Friday, November 4, 2011

It's Alive!!!!

Good Evening Everyone,

Well, I think that I mastered adding pages.  I added a recipe page, and posted my grandmother's Harvest Bars on it.
I will try to post recipes that all of you will like.  I am not sure but I do hope that you enjoy them.
I posted the Harvest Bars, as my grandmother would do these for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I also added a new blog for my herb and seed business.  Hopefully I will get that going later, so I can use it at the Farmer's Market next year.

Well, not much going on around here.  It is starting to get cold now, the night before, it got down to 12*, so it was chilly.  I found the house too hot, and I had the thermostat set at 69*.  What we did do this summer is took off the drywall inside the front windows which is the bedroom, and before it was chilly in there, and a freezer when you had a stiff north/northwest wind blowing.  We added heavier insulation, which there was no insulation in and around the windows and walls of the front.  Now it is toasty and warm and no drafts.  Funny how a small change does make a big impact on something in the house. Hopefully next year, the old windows will come out and a larger, better window will go in.

We got most of the outside work done.  The garden is  cleaned up, it looks so very sad.  Just a few months ago, it was 6 feet high with tomatoes, and squash, and other goodies.  Now its a bare, barren plot.  I dumped a lot of compost on the area where I had tomatoes, next year it will hold squash.   I am going to plant my tomatoes and cucumbers in the blue pots.  Hopefully, next year, I can utilize my south side.  I lost my neighbors to the south, so I don't know what I will have.  We are going to finish out the snow fence before someone else moves in and hopefully that will provide a buffer of some sort. Time will tell.

I have been busy working my in home chef clients, for a while there, I had to back off on account of my knee.  I think that the knee is healed.  It still hurts when I stand too long on it, and if I put my weight on that knee, it does hurt badly.  So I just pace myself, and try not to do too much.  My spine has been giving me problems, but it always does, it is just getting worse.  Boy, its the pits getting old. LOL.  I have a few clients who want Thanksgiving  dinners done for them, so I am trying to figure out how to do that.  I think that I will just figure how much each plate will be and buy extra turkeys, which right now are on sale and with the points I have at one grocer. I can get several, and just cook extra turkey and the trimmings and take plates over to my clients.  The good thing is my clients aren't fussy eaters.

Anyway, things seems to be getting back to normal. Haven't heard from the owner, we lost two renters, so I don't know what happened there,  and personally, don't care, just as long as the owner and his mouth piece leave me alone.  The child abuse case we had last week has really drawn things down to where there are now calls from the city council to start checking trailer parks and other properties around the area for junk and other things going on.  That is one reason we worked hard outside to clean up and spruce up everything.  So I don't hear from the owner or the mouth piece or the city.

Well, it is starting to get late, and my eyes are crossed from working on this blog and finally figuring out the page elements.  I still can't get the lettering changed.  I change the lettering, save it, and it still does not apply to the blog.  So I will just have to play with that.  Maybe later in the weekend.
I wish everyone a great and peaceful weekend.  Enjoy it, or gets lots of things done.


  1. Hi Denimflyz, It just takes time and experimentation to get the blog to work like you want.
    The font thing has to be changed in every catagory, title, body etc.

    The food for others sounds interesting, are you doing a private meals-on-wheels thing?

    I spent today cooking some of that cow and cleaning inside for the winter. Moved the citrus trees and house plants inside.

  2. I am quite envious that you figured out how to add a page! [Not that I need one, but it might be nice to know how!]
    I agree that small changes, such as your new insulation around the window openings, can make a big difference. This little house is certainly not as well built as the ones my husband was constructing in WY. He has considered adding more insulation to help with both heating and cooling--always harder to do these things as a retro-fit.
    It sounds like you are due for a little time with your feet up--you've been busy!

  3. An intriguing background you have used. I'm glad you have been able to make your home warmer. With this in mind, I have been making winter curtains this past week. I'm glad that the abuse case has opened the eyes of the authorities as to what can - and does - go on in trailer parks. It sounds like you have your plot all tidy and tickety boo anyway. Well done.

    Good luck with all those turkey dinners for Thanksgiving and don't overdo things.

  4. Good morning Denim ~ I really enjoyed your post and am glad things are going well there for you. It sounds like you guys made big improvements indoors and out this summer and the rewards are already showing themselves. We also insulated our cottage better, put in new windows too, a few years ago, then a year or so ago, DH insulated the attic and laid down a floor and that has made a huge difference too, in heating and cooling. The windows made a huge difference in the traffic sounds too.

    Your place will be an inspiration to others to tidy up their own spaces and before long the whole park will look better. I've seen it happen in areas.

    Your weather definitely is cold now. It was 58 and felt like it was 52 when I got up about an hour ago. It's going to be another gorgeous day.

    It is great that you are able to fix meals for others, I'm sure your clients enjoy it.

    Have a great weekend and a wonderful week.


  5. Terry Mann
    I do in home chef-ing for elderly people, that is, I do cooking in their home and usually provide meals for them for the weekends since a lot of these folks use our senior center for their meals during the week, but the center is not open for the weekend. So I usually just do meals they like and use my vacuum sealer and do TV like dinners they can pop in the oven or microwave. I developed a lot of clients from when I did farmer's market and it grew from there. I have 10 now and that is about enough for now. Hope that answers your question.
    Have a great weekend

  6. Love the new blog look! Can't wait to try that bar recipe!

  7. Love the new look, but miss the pix of the kitties. Glad you are able to make your home snug and warm. Every little bit helps. It's starting to get cold here in TX panhandle -- I'm going to put my comforter on next time I change the bed, and I've been wearing socks for over a week now -- too cold for bare feet any more -- LOL!

  8. It sounds like you have a good start on things! My mantra, as you know, is "do things that pay for themselves first". I bet all those meals are really good. There are many days when I wish someone would show up at my door with a plate of something. Keep on keepin' on... Hugs, Ilene

  9. I am still catching up with blog reading so am late here.

    Sounds like things are going better at home now. That is good.

    Glad the bad neighbors are history. Hopefully the next ones will be better. Good idea to get the fence in place first.

    I will be watching for the recipes...