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Weekend Projects [Jul. 14th, 2008|12:35 pm]
Nicodemus
Spent the bulk of this weekend working around the house. Sister-in-law witchofnovember came up to alternately lend a hand and act as baby wrangler, which has been immensely helpful.

Besides some miscellaneous laundry and chores, we got a few big things done:

Painting
The paint on the deck/porch has been peeling and flaking a bit since last winter. It looked like it could use some touching up. So we got some paint matched at the store, brought it home, and began to prep for a little patching.

That's when I discovered that this was really more than a few scattered spots. I could reach under the flakes and pull up large sections of paint, some more than 6" long. It was... You ever had a really bad sunburn?

So there was much more chipping and stripping and sanding than I originally expected. But we got it sorted, at least through getting a first coat on everything. Glad we were able to get a clear, sunny weekend for it.

Swing
Timothy got a swing as a birthday present. We finally hung it in the covered area of the porch outside the kitchen door. I got up and put eye bolts in the rafters, braces, rope extensions... Yeah, it was a bit of a bother. But he loves swinging at the park, so I'm sure this'll get it's use. :)

Jam and Jelly
It's berry season again! I love fresh berries. Kit picked up some flats from a local stand and we made some nice preserves out of those that we didn't eat immediately.

Strawberry jam, with a splash of merlot. I think we ended up with 6 jars of this.

Raspberry jelly, with merlot and a splash of lemon and honey. Raspberries are great but they have an annoying number of tiny seeds if you make them into jam, so I strained it out, skimmed it, and made some proper jelly. Got 4 jars of this.
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[User Picture]From: shalora
2008-07-15 03:13 am (UTC)
Ooooh, see now I'll have to come up, to sample the jelly... ;) Seriously, it's gonna be a while before I can - I'm now on call 4 days a week for the next few months. Which gives me no 2-day stretches off. And it's way too much driving for a day trip. But hopefully this fall, while the weather is still nice, I can finally come play a bit. I really need to meet this baby! :)
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2008-07-15 05:40 pm (UTC)
And Ratchet and Clank demolition, you can't forget the gamering. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: mothermonster
2008-07-16 07:43 pm (UTC)

demolition

?Rachet and Clank?? gamering??
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2008-07-16 09:04 pm (UTC)

Re: demolition

Ratchet and Clank- Tools of Destrution And you thought I went to see the baby.

Edited at 2008-07-16 09:05 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mothermonster
2008-07-16 10:08 pm (UTC)

Re: demolition

and you wanted us to think you were all worn out from baby wrangling and remodeling type stuff!!!
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2008-07-16 10:37 pm (UTC)

Re: demolition

I was all worn out from hide-a-beds and driving. (and baby wrangling, painting and staying up late playing games)
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[User Picture]From: mothermonster
2008-07-16 07:39 pm (UTC)

jams and jellies

if I'm a very good mother-in-law can /may I have a little taste??? (can I get up?? may I i.e. if there's any left??)
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