Wednesday, September 2, 2015
For the past three weeks, I have been constantly picking pears. At first they were small and I did the good deed of dropping them on the front porch of pear loving friends. Then they came in bigger and in larger batches. I brought them to camp and gave them away there. This past week I had to get all of the fruit off because what was left was large and would probably fall during the long weekend. Some pieces were so high that TBG had to reach them with a ladder.
I've been bringing a bag per day to work and leaving the fruit in a basket at the unoccupied receptionists deck at the front of my floor near the elevator. I bring at least two dozen each day and they are gone by mid-morning. People are leaving nice thank you notes in the basket and the consensus is that they are delicious. I've enjoyed every juicy sweet one I've eaten.
If I had more time and space, I could preserve them -- but I just don't have the time or any place to keep them. It's nice to be able to give them away. Should the yellow squash yield get out of hand, I know where to take them!
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
My lack of blogging is pathetic. I've not even had time to respond to all the kind comments about the stove and fan. What's up? I'm super busy! Nothing out of the ordinary -- just keeping up with life. Camp sucks away time -- in a pleasurable way, but it leaves less time for laundry, cleaning, exercise, etc. I'm doing what I've always been doing -- but not having time to blog about it.
So I apologize for my absence. It will be worse this month due to the long weekend and some vacation time I plan to take. I hope to be better but if it I'm absent a lot... well I'm still thinking about everyone out in blogland and feeling very guilty about slacking!
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Here's a pot on the heating element. As you can see, no heat escapes -- it travels right up to the pot. When I removed the pot from the element and shut it off, the display indicated the surface was still hot. It does not cool down instantly as it is still holding the heat from the pot, but it was touchable pretty soon. I was also able to easily wipe up spills while the pot was on because the surface is smooth and not as hot as a normal stove top.
Even though we did not start out with a fancy meal, it was fun to get home and start using this awesome new appliance.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
I am so excited to have double ovens! The old electric range had a drawer in the bottom for holding pans. What a waste of space! We can fit an entire holiday dinner in this thing with room to spare. It's not a huge oven -- only 30" wide, but that is fine for the two of us.
I hope to be trying this out Sunday evening. Not sure what I'll make first time out, but I suspect it will be something grilled.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
We decided to put a new outlet behind the fan as there was no sensible way to lead the power cord down to the existing outlet. Once we checked out the wall situation, we learned it was plaster, lathe board and then a solid wall of thick tongue and groove wood. It was probably ship lathe. Since it is close to 200 years old, it's really hard.
The spot I'm showing here took almost two evenings and we need one more coat of plaster before it can be sanded and painted. The stove is in the garage as I did not want to get any dust into it. I'm guessing the boys will bring it in on Friday after the sanding is done. We'll keep it out of the way while the vent hood is mounted. It's a camp weekend for us, so I believe I'll be coming home to the stove installed then.
In the mean time, I've spent my nights looking after Jimmy-Jam's son (not an easy feat for me), feeding him dinner and driving him home, and trying to recover from one of the most stressful weeks of my new job. It doesn't feel new anymore once you have more work than you can get too -- which I take as a good sign that I am a productive and contributing member to our team.
It will be days before I post a finished picture and I'm doing my best to keep us fed without a stove or oven. Boy will I be happy when Friday gets here!
Sunday, August 23, 2015
There are two mattress stores going out of business in our area. We stopped by each and I found two that a really liked -- one at each store. They were pricier than what I'd wanted to spend -- even on clearance. Since we could pick it up ourselves, one store was going to take another $50 off.
Well, I was already to bite the bullet and buy one but wanted to walk out of the last store and think a bit. It occurred to me that while the price was great... we have to deal with the logistics of the range and installing the new hood tomorrow. After that, we have to scrap the old stove and an old hot water heater. To deal with a new mattress, we'd also have to haul the futon downstairs and then bring in the new mattress -- and we don't have a bed frame so that would mean I'd have to find somewhere for the under bed storage bins I use to stash extra shoes.
I was at first bummed to let the idea of a great priced mattress go... but then The Big Guy reminded me that I always manage to find a good deal, and that I'll be able to do that again. So, I don't feel badly about losing out on a great price because I don't have to deal with the effort to bring it home and set it up.
And to underscore my decision, we are having problems with our slop sink in the basement due to how we pump water out of the washing machine. We probably need to replace that. It's a better use of money than a new mattress right now.
So I guess sometimes it is easy to walk away from a good deal!
Saturday, August 22, 2015
There are two minor embellishments on this fence and I don't plan to do much more because I don't want to call attention to the trash!
TBG weed-whacked today too and mowed the lawn. He does almost all of the exterior work -- although I get to come up with the ideas. The summer has been quite dry and hot but we do get rain. Things are looking pretty good and we are really enjoying it!