Thursday, May 28, 2015
The next room I tackled was the "guest" room. It's also the room where I store most of my artwork. Since so much of it was in the show at the art center I took the opportunity to go through the rest and throw out what was really meaningless.......proofs of various prints, failed paintings and drawings, etc. I went through the drawers of the chest in there and tossed towels and sheets and curtains that have been there unused for years. In my own bedroom I tossed old clothes and shoes, and hundreds of cassette tapes that aren't usable anymore. Downstairs I cleaned out the closet in the dining room, which was full of sheet music from when I was playing the recorder, musical instruments, old tablecloths, napkins, wrapping paper, boots, gloves, hats, skeins of yarn, etc. In addition, I put down a new tile floor in both the upstairs and downstairs halls. The kitchen and living room didn't require quite as much work, since I maintain them fairly well and keep the excess to a minimum. When I began this cleaning frenzy it was because I had decided to move back to Bangor if I could find a place to live. I wanted to weed out my belongings to make the move easier. For awhile I was obsessed with the idea and spent days on line looking for apartments and dreaming of the city life of my home town. I applied for subsidized housing. As time went on, though, my enthusiasm died down, as I had predicted it would. I have moved so many times, looking for nothing other than something different. I love the novelty of a new place to be...........so I made my house new.
Today I made bread using the first recipe I had tried. I've tried two or three others since I got my new stove, but this is the one I like the best. As you can see by the picture, these loaves were quite enthusiastic and practically overflowed the pans. I put two balls of dough in each pan to make them easier to store and freeze, but I'm not sure it was a good idea. The two balls bulged out over the ends rather than rising in the middle. Nevertheless, it is delicious.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
I posted a few other pictures of the general ambiance, mostly for my Michigan blogger friend Pamela. She has vowed to see horses every day now that she is back from the southwest. If no live horses are available, perhaps she can take some pleasure in seeing these. I certainly had a good time at the show............though it brought to the fore how much I miss working at the shelter. Luckily I am still in touch with the people I met there through facebook. It keeps me connected to that time and that life...........
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Speaking of Spring, my new indoor-outdoor thermometer tells me that it is 72 degrees outside and 60 in the house. I guess I should open the windows.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Now on to other things. The garden has certainly started its path to summer. These buds appeared so suddenly I almost didn't notice them. I haven't paid much attention to anything but the show and lots was happening while I was looking elsewhere. The lilac, so recently buried under the snow, is budded. The lilies are about ten inches tall, the Seedum (spelled phonetically since I've never seen it in print) has erupted to the point that last year's dead stems are no longer visible. Hosta is coming up, the rhododendron is budded. Since I haven't worked out there, the ground is covered with dead leaves and grass. I did buy a rake a few weeks ago, and I will get at that job this week. The chickens are happily escaping from their pen two or three times a day, so I need to attend to that as soon as possible. I also want to replace the door on their coop.
Of course the house is a mess and Patrick needs a haircut. I have let his hair grow to keep him warm, but it has gone beyond the point of acceptability......snarls and mats make up too much of his coat. The house is a mess.
I have work to do.