Saturday, July 16, 2016

Ringing in the fun

Our new video doorbell (from Ring) includes auto capture of motion plus the ability to speak with someone who is near your door, even if they don't ring the bell. Yesterday, Bill was inside working when I left for work, and this is our little bit of silliness. :-D

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Feeling secure

For a few years, we have had a construction fence up around our property. This week, we took it down. Just six words in that sentence, but it’s a big, big accomplishment! In a way, we are sorry to see the compound go, but it was time, and the neighbors surely agree. Before we took it down, we installed a video doorbell and security cameras, all with motion detection. This new equipment will help us feel like our special space will remain secure.

On the day that the fence came down, I was able to watch Bill (via the security cameras) work like mad, what he does every day but is not always visible to me or anyone else. Every time I peeked in, he was hammering, lifting, shoveling, and more. I’m so impressed and inspired by him, my amazing, visionary, hard-working boy.
Before

The process

Monday, July 11, 2016

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

Rodgers And Hammerstein famously asked "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" in the Sound of Music. For us, the question was, how do you make good use of a broken TV that shows either ghostly or psychedelic colors? We are using it to view our newly-installed video surveillance system, another step in our remodeling journey. The footage saves to a DVR with proper colors. 

Watch out, naughty people, Admiral Ackbar says, "It's a Von Trapp."

In low light, he looks like either a ghost or an avatar


Bill working his carpentry magic