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.