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Friday, July 31, 2015

Kitchen Pantry

It’s been hot…real hot. Tsukahara usually has much cooler temperatures than the lower elevations. The temps have been hovering around 35-41C in Oita City which means Tsukahara has been reaching highs of 34C. Couple that with 70% humidity and it feels like a steam bath. The uncomfortable conditions make it difficult to get any work done on the house.
Look closely, a gazillion dragonflies!

A ray of hope for a cooling trend appeared this morning. A gazillion dragonflies in all their glory were buzzing the skies of Tsukahara. That’s a good sign that autumn is quickly approaching. The weatherperson on T.V. also mentioned that autumn-like weather may arrive in a couple of weeks.

Okay, enough with the weather report. Here’s what I have done since the last time I posted. 

This is a view of the pantry from the kitchen. The pantry door has not been installed. The sliding glass panel that provides ventilation to the pantry is installed.

The pantry has been painted with Keisodo paint. We chose this paint because it absorbs moisture and odors. 

After the shelves are installed there will be lots of room for storage.

This is the view from the front door looking at the glass slider to the pantry. A glimpse of the kitchen is in the background. Up next, kitchen cabinet doors and drawers.   George

Lucky is a hot dog...literally.

In anticipation for the construction to begin on the observatory, I took a panorama of the yard to paste on an astronomy program I will be using. The program places the stars with pinpoint precision onto the screen using the panorama in the foreground. This will be a very convenient and accurate way to determine the night skies viewing possibilities. All I have to do is point to what objects I want photographed for the night and the program does the rest…opens the observatory, moves the telescope, takes pictures, parks the scope, and closes the observatory. All this is done while I sleep. In the morning, I have a hard drive full of images ready for processing. Sounds pretty cool, but to get to that point it will take an incredible amount of work and perseverance. I can’t wait for the show to begin!

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