Sunday, July 1, 2007

Sunday Grab Bag


July 1, 2003 we moved into our home. Wow, four whole years. When I look at milestones like that I'm amazed at how quickly time seems to pass. That was four years, huh?

Even though those four years have passed, there is still much to be done on the home front. There have been some major accomplishments already: tearing up the carpeting and exposing/refinishing the hardwood floors in the dining area and studio. The kitchen was painted, cabinets refinished and painted, and a new linoleum (yes, the real deal) floor put in. The fireplace was repaired and makes for a cozy winter season. We had to re-roof over the family room. Dale really fixed up his "command central" in the studio, which also got a fresh coat of paint. The master bedroom got new furniture: a Case Study bed and Heywood-Wakefield dressers.

On the to-do list: family room paint and furniture, new kitchen counter, and master bedroom paint. My "command central" needs to get going too. A new bathroom would be nice, but let's not get carried away! I just wish those lottery tickets would come up winners for once and then all this stuff would get done.

The tomato plants had a growth spurt while we were on vacation. Here is the first specimen.

The peaches are going nuts. One branch broke off under the weight of its fruit. This year it seems that there is a lot more fruit. I think that might be due to the cold snap we had back in the winter. However, the size of the peaches is smaller. We also did not get this weird leaf "disease" like last year. The bugs, squirrels, and birds don't seem as hungry either. So, more for me!

Here is the first thing I made with this season's crop. I had been making the Rhubarb-Strawberry Pudding Cake during the spring, and just swapped peaches and raspberries for the rhubarb and strawberries. Worked out great, and the leftovers were great this morning.

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