Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ah, How Cute

Here's Tink tongue-bathing Cricket and spooning. She's such a sweetie.

Puttin' Up

Yep, that's right. I'm a canner. As much as I reject gender roles, I can't help but enjoy the traditional homemaker tasks. I like to dust and cook and I'll take folding laundry any day over heavy lifting. So, this weekend when it came to canning 75 pounds of tomatoes, I said "Sign me up!". My friend Jen came over to share the bounty (actually she brought the bounty) and we made sauce and pickled cucumbers for a full shift. My dogs were barking when we wrapped up around 5 with quite a haul. Here's a photo taken before the last set of processed cans came out of the canners:This was our first opportunity to use all five burners on our range simultaneously. When we picked out the stove, we thought that fifth burner might come in handy for just this sort of thing.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


We must be crazy. Take a perfectly put together exterior and two do-it-yourselfers and all of a sudden the window trim needs to be replaced (and subsequently painted). It was just going to be a paint job...a touch up really. But Justin, the unfailing perfectionist didn't like the way the wood on the trim was coming off in chunks when he scraped the paint. Hence, the larger job.

We shall see how much time and money this little project will set us back. The silver lining: the north side doesn't need to be redone!

Here's inspector Justin on the ladder preparing to remove trim boards.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

C.O.P.S. live

Hmm, this was the scene from our front porch today. Someone did something naughty...

There were two women being apprehended. Our guess is that the car they were driving was stolen but who knows. There were some big guns!

Shuffle off to Buffalo

While I was in Buffalo for work for the week, Justin supervised the big machinery tearing up our yard for a new side sewer. During this week of 100+ temperatures, we had plumbers laboring out in the sun digging a new trench. Fun times!
This weekend, we committed to installing the tile backsplash in the kitchen. We had all of the tile up on Saturday. Here's a preview prior to the grouting phase: