Kyle’s Builtin: Down to the details

Tonight I installed the two movable shelves above the desk, finished the desk surface, and installed the cover plates for the furnace vents. All that is left now is to finish edging the carpet, install a few pieces of trim, install curtains and do touch-up paint.

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Kyle's new desk, with shelves for books, toys, and odds and ends. The desktop is a blue laminate that looks a bit like water to compliment the pirate themed wallpaper.

Kyle's new desk, with shelves for books, toys, and odds and ends. The desktop is a blue laminate that looks a bit like water to compliment the pirate themed wallpaper.

Kyle’s Builtin: Soffits

After a long hiatus for outdoor work, I started back on Kyle’s builtin again. I completed the soffits above the desk and window and installed the fixed shelf above the desk.

The center soffit, complete with lights

The center soffit, complete with lights

The left soffit (above the desk)

The left soffit (above the desk)

The fixed shelf above the desk, with lighting underneath. The desk light is controlled by the switch to the left.

The fixed shelf above the desk, with lighting underneath. The desk light is controlled by the switch to the left.

The complete package (so far). The gaps at the ceiling will be covered by crown moulding.

The complete package (so far). The gaps at the ceiling will be covered by crown moulding.

Kyle presents his new digs to Ian

Kyle presents his new digs to Ian

Next up are the two movable shelves above the desk, and then it’s just trim, carpet and finish work.

The time has come for another no-good-reason party!

Yesterday we took Kyle to see the Dirty Sock Funtime Band at Ravinia. We first discovered this band on Jack’s Big Music Show, which Kyle used to watch religiously. We told him about the concert on Friday, and he was so incredibly excited about seeing them, it was just about all he talked about until we arrived at Ravinia the next day.

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We had seats in the very first row of the pavillion, so we had a great view. As the show went on, the band members came down off the stage more and more often, which gave Kyle several opportunities to interact with them. He danced, clapped, jumped, and even sang into the microphone a couple of times. The show was a lot of fun and we all had a great time.

Mr. Clown and Michael Messer sing

Mr. Clown and Michael Messer sing

After the show, the whole band was available to sign autographs. Kyle came home with a t-shirt and CD autographed by every one of the band members.

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Kyle with Annie at the autograph signing

Kyle with Annie at the autograph signing

Hassenpfeffer

We have had problems the last couple of years with rabbits eating our flowers and vegetable plants. Last year they ate every single one of our edamame plants down to the ground, and this year they have decimated a bunch of annuals. They even dug a big hole under our back stoop to build a nest.

We finally got fed up and bought a no-kill trap, with the intention of trapping the rabbits and taking them far, far away where they can chew up someone else’s garden for a while.

Today we caught a small rabbit, which we believe to be from the litter that nested under our stoop. He is now most likely dining on someone’s petunias about 5 miles from here. I’m sure he was a bit put off by the whole thing, but all he needs to do is think of Hassenpfeffer – because that’s probably what would have happened to him if our neighbor had caught him instead of us…

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Ian an Kyle make sure the bunny is ok before release

Ian an Kyle make sure the bunny is ok before release

We all held the release handle, counted to three...

We all held the release handle, counted to three...

...and released the bunny back into wild suburbia.

...and released the bunny back into wild suburbia.

Party hats!

For my birthday, Katra and the boys made party hats for all of us. Each one was unique and special, and Ian took charge of making sure we all wore the correct hat.

All four of us modeling our hats. Guess which one didn't want to sit still for a photo?

All four of us modeling our hats. Guess which one didn't want to sit still for a photo?

All four hats

All four hats