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16 Jan

A neighbor has taken a full-time job and asked for help with housekeeping and supper main dish.  Here is what was served at our homes this week.  Sans salad and dessert.

Monday: butternut squash with onion sauteed in butter, cabbage with garlic sauteed in sesame oil and soy sauce with walnuts on top, cornmeal raisin muffins with smoked spanish paprika garlic cream cheese spread

Tuesday: Potato cheese soup,  roast chicken pieces

Wednesday: Fried rice (with mushrooms, eggs, bacon, carrots,  peas, onion, garlic)

Thursday: whole wheat pizza: mushroom-onion cheese and pepperoni

Friday: 2 bean venison chili with kale,  Jasmine scented Thai rice

The chili is really good.  I used some Indian red curry paste, molasses, cumin, ground coriander, and ancho chili powder to add additional flavor.  I cooked pinto and red kidney beans and harvested the curly kale from the garden.  The deer do not seem to like that variety.  Yay!

Squirrels and a Piano

16 Jan

Jay stopped in at his mom’s after picking the girl up from a 4-H overnight to give her a nice hunk of suet for the woodpeckers.  They have quite a few that eat a lot over there.  Of her own volition, Isabelle decided to hunt some of the squirrels that plague Mom’s bird feeders.  She got the first one with only help locating and loading the .22 bullet. The second one required some fatherly assistance.  But we have two squirrels all ready for the pot now.

Yesterday the Becker upright returned from its trip to the ‘spa’ for replacing, refelting, rebushing, reconditioning, regulation, repair and installation of a humidistat.  The rebuilding cost a bundle; the piano has been with me for over thirty years and at least five moves–it was worth it.  Did not restring, though.  Now to break it in again.  Found two keys that have a raspy noise that will need to be looked at.

The local rebuilder spoke highly of our instrument.  He indicated the technicians kept remarking about how wonderful it was.  Which was nice to hear.   A woman who had decided she did not play it any more put an ad in a local shopper years ago.  I loved its sound and its looks.  Lessons have been taught on it for 20+ years.  I had the hammers  filed once years ago, but lately it had gotten painfully bright sounding, along with other problems of old age and lots of use.

Mr. Jacob H. Becker, the founder of the Becker Bros. piano, was a recognized expert and he trained his associates who sustained the fine character of the house and the instruments of its manufacture. The piano is well known for its tonal quality superior mechanical features and durability. It is representative of the better class of the American piano. Pianos of great merit in which the skill and experience of the makers are clearly evident. Grand pianos worthy of rebuilding.

It is so heavy he brought an extra man to bring it back into the house.  There was lots of cleaning to be done before, during, and after the move as a thaw has started and their feet were wet, muddy and had ashes mixed in.  The rebuilder had asked specifically for ashes to be put on the icy snow path to help them not slip.

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