When our Airbnb guest house flooded, the insurance unsurprisingly gave us peanuts to redo it. Hiring someone else would have left us with crappy flooring, crappy fixtures and a crappy laminate countertop. We of course decided to just redo the house ourselves and put in quality work.
To do it yourself or not do it yourself
One of the big expenses was the countertop, which we priced at thousands of dollars. I don’t believe I found anything for less than two grand. So of course I called up my big sister, Tashelle, and said I have an idea for countertops and I have no idea how to do it so Read More
I woke up early before the sun was up to get some beautiful pictures of the sky and enjoy the quiet of the desert before the farm animals wake up. I wish I’d had more time as the sunrise was extra beautiful and the weather extra perfect which is rare in the extreme desert. But alas, I had to teach my psychology class at Victor Valley College.
After a super interesting class on false memories and cult methods for brainwashing members, I headed back to the ranch to keep working on our renovations. The Read More
I haven’t posted much about this even though we’ve been struggling with it since january. I was walking past the farmstay guest house and noticed water leaking out the walls.
I ran inside and there was just inches of water covering the entire first floor. Disaster! I was so upset.
The hot water heater’s heating element had shorted out Read More
I have been making caramels like crazy here in preparation of heading out to the Farmer’s Market and once again I have run out of vanilla extract. The local market here sells little dinky bottles of vanilla extract for nearly 8 bucks and I’d have to drive an hour to Costco to get a decent price and by then I’ve wasted all those savings on gas.
What a conundrum for a cheapskate like me!
At the same time, I pulled out an oldish bag of vanilla beans and was heart broken to see they’d gone stale. I can’t cut those up for putting into caramel. They were hard as a rock.