07 April 2017

More House Stuff

Here are a few photos of what's been going on in the house this past week or two.


Replaced the hollow-core door on Seyoung's office and hung a french door.  We picked up the door at the Re-store for about $30 and it took about an hour to hang it.  We only had to recut the lower hinge gain on the door to rehang it.  It has a few dings and bits that need filling, I picked up some epoxy wood filler and gloss latex paint to match the paint already on it.

I'm thinking of replacing the main bathroom door with a (privacy) glass-paned door to let in more light in the upstairs hallway, too.

new doorold doorre-cut hinge gain

The lever handle on the door is also from the Re-store.  I bought enough of them to fit all of the doors on the main floor.  That was a small project from a couple of weeks ago.  I had to recut a few door-jamb mortises for the bolts, and fill in the old screw holes with glue and pegs so I could reposition the latch plates, all done in a few hours.

I've replaced a couple of the basement room door handles with levers, as well.  Only one door down there left to do.  I'm planning to replace two of the doors to rooms that have large windows with used french doors when I can, so the basement will be a bit less dark in the daytime.

None of the doors in the house have doorstops, so I've been installing various sorts of bumbers and things to save the walls and mouldings.

No toes were injured during any of the various door-related activities.


Replaced the steel basin in the main bathroom with a porcelain sink and a nicer faucet (Re-store rescues again).

The plumbing for the drain is ABS, so I had to cut the drain pipe and move it back a bit.  Not a lot of trouble, except for the tailpiece fitting.  I bought a slip-joint adapter at Home Cheapo that was not the right size, despite it saying 1 1/2" to 1 1/4" on the fitting.  A trip to Kent netted the right sized adapter.

The faucets were made by Global Union and branded as Water Ridge.  It turns out that they have some kind of lifetime waranty.  The hot water cartridge was bad and the faucet dripped pretty badly, but after a couple of e-mails to Global Union support I had a new cartridge.  Gratis!  The installation was a bit tricky, as there is no assembly/disassembly guide for the faucets.  An hour or so of messing around and finally removing the faucet to put it in a vise and I got it fixed.

Light Fixtures

The house had not had a light fixture updates in many years.  I replaced a number of those ugly glass sheet "semi-flush" ceiling lamps and bare bulb socket with flush-mount dome fixtures.  I didn't take any pictures of those, but here's one swiped from the internet.

An alcove in the front porch got a Re-store special.

The garage originally had a bare bulb socket with a switch in the front and one in the back porch.  I had the electrician who came to do some work around the house replace the socket with an electrical socket and plugged in two LED shop lamps I got from Costco.  4000 lumens per fixture makes the garage feel like you're standing on the sun.

Safety Gear

My toe-crushing incident has left me hobbling around and the doctor said I'll probably be like that for a month or two.  Not really too much trouble, but it's painful and uncomfortable.  So we were out last weekend and Seyoung bought me some safety boots so I can save my toes any further grief.

That's it for this week.  Here's a shot of Poopy scowling down the stairs as I trudge up and down with tools and things.

26 March 2017

Garage Step

Built a simple step for the garage today.

A board fell off my makeshift prep surface and the end struck my small toe, reminding me that I should get a pair of safety boots.

18 December 2012

And moving.

I haven't updated in a while. We've moved to a new apartment with more space and a balcony with a roof. We have been barbecuing pretty much three nights a week and getting settled in. Christmas is coming up and I get my first holiday since a four-day jaunt to Kuala Lumpur in January 2010. I really can't wait to do nothing for a couple of weeks! I'll do a juicier update tomorrow with pictures of barbecue.

24 August 2012

New Job

Not much posted the past month as I've been on tenterhooks (who says "tenterhooks"?!?) waiting to hear about a new job I interviewed for back in early July.  It took 6 or 7 weeks for them to get it sorted out and I start the new job on 4 September.

Should be a good change, better pay, more in line with my experience and desires in a job than my current position.  Hopefully the change will be smooth and ruckus-free (who says "ruckus"??!)

One of my biggest concerns about coming back to Canada was that I had basically abandoned my IT career when I moved to Korea.  three and a half years away can be the death of a career

My stint in Singapore was a good introduction back into the field, although the outgoing experience with one of my employers there was a petty fiasco that I'd care never to experience again.  All the more shocking, or perhaps it should be less so, because one of the partners was someone I knew for a very long time and assured me that all would be made right.  Not so nice, but at least it's over and I don't care to ever have to deal with that sort of situation again.

I'd had a few leads prior to coming back to Canada, but nothing came of them, except my current job, which although not what I was really looking for, proved to be enough to hang my hat on for a while.

Now I'm back to working for some of the same people I worked for before I left Canada and back working in an academic environment.  Hopefully, I can get back to doing some university courses again.

Here's to future days!

12 July 2012

This Week in Food

We bottled our makgeolli on Saturday and drank some on Sunday.  I found a simple recipe for Korean onion pancakes (pajeon) that are traditionally eaten with makgeolli.  Both the makgeolli and the pajeon turned out fantastically well.

On Monday we had ravioli (dried, I haven't had the urge to try making my own) and a simple tomato sauce made with a can of tomatoes, olive oil, salt and chilis.  We had fresh greens from our garden boxes with a simple oil and vinegar dressing.

Seyoung made ssamjang from some pork we had in the fridge and we had a meal of rice and ssamjang wrapped in fresh-picked lettuce for dinner.  And drank the last of our makgeolli, 2 litres only lasts so long...

04 July 2012

Makgeolli Label

Here's a label I made for our makgeolli.  It's a bit much for a couple of bottles, but hopefully we'll be able to make more later...

It says "Sea Mountain Makgeolli" in Korean.  Makgeolli, pronounced mahk-uh-lee, is Korean rice beer.

Canada Day Fermentation Weekend

makgeolli ingredients
'instant' makgeolli
 This weekend we finally got around to doing a couple of things that we've been meaning to do for nearly a year.   We started making kimchi and makgeolli.  We started pretty small, the stuff needs to be refrigerated and it's a pain in the butt to make a lot.

The makgeolli required a fair bit of preparation (washing, soaking and steaming the rice) and although it wasn't hard, mistakes were made.  The picture here shows it with the nuruk and yeast mixed in.  It took a couple of days for the fermentation to get going but once it started it was pretty enthusiastic.  It already smells like makgeolli, but it'll be about a week for the full process.We used a prepackaged 'instant makgeolli' starter this time, plus a little bit of nuruk I ground up and threw in.

kimchi seasoning paste
home-grown Korean cabbage
Seyoung made the 'marinade' for kimchi and set up a small batch.  Once the cabbage is soaked in brine and starts fermenting it shrinks quite a bit.  I'd guess we'll end up with about as much as you'd get in a small pouch in a Korean supermarket.  The Korean chili is different from other red chili powder, it's a bit sweeter and earthier, I think.  It's still spicy, but it's a different kind of spicy.

To brine the cabbage Seyoung used some Korean sea salt, it's really nice salt (like flower of salt), and almost a shame to use it for pickling cabbage, but I guess it'll make better kimchi than non-Korean pickling salt.

She also made a tiny batch of kimchi from some Korean cabbage grown in our garden box.  By the time it's pickled this will probably make enough kimchi for a small bowl, but it will be interested to see how it turns out.

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