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I read a pamphlet about wild fermentation and decided to start my own sourdough starter. It's like having a pet now, I have to remember to feed it and exercise it. The difference is how I cherish the poop. If anything great comes of this experiment I'll be sure to post proud photos.

One level down, I am battling the mold on my basement walls. I was prepared to scrub and paint last month, but when I took a look at the walls they seemed too awful. After some research and a helpful visit from a basement guy, I decided that the previous owners--who did have extensive work done inside and out to dry the basement--must have skimped on mold abatement and slapped a coat of paint up to sell the house. As it turns out, mold abatement requires more time than effort: spray the walls with diluted bleach 2-3 times a week for 6-8 weeks. Give it a couple weeks to dry thoroughly, scrape the walls, apply two different treatments and that's that. After the very first spraying the walls appeared a zillion times better. I wish I had looked into this earlier.

Victoria had a pretty good birthday party idea. I am devastated to report that she has abandoned the Japanese Game Show theme but her new idea could be cool, too. It requires collecting a whole lot of cardboard ahead of time, however, and a sunny day for the party. It's a definite maybe.


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Sep. 11th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
*perk* Sourdough! Yay for excellence in breadmaking!

Hmm... basement... baaaaaase. ment. Oh yeah, I remember basements from Calverton. It's that damp dank room under th' house where the slab sags and caves in because the whole development was built on a spring-riddled sandpit full of clay! :-) Mom just had a bunch of work done where they had to pump in enough concrete to pave Rhode Island to put new footers and support columns in. Blech. I do hope your mold abatement campaign is fruitful.

Japanese gameshow themed party? Now THAT sounds like it'd have been loads of fun. So what's the concept now and why does it require tons o cardboard? Enquiring Minds Want to Know™!
Sep. 11th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
She wants to put together a bunch of cardboard houses and tunnels and stuff and then everyone can paint them at the party. And play in them, of course. Any project with a materials list of double-flute and duct tape has my approval. Then again, she tends to be a fickle party planner so in the end we may end up with another thing altogether.
Sep. 11th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, Duct Tape is good. Duct tape is near and dear to my heart, me being an engineer and all. Duct tape is one of the four fundamental building blocks of nature - Duct Tape, WD40, management stupidity, and wookies. :-)

Hit up the appliance stores. Fridge and range boxes are just what you're after, methinks.

Oh, and if you've got a hill nearby, a big sheet of corrugated with duct-tape-reinforced handholds is great for downhill grass sledding! Wheee zooooom!
Sep. 11th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm definitely looking forward to reading more about your sourdough starter and bread baking. Pictures would be great.
Sep. 11th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
Yay mold abatement!

Oh, and I just got the products of Camp Koralleen back from Ednoria last night. Unwrapped the plaster figurines first. They're getting a prize space in my glass shelves downstairs. Going to look at the other goodies later.


Sep. 11th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
I'd leave "wild fermentation" experiments until *after* the mold abatement was complete.
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