Sunday, November 22, 2009


Greetings from the Great White North! Yep, woke up to snow this morning, and it's kept on snowing all day. It's enough to make you want to head for the southern hemisphere.

Sally is making one final batch of plum chutney out of the last of the Friar plums this afternoon. She finished off this year's Italian plums by baking two plum cakes and partially drying a couple gallons for storage in the freezer. We had pears with our oatmeal all this week, but they have required more and more paring back. I think the fruits of the harvest have been harvested.

On the construction front, we did quite a bit of finishing work in the kitchen yesterday, adding the molding mount, crown molding, and toe-kick skin. It looks really nice. A big thanks to neighbor Bill for cutting two lengths of crown molding on his table saw. A 45 degree cut of an odd shaped, eight foot length of trim was more than I could do by hand. We also cut a new shelf for one of the kitchen cabinets, and two new shelves for the glass cupboard now in the music room.

Erin and Megan are coming home this week, and we're really excited to see them. It will be the first time either of them have seen our remodeling handiwork. We're eager for them to see it for real, as opposed to the photos I have lavished on you all in this blog. With company coming, housework calls. We aren't fooling our daughters by redding up, but their arrival offers a good excuse to put things in further good order after our summer of construction. With the trim work finished for now, we can clean out the garage and make room for our cars there, and for the girls' cars in the driveway.

After we shovel.

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