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July 30, 2018

Tile, Corn, Potholes, and 16 miles of NEK LVRT (trail)

We anxiously awaited the appointment for the next set of plumbers. Master Plumber guy looked at the space, looked at my shower tray.... and he paused, silence... I was about to have a stroke. Then he said "YUP! We can do it!". They jumped into action. Things were happening so quickly.

 Then they opened the shower valve kit we had ordered (big box store in NH). "This is the trim kit. Do you have the valve to go with it?". I went into a panic. I was about to jump in the car and race to Littleton NH to the big box store. I checked online inventory, the valve is a special order item.... The plumbers set the tray and did all they could without the valve. I have ordered two just to be safe, one from Lowe's and one from Amazon Prime. It's a race to see who can get the valve first. The Amazon valve is guaranteed to be here (at the house) tomorrow. But Prime is not always accurate here in VT. If it comes fedex, it will be here. If they ship it USPS... there is no home delivery in Hardwick. All residents here get a PO Box and the people at the Post Office get upset if Amazon drops something at the Post Office and it doesn't have my PO Box number on it... but amazon won't ship two day prime to a PO Box... 

We have started tiling what we can, outside of the shower area.  

hardwick house bathroom tile

It's looking really good!

After working all week, with many rainy days, we worked half days on the weekend and enjoyed the beautiful Vermont summer afternoons. 

walden vermont creamee butch's harvestore  

We stopped in Walden for a roadside creamee.  

vt creamee walden rt 15  

vermont creamee nek 

My Mom took #2 son and Daughter to the Great Vermont Corn Maze. I sent the Daughter with my camera.

great vermont corn maze 2018 

danville vt boat cornfield great vermont corn maze 2018 

corn maze nek vt danville 

great vermont corn maze 2018 success 

#1 son and I set out for sixteen miles on the LVRT. We started at Joe's Pond/Hasting's Store in Danville and rode all the way to St Johnsbury. It was mostly downhill.  

lvrt danville to saint johnsbury vermont bike trail 

danville vermont bike trail lvrt vt  

gary fisher on the lvrt vermont  

spring water lvrt  

We drank fresh spring water straight from the source. It was good water.

The LVRT ends a couple blocks from the Kingdom Taproom. It'd been a few years since we last visited this place. It's still good! 

lvrt to kingdom tproom st johnsbury vt 

#1 son is rarely enthusiastic about restaurant food. This was an exception, "The food here is GREAT!". All three kids enjoyed the French Onion Soup and fresh baked bread with herbed butter. 

black barn farm bolton vt 

We also attended a party at a friend's farm. Yes, another back yard waterfall.  

black barn farm party bolton vermont 2018 

The Black Barn Farm Party of 2018 was a good time.  

black barn farm bolton vt party 2018 

black barn farm party 2018 bolton vermont   

Hill Farmstead Society nd Solitude #10 ten nek craft beer vermont 

My current favorite Vermont craft beer, Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #10 is so delicious.  

July 23, 2018

Double D Farm Stand! while we wait for a plumber...

A person might think that a month to renovate a bathroom would be plenty. But then a person finds that there are variables beyond control... like getting a plumber in a reasonable time. So while we wait for a plumber to find time to rough in a shower valve and tray... Let us walk to a neighborhood farm stand, the Double D!

double d farmstand hardwick vermont vt farm to table  

We've been buying bunches of beet greens for $1 each. This is a self serve farm stand, the honor system.

double d farmstand hardwick vt hill farmstead ipa vermont beer neipa #farmtotable 

We sautéed beet greens, stems, and beets with garlic butter and everybody liked that. Some didn't care for the stems too much. They also worked their way into the morning scrambled eggs (served in English muffin with sharp Cabot cheddar cheese).

beet green pesto #farmtotable 

The crowd favorite has been beet green pesto, using local organic basil.

harbison cheese greensboro vermont is the best in the world and enjoyed daily by rich people vt #farmtotable 

Harbison cheese is made just up the road, in Greensboro. We can get it at Whole Foods in Austin, for $25-28 a wheel. A wheel here is about $13 (local co-op member price or Willey's store in Greensboro). We all love it as a treat. #1 son said "imagine if somebody was SO RICH, they could have this cheese every day". I loved that his symbol of wealth is Harbison, daily. It's good to have reasonable goals.  

relaxing at the red barn brewery west danville vermont microbrewery vt craft joe's pond  

We enjoyed the weekly Friday beer at Red Barn. We did meet up with friends. There was no food truck this week, so there were no crowds, we took our own food. It was relaxing and the kids did appreciate it. #2 son found a swing to lay in while the sun set.  

iris neipa red barn brewing west danville vermont craft beer vt  

That bathroom.... 

bathroom renovation hardwick vermont 

I had the room gutted and ready for a plumber I had scheduled for Friday. Friday was later than I had hoped for, but I'm really at the mercy of his schedule. I received an email from the plumber on Thursday, saying he would be unable to help at this time, and could not say when he would be able to reschedule. Funny stuff. Luckily I have a second plumber scheduled as a backup. But it doesn't feel good. The clock is ticking. I'm now a week behind... a fair amount of stress here.


Toilet, sink, tub/shower.... all gone.  


I've begun to hang cement wallboard, where I can.


elmore state park beach kayak vermont 

#2 son has decided he really likes kayaking. I pried myself away from the stress, and wallboard to spend a beach day at Elmore State Park. I rented three kayaks and we had a nice paddle. We DID apply SPF.

kayak rentl vermont elmore state park hardwick stowe 

It was breezy that day, not as easy to paddle into it. But he didn't complain, too much. 

kayak rental lake elmore pond vermont elmore store state park  

July 16, 2018

Stowe tourists, gut to the studs, and more LVRT and Joe's Brook


von Trapp Lodge coffee and bake house stowe vermont

We took a whole day to visit some of our favorite tourist destinations. Kat loves the view from the Von Trapp Family Lodge Kaffeehaus.

ultimate frisbee golf stowe vermont alchemist heady topper ips 

We are considering to include more frisbee in our routine. It's not really a sportsball. We threw a few discs at the Alchemist in Stowe.

elmore store deck elmore pond vermont vt 

Good times on the Elmore Store deck.  

elmore store deck pond vermont 


gutted down to the studs 

We are working on two of the bathrooms this summer. This one has been stripped down to the studs. We spent the better part of three days on demolition. Saturday afternoon (3:50 PM) I realized I didn't have much time to run to Hill Farmstead before they close (5PM).

hill farmstead greensboro vermont susan ipa best beer  

I got my glass of Susan. I like Susan! 

gary fisher joe's pond vermont lvrt 

I had the family get some trail time in on Sunday. We did ten miles on the LVRT from Joe's Pond in Danville.  

danville vermont lvrt rail trail vt 

lvrt danville vermont gary fisher vt 


joe's brook west danville vermont waterfall  

I bought a cheap travel sized tripod to use here. The Daughter helped me hike my photo gear up the falls for some better pics.  

west danville vermont joe's brook waterfall vt NEK 

waterfall joes brook w. danville vt 


vermont day lilly  

They finally popped! 

July 10, 2018

Vermont Week Two of Summer Vacation

The work portion of Summer in VT is about to begin. We spent this past week enjoying the outdoors, not doing much work.


swim hole near hardwick vermont  

This swim hole is not too far from our home in Hardwick. We like it! 

cadys falls terrill gorge vermont waterfall swim hole cady's 

The daughter did a good job assuming the Mermaid of the Falls role.

vermont swim hole mermaid of the falls morrissville vt swimhole 

rock stacking towers of stone  

#1 son stacked stones. 


joe's pond brook joes vermont nek waterfall 

This is the waterfall in our back yard in Danville VT. We filed our septic inspection with the town clerk yesterday. We have a new septic system installed and the old barn has been removed. That completes our goals for that property this year.  

wayne drinkwater jr of danville vermont cane 

The boy from next door in Hardwick accompanied us on our hike down to the waterfall. #2 son has taken to using the cane that belonged to the previous owner (Wayne Drinkwater). 


lvrt lost nation vermont bike trail morrissville vt 

The daughter joined us for more than ten miles on the LVRT bike trail.  


free cheese jasper hill greensboro vermont parade vt  

The Funky Fourth of July event was fun. Jasper Hill passed out free chunks of clothbound cheddar for the parade and it was delicious! 

jasper hill cellars greensboro vermont parade cheese clothbound vt 

coexist vermont peace parade greensboro vt 

bread and puppet greensboro july parade vt vermont 

greensboro vermont vt funky fourth 4th fireworks

They had a really nice fireworks display as well. 

bbco neipa uncanny valley craft beer ipa vermont  

We have really good beer here in Vermont....  we may have some this past week...

July 04, 2018

The slow road to Vermont

Kat joined us for the long drive to VT. We decided to make the most of the journey, stopping to see friends and family along the way. The idea was that we'd not spend too much time in the car for any leg of the trip. Also, if I ever said Kat does not do well on a road trip, we can gladly report that she was a delightful road trip companion. The trip was pretty painless. We took six days for the journey.

christopher moore w hotel french quarter new orleans 

We stopped in New Orleans to see CMoore and lounged by the pool at the W French Quarter.  

w hotel buckhead atlanta ga 

It was COLD and rainy in Atlanta where we stayed at the W Hotel Buckhead. 

atlantic beach north carolina 

We rented a beach house in Atlantic Beach NC. 

Atlantic Beach North Carolina NC

My mom, brother and his GF joined us for the weekend.  

bier garten atlantic beach nc beer garden  

We drove to Kat's parents house in Gaithersburg. 

dogfish head ale house gaithersburg md

We had dinner with local Gaithersburg friends. We took a scenic road from MD to VT. Not once did we get on 95 or the NJ Turnpike! It was not a bad way to travel.  

Joe's Pond Fourth (3rd) of July

We had a good time at a friend's camp on Joe's Pond.

joe's pond vermont kayak

I disallowed electronic devices. Michael insisted the boys tried his kayaks. It was wonderful! 

joe's pond fireworks 2018

fourth of july joe's pond vt 4th fireworks vermont 


gary fisher mtb lvrt vermont 

We've also enjoyed the great bike trails available to us here. Looking forward to the return of cooler weather. It was 95 when we left Austin and 95 when we arrived in Hardwick.