Monthly Archives: September 2015

What I did over my summer vacation, part one

What I did over my summer vacation…

When you are retired, there is no real “vacation,” as any work you do is of your choosing. “Summer vacation” is a misnomer, but it sounds good, and I want to write about this season that just passed.

We spent a large portion of our summer on a house addition project. We added a master bathroom, bringing the total number of bathrooms in our house to two. Yay! While we had a fabulous contractor who built the “shell” of the building for us, we did the demolition and all the finish work ourselves. While “ourselves” consists of about 80% my husband and 20% me, the work still consumed a large portion of our summer. We are thrilled with the results.

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Yep, we did all this tile and glass block work…and my husband built the vanity from a table we got on Craigslist.

I also trained for and ran my first-ever 5K! ┬áBecause if you aren’t going to do your first 5K at 50, when are you going to do it?

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When you undertake a home remodeling project and a new running regime during the prime growing season, your garden (indeed, your whole yard) turns into a weedy overgrown mess. At least our vegetable garden has its water on a timer, or everything would have died of thirst. As it was, more things died than should have and others were largely ignored. Pests multiplied, blossom end rot took over before I got on it with my liquid bone meal. And weeds? Did I mention them? Despite the neglect, we had some good crops and have been eating quite well from the garden this summer — tomatoes, green beans, peppers, broccoli, greens, and even one lonely egglplant.

Preserving-wise, I managed the following:
— salsa
— pizza sauce
— dilly beans
— Marionberry pie filling
— Marionberry jam
— Dried apple rings
— Albacore tuna canning with a wonderful Master Food Preserver friend

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A productive season! ┬áStay tuned for “part two” of my summer vacation….

 

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