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The Nose, or, Small Game Hunters

14 Aug

Before it goes undocumented, Jay shot a chipmunk one afternoon but could not find it under the hostas where it disappeared.  (We keep a rabbit and chipmunk-free zone near the house and blueberries.)  So he brought out Hawthorne.  He found it right away.

Green Dragon Flying

14 Aug

He was drying off on a dandelion leaf this morning when I found him in the field and brought him home.  He is a large one.  And he has this scary ‘eye’.  The better to tell you to keep away with.

Once he dried off on the clothesline, he flew away.  His wings were just marvelous.

Sterilization for Canning

14 Aug

As I was preparing to can the first Sungold tomatoes this morning I realized I could boil a small amount of water in the microwave to sterilize the jar lids.

Then I decided to sterilize the wet, washed glass jars themselves the same way.  I let them cook for 1-2 minutes.

So much easier than boiling pots of water on the stove!  And much cooler.

Also in the middle of

14 Aug

Jay borrowed a Sawsall from Henry for something and ended up trying it on the old water tank in the basement.  Our house is over 150 years old.  Water for the house used to come from a spring, and the higher tech version of that was to run the spring water into a giant battleship steel tank and pressurize it so water could be pumped as needed for the bathroom.  There used to be a continually running “faucet” into the kitchen sink.

Anyway, that tank takes up a lot of room.  Jay has worked for a few hours to cut off one end so it now looks like this:

Last night we sanded the medicine cabinet.  Took off the door, the on/off switch, the lights, etc. I had never used 0000 steel wool before.  Amazing stuff.  The cabinet has one coat of white enamel on it now and looks wonderful.  Another coat or two to go.

Jay has been fixing the screen door hinges that have gotten out of whack over the years. Isaac installed a new spring hinge door closer.

The kids with Jay’s help have been sanding down with a rotary sander in the garage the top of Isabelle’s dresser.  It was pale green paint.  It is bird’s eye maple underneath, although whatever patina it had has been totally destroyed.

Dave and Jay removed the new counter and Dave sanded down the wall edge so it would fit more snugly.  Emotionally harrowing for me.  And the vanity has been shoved over.  Looks like it all is going according to plan, though.  Thank God.

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