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R.I.P. Hammy Sanchez Sagar the Gagsta Hamster

I had planned on blogging about our newest family addition but not to announce his departure so soon.


We acquired Hammy Sanchez about 2 months ago from Nate who is going to school to be a vet tech. Hammy was brought into the vet hospital with an upper respiratory infection, they got him better, but his family didn’t want him anymore so after a time of not finding a new home he was going to become snake dinner. We couldn’t let that happen so he came to live with us.

After 2 other cages that he loved gnawing on, we got him a new one that was all plastic, Jetson-like and so cool! The OVO Habitrail


I highly recommend it to anyone that needs and easy to clean hamster abode. Hopefully we’ll have another one filling it space soon!


Very cute, but not very sweet at first, we got him to allow us to hold him and he quit biting in fear and LOVED his ball to roll around in every night, he would run and nearly jump into it. Gigi was his biggest fan, following him everywhere in hopes his hamster ball would pop open and she would have the fortune to have him for a snack.

Friday night he didn’t rally as he usually does about 7 p.m. to bounce into his ball and roll around the house. He was cuddled in his sleeping cage which was highly unusual. I picked him up and he was still moving, but cold and out of it and bit me twice. I nestled him in my shirt next to my heart, trying to get him warm and hoping he’d come out of it. He was at the brink and shortly later passed away.

Funeral services will be held a the new house in his custom made casket where he comfortably laid in his cage bedding with a few pretzels to get him to the other side without hunger pains. Ali decorated it and we sprinkled fairy dust on him so he will become a fairy for Ali. Internment will be in the backyard of the new house. Time and date to be announced depending on snow depth.

We miss you already Hammy Sanchez Sagar, the original gangsta hamsta.  XOXO

hey good lookin’, here’s what’s cookin’

I’m severely behind in my blogging, compared to progress done on the house, but will try to bring it up to date in the next few days. At least there will be more photos to compare progress instead of a bunch of studs hanging around. And I don’t mean just Jeff, Paul and Nate.

The kitchen cabinets are set to deliver next week which is fantastic! Our kitchen cabinet manufacturer is Teerlink Cabinets. Because we were in love with the kitchen in the SLC house we made an initial bid on and lost out on, we based the design on that kitchen. It was completely original 1960s, flat front walnut, no handles etc. Loved it! So, our new kitchen is loosely based on that. Flat fronts, walnut, no visible hinges but there will be pulls for the drawers, even though I tried to fight that battle and lost out to Jeff and our kitchen designer. Here are the designs and here’s to happy cooking!









The walnut doors will be topped with a countertop of white Carrara marble, thinly veined with gray. It’s beautiful. We’re probably going to run it as a backsplash as well. Still deciding


And the walnut is going to be gorgeous. To continue the wood theme, we are wrapping walnut veneer along the top of the fireplace and we are putting it on the east facing wall (front of the house) and the wall with the front room closet. Here’s a sample but we are doing it in 10′ panels.


flush a little, or a lot. you decide

For eau d’ toilets, we chose the Toto Aquia™ Dual Flush Toilet. The great thing about this toilet is it had a dual flush, so you can choose to flush with gusto as needed or with a gentle flow when its mellow. We had Toto toilets in Los Angeles, and Jeff loves the way the toilet lid gently falls instead of slamming when you’ve done your duty, the fact that is a bit higher for our creaking knees and an elongated seat for comfort. Plus, it’s good looking & energy efficient!



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