Time passes slowly up here in the mountains -
We sit beside rivers and walk beside fountains
and catch the wild fishes that swim in the stream -
Time passes slow when you're lost in a dream...
- Time Passes Slowly, lyrics by Bob Dylan
(but I always loved Judy Collins version of the song)
Time certainly passes more slowly up in the mountains for Mike and me; it was amazing and unexpected. The days moved like cold molasses slowly dripping into the next. The lack of crowds and traffic and running around, in addition to being surrounded by nature and quiet, must have slowed our internal clocks. Whatever caused it, it was remarkable.
We spent most of my two-week vacation at the cabin making it more comfortable and getting it ready for our upcoming weekend trips. We took furniture we had in our basement and books and dishes and all the little things one needs to live these days - except for no computer or TV hookup yet. And no phone since we are about four miles outside of any cell phone reception. Some things Mike had to fix or improve upon and here are a few pictures of some of those improvements.
The first project was replacing the stove. The one that was there was electric and old and on its last legs. I can cook on electric stovetops if I have to, though prefer gas and the quick response of a flame, but since this stove was so old, it was a no-brainer to upgrade. There was no gas at the cabin, so we got a propane gas stove and Mike temporarily set it up to run from a grill-sized propane tank. Today the big tank is being delivered.
Here is Mike working on installing the new stove:
And here it is, all new and working - even though the kitchen is still junked up a bit because of tools and pieces and parts scattered about. The stove has some dings on it, but the price was right and it cooks great. Propane creates hotter flames than regular gas stoves - something I didn't know. And the flame is a different color; it has no yellow in it.
We also needed more electrical outlets in the kitchen, so Mike added quite a few, along with a new light switch with a dimmer for two of the kitchen lights. We still need to all a lot more light in the kitchen and will get to that in the next few visits.
Here is Mike adding a new light switch:
And adding a new outlet:
One of the first things Mike did in the kitchen was raise all the cabinets; they were way too low for us. Just raising them a few inches made the room feel bigger.
And then he reversed the direction of the bathroom door, seen below. It was opening into the small bathroom, taking up way too much room. Now it opens into the kitchen, creating a much better flow.
And, for the last picture today, here is Mike, tools in hand, having a grand time. He had started to grow a beard here, but has since shaved it off. I'm glad about that because he doesn't need to be hiding behind a scratchy ol' beard!
More pictures and rattling on to come!