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February 16, 2014
As of this date I am a week out from remodelling my mothers kitchen. Not a small undertaking and not one I am honestly looking forward to. I really have no choice. My mother has lived in that house since I was about three years old. My grandmother (her mother) died there and my grandfather (her father) died there and I think she wants to leave it feet first, too. The problem is that while my grandmother and grandfather had my mom to care for them (she lived with them for the last 40+ years) my mother has only me and I do not live with her. I have a wife and child of my own and trying to maintain two houses is just impossible.
The old homestead is also the worst possible arrangement for my mothers decreased mobility. Don’t get me wrong… my mom is a stubborn woman who stays active and moving. It’s just that things like stairs and a lot of walking are a bit difficult for her. The kitchen hasn’t been updated, other than vinyl flooring, since the house was built. Drawers that don’t open. Cabinets she really cannot use. A layout that is patently ridiculous.
So once we convinced my mom she needed to free up some cash to make her kitchen something she could actually use, we called in some contractors to give estimates.
What a waste of time…
Three contractors gave three different plans and estimates and as I read through them I thought, “Wow… they just see an old lady they can fleece for a wad of cash.” One guy spec’d out a pantry cabinet, but my mom has a walk in pantry. Another guy spec’d out two corner cabinets with lazy susans. A bit hard for my mom to bend over to use those… So, Karen and I decided we would do it. We have the design, the materials are already arriving and come next Saturday, February 22nd, 2014, we start.
It’s going to be a long week…
The hope is that come Sunday, March 2nd, 2014, my mother will have a finished kitchen, except for the countertops. I am trying to gather as many helping hands as I can for the opening weekend, but the week may be a bit lonely. It can be tricky to hang cabinets by yourself, but that is what I may end up doing. I will try to post some photos as the week progresses.
Wish me luck!
February 9, 2014
Lets try this again... shall we?
I originally registered this domain when I was running a small blacksmithing business called, oddly enough, "The Celtic Knot Forge". It was a wonderful time for us but the glory of days gone are not worth rehashing for the next 30 years. At least, I don't want to be "that guy".
I have allowed the website to lie fallow while I thought about what I wanted to do next. When I first started this I coded everything by hand in notepad and loaded it to the web. Then I tried a series of content management systems. The list is rather long and includes, in order:
I went through a bunch of versions of Joomla, and it is and was a very good CMS. The problem with all of them is that they are both too much and not enough. Eventually, all of them hit an upgrade that requires hours of work to convert, retool and reset... Honestly, I am tired of hitting that wall over and over again.
- Php Nuke
- Php Nuke Platinum
So, these days I earn my bread as a H.I.T. Man (that is Health Information Technology). I am a professional computer geek. So... since I have that skill set to draw from I have decided to recreate the Celtic Knot as a unique, hand-coded site. I can use SSI, PHP, CGI, PERL, Python, Java script or anything else that strikes my fancy. If I keep it simple enough, dare I say "retro" enough, it can become a communication medium for me again. Instead of a time sink.
So... Welcome to the latest incarnation of the Celtic Knot. I will bring back some of the most popular, original items from the previous incarnations. For now, however, this one page. This single post... this is my step back into the personal website.
And if, perhaps, this seems a bit simple in execution at the moment, it is as near as I can come to bullet proof from a coding perspective. Quick loading, simple and content should always be king, not modern frippery...