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Work On The House Progressing

November 27, 2015

The trim guys have arrived! Hurrah! Trim has to be installed before painting can be finished.


The tile guys continue working.


The air conditioners & heaters are in…finally!


The painters have returned & are staining & sealing the railings on the deck.


Our builder called this morning with questions about cabinets he is building. He has asked the painters to put the final coat of paint in the laundry room & pantry when the sheetrock guys & trim guys finish. He needs to hang the cabinets & shelving to make room in his shop.


Second Potato Crop

November 25, 2015

Fingerling, Blue & Yukon Gold potatoes were harvested by #3 son & DIL when they visited last summer. After they left I dug & searched for more potatoes, just in case we had missed some. We did. Then I top-dressed the garden bed & covered it with mulch.


A month later, new potato plants emerged in the garden bed. I decided to leave them so we would have new potatoes to enjoy for Thanksgiving. I had no idea how many potatoes would be produced!


DH & I pulled one plant because he was curious – he had not gotten to harvest back in the summer. We were amazed at the number. I came back 2 days later to finish the job & re-dress the bed for winter. I started digging with my hands, then the trowel, then the hay fork, then the shovel. 3 hours later I had removed all the potatoes I could find, top dressed the bed & drank a bottle of water.

We have almost 10 pounds of potatoes! Wow! No Blues. Fingerlings & Yukon Golds.

Yellow Jackets & Lady Bugs

November 19, 2015


Back deck construction has been difficult because of the Lady Bug onslaught!



Now the yellow jackets have descended upon the raspberry bramble!



The Lady Bugs have joined them!



So glad I have a couple of gallons of berries already in the freezer!


Granite Hearths!

November 18, 2015


Two young men showed up one afternoon last week with the granite hearths!


One looks like chocolate chip cherry biscotti, the other is just beautiful!


Coverings for the fireplaces had to be removed at the bottom & sticky stuff spread on the floors.


Lucy supervised & I kept a close eye on her, not wanting her to be forever attached to the hardwood floors.


Slabs of granite are heavy, no matter the size.


Watch your fingers!



Shems to even them out.

All finished!

New Computer, Bad Software

November 17, 2015

I have a new computer which has made many of the things I do much easier – searches, banking, purchasing…
Very excited. It was time to write a Post & download some photos. Oops! The software has a fatal error that will not allow me to open it. Not on the new computer. Not on the old computer, I tried. “Erase the current download, then download the software again from the App Store.”

Great! Except it is not a free download. I paid for it! I don’t want to pay for it again!

So, I am writing directly on WordPress.


If I can only get photos to load…


OK. Now we’re in business!

Time to catch up!

Hardwood floors are in.

Tile guys have finished the entry from the garage, laundry room & pantry. Now they are working on the bathrooms. Interior doors have been delivered. Trim has been delivered. The front porch is finished. Cabinets for the whole house are being constructed & painted by Johnny’s guys at their shop. The railings for the back deck are being constructed. Rye grass seed was spread over the dirt & we now have lovely, thin green grass growing on the top of our hill.



I need to play a bit with this site to get the photos where I want them…



Anyway, you are now caught up!

Lots Of Boxes & My Pesto

November 7, 2015

We have become a regular drop point for UPS, FedEx, DHL, Lowe’s & Home Depot!

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Ceiling fans, various lights, faucets, sinks!

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Now all I am missing is the drawer pulls. You would not believe how expensive the silly things are over 3-inches in width!

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Since I harvested basil leaves from the transplanted plants in the greenhouse, I thought you might need an excellent Pesto recipe.

My Pesto


  • 2 cups Fresh Basil Leaves, packed
    1/2 cups Fresh Parsley
    1 1/2 cups Fresh Baby Spinach
    1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
    3/4 cup Olive Oil
    3/4 cup Pine Nuts, Walnuts or Pecans
    3 – 4 cloves Garlic, quartered
    3/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
    1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in food processor.
    Process until smooth.
    Keeps in refrigerator for 1 week.

Hint: I freeze mine in an ice cube tray then store the frozen cubes in a ziplock freezer bag. Freezes for months.

How to serve:
Thaw a cube of pesto, then:

  • Spread it on a piece of toasted baguette.
    Stir it into a bowl of hot pasta.
    Stir it into 1/2 cup bottled salad dressing.
    Use it as a layer in a cheese torte.

Yum! Yum! Yum!

Confused Dogwoods

October 29, 2015

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Dear Husband & I spent last Saturday cutting firewood.

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While hauling the brush away from felled trees to the fire I had built, I noticed the dogwoods…

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…have large red berries & swelling buds! The very cool weather followed by very warm weather we had 3 weeks ago evidently fooled the trees. They think it’s Springtime!

By the way, my computer has been acting screwy. That’s why I haven’t posted any house-building news or photos. If this post logs on I’ll be shocked!
Here goes…

Oh, the photos were not color-enhanced. The gray, rainy weather highlighted the berries on the trees.


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