The rain has officially returned to the lower mainland, and it’s returned with a vengeance! The deluge has been pretty non-stop since Wednesday, and is supposed to continue through the weekend (although we did see a break on Friday night, with the beautiful view seen above). I’m glad we ended up doing some under-van work last weekend, while it was still dry!
Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 21.October.2017.
On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:
- Not just dirtbags – the positive economic impact of climbing. I agree with a lot of this!
- I love a good slice of banana bread. The kind that’s perfectly moist, but not full of oil, and often sprinkled with nuts or seeds or coconut flakes!
- 9 seasonal foods to fuel all your autumn activities. I don’t think I’ve ever tried celery root… Perhaps it’s time to start!
- Have you heard of the Vancouver Binners’ Project? For those of you that don’t live in Vancouver (or lower mainland), we often call the people who go through the garbage bins, looking for cans and bottles to recycle “Binners”. It may sound like a poor term to use, but the Binners actually do the city a big favour, by removing all these bottles and cans from the garbage, that would otherwise end up in the landfill. For the second year, the Coffee Cup Revolution took place last week. The Binners were given 5 cents for every coffee cup (which also end up in landfills) picked out from the trash. They collected over 49,000 coffee cups in four hours!
- I can see this being a problem for high school kids, but for university-aged students?
On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):
- We’ve finished our galley drawers, and we’re very pleased with how they turned out.
- The big drawer, which is over the fridge, opens fully and has soft-close latches, like all our upper cabinets. This drawer will hold all our utensils, spices, dish cloths, and anything else that will fit into a 4-inch height. Jonty’s going to make some customizable compartments so we can separate everything as we see fit, with the flexibility of being able to change the layout as needed.
- The drawer under the sink is a pull-down drawer. We bought the little trays from Home Depot, and it’s going to be the perfect place for sponges and scrubbers and dish soap.
Other bits and pieces:
- We painted part of the water tank using something called Plasti Dip. It’s a rubber coating that has a variety of uses, but can be easily removed or peeled off when you don’t want it on anymore. We think it makes a huge difference! Our eye isn’t drawn to the big white tank anymore!
- We also covered all the exposed water pipes with pipe lagging, in an attempt to winterize our water lines. We’re hoping this will keep our water hoses from freezing, in temperatures just below zero. So maybe for Vancouver winters, not real Canadian winters 😉
- Yesterday Jonty CNC’d the pieces to make our toilet / ottoman cover. Our plan is to use the toilet base as a chair / seat / ottoman when it’s not used for its other purpose. We glued it up and then I’m going to cover it!
- I’m thiiis close to finishing all the curtains. Perhaps, by the time this goes live, they will be finished, and we can have pictures to show next week.