Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Another growing season has passed. Most of the trees in the woods out back have dropped their leaves. The veggie garden is all pulled up. The maple is blazing
Spent a few minutes scattering seed heads to hopefully propagate next year and pulling up a handful of weeds. The dogwood is a beautiful reddish-purpleish with hints of gold and the shrub roses are confused by the damp and cold with random warmer days.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
The wreath is from Pier 1. Pretty fall wreath for under $20? Yes please!
Thursday, September 1, 2016
So! Off to the Container Store website to put in the garage measurements for a space solution. I ended up having to call and talk to a human being, though. He took all the info, designed the space. I ended up calling back to make a few adjustments for better flow, since a lot of what he'd put in place didn't really make sense from a functional standpoint.
So I had to haul the track back on Tuesday afternoon to be re-cut and re-design the space, which resulted in some returns (swap three 4' shelves for 3' shelves, return a vertical support). Then pick it up Wednesday afternoon/evening. Which was annoying, because I had taken half days Monday and Tuesday to get this installed. But c'est la vie. Wednesday I got the longest track up and the smaller track marked. And then I spent Thursday afternoon putting up the final top track, installing all the uprights and putting in the shelving.
The first long series of shelves is gardening supplies and (for now) seasonal items like our hammock, the sled, etc. The second shelf from the top is all hazardous items like wasp killer, fertilizers, automotive supplies. Stuff that needs to stay out of little hands.
The very top will be for items we technically need to keep but rarely ever use, like lawn mower bags, sump pump emergency venting hose, chicken wire, etc.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
I turned about a pound of beans into dilly beans. I have been repeatedly warned against doing water-bath canning on my glass-top stove, so I just do lots of refrigerator pickles. Fortunately C and G adore them. I used my mom's recipe, which came from her Aunt. This is one of those wonderful family recipes that gets handed down and it's not your typical format. It started off with 2 lbs of beans; the amount of brine specified was for 3 pints; a final note indicated that 3 lbs of beans makes 9 pints. You do the math! And woe be unto the person who didn't read it all the way thru.
The color looks different because I was using my Royalty Purple and Dragon Tongue beans and the hot brine "cooked" away the purple! You can see the smaller jar on the right the purple beans still in place. I think that brine was cooler when I poured it in. We'll see how these turn out in a week or so.