Friday, August 31, 2007

Peaches are done!

I got the last 13 quarts done today. Not by lunch time, but they are done now. I have a half dozen or so peaches left on the towel, but they are the really bruised ones, so I'm not too worried about it. If they get tossed, they get tossed. My mom arrived this evening for a late dinner and I was still doing peaches. I'm done with peaches!!!!!

In other news, we went to Menards today and bought our floor for the kitchen!! I got a wallpaper border too. The kitchen is going to look SO nice when it's all done! Teagan got my custom hutch all finished and it looks awesome! I NEED to catch up on pics, I know.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

1/2 a Bushel down...

1/2 a Bushel to go...

I got 14 quarts out of not quite half the peaches. I have 13 jars left, so the ones that don't fit will become a big ol' crock pot of dessert or something. I do have company coming tomorrow, so it will get eaten. It took 4 hours to do the 14 qts, so that's my mission in the morning. I want to get the peaches done my lunchtime so I can put the kitchen back together after lunch before Mom gets here.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Short Update

Kitchen is painted. Looks good, except for the spots where we used the brush only. Those parts look streaky and will have to be touched up, probably next week when Jade is back in school. She didn't like being restricted from the painting area.

I got a call on Monday that the bushel of peaches I was supposed to get 3 weeks ago had finally come in. Great timing, huh. So I have a bushel of peaches to can tomorrow. There's alot of peaches in a bushel....

Monday, August 27, 2007

Pseudo Moving

It's almost like moving, except you can keep your address!

I feel like every single thing in our house is getting touched, sorted, purged, shuffled, and otherwise manipulated. All at one time.

Friday we went to Grandma's to get the rest of our stuff. I thought there were just a few things. Well, we filled the trailer and the back of the truck. Most of it hasn't been seen in 8 1/2 years or so. So it all had to be sorted. A lot went to Goodwill, but some had to come in the house.

Saturday we had to pick up Kordell's new bed. Sage gave us their spare bed, since there's no room in their new place. So we had to move his half of the bunk upstairs for the girls, move their room around and reassemble it. Then we had to clean Kordell's room (no easy task to be sure) and move in the new bed and rearrange everything to make it fit.

And the kitchen is still half torn apart. All the paneling is off, except for a little piece by the counter. The floor is 3/4 ripped up. All of the stuff in the kitchen is (or will soon be) in boxes so we can paint. I have so much STUFF on my counters, but it doesn't really have a home. So it sits there. But now it has to move. And I have to figure out what to do with it.

Tomorrow is painting day. I wanted to get the floor done Wednesday or Thursday, but Teagan says we won't have the money for it until next week. And my mom is coming to visit on Friday for the weekend, so it will have to be put back together by then and taken back apart next week for the floor. Teagan is working on building the hutch today. The base was mostly done last week, so just the top left to go, and then stain. I'm hoping it will serve as a home for my homeless counter clutter. I have in my head a picture of baskets to organize things, but reality seldom looks like the picture in my head. Oh well, we can try anyway.

When the kitchen is done, the focus moves to my bedroom. We have to move my dresser to the girls room so Ruby & the baby can share that. Ruby's dresser now lives downstairs and will become a changing table/diaper storage area. We have to get shelving for my closet so I have somewhere to put my clothes. And of course, all of my clothes will need to be sorted and stored according to season and maternity status.

Bah humbug. When will I ever have time to knit???

Monday, August 20, 2007

Lost Tooth!

Jade lost her first tooth today!

Well, it's the first one she's lost the old-fashioned way. It has been wiggly for awhile, but it came out this morning. Sorry, no pictures this time. She was making some WIERD faces trying to get used to the missing tooth. LOL

Friday, August 17, 2007

The Joys of Home Ownership

We have been busy around here, now that we are homeowners. There are just some things you can't do when you are renting. Like cut down trees. Teagan & his friend Hank took down the huge apple tree in the front yard this week. It was so messy that it had to go. They also trimmed the big swing tree in the backyard. They took off the huge branch that went all the way to the clothesline. Between the two trees, it completely opened up the backyard. Lots more sunshine, less shade. I prefer shade myself but that's okay. It had to be done. Here are some pictures of how things look now...

We've also been doing some work inside. My "things to do before the baby comes" list did not include taking down trees, but it did include last weekend's project... turning the top of the stairs into a useful linen closet. Up until now, the top of the stairs was piled with totes, boxes, and various junk that didn't have a home. A lot of it was linens. My intention has always been to put a closet in that space, but Teagan didn't feel comfortable doing it as renters. Well, now it is done. He built these great shelves and we went through all the junk and organized & decluttered. Here is the finished product. The bottom shelf has a hanging bar for little girl dresses since they don't have a closet. I'm going to make a curtain to make it pretty, but for now I am perfectly happy with functional.