Happy SUNday! – E.T. in the garden

E.T. watches over a recent cutting from a Christmas cactus in our window garden.

E.T. the galactic botanist keeps his watchful eye on a new cactus plant.
The mother plant this past November (2021).

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day! – Chris

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Happy SUNday! – a blast from the past

While searching through some older scans I was fortunate to find this image from around 1985. It’s a view of the first kitchen remodel I did in the first house we owned when we lived on Fleming Island, Florida. The house was built around 1976 and originally was as plain as could be.

From around 1985. Taken with my Canon F-1 with a Canon FD 24mm f2.8 lens on Kodak Kodacolor film.

It wasn’t a fancy kitchen but it was well organized and very functional. The part of the kitchen pictured here was originally part of a divided and weird living room with lots of wasted space. The cabinets were basic unfinished birch veneer boxes that I was able to customize to suit our needs. We decided against upper cabinets along this wall in favor of glass open shelving (which is popular today). Our kitchen even featured a full-sized sliding glass door! I learned quite a bit from remodeling that house and when we sold it in early 1988 it sold to the first people that saw it. Now thirty-five years later we’re wrapping up another kitchen remodel in our current home on Amelia Island where we’ve lived since 1991. Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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afternoon thunderstorm

Listen closely for the sound of the wind chimes and the under. Amelia Island, Florida.


Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Happy SUNday! – kitchen reno stainless steel tiles

Finally! It took me the better part of a week to install these 6 x 6-inch stainless steel tiles as a backsplash behind the range. I’m very happy with the results.

Looking better.
By alternating each tile the light is reflected in an interesting pattern depending on where you’re standing.
The range has an induction cooktop. By Cafe.

The next part of the project is to finish installing the marble tiles on the remainder of the backsplash. Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Happy SUNday! – new stainless steel tiles

Another big step in our kitchen reno today as I’m finally able to install the 6 x 6-inch stainless steel tiles under the vent hood. I painted the wall with Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black (6258) since I won’t be using grout to fill any gaps and seams between the tiles I wanted to “hide” the background wall. I’ll be sure to post new pics once the tiles are all in place (I’ll see if my no-grout decision was the right one).

The tiles are from http://www.stainlesssteeltile.com
The countertop on the left is Silestone quartz and on the right is a hickory butcher block countertop.

The walls on either side of the tiles will be covered with large marble slabs (12 x 24-inch) again with no grout between the joints. I’ll be sure to post updates soon. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day! – Chris

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Happy SUNday! – kitchen reno

Getting closer.

The upper kitchen cabinets have been removed from over the bar, now it’s time to get rid of the soffit structure.
I’m standing on the bar countertop tackling the last part of the structure that extends up through the ceiling into the inaccessible attic. It turns out it was nailed into the existing roof trusses and didn’t go without a fight. By the way, I’m the one who built the bar so I know it was capable of holding a rather large me.
Almost gone! See the next picture to check out the new hole.
At the moment I’m leaving it open to be able to run new wiring.
Another ugly wall that will get repaired. I’m leaving it open at the moment because I need to run wiring for ceiling-mounted recessed LED lights. The white pipe is the drain vent that extends up through the roof. The unpainted beadboard was covered by the upper cabinets.

We started our kitchen reno in March 2021. Our home was built and we purchased it new in 1991 so it seemed like a good time to update the look of the kitchen and upgrade the appliances. Tomorrow I get my cabinet doors and drawers back from the paint shop. I’ll be sure to post a few pics after they get installed. Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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strange cactus in my window

Camera – Samsung Galaxy S8+

We were gifted this strange cactus about 10 years ago and while it’s thrived sitting on our bay window plant shelf we don’t know what it is. It’s kind of pretty but kind of ugly at the same time. Oh well, at least it’s green and growing! Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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not quite 100

My unofficial thermometer maxed out at 98 this afternoon as the remainder of the island broke the low 100s (is there such a thing as the low 100s?).
Conditions around North Central and NE Florida at 4 this afternoon. Fernandina Beach was 101 with a dew point just below 70 degrees. That produced a heat index of 107 (feels like temperature). No sea breeze this afternoon to cool us down as the prevailing winds were generally westerly off of the hot interior of Florida.

These types of temperatures are not normal for this area especially this close to the Atlantic coast. Typically we’ll max out in the high 80s to low 90s with our ever-present high humidity. A cooling sea breeze will keep it pleasant at the beach and for a few miles inland. Of course, during a normal Summer afternoon, we can expect some pretty strong thunderstorms. Hope the weather by you was pleasant. Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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texture thursday

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Texture, light, and color

An antique slate roof tile from New England – which image is more pleasing? Both are taken with my Samsung Galaxy S8+.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to follow me on Instagram at @ccphotographyai – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by, and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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