June 25, 2018
Cabinets painted by The Painted Room
I have been working on updating my house for the last few years. Hopefully the last thing that I am doing is the kitchen. I had a customer a few years back that paints kitchen cabinets and they do a really good job. My cabinets are pretty old but were in good shape. I had to take everything out of the drawers and they took the doors and drawers back to their shop for repainting. I put everything in boxes according to the drawers and was able to cook despite the mess. Last week they finished and it makes the kitchen so much brighter. Today the granite people are coming to make a template of the counter tops and they have to have everything off the counter tops in order to do this. My job this evening will be to put everything back in place. Hope I remember how to hook up the computer.
One thing that I have been putting off for years is cleaning out the attic . When my youngest daughter Joy was in college she asked when were we cleaning out the attic. I told her we were not cleaning it out and that we were going to die and leave everything to them, including the attic. I was only kidding but I bet she was surprised when I had it cleaned out. I had 3 helpers and it was a trip down memory lane for sure but what a mess. All 4 of us were covered in dust and it took some time to vacuum up the mess.
With the remodeling, puppy sitting and working, my summer has started off very busy. I think I need a trip to the beach already.
June 15, 2018
For next two weeks I will be having a special guest, Grand Puppy, Lincoln. He will be visiting while my granddaughter Kate goes to camp and my daughter Joy and her husband John take a vacation.
Lincoln is a very sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They are very laid back and loving dogs. He will love coming to work with me and getting all the attention from my employees.
It will be really different at my house after not having a pet for over 10 years. That is what Grand Puppy’s are for, you love them, spoil them and send them back home.
May 31, 2018
Last weekend, my daughter, Joy Burns Day and I made 41 half pints of strawberry preserves. This is had become a tradition for us to make preserves every summer. We make strawberry, plum, peach and I make apple butter. It all started when one of my former employees, Nancy, brought me a jar of peach preserves and my daughter tasted it on a biscuit and declared that it was the best thing she had ever eaten out of a jar. We bought peaches for Nancy as an incentive to come over and teach us her method of making peach preserves. We have been making various preserves now for about 10 years. Ken, my late husband, enjoyed it as well and so he bought us the big copper pot in the picture. Copper cooks so much faster than stainless steel. We each have our own chore in the process. I prepare the fruit and chop it in a food processor. Joy does the cooking. Kate, my 10 year old granddaughter labels the jars. This years batch turned out beautiful. Joy said “the preserves are so red that it looks like we added food color”.
I don’t know which I enjoy the most, eating the preserves or the family time together making them. Come to think of it, I love both.
May 8, 2018
My mailing Manager, Amy Motsinger brought me this lovely bouquet of Peonies. I mentioned that these were my Mother’s favorite flowers so she wanted me to have this beautiful arrangement that she picked from her yard.
My family, as did many other families, in my childhood had decoration day at the cemetery and then usually a dinner outside at a relative’s house. I loved it because I got to play with all my cousins. Mother grew the Peonies to put on the graves of her parents and other loved ones. She called them “Pineys”. It was not until I was an adult that I knew that they were called Peony. I can remember her say “I sure hope my Pineys are in bloom by decoration day”. The flowers were picked and put into big tubs of water to later be put in vases at the cemetery. My brother-in-law, Delmar Haynes, joked that his job was to carry the tub on decoration day. It is strange how just a flower can invoke memories of childhood. My sisters and I have carried on the tradition of putting the flowers on the graves at Asbury Cemetery but we don’t grow the flowers we buy them from a green house. I wonder if the tradition will continue after we are gone?
Thank you Amy for the lovely flowers and the lovely memory that came with them.
December 29, 2017
In order to do business with the Federal government you must be registered under their SAM system. There is no charge for registering. This week I got an email that looked like it was official and it said my registration was expiring. My registration does not expire until March 2018. At first, I thought it was legitimate but when I went a little further, it gave the option of signing up for 1 year, 3 years or 5 years and of course it asked for personal information and money. This is when I realized that this was a scam and when I checked on the internet, other people have been scammed by this. Of course, they want your credit card and personal information.
If you do business with the federal government, please be aware of this scam.
December 26, 2017
I, like so many others, had lots of good food to enjoy during the holidays. This is probably why my jeans were a little difficult to zip this morning. I pride myself on being a pretty good cook and taught my daughter, Joy, some things about cooking such as how to make biscuits etc, but Joy has gone way beyond what I taught her and thus the word exceptional. She not only looks at recipes but she also is studying the chemistry of how salt, fat and different ingredients work in cooking. She fixed a delicious beef tenderloin with a device called Sous Vide. She seasoned the tenderloin and put it into a zip lock bag and submerged it in a pot of water. The sous vide is attached to the pot and it cooks the beef inside the bag. The beauty of this, according to Joy, is that it never overcooks the meat, even if it is left for longer than recommended, it will not overcook the meat. The results were outstanding. I had some left over tenderloin on a sandwich for lunch today, and it was perfect. I am going to check out getting sous a vide, the brand name of her sous vide is Joule. I can learn a lot from my daughter.