July 12th, 2011
The recycled wood floors have been installed and they look amazing.
The 100% FSC wood was sourced from Viridian Wood Products, which gets their wood from the Port of Portland. The wood is initially waste, pallet wood (from the shipping of goods to Portland from Asia and likely elsewhere) that is milled into flooring and decking products.
July 12th, 2011
It rained hard last night and it continues to drizzle. As I drink my morning coffee and ready for the day, I’m listening to the news which just announced that the sewers have overflowed into the Willamette River. Portland has an (outdated) combined sewer system, which combines surface water (roads, etc.) with sewer water (toilets, etc.). When it rains hard the surface water overwhelms the sewer system, which then overflows into the Willamette carrying all it’s fun contents with it. This event is called a combined sewer overflow or CSO; CSOs happen every time there is a heavy rain in Portland. The radio also mentioned there was a warning to stay out of the river for the next 48 hours. Here at the commons, we’ve opted to install a composting toilet, not only does it save clean water (which saves energy, through saved conveyance and treatment), but it also reduces the load (ahem) on the sewer system and ultimately the water and environment.
July 10th, 2011
A big thank you! to our cousin Midori and our Uncle John, who helped us paint our (kitty) catwalk.
They worked tirelessly for multiple days; our family is awesome! Thanks, you two!
July 4th, 2011
The painting and drywall are done!
Well, almost, after we move in there will be some touch-up work to be done.