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Monday, February 23, 2009

Still Winter

So the week here starts with shoveling at least 6" of lake effect snow today and some good snowshoeing tomorrow.

It seems whenever I try to focus on planning the garden and finishing the seed orders, we get hit with another snow storm. That and the fact that I feel like I just finished putting up last season's harvest.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Little Stinker

I'm at the kitchen sink looking out the window. I see a little dark something in the snow covering the driveway, about a foot from the edge of the asphalt. It's the head of a chipmunk. It's eyes are blinking, blinking, blinking, adjusting to the sunlight. Finally it emerges from it's tunnel which now apparently will serve to further the deterioration of the driveway. Great.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Kitchen Sink

Other than trips to the park, my life these days is pretty much played out on graph paper planning changes in the kitchen and the garden plantings. I love graph paper. I wonder who invented it.

It took a long time but I've finally come up with a way to use almost all of the old kitchen cabinetry including the 42"hanging cupboard currently stored in the attic. We'll only need a few new pieces on which we'll be using old doors and an old drawer.

The sink base has some water damage but I'm going to make due with a stainless tray for the bottom. Since the 20 pound Kohler faucet I bought over fifteen years ago has never been installed, all I need now is the new sink and a new countertop and we should be able to get the messiest, most pressing project done before it's time to set out the tomatoes.

I was really, really lucky that this house had such handsome kitchen cabinetry and so much of it. The cabinets were installed in 1965 and in the more than twenty years that I've lived with them I've never tired of them. The design is perfectly timeless (or would be if I chose to change the hardware) and Wood-Mode will still make it even though it's not considered a current style.

Friday, February 6, 2009

White Winged Crossbills

First I saw a female. I'd heard reports that some birds were dropping further south presumably because of the unusually cold temperatures so I'd been keeping an eye out for siskins, grosbeaks and such. When I got my binoculars I knew this bird wasn't one I'd seen before and I actually had to pull out a field book to identify the small flock as white winged crossbills.

I couldn't get any decent photos myself because (#1) they were moving around so much, (#2) it was 13 freakin' degrees and (#3) I still don't really know how to use the camera. Thank you Cornell Lab; they didn't stay long so I'm glad to have access to these photos.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

A More Positive Note

I made my first marshmallows yesterday while listening to mvyradio and I don't think I've had so much fun in the kitchen in a long time. I can't believe I've spent so much money on handmade marshmallows over the past few years when they're so easy to make. Actually I've made one really big marshmallow; I have yet to cut 'em...