Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
This afternoon as I drove home from work, we had what I'll term fun snow. It just started and has not done too much yet as you can see from the picture. The weather is not too cold (ONLY 28º) so the snow is still melting on one's windshield. The snow is beautiful as is slowly comes down. It's not coming too fast and doesn't interfere with driving. So, to me it is fun to watch as you drive.
I'm home early as we're soon leaving for Illinois. Both Lisa and Anita (John's sisters) are graduating on Saturday so we're using that as an excuse to visit. I'm looking forward to the trip! The snow seems somewhat localized. I think it will stop once we get past Cincinnati. We shall see. . .
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Saturday after Thanksgiving, I received a most welcome call from my friend Ivory letting me know that they were driving through this area later that day! What wonderful news! We had before us a lazy Saturday without much planned so we were very glad to hear they would come for the night!
As I did a little cooking that afternoon, John put together our new ping pong table so we could break it in with Chris and Ivory.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
It's almost time to eat! Rhonda did an amazing job on all the entire dinner!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
|From 2008-11-Weekend Guests|
Since we are now in a larger apartment, we decided that it was past time for us to invite some people over. So, this past Friday we had a houseful of guests!
Of course John enjoyed taking pictures.
We played the name game which was a big hit!
Overall the evening was a success. We successfully made enough food and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
As the house was already clean, we had some other church friends over for a Sunday lunch of spaghetti.
Dan and Barb have a cute little baby girl whom we all enjoyed holding.
After lunch we had time to talk a while. It was so nice to spend time with our friends in our new apartment!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
As I mentioned in my last moving post, we loaded the trailer in the rain.
The guys were cheerful - and thought it funny that I kept taking pictures!
Later, I'll be posting a few pictures of us organizing as well as some "finished" or "current state" pictures.
Monday, November 17, 2008
The unloading went very fast - within another hour, everything had been unloaded and located in the correct rooms!
The second stage would soon begin. They guys left and Scott's wife and daughter (Rhonda and Taylin) soon arrived to begin the unpacking and organizing phase. I would never have thought it possible, but in 3 hours the kitchen and living room had been unpacked and after another couple hours, the upstairs was done as well! I thought unpacking would take me at least a week. What a blessing to have their amazing help! We were exhausted by the days end, but were totally settled and comfortable in our new place.
I have a lot of pictures to add to this post, so check back tonight or tomorrow for the picture version! We have a few things to buy tonight - hopefully a shelf for the kitchen and some curtains for the other rooms. Eventualy we'll start hanging pictures and unpacking the last couple random item boxes. We have a little ways to go, but already feel at home here in our new place!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
This evening we will be able to start bringing things over to our new place. It's a joy to be this close to moving - of course I'm sure the greater joy will be to have finished moving and unpacking!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
After seeing Joyce can pear-pie in a jar last week, she mentioned that I could make the same thing and freeze it as I don't have canning equipment. On Sunday, she had a full bucket of pears for me to take which I took while wondering how a person could eat that much pie.
During church, I thought about making pear sauce. It couldn't be too hard could it? I found some recipe's online and begin that afternoon.
This bucket was full - so I took about 2/3 of a kitty litter bucket of pears - basically I did as many as I felt like doing!
Place them in your biggest pot and add 1 or 2 cups of water. I added 2 cups, but should have added less as I boiled off a lot of water.
3 T Lemon juice
When the pears are rather soft and you're tired of watching it boil, turn it off and get out your mixer.
Mix it up to whatever your desired consistency is - I left in a few lumps.
The pearsauce was good! If I were doing it again, I might put in about half as much sugar as it was very sweet. I didn't can it, but I did freeze one container for later and gave one away. Now I know two things that we could have been doing all those years with the pears from that tree!