Monthly Archives February 2020

We have had a few new members join up - Folks from outside the neighborhood. It has been fun to see this grow. Last meetup we had Vermont Treehouse Beer, hard cider in a pressurized keg, a couple of pizzas, a nice fire, and evenly matching curling teams. At the fire pit after the event. Sadly it won't be long before this is over already. The season has gone by too fast. Looks like next week we will have another cold snap, so maybe that will freeze up the ice enough to have a match. After that, March is coming and all bets are off.

Demolition on the kitchen and bathroom on the non-rented side of our new investment duplex has begun. Bathroom coming apart Ceiling removed Everything is coming right down to the studs. Even the kitchen. Cabinets gone Excited to get this side fixed up and ready for rent. The goal is to have it ready for April. New floor, walls, kitchen, bathroom. Paint and carpet throughout. Going to cost some money up front but will pay for itself in the long run with higher rent and less going wrong with it all.

Winter decided it wasn't over and a cold snap came back through issuing a cease and desist on all sap running for a time. It was nice to have the reprieve as work has kept me busy and the wife was out of town for a work conference. I did get another 35 gallons (only at 1% sugar content) which I ran through the RO to get it ~ 5% I hopped into Ghetto Sap House Version 3.0 ( 2.0 crashed and burned ) and fired up the burner! Sap house 3.0 12 x 12 make shift sap house In the Finisher Somewhere along the line I decided that it was the perfect time and temperature to light up a…

All my allclad can get thrown out! I have a new love in my life when it comes to cooking and it's cast iron cookware! It started on a whim with a simple question last year on mcarterbrown.com about cast iron and if it was worth it. I received a lot of replies about how it was the best way to cook, etc. Even had a friend on the site offer up a free pan. I took him up on the offer, tried it, and haven't looked back since. Actually, I've bought more pans than I can use right now. Cast Iron Griswold Cast Iron I don't have any photos of the vintage Lodge cast iron pan that was given…

Those following along will know that my wife and I purchased our first rental duplex in October 2019. There was a complete list of items that needed to get done. There was a lot I wished I knew ahead of time, so I'm going to chronicle as much as I can here so other folks will have a leg up and also so I can selfishly come back to this post and learn from my own mistakes or successes. Your handed the keys. Congratulations! If you've gone this far you've made a huge step towards your own personal financial independence. First things first: Start a Spreadsheet Start a rental spreadsheet. Before you spend another dollar you should be keeping track…

I constructed my sugar shack - Hobby Sugar Shack version 3.0 with the help of a pop-up Coleman tent from Target and tarps for side paneling. It is amazing how much heat it helps retain and cutting down on the wind. Hobbiest Sugar ShackSap ready to boilNow with Aluminum Foil Upgrade! I never did get around to fully upgrading my two burner propane stove with an insulated table to drop it into. I have an idea and plans to make this much more efficient, but this prior year I found myself concentrating on other issues and this fell to the back burner. I was able to boil down 12 gallons of concentrate to get close to 1 gallon of finished…

The CRCC club is back in full swing this winter! CurlingIn the HouseDead StonesLots of guards While our curling club (CRCC) tends to be a great excuse to have a drink, stand by the fire pit and smoke a cigar, it is a great time and we all look forward to Thursday night curling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC2dpuP9g4s

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