Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Leveling out.

Things are finally settled into their normal state of controlled chaos.  Lovey has stopped standing outside of the closed guest room door and whining softly - which she did every morning that Els was here.  I believe she has given up hoping that Els would take her home with her and now has resigned herself that she's stuck here.  Heehee.
My furry, plump Velcro nugget continues to be glued to my side every morning and evening.  I am letting him soak up the love, before I upend his world again and take him to the vet for his annual checkup.  I'm sure he's going to need some dental work, so I am going to try to dovetail the two appointments.  I don't know that I can stand two round trips with the full siren effects in the car.

I canned 11 pints of crushed tomatoes and four half pints of sauce over the weekend.  I have another big pot of will-be sauce on the stove and a final counter top full of ripening tomatoes.  I may have to stay away from Marianne for a few weeks... poor me.

Objects are trickling out of the house - either on craigslist or to Goodwill - but it will be a long time before I am satisfied that things have been minimized. 

My furnace will be serviced tomorrow.  Winter is inevitable.  This is also the year of septic service, wherein I gaze in admiration at the blond Adonis who mans the truck.  Were I thirty years younger...

Laundry is caught up, beds have been changed to autumn apparel and I am ready to tackle my own apparel.  It's next up on the Purge List.

I leave you with pictures of Reggie (who seems to have a crush on Dimples the Duck), the Extreme Lounge Chair and Hopzilla.


  1. if i knew 30 years ago what i know now...the things i might have done!!! i don't know that we will ever see fall. we had it for about a week and now summer is back with a vengeance. i am so sick of being closed up in a house of a/c and fans.

    1. I know - you and me both. We had beautiful, cool nights and now the humidity shot up and it's going to be in the 80s. I'm going to celebrate the moment all the fans are put away for the year!

  2. We are of the opinion that fall has permanently arrived here. And it feels so good. Now if it would just stop raining . . .

    I know there are others that can sympathize with the "noise level" when you put Slimmie in the car. We have friends who are soon moving to Colorado and have a 12 year old dog who cries (pitifully) every second she is in a vehicle. She is in for some heavy drug dosage. Poor thing.

    Gosh, a blond Adonis doing your septic servicing? Almost makes it sound like a fun project.

    Right now I think I'd gladly lower myself into your Extreme Lounge Chair. Oh, for a nice nap! ZZZZzzzz . . .

  3. Welcome back, friend! Looking forward to seeing more regular posts now!

  4. Your lounge chair looks pretty good. Quite relaxing! The kitty looks very happy. Seems like you will be well supplied with tomatoes. I'm just starting to get some. I have two big containers I plant them in. I plant two plants and is plenty for us. Unbeleiveable how many tomatoes you get from a couple of plant.xo

  5. omg, I can't believe you are already preparing for winter (and this is why I will never live that far north). it's still in the 90s here. I have a fabulous recipe for really good tomato sauce and it's trouble free:

    5-6 pounds medium or small tomatoes, stems removed
    1 medium head of garlic, peeled (you can chop the garlic if you want but can keep cloves whole if you'd like)
    ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
    ½ cup fresh basil leaves
    kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
    1. Place the tomatoes on large baking sheet with a raised 1-inch lip. Add the garlic cloves and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Use your fingers to mix well to coat. Top with torn basil leaves and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    2. Bake for 4 hours or until tomatoes are soft and bursting.
    3. Allow to cool then pour into a blender in batches. Pulse 2-3 times then blend for 1 minute or until desired chunkiness. Pour into quart jars or pour into freezer bags to freeze flat.
    4. Will keep in the refrigerator for 1 week or 4 months in the freezer.

  6. I am soooo ready for fall and winter. It can't come soon enough!!

  7. Fall's coming here too! 46 degrees last night, but back to low 80's soon. Days shorter, cooler, love it!

  8. Nice to read about what you've been up to. Getting rid of things is always wonderful, if that is your intention. Wish I had enough extra tomatoes to can! -Jenn

  9. We are not ready to plan for fall just yet. It's in the upper 80's here now. You have reminded me that I have not called the Chimney sweep yet. I need to do that next week. Glad you got so many tomatoes for canning. I had hopes we would, but not the case.

  10. I was in your neck of the woods a few weeks back for the first time and it was really beautiful country.

    I'm not quite ready for fall/winter yet. I'm racing to get our project done as it is. I'm taking a break from siding right now.

  11. An adonis is a sight to see, enjoy it Susan! :) Oh yes, winter is inevitable...I'm dreading it to be honest. It's always nice and fun when it starts to snow and when we have a white Christmas, but after that, the cabin fever starts. I told Alex yesterday I wanted to live in Italy. Nice weather, wine, pasta...what's not to like???