Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
I think many people keep a collection of miscellaneous stuff in the house. We stored our stuff in our pantry on a lower shelf. It was very handy spot, off the dining room and near the kitchen.
Back in April when Robert was sick, we needed a downstairs bathroom. Our son, Davis, hired a plumber and a carpenter, bought fixtures, and had it constructed in a week. (What a blessing.) The perfect place for a powder room was the pantry. That meant we had to clear the shelving out of the room and stash our goods elsewhere. Our living room and kitchen looked very strange for a while with shelving standing here and there. Gradually, some order was restored. But there was no convenient place for the household tools. They just didn’t fit anywhere in the kitchen.
I tried to figure out what to do. I gave over 800 books to the Friends of the Brentwood library. Then I had some empty shelves and stored the stuff in plain sight. I began to look for attractive storage boxes so I could put the stuff in them on the shelves and get it out of sight. This did not turn out to be a pleasing solution.
It is funny how long it takes to come up with a practical idea. I went round and round until I realized I had too many bookcases. I offered an old bookshelf on FreeCycle and received many inquiries and offers to take it off my hands. One person was a no-show, but the next day I contacted the second person on the list. She came right out and loaded it in her SUV.
Let me tell you, those white laminated storage cupboard made of particle board are heavy. I tipped it up on its side and slid it across the floor on a utility towel. Very smooth, until I got to the stairs. It looked like a long way down.
I have to get started on my next project. I want to decorate the powder room. It is plain white and very boring.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
A drainage ditch runs along behind the bushes and it has to be cleaned out so the water will keep flowing to the pump station. If the water is not pumped out, the island would flood from the inside. The local levee improvement district – BIMID – does my area every five years. At least it is not nesting season for the birds right now.
Monday, August 09, 2010
I smile when I see this road sign on my way to and from church in Brentwood. The speed limit on Sellers Avenue is 50 mph, but often we have to slow down to 15 or 20 when we get behind some slow-moving farm equipment. We have to be patient and acknowledge that we live in the country. We can just relax and enjoy the bucolic view of the fields with the magnificent Mt. Diablo in the background.
St. Alban’s church bulletin noted yesterday: "The red door tradition originated during the Middle Ages in England when it was a sign of sanctuary. In those days, if one who was being pursued by the local populace, shire reeve (sheriff) or gentry could reach the church door he/she would be safe. Nobody would dare to do violence on hallowed ground and, in any case, the Church was not subject to civil law. The red door was fair warning to pursuers that they could proceed no further. One who claimed sanctuary in this way would then be able to present his/her case before the priest and ask that justice be served.The red signified the blood of Jesus Christ who came to save all who took refuge in him. People who passed through the red doors were safe."
Friday, August 06, 2010
Late night treat
It is very simple to make and takes only a few minutes. Pour some semi-sweet chocolate chips into a Pyrex measuring cup. You can fill the cup halfway – more or less – it does not matter.
Put the cup back in the microwave and give it another 20 seconds. Take it out and stir it slowly until it is smooth. Pour and spoon it over some ice cream. Enjoy.
Put some plastic wrap over the top of the measuring cup, refrigerate it and save the rest for tomorrow night. You can heat it up again and it will be just as good. This is so much easier than buying a big can of chocolate syrup because you can make just the amount you want.