Our renovations are finally complete and we officially have the place fully rented with income coming in. BeforeAfter Before After The renovations have really come along nicely, fully completed, and the unit is now rented. The other tenant was away for a few weeks so we took that opportunity to redo the bathroom there as it was needed. Now with the house fully rented the LLC's bank account is growing rapidly and it is time to look for a second duplex or single family home to rent. Will post more about that one later, but wanted to have an update. Butcher Block Counter Top New Floor and Paint No more wall paper and new carpet In all we probably put…

Successfully completed our loop climbing East Quarry to West Quarry and then onto Mount Rand and back. 4.67 Miles with a 1,293 elevation Between Quarry and Rand - Taking the Ledge Route Our trip too us roughly 2 hours and 20 minutes. We were taking our time overall and the Mrs twisted her ankle coming down Rand - she was tired - so that slowed us down also. The key take away from the injury is to take along some snacks. We've been doing quite a few of the easy hikes and while it was only two hours if your body doesn't have enough fuel to keep going you're bound to get injured. EAST QUARRY Easy Quarry Peak Both peaks…

Traveled to Italy for work and spent most of the week in the southern tip on the coast. Hotel where I spent most of my week We had long days and truly did a lot of work, but in the evening we were able to hit a few of the local haunts for a drink The Grappa was strong! women's bathroom signmen's bathroom sign I did not need to understand Italian to know which bathroom was mine! Eventually the week was over and took a flight to Rome. The next morning I would be flying home, but I was able to explore Rome at night. It had just rained so the streets were pretty empty. This gave me some amazing…

After cooking a ribeye steak in part 1 and taking what I learned from that, I figured it was time to tackle it again. So once again, I grabbed a ribeye. This was nice and thick. I added on a rub and some red pepper flakes because I do like some spice. Spicy Ribeye While that was resting, I got out my cast iron pan and added some butter, garlic, and onions. Slowly cooking onions and garlicYou just can't go wrong with these! Once I started seeing some browning on the garlic and onions, I then added the steak and cooked at perfectly medium heat for 5 minutes a side and into the pan! 5 minutes in - Flipped -…

On Mother's day, we successfully summited Whiteface Mountain. Last time we had to turn back half way due to an oncoming thunderstorm which we just barely beat as we ran down and made it to the car. This time, I'm happy to report, we did not run into such impediments. Snow could still be seen on either side of the trail Winter weather had taken its toll on the trail This is as far as we got the last time! We made it to the place we were forced to turn around last time and kept on going. The day was cold and windy. We were warm enough with the correct clothing and gloves. The sun did eventually come out…

Readers know and hear about my homemade Whiskey Sours and yes, they still are my favorite, but it got me thinking on what I can do with the left over lemon rinds. Squeezed lemons Then it hit me. Lemoncello! Since I'm not having 10 to 12 lemons at a time, I did a test to see how well the rind would freeze. Lemon Freeze Test The lemon ends I did the test with froze perfectly. No discoloration, no nothing. So that gave me hope that they would keep over the course of a week while I made my Whiskey Sours. So prior to squeezing the lemons, I would gently peel the rind and save it. More yellow, less white First…

The Mrs and I have been doing our best to get into shape as of late, and doing well I must add! The question was: How do we keep this motivation going? Well, we of course love Bermuda, and have been there a few times. The last two, we coincided our travels with a road race. We have always heard about the Bermuda Triangle Challenge that happens in mid January. Three races in three days. Friday is the Mile Run held on Main Street Saturday is the 10K Sunday is your choice of the Half-Marathon or Full Marathon. The person with the three combined lowest times is how the overall scoring works. Here is the thing. I'm not a runner.…

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