What might be

A really busy weekend this past. The big news is that Howard graduated from Navy boot camp on Friday, March 13. Carole went to Chicago/Great Lakes for a few days to see his graduation ceremony and take him on leave.

Howard the sailor

He made the decision to join the military on his own and for his own reasons. We’re very, very proud of him.

While Carole was away, DeShawn and I stayed busy around the house, working on the floor in the kitchen annex. When we bought the house, the kitchen and kitchen annex floor were a complex sandwich of floor fashion from different eras, none of them very attractive.

The last of the layers to remove in order to reveal the original pine boards was (real) linoleum on top of tar paper/adhesive. A mighty search of the interwebs revealed that a wallpaper steamer was the fastest and safest way to remove these two.

DeShawn cleaning up the linoleum

Assume the scaping position!

This is the first time DeShawn has helped out in a nearly grownup way. He sustained a couple three hours of very adult work and did a good job at it.

Still life with wallpaper steamer

Details of exposed wood grain

The finished floor is going to be beautiful if earlier finishing efforts in the west bedroom are any indication.

The wooden boards, at this point, pre-sanded, very much resemble, in look, feel, and smell, the floor of an old barn. The smell, in particular, is very pleasant.

Kitchen barn floor

Two boys growing up.