Grape-Polooza

Today was the perfect day for more fall cleanup. First I used the crab apples I picked last week at several different locations and whipped up a batch of crab apple jelly. Then I baked the polymer clay bird ornaments I had made a month ago after putting little rings in them for hooks.

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After that exciting morning I popped outside to plant my fall bulbs. With the vesseys order I got last week besides the garlic I got tulips and daffodils for fall planting.

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And what day is complete without picking five containers of grapes! I spent the rest of the late morning and afternoon in the grape vines trimming and collecting grapes. Then it took a couple hours to de stem those beauties. .
Cheers to all

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Fall prep

This weekend we were super busy. After apple picking last weekend I started using the apples for applesauce, dehydrated apples and apple crisp on Saturday. The boys spent the day moving the remaining wood into the basement and then stacking it, yard cleanup and moving the lawn furniture into the garage for the winter.
Sunday I started picking grapes, the lawn was mowed, furnace was hooked up all except the outside chimney and hunting prep was done. I still have a great deal of grapes to pick, cranberries to harvest.
Tomorrow I will harvest grapes, make crab apple jelly and do housework.
Very productive weekend.
I already know the fall will fly by. We are going to New Brunswick for thanksgiving, hosting a pumpkin carving party the last Sunday of October, two weekends after that we will be going to the states to do our shopping. Between that will be weekends spent renovating.
Scary how fast it goes . . .

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Grapes!

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Pumpkins growing!

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I got a chalkboard sign, I’ve been putting cheerful sayings on it, a different one every week.

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Garlic bed planted – I’m hoping for the best…

Insane

This week marks the third week into my Insanity workout. I’ve lost two pound but feel stronger (except while doing the work out of course). It’s the hardest workout I’ve ever done. I drip sweat. I still can’t do all the workouts or keep up with Shaun T – but honestly who could? 

Trying to eat healthier I have been making healthy soups for lunches and easy suppers. I’m trying to use up the meat in our freezer (hopefully making room for fresh deer meat), using fresh vegetables from the garden and using what we have here at the house instead of not checking and running to the grocery store for things we already have. 

Today I celebrated the beginning of fall with a huge fall clean out. Twelve garbage bags full of clothing, shoes and winter duds we don’t need and boxes of kitchen things and old binders/papers and various other things we aren’t using and didn’t even know we had. Sometimes I get sick of having too much clutter around.

I’m getting ready for a long week at the pub, pulling doubles all week.

Saturday I’ll be picking apples – ready to make apple sauce to freeze, have fresh apples, make apple pie, apple crisp and apple butter.

Obviously there is a lot going on this week!

Happy Tuesday

Last Long Weekend of Summer

Remember how months ago we started digging footings for the house?ImageImage

 

Well it’s been three months, and the outside is completed.

 

 

 

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now there is a front deck on (See picture below…), the door has been painted and we only need to mulch the garden – I’m thinking dark brown mulch and the walkway needs to be completed. Besides that it’s been a huge project that has turned into many other projects. As we all know, one renovation is never as simple as you initially thought.

Now the inside is all done, tiles laid last night and the railing is up. The light you see will be the light at the top of the stairs. It’s an older light that Mike is going to rewire and hang for me. 

 

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The bottom stair treads need to be put on and trim around the entrance area. Then we will be done that part. We’ve moved the furnace/hot water heater downstairs and we need to remove the kitchen door and then patch the ceiling… Hopefully all will be done by Christmas – at least it has some more curb appeal – right?

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I think so…