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I took the long drive down to Green Bay today to get some pictures and samples of granite counter tops for our new kitchen. There is a store called the Granite Company that has a huge parking lot full of granite slabs. The aisles are wide enough for vehicles to go up and down, so you don’t even have to get out of your truck to see their selection.

First, I will show you the few samples I got. It was dark when we got home, so the picture has no natural sunlight to show the pretty speckles in the stone.



I couldn’t find one of the ones we had seen before that was brown and black. Sorry, dear husband. Seems they sold that one off. The store was really busy. I’m guessing there are a lot of people getting new counters with their tax returns. Here are pictures of the full slabs in the sunshine. So pretty! It’s difficult to choose!



I like this black one because some of the bits in it are iridescent bluish-green. Reminded me of  peacock feathers. Black would match our appliances.


This one they couldn’t find a sample of. It has a lot of quartz-like striations in it that sparkle something fierce in the sun. The base is grey-white with varying degrees of grey throughout.




This is the middle of the samples above. It has the whitest base of all the granite we liked. Very good movement in this stone, and no funky colors – just greys and whites.



This was my husband’s favorite. It’s grey and tan with bits of rust scattered throughout. This is the sample furthest to the right.



This one is all grey. It is very much like the soap stone of our wood stove and the tiles of our hearth. It is the fourth sample in the top picture.



This was the other dark one. I have a hard time telling the two apart. One is a bit more greenish in the sunlight, but it’s hard to tell them apart under indoor lighting. This picture shows how sparkly it is. All that white is where the sun is reflecting off of the shiny bits – there are no white dots in the actual slab.

So that is what we have to choose from. Have any advice or ideas for us? Want to tell us which one is your favorite? Leave a comment below!

This weekend we will all be setting our clocks an hour ahead in preparation for the long days of summer, but does it really feel like spring has sprung?


Hmm. I’m thinking that’s a no.

Indoors, it is starting to feel a bit more green, however! Look at all the peppers taking off!



Did you notice anything about the clarity of the pictures? Mrs. Atheist Homesteader got a new point and click camera. 🙂



Those are my fuzzy little Ping Tung eggplants. Once they get a few true leaves each, I’ll space them out one per pot. For now, their roots won’t get too tangled.

I planted five onion varieties and one leek variety two days ago. Already today I can see a few little green hair-like protrusions in the soil. Next week I plan on starting the tomatoes, rice, celery, and maybe some brassicas. Cross your fingers for me that the snow all melts quickly so I can get these plants into the garden soon!

Lastly, an update on our wood stove. I am finally finished with it. Just stained the last of the surrounding wood, and cleaned up some of my cast iron to put on display. What do you think?



March 2014

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