Saturday, September 06, 2008

Nuttin New

Since there is nothing much going on in our neck of the woods, here are some random thoughts and a photo or two.

I have been busy making spaghetti sauce, chili sauce, and apple butter. I have made two batches of apple butter and that should do us for about 5 years! Well, not really, but it should last us a while! I like to have lots of pints of spaghetti sauce and chili sauce on hand, but we didn't grow any red tomatoes this year, so have had to buy them. Therefore, I shan't make as much as I'd like to. But NEXT YEAR, I would like to have lots of our own RED tomatoes!

I did have one nasty mishap! Last weekend we hauled a load of firewood home and as I was about to help Ed unload it, I fell off of the back of the trailer. I took a step and thought there was enough of the trailer to step onto. There wasn't! I scraped my arm as I went down, and twisted my knee as I hit the ground. It made me cry it hurt so bad, but I'm back to my usual self now, with no permanent harm done, Praise the Lord!

Oh, and I had another messy mishap too! Last Saturday, as I was busy in the kitchen I decided to do a load of laundry at the same time. But the washing machine has a bit of a problem. When the cold water is supposed to run into the machine, it just trickles in and can take 30 minutes to fill up! So Ed hooked up a water hose to the nearby bathroom bathtub faucet. I put the hose end into the washmachine and went back to the kitchen, intending to come back in a few minutes. But I got busy with my tomatoes and FORGOT!!! All of a sudden I remembered it and by that time it was tooooooooooo late! There was an inch of water on the floor! I turned it off and frantically scooped up three, five gallon buckes full and dumped them outside. Then called Ed to come and help me clean up the mess. He used the wet/dry vac, (which I had not thought to use). We had to take everything out of the room and put it on the porch to dry out. We couldn't move the freezer so just used towels to dry underneath. What a mess! But we finally got it all dried out and back together again. Sure won't do that again!

We had a large maple tree taken down a few weeks ago. It was between the house and the barn, so if it fell, it would likely hit one or the other. It had a large hole in one side of it that has been there for as long as we have lived here. Probably for many, many years.

Does it have holes or what? After it came down, we found out how rotten it really was! The whole tree was full of holes! Now we have a huge gap where the sky shines down on us!!

My Grandmother Bread just came out of the oven, come and have a piece with me!

Here is a photo I took of a funny looking little man! I think he is kind of cute!


Jeanie said...

Glad you are back to your usual self!

About the cold water trickle. Turn off the cold water valve. (Get a dirty towel to catch any water left in the hose.) Remove the cold water hose going to the washer from the valve. Look in the end and see if there is a wire mesh filter in there. If there is remove it and wash it under a faucet. If the debris is only fine sand, I suggest to NOT putting it back in the hose. The small debris won't hurt the water pump on the washer. If there isn't a filter in that end of the hose, then it is probably at the other end on the washing machine it's self where the hose hooks up. Hope this helps! ;)

Sure wish I was there to help you with the bread, too! :)

Even with all those holes, there will be many fires built with it. Looks like it was a really good call to cut it down! More sunshine for your flowers?

Yvonne said...

Glad you didn't get seriously hurt when you fell! I have done similar things - like thinking there were no stairs left - and actually there were 2!

We had 3 trees cut down in the last couple of weeks - and are sitting here with plenty of firewood - no fireplace or firepit - but plenty of firewood! Oh, and no way of splitting the logs, either!