Monday, May 20, 2013

the most awesomest, most wonderful, most bestest, most amazing, most fabulous, most fantastic greenhouse (frame*) that has ever been built!

hey, hey kids - especially you two, W and G (u know who you are!) - hang on to your pants. we'll get to the wicked, kick-*ss, incredible greenhouse (frame*) in a minute. you guys all know that i always put a sky pic up for my sweet mole sister Helga first! have a look-see:

is that gorgeous or what? how about this pic:

soooo beautiful eh? we feel truly blessed and try to be properly grateful...the skies here are so lovely! but look at the above pic again. i know what you all are thinking. you are thinking "hey kymber, what's underneath those tarps with tire inserts on top of them to keep the rain out?". why, under those tarps are a variety of walls that jambaloney has been building...on the every-now-and-again-day-that-isn't-raining. (poor jambaloney - he has no workroom. or garage or shed or anywhere to do any big building kind of work). so he has to rely on the weather in order to build stuff in the backyard. and these past 2 months have not been co-operating in the weather department, to say the least!)

anyway, on the few days during these past 2 months, when the weather co-operated, he was out there all day building the individual walls, and pieces of walls, and such for our greenhouse.  and then we wrapped said walls and pieces with tarps in order to protect them from the 40-odd days of rain.

but guess what we started today? probably can't guess so i will give you a hint - THE MOST EFFIN AMAZING GREENHOUSE THAT HAS EVER BEEN BUILT WITH SALVAGED WINDOWS. (oops, jambaloney just told me to turn off the caps and to ensure that i explained that this is just the greenhouse frame. i don't give a flying crap - i love my greenhouse frame and i can't wait until it is officially built!!!!). oh take a peek...and try not to drool all over your chin. when babies do that, it's cute. adults? not so much.

teehee. that's the front and sides up. it was heavy lifting but we managed - oh did we ever manage. we were high-fiving each other and giggling the whole time!

there's part of the back of it - the front is 6ft high and the back is 9ft high (being that it all sits on railway ties). oh how beautiful a site is that?


here's another look at the completed back of my 20ft X 8ft greenhouse. oh i love it soooo much!

next up - we started sealing all of the wood with primer - that was a fun job, too! i painted all of the low things and jambaloney climbed up on the ladder to do the higher areas. there was much more high-fiving and encouraging each other that after putting the beautiful, darn thing together - we still had enough stamina to finish priming all of the wood!

here it is - every single board primed on the inside, the outside, then ends, and everywhere in between.

 here's a side view. it's a freakin beauty!

that man is a freakin building genius and that greenhouse is gonna be loaded with windows. it was a hard, long day's work - but man are we proud of ourselves. probably feeling as proud as our dear friend G who finally got his icky shed knocked down. we had a blast with you guys the other day, G. and we can't wait until you and C move here for real!

with so much work to do throughout the day - much food was enjoyed. a half bacon, tomatoe, lettuce and tomatoe sandwich, with kimchi on the side for breakfast.

our favourite way to eat pasta for lunch. fresh, chopped tomatoes, 30lbs of fresh garlic, a generous dollop of olive oil, a generous splash of apple cider vinegar (with the mother) half a pound of butter, a ton of sea salt and fresh cracked pepper and parsley with pasta. and lemon to squeeze on when serving.


 my man loves him some steak and he grilles his (icky bleeding and rare) and mine (20yr old combat boot leather) to perfection! with some quinoa salad with feta, black olives, green olives, cucumber and green onion with a dressing made of 6 cloves of garlic, a big splash of olive oil, a big splash of apple cider vinegar (with the mother), the juice of half a lemon and a ton of sea salt and fresh-cracked pepper. oh yum - that salad was delicious! with some more yummy kimchi!

we are bone-weary tired but man - what an awesome day! we feel that we have hit a milestone and we are so happy to be here, right now, exactly where we are. oh there are many trips to the hottub that have already occurred...and many more are planned before we climb in bed at 9pm, bushwhacked but feeling awesome, and tomorrow we start a new day!

how can you not feel blessed when you look at skies like these?


we are soooo blessed. blessed to be surrounded by this beauty and blessed because of friends that feel like family. to G and C - we hope that you know how much we appreciate your friendship. we are becoming sooo close to you guys. we love C's ability to call a spade a spade, we love her for always seeming like she wants to take care of us - it means the world. she wants to take care of everyone and it shows in all of her actions. we love her family and they have accepted us as family. could anyone ever ask for more??? we love G because he is knowledgeable about so many things, but never talks down and always appreciates help and advice. there is so much to learn from G...and he is always willing to share and teach. who could ask for more? they will be moving here in a few years - sooner if i can kidnap C and drag her here kicking and screaming! guys - hurry up and move here already!

W - although we have never met, i knew from one of the first comments that you ever left that you were someone very worth getting to know! hooking you up with jambaloney was one of the best things that i could have ever done for him. he truly appreciates your wisdom and advice. thank you so much for being in our lives.

anyway - we are dead tired. tomorrow it is supposed to rain so jambaloney will be driving all over our out-lying communities looking for other people's trash which will become our treasures as it is "large garbage pick-up" week (we only have large garbage pick-up twice a year!). he will be out procuring more garbage to spread around our redneck homestead so that, at some point in 20yrs, he will come marching out of the boneyard of garbage, screaming with delight "SEE babe? i told you this would be useful one day!". he does that regularly. and then i have to call him "the king" for the next few days. it's exasperating, to say the least, but to have such a hard-working man building things for you from garbage - well, i guess it is worth the exasperation.

i hope that you all have had a lovely few days. for my friends down south who are suffering from storms and tornadoes - our prayers and thoughts are with you. please, all of you, please stay safe.

it really feels like we hit a milestone with getting the greenhouse frame up. we did it. we did it together. there is nothing that we can't do together. nothing.

(* i keep calling it the greenhouse - jambaloney insisted that i call it the greenhouse frame. ack, whateva!)


  1. It is a progress. I love the pattern for all the windows all in place. If you were building a house, you would call it your house, not your house frame.

    What kind of floor will there be in the greenhouse?

    I am with you on the bootleather steaks...nice and dry, at least.

    Jambaloney, that is one fine piece of construction.

    1. Linda - you are dead right - it is in progress!!! the floor of the greenhouse is 3-5 inches of free beach rocks - they are beautiful! and they also act as passive heat and will retain the heat from the day into the night. when we were painting, i was sitting on the rocks and it was so warm and so comfortable! and it reminds me of the beach and i love the beach. you can be sure that i will be napping out in the greenhouse every afternoon - those rocks are so comfortable when you lay on them.

      yep - me and you like our steaks the same way. this might gross you out but my favourite part of the steak is crispy fat on the outside of the steak. i loooove crispy steak fat!

      Linda - thank you for saying it is one fine piece of construction. he has been planning this greenhouse for years and it really is a fine piece of construction! i am so proud of him and his work(and so happy to have my greenhouse - woohoo!).

    2. Kymber, yes, fat in any form is gross to me. But, crispy fat is less gross. I cannot bear to know someone is eating the mushy, chewy fat, barely warm. I am retching as I write about eating gummy, chewy rawish fat. But, I could deal with your eating crispy fat.

      I like to nap outdoors in my swing, so I can see a nap in the greenhouse. For years, I have wanted a garden house to sleep in during the day in the winter. I could read anytime, sit in it, enjoy the outdoors when usually mosquitoes or freezing cold had chased me indoors. I never intend to sleep in the swing, but I wake up hours later. Take a soft pillow for your head.

  2. Can a building be adorable ? I think it looks wonderful. It is a greenhouse in progress, and it is quite wonderful. Jam is a wonderful framer, and that is a difficult thing to do since it involves things like spatial relations and mathematics. (Ick, I like words and science better than engineering and math....but that's just me.) Wonderful job ! Love to you both.

    1. dear Jane - a building CAN be adorable and this one really is!!! i plan on painting murals of flowers and birds and bumblebees all over it! i told jambaloney that we are moving into it - bahahahahah! you can be sure that i will be putting all kinds of frou-frou, gurly nets and pillows and a day bed. in fact, i am probably going to live there and give jambaloney this crappy cottage. the thing that i love most about it is that it was built from scratch and is exactly perfect. Jane - he is really good at spatial relations, math and all kinds of stuff like that. he is incredibly smart. love back to you hon!

  3. Great work you two. Just an update My family and I have now relocated to Minnesota. We have been home a week now. Looking for housing, and catching up with friends and family after 6 years in Florida.

    1. Rob - thank you so much for letting me know. i kept checking your blog and it was gone and i didn't know why? i am so happy that you are back in Minnesota - soooo happy! good luck on getting a place and when you do, make sure to start another blog and send me the link - you have my personal email. much love to you and yours and Rob, i couldn't be happier for you! xoxo

  4. It sure is looking good!!!

    Whats a mole sister?

    1. PP - thanks so much! it is going to be a real beauty when it is finished!

      The Mole Sisters are a series of books written by Canadian author Roslyn Schwarz. the books were then turned into a children's tv series. the mole sisters are always off on a variety of adventures that involve caring for and respecting nature. i have a great love of interesting and wonderful children's books (my all-time fave is Dr. Seuss books and my all time fave Dr. Seuss is The Lorax, which also deals with taking care of, and respecting nature).

      so me and Helga aren't just sisters - we are mole sisters.

  5. You aren't biased or anything; are you? ;-)

  6. Love it! Good job, kids. Food looks great.

  7. Love that greenhouse (frame)! You are going to be growing things ALL YEAR LONG.

    1. DFW - i can see that you are looking for brownie points from jambaloney by including the word "frame" - bahahahahah! he is planning on running electricity out to the greenhouse so that we can use a small heater in there over the winter. yes, buddy - we'll be growing food ALL YEAR LONG - woooooooohooooooo!!!!

  8. Looks very nice.

    It should be great for the 9 months a year you aren't using your igloo :)

    1. thanks Russell. and ya, now that we got the greenhouse, we are gonna live in it and throw away the igloo - bahahahahah! ya nutter!

  9. Soooooooooooo jealous of your adorable greenhouse! (Yes, I know it is *just* the frame, but I can see what is happening there and what will be!)
    Still in the hot and dry SouthWest US here...but later this year will be in the NorthEast!

  10. Oh I read these posts the wrong way round! Ha. It really looks fantastic. What an achievement!