Last month I mentioned that I wanted to fasten hardware cloth to the area under our deck to keep out furry little animals and snakes.


Repairing the chewed wiring for our deck lights cost us a pretty penny and we want to avoid that problem again.


This part was done several years ago.  It was cool enough yesterday to finish this side.


The ground was as hard as cement as we haven’t had much rain lately.



The rocky soil (if you can call what we have “soil”) and the slope of the ground meant the hardware cloth had to be cut to different heights.  Plus we had a mechanical failure with the heavy-duty staple gun but Mr. Aitch fixed it.


This side shouldn’t be as difficult as the ground is relatively even.  I want to scrub this section first and will be much easier to clean before the hardware cloth goes on.  Then all of this will be painted black so that it disappears.


Movers and bakers

Our daughter and family used to live 112 miles away from us and as of the beginning of August are now 1,543 miles away.  In Colorado.  The twins started first grade on August 10 so they had to get there before school began.  They packed their van and other car pulling a small trailer with the three kids, two dogs, inflatable beds, two folding beds, enough clothes for two weeks, a couple of pots and pans, some relatively “instant” meals, and 15-20 cases of wine.  (The moving company wouldn’t move the wine.)  They arrived at their new home three days later.

Anyway, the movers weren’t coming until the 10th to pack up all the rest of their stuff and by then, they would be at their new house.  So I volunteered to go to their old house and stay while the movers packed and loaded everything.  It took two days to pack and two days to load the truck.  It’s not that they had tons of stuff that took two days to load the moving van but that the last two miles to their house was a very narrow and twisty road.  The moving van driver didn’t want to chance driving on that road so the movers packed a smaller trunk and unloaded it into the larger van that was two miles away.  And that took more time.  And four trips of handling all the packed boxed twice.


I got tired just watching them.  The moving van arrived two weeks later in Denver and they could unpack, cook, clean, and get back to normal.


Enough with the movers.  On to the bakers.

Personally have not experienced baking at a higher altitude than 675 feet above sea level.  And they don’t call Denver the “Mile High City” for nothing.

My daughter tried to bake some brownies last week and was not successful.  I felt sorry for her and decided to bake cookies for her and the kids to decorate.  Because what’s Christmas without decorated cut-out cookies?

Along with stars, trees, wreaths, mittens and candy cane shaped cookies, I also made peanut butter, peanut butter blossom, and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, and pumpkin bread, too.

In the box was a can of powdered Royal icing mix and some squeeze bottles to decorate the cut out cookies.

Cookies1This is the only picture I took before packing it all up and mailing it to Colorado.  Maybe I’ll get some pictures of the decorated cookies….

And if you have some high altitude baking tips or recipes to pass along, I know some people who would appreciate it.

Do you know what day it is?

It’s Friday.  Not Saturday.

Yeah.  Well, I took today and Monday off for a nice project packed four-day weekend of finishing sewing project (gifts), wrapping said gifts, baking cookies, attending Mr. Aitch’s Christmas Cantata, and the mundane housework I have put off.

I knew that today would be Friday when I went to bed last night.

But totally forgot that today was Friday when I woke up.

I received these texts this morning from my assistant director.  His texts are on the left and mine are on the right (in green).  Please excuse the typos.

Brain-farts-001Now at this point I’m still thinking that it is Saturday and this box of pears from Harry & David was delivered to his house.  I figured he and his wife, Courtney, sent some Harry & David gifts and this was their gift-with-purchase.


Then it finally dawns on me that today is Friday.  I ordered gifts for our executive board members so the box of pears was sent to OUR office (TCC) from Harry & David.


Merry Christmas…in case I forget what day it is again.