|Ready for cooktop install.|
The morning started out fairly calm. Annmarie asked me why I did not lock the sheep up last night. I said I did, she noted the many sheep on the back hillside. She was putting on makeup in the mirror propped up in the window. I deigned to get out of bed to verify for myself. I believed her. It dawned on me while I lay there in our cozy warm bed that I had forgotten to shut the barn door. The reason is after I fed everyone Zeke and I were leaving the barn and a whole bunch of sheep had their heads in the nearest feeder. Zeke darted past them on the way to the door, he made sure to swerve as close as possible to the sheep on his way out. This spooked the sheep who still had their heads in the feeder. Two of the feeders are chained together and the sheep were all on the far side causing the feeders to be pulled over. One young boy, about three months old, got stuck underneath the feeders with his head still stuck through into the hay! I had to go back into the barn and put the feeders up so he could pull his head out and run away. I then spent a couple of minutes lecturing the sheep about their bad eating habits and flighty behavior. I was still ranting as I left the barn. I forgot to shut the door. Annmarie wanted to know if I really ranted at the sheep. Of course I did! This becomes a bigger issue when the weather gets nicer. The sheep will go out on the back hillside and decide to start roll call at 0300. We sleep with our bedroom windows open year round. It is very noisy.
The hamster corpse was starting to get to me. Not so bad that I was willing to cut out a one foot by twenty foot section out of the dining room wall, but it was starting to smell really bad. This morning I needed a rag to finish cleaning up my grout on the backsplash so I opened up the door of the deep sink utility cabinet and the smell was awful and I saw gerbil poop on the floor. I found the dead gerbil. I made Sarah come down and clean up the entire mess, wash all the rags and bleach everything. I think she may need to use vinegar on everything now. It is much better than it was but it has not gone away yet. Here’s to hoping the smell doesn’t last much longer.
I grouted the backsplash tile I installed last night and then painted the walls where the cooktop was going to be installed. Once that was done I had the child come down and help me install the cabinet. We got it in place and then leveled it front to back and side to side. It is perfectly level so our gas heat should be even. Once that was in place we installed the downdraft fan. I got it all screwed into the top and plugged in and made sure it did not hit the window board. The temporary board is the same depth I want the finished board located. I need a new blade on my table saw before I cut the finish board. It smoked and burned my oak top when I cut it. The cooktop was next and dropped right in. It has two anchors on the side and it overlaps the vent fan. We are very happy with how it turned out. I took a second picture once the sun went down so you could see it lit.