perfect color match. The doors were tight in places, orbital, hand sanding, filing until they fit fair. The fascia near the main door needs to be glued better, did that with yellow glue and clamped. Raven helped sand the middle P one as it’s tight, then proceeded to paint the steps burgundy red. Looks good.


The cabinet door handles need screws, I headed up to Harry Bosworth’s Mercantile on the corner, 1 1/4″ screws and washers, 8-32 qty 14. Home, as some were drilled half through I found some bigger washers in the bins, fitted all the handles.


The last two D side near the door need drilling. I made a paper pattern to match the sink spacing and drilled the under stove, a bit lower as it’s a lower door, called Raven for a decision on the last bigger door. Match the height of the sink handles, done.  


The cabinet doors are looking good, installed. Easily removed for modifications in paint, a bit of sanding for free movement yet to do, but in. The hinges are springed to shut but we’ll add the magnet latches, maybe toggle clamps too for under way. 

A good day.



Raven showed up around 10:30 as planned. We set up the saw horses, one set with the door bench, the others I put the P counter on. The Formica has been bubbling in the sun and I don’t like it, we have enough to do it again. Raven brought out the cabinet doors to paint light yellow as we got a whole quart last time at HD for $2 on the oops shelf and the right color.

I pealed off the old Formica with a putty knife and brute force, mostly it came up easy enough though one spot actually tore stuck. I went at it from the other way with the putty knife and freed it off. I’ve tried spray contact cement, then Liquid Nails, too many things. I broke out the belt sander and stripped it back down to wood mostly except the deep spots.  Inside the garage I clamped it sideways on the wood bench and cleaned the edges. Ready to try it again with thick coats of contact cement.

counter stripped


Raven brought some cooked wild boar meat, I shredded it with BBQ sauce, wheat sandwich rolls, local corn on the cob and some zucchini from the garden.  Great lunch. We talked of her camping trip last week in Humboldt Sinkyone lost coast.

The shadows moved so Raven moved into the summer living room between the house and garage to paint more. The yellow is all on, though some need a bit more varnish. She also painted the P bench top and back. That’s a lot.



I cut and added a piece of 1×2 behind the stove so the metal will have a good stop, that works. We need a cabinet wall where the fridge will go. I took measurements and found a piece of luan paneling that will fit. It took several cuts with the band saw as it has to clear the wheel well and be angled for the pitched outer wall, a little sanding on the lapidary and it fits.


As the cabinet doors are almost ready, I put a couple hinges on. We’ll need more screws so I went up to Harry’s corner store and picked up 28 brass screws. I told him gun bluing will make a good patina to match the hinges. Got home and used the bluing pen to match the color, with a cup of water (thanks Rave) to stop at the right tint. The doors will look good.


Pictures taken and posted here. A good day.





I like the tires reversed wide, it gives 4″ each of extra stability beyond the wall, excellent, although the air valve stem is inside. As I haven’t added the horizontal metal for the wheel wells yet, we could extend it so it wouldn’t sling mud onto the walls. Let’s discuss that. We’ve added more than 8 inches to the tire width span, what ever that’s called, that’s great! It relieves my concern of a top heavy load with a wider stance, all for $30 bucks. Way cheaper than another axle I was considering, to add 6 inches. I’ve attached a couple pics with the flash on in the dark, it looks good.






June first and a hot one, high nineties Fahrenheit. I picked up Raven up the mountain as her truck is misbehaving. Back to the house for a charcoal grilled trout, pok choi and garden snow peas stir fry with rice for lunch. Grabbed the cross lug wrench and headed to town.

Raven wanted to check out the Sonoma wildlife rescue center, sounds interesting and it’s an open house, very cool, live resident birds, mostly raptors, hawks, owls and falcons, oh my, beautiful birds right there. The barn owl was sleepy in the handlers gloved hand, two peregrines alert , a cooper hawk, small kestrel and a red tail. Right there in front of us with volunteers holding them up. Inside a tiny pigmy owl, awake and active days, several more birds in spacious cages, some 30 plus years old.  These birds can’t be wild as they wouldn’t survive due to injuries, but most are rehabilitated and set free.  Dad would’ve loved this. We listened to his bird song CD on the way to Pick n Pull.

Next stop, we need wheels to fit the vardo, 26″ dia.  545, or five lugs spaced 4.5″ from the center  of one to the opposite lug far side. We checked in at short of $5, with the lug wrench in hand. Hundreds of cars on welded wheel stands, and it’s really hot. We found one with the right size but it free spun, won’t come loose, found a tool , still no, let’s find another. This one is in front and isn’t spinning, loosened the nuts, free. The other side still had the cover on, took some doing but got off, two wheels.  I spun one along, Rave wanted a cart, OK. As I waited there was another wheel across the way, perfect rim match, lets get that. I was trying to loosen it up as Raven returned with the cart. A fellow customer helped hold the wheel with an extension as we freed it up, Thanks man. I still want a set of brake drums and a tow package but it’s too hot, next time. I haul the cart and we check out, as the tires are worn no charge, $24 (plus the $5 to get in),  $10 a wheel, what a score!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Next we headed to HD as we’ll need  some glazing compound for the windows and more paint. Rave brought the red empty can of Fahrenheit they matched, but there was an ‘oops’ quart can of yellow that looks like the right color to match the cupboard doors (indoor), only $2 a quart, major score normally $15.


Great day, we spent a little money, but saved a major portion and got the stuff we need to have.

When we got home, Raven broke out the fake stained glass decals I picked up at Sally’s and cut out adequate panels for the side windows, we fit them together, looks good, still temporary until I find the spray bottle or get a new one. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


It looks good. Not a whole lot done on the vardo itself, but a whole lot of acquisitions necessary to get it right. And a little and for the birds. Great day.