Summer is one of the hardest times for me to work on the house. When the weather is nice, i just want to be outside, so I work on the yard. The yard does need work, of course, but I end up feeling like I'm slacking on house projects. And when it's hot, the air conditioning is on, and I don't want to do anything to create a lot of dust (sanding), fumes (paint stripping with chemicals, shellacking, or painting), or heat (paint stripping with heat gun). And so, over the past 3 weeks I've done a whole lot of nothing with the office, stairway, or living room floor. Go me!
In the meantime, I have been going crazy in the kitchen. This week's trip to the farmers market yielded 1 small chicken, a dozen ears of corn, a pound of green beans, and 2 lbs of broccoli. All of those are now safely in the freezer, preserved for the winter months. I also got some plums, peaches, and cheese to eat now. I'm thinking of freezing or canning some peaches next week, since I'm off on Saturday and Sunday. That should be a fun adventure.
I had an opportunity to try some of the corn I froze last week when some dorn that had been gifted to us was shriveled and dry. After a week in the freezer, the corn tasted as fresh as if I'd just cooked it that day. It was lightyears better than stor-bought canned. Lets hope it still tastes as good in 3 months!
One of my days off was spent in Chicago, looking for bathtubs at salvage yards. We went to 4 places, but none of the tubs fit Shayne. Plus, they were all hideously expensive ($2200 for a refinished tub? I think not!). On the way out of town, we stopped at a plumbing outlet, and Shayne hopped in some new tubs for a test drive. One thing is now painfully clear: this guy needs a big tub! The clawfoot fantasy is officially over :(