new sink, fresh counters, recertified

new sink

The new sink is in and is in use!
new sink
I know, I know, some of you might be concerned about that dark wood. And it is probably stained because of moisture problems in the past. But it’s dry and solid.

Oh, and yesterday, as I was rinsing the bits out of the sink I remembered I have a sprayer now! Such a pleasure to use!

fresh counters

Even though wood around the sink could be problematic, my view is that if it gets water ON it, I’ll see the water and wipe it up. Versus before when the water would get under the formica and not be seen OR accessible to wipe up. Besides, the drain board sits to the right of the sink, so you don’t see that line between where the formica was and where it never was.

I used a mixture of beeswax and food grade mineral oil to seal the wood. One might think that one could find food grade mineral oil (recommended to seal butcher block and wooden counters) at a hardware store or lumberyard that sells countertops. Nope. It’s at the drugstore, next to all of the enema stuff. I’ll probably re-seal the area around the sink a couple of times a year… doesn’t take long, and the beeswax (which I have a lot of, left over from the lotion making extravaganza) smells so wonderful.

Also sanded and refreshed the other counter, but this one with just mineral oil since there’s generally not water on the counter.
redoneothercounter

Put a toaster oven, water boiler, jar of dog biscuits, and basket for bread on the counter, and you can see I live with a small kitchen!

recertified

As a tai chi for arthritis instructor!
sun73 opening
Here we are doing the opening movement to the Sun 73 form (there’s a video demo at that link!). I love the name of the movement “leisurely tying the emperor’s coat”… just don’t whack him in the face as you do!

Can you tell that this gentle tai chi is good for me? I try to keep the hard style tae kwon do right out of it!

I’m in the red pants (no surprise, eh?). The guy in the front is a master trainer, Marty, who makes commerative coins. He came all the way up to the hinterlands of Lincoln, Maine to work with us.

Last night I joined the tai chi for health community. I’ve been wanting to teach the tai chi for arthritis/for health for the Eastside Wellness Center (the gym at work), but the problem has been that the gym is run by the hospital, not the state. And for them to cover my liability (which I need to teach, won’t teach without that coverage), I need to be a hospital employee… which would mean creating a new job, posting it, open competition, yadayadayada. But if I have my own liability, I can be contracted out. I told them that I wasn’t seeking payment for teaching the class, but if I have my own liability insurance I will seek payment. Now I have to figure out how much to charge. Maybe it’ll help defray the loss of income from the shut-down days.

knitting?

Finished the log cabin socks. Need to tink back a row on the shawl. Making swatches for a sweater out of Nanny Kennedy’s yarn…

5 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    July 29, 2009 @ 8:49 am

    Congrats on your new sink, fixed counter, and tai chi instructor certification! You’ve been busy.

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    Molly Bee said,

    July 29, 2009 @ 9:35 am

    Pretty kitchen! I’ve been thinking about taking up tai chi. I got a couple of videos but they were to complicated to foloow. Do you recommend any beginner’s resources?

  3. 3

    Emily said,

    July 29, 2009 @ 3:33 pm

    Your wood counters are very pretty! I’m sure you’ll do a great job of keeping them maintained.

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    kmkat said,

    July 29, 2009 @ 7:39 pm

    What a great space for your tai chi class! I bookmarked the site you sent me for tai chi for crips teachers. If my standing-on-one-leg exercises to improve balance don’t do the trick I will look into it.

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    August 4, 2009 @ 4:43 am

    Hey there –

    Very behind in my blog reading. The counter(s) looks great – love the wood! Am intrigued by the Tai Chi – let me know if you offer a class for civilians. Though I suspect I would have a hard time keeping that whole “quiet, centered” thing if you were teaching…

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