Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It's pie baking, turkey roasting time......

.....which means that the morning after you have set your oven to clean, you do not want to see this when you open the oven door.

Oh no!  

The Kalispell Burkharts were here on the weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving and since the oven element wouldn't arrive until Monday, I baked the turkey in a roaster. It actually turned out really moist and tender.   There was no time to bake the pies though, so for the first time ever, we had bakery pies for our dessert.  I think if you put enough ice cream or whipped cream on top of a piece of pie, it really doesn't matter whether it was homemade or not.

Fed Ex delivered the oven element yesterday and today Retired Mountain Man is going to get it installed. I am so fortunate that he is one of those "Guy - guys".  You know, the kind that can take a Q-tip and a pocket knife and go out into the wilderness and build you a shopping mall.

 Let the pie baking begin!  

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A DIY person I am so not......

On Wednesday night the big wind storm hit.  It blew some of our metal roofing loose on the northeast corner of the house.  The winds were so strong that it was a pretty horrifying sound to say the least.  The loose metal roofing banging around in with every wind gust.

We were without electricity for 30 hours and Retired Mountain Man and I had gone to bed the following night and had given up hope of having power restored when we saw the lights from an Avista truck reflecting on the walls of the bedroom.  We knew they were checking to see if our fuses were still in place, which they were.  About 20 minutes later our electricity was restored.

All of this was happening as we were discussing whether to buy a portable generator to keep our freezers, refrigerator and the fan to our wood furnace going in a power outage.  I think we have decided to make a purchase.

Fortunately for us, our good friend Tim was scheduled to come by to install our two new toilets and he agreed that he would help us put the roofing back in place.  He did a great job of getting it all screwed back down and also worked the entire length of the roof and screwed down the rest of it.  It's not going to come loose in the next storm.

While he and RMM were working on that project, I was laying down the new tile in the basement bathroom.  It took me all day, but it's finally done.  Hooray!  One more project off of my list.

I'm glad we bought the quality tile even though it was more difficult to work with it should last a long time.  Jon says it looks perfect!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

And here it is!

Today is my day to can the salsa for 2015.  I have 36 pint jars in the dishwasher and I am getting ready to put together the salsa.    Photos later.  It's going to be a busy day.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Almost fully recovered....

from a week long bout of some kind of crud.  I won't even pretend that I looked as good as the photo below.

As soon as I was well enough, Retired Mountain Man and I went to Sandpoint to get our flu shots.  The trips also included getting the snow tires on the car and getting having a major maintenance service on the Outback.  That would also mean a major hit to our wallet, but it's better than making car payments.   We realized that our car battery had never been replaced since we bought the car new in 2003 and we decided that we wouldn't push our luck and had the battery replaced.

We spent one more day moving the tables and chairs from the deck to the barn, rolling up hoses, digging up my begonia bulbs for storage and putting away pots.  We are finally ready for the snow to start falling.

Next on the list was to get last year's wine into the bottles.  Fifty bottles of "Fire on the Mountain Red Wine".

Our next project is in the works.  No, it will not be red or orange....

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Trick or Treat and Hamilton Players Time

I made a short trip to Montana to see Pride and Prejudice by the Hamilton Players, with Julie as the assistant director.  She also did all of the artwork on the stage sets.  It was an outstanding performance and they were sold out almost every night.  I would love to post some pictures of her work, but photos are not allowed.

The night before I left, Retired Mountain Man loaded my bags in the car for me.  When I went out the next morning to get in the car and head down the road, there was one of his beautiful dahlias on my dashboard.


Ben had a tough time deciding which costume he would wear to which event.  Here we are at the GSK Halloween Party.

We ate a lot of candy and other junk food.  We also went to The Edge and had a cocktail and an appetizer before heading to the play.  We tried to balance it all out the next morning by having smoothies for breakfast.

It was a rainy, windy weekend for doing anything outdoors, even driving was difficult at times.  Fall is definitely here and there's finally some snow on the mountains.