Category Archives: Food

Holding Pattern

I looked around this morning, trying to figure out what to do, cull or clean? I realized that many of the larger pieces of clutter are in a holding pattern: a bench, a typing table, the paper shredder, TV trays, etc.

These were displaced by some piece of work (cleaning, culling, redecorating, construction) and now have nowhere to go — and so they became bigger pieces of clutter.

It’s all well and good to cull some area, but if you have nowhere to put the culled pieces, it just moves the clutter, instead of eliminating it.

My plan is to get into the attic and see if I have room to store any of these. I also need to move the trunk which has needed to go into the attic for some time.

Yesterday I bought 4 things: a sweatshirt, a basket, a sifter, and a glass container. The sweatshirt is for DH, if he’ll use it, otherwise it’s for resale, it’s a name brand and in really good shape, but an XXL! The sifter and basket were bought for resale, the glass container I think I have a use for, if not, it will be put up for sale. I also stopped at the book bin and 5 of the books which were culled from the booth last week got donated.

This morning I pulled out the smallest of the nesting wrought iron tables in the hall. With a rug underneath it and a similar one in the hall, it makes a fine shoe rest. I really need a boot tray, but I’m unsure if they make them the right size.  With placing another of these small Ikea rugs in the entry, they’re all being used. (I’d gotten them for the stairs and needed 1-2 more . . . .)

The small wrought iron table (from the hall) joins the bench, etc. which need to be put into the attic. Obviously, that should be my next job.

I made soup for lunch and started a batch of stock, but the water burned out of the stock pan unnoticed, and at the moment the house reeks of burnt food, sigh. It isn’t frugal to throw food away, but that’s exactly what will happen to this black, charred mess. Expensive trash!

I’m off.

J

Wrought iron table, Danish bench, 2 TV tables, some of the extra fridge bins all into the attic!

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Did I? Friday’s Five and . . .

What did I get done from my list yesterday? NOTHING!

When I got back from the farm, I dove into dealing with the bags and boxes of food and making dinner.

I washed a few dishes and managed to wash 4 lbs + of tomatoes, prep/freeze celeriac, deal with peppers, etc. Today? Today I have to make two large batches of salsa and some roasted marinara (red). Most of that happens in fits & starts, so it can happen concurrently with other chores.

I decided the Alphabetics sheets were a mess and started making master sheets and work sheets, separately. I’d had them combined. Too much in one place!

Long and short of this? I have to do all of yesterday’s list and today’s as well.

Here’s today’s list:

  1. Put the house jacks away in the basement.3:20 p.m.
  2. Straighten two shelves 2:45 p.m.
  3. Get all the tweeds for the upholstery job in one place, tidily! 11:00 a.m.
  4. Work more on the general fabric storage clean up.3:10 p.m. I’m counting pulling the blanket basket down, dusting the shelf where it sits, cleaning the basket, shaking all the blankets and putting the entire thing back, neatly!
  5.  Pull the quilts out of storage and check for needed repairs and required cleaning. 12:05 p.m.

Other news: We returned the contract for the chimney repair, yesterday. DH also sent a note re the last of the roof/porch issues to the contractor this morning. Either this weekend or next, we’ll be getting the first part of our firewood supply. Came Saturday. Next load, next weekend.


What I’ve done so far: lg container of veggies in freezer. Two bags of “stew veggies” started, but not finished. 10:50 a.m. Three bags of stew veggies in the freezer. Golden barley soup started. Carrot storage reorganized. Dishes washed. Laundry. Helped DH with clapboards. (He’s doing the last 2 on the south side — now!)

Thurs. 9/28 list: 5 plus the one I still haven’t done!

  1. Clear off my desk.Worked on this, not done. Friday 9:15 a.m.
  2. Put away loose insulation or other building materials. DH did this Sat. morning. 
  3. Add the romances I’ve decided to keep to their bookcase, or, if there’s now too many, do a SPACE BUDGET.No space budget req’d Friday 6:20
  4. Tidy up the shipping supplies. Add any needed items to shopping list or cull extras. Friday 6:30 p.m. (I had done the tape earlier in the day!)
  5. Go through the overflow dishes, do a SPACE BUDGET, if required.
  6. Add to the kindling boxes (the undone piece)! Done Saturday 4:50p.m. Needs to be done again, at least twice, but I finally got into the corner and got the empty bin out and 1/2 filled it — finally!

This is all complicated by the fact that this is farm/market day. I go to the farm and get food, stop at a market on the way home. Ideally, I should go to the co-op in the morning, then to the farm, then the supermarket. However, I rarely manage that!

I have things to put in my booth today too, so that’s another stop.

The five list will likely NOT be done before this evening, and the outdoor items (insulation/building supplies & kindling) may not be done today at all. That’s dependent on when I get home and how tired I am when I do.

Thursday’s Five, no Eleven

Here’s what’s outstanding from earlier in the week: (I had forgotten the last two when I made this list, but did the vacuuming and couldn’t find it on the list, and searched til I tracked it down. I had dropped two items from Monday’s list, the last two just below.)

  1. Deal with mail
  2. Work on the wood piles (also on the to do list).
  3. Update grain storage: review/cull, clean containers, etc. A tiny piece of this was done as part of clearing the kitchen counter. Weds. 10 a.m.
  4. Prep for the Christmas ornaments I’m making. Started Friday 10:15, requires more work than I thought!
  5. Finish the cull/storage of food from last week’s farm trip.  Finished: onions and tomatoes Wednesday. Peppers and tomatillos finished Thursday a.m.
  6. Vac. under the bed. Done Thursday 8:11 p.m.
  7. Dust the stained glass.

Of these, the most time-sensitive is dealing with the food. If I start a large batch of green salsa, that will take care of most of it. Three small bowls of tomatillos salted, first step for salsa as of 10:30 a.m. 

The fastest will be do deal with the mail. There’s not a lot hanging around, as I tend to do it as soon as it comes in the door. What I do have is the backlog from days gone by. . . .

Here’s Thursdays’ new five, well four. (There’s a reason this isn’t a cheat, but I’m not going to explain just now.)

  1. Clear/clean a dish cabinet shelf Friday 9:40 a.m.
  2. Clear/clean a freezer shelf  Done! 9:40 a.m.
  3. Work on the house notebook
  4. Clear/clean a silverware tray or drawer Friday 9:50 a.m.

Hopefully, this will give me a chance to get maybe one more of the back items finished.

My experience earlier this week has affected how I designated today’s work. Instead of mandating that I clean the dish cabinet, I’ve limited it to one shelf. Same with the freezer and silverware trays/drawers. Hopefully, this will cut the chore time to the 15 minutes or less it’s supposed to be, instead of starting chores which require hours to finish, as I did at the beginning of the week!

That said, this is farm day. The farm is 1.75 hours away. The work there takes about 2 hours, and it’s 1.75 hours back. In other words, farm day from start to finish (the cloth bags I use are in the laundry now) takes about 8 hours: prepping, transportation, food gather and storage. And of course, none of it includes cleaning shelves, drawers or working on a notebook!

So, I expect to be even more behind, even with only 4 items to do tonight, because farm day wipes me out.

Other news: the book rack sold — hurrah! On the not so great side: they’re working on the street in front of the antique store, my sales will be accordingly much smaller — rats!

 

 

Wednesday’s Five

Because I’ve gotten so far behind, I was easy on myself today and mostly decided to do things I would likely have done anyway:

  1. Deal with the cardboard and other recycles (it’s dump day).
  2. Work on freezer foods for winter (also on the to do list – put foods away for winter)
  3. Deal with mail (it’s dump day).
  4. Deal with recycling (it’s dump day).
  5. Work on the wood piles (also on the to do list).

Hopefully, this doubling up will enable me to CATCH UP!

What I have outstanding from Monday – Tuesday:

  • Finish clearing the kitchen counters. The big counter is cleared and cleaned. Weds. 10 a.m.  I have yet to deal with the pile o’ stuff: jars, food, etc. which came off of it!
  • Update grain storage: review/cull, clean containers, etc. A tiny piece of this was done as part of clearing the kitchen counter. Weds. 10 a.m.
  • Prep for the Christmas ornaments I’m making.
  • Finish the cull/storage of food from last week’s farm trip. (Next one is TOMORROW!) Finished: onions and tomatoes. Undone: peppers and tomatillos.

The veggie cull/storage and counter clean up are linked. The excess veggies are on the big counter. I deal with the veggies? The counter will be mostly clear. The prep for making ornaments mostly is seeing if the pattern I want to use will fit the materials I have in mind. If so, I need to figure out if I need any other materials to finish the work and then start on them. The grain storage is just going through the canisters on the bottom, etc. where I hardly ever remember to go for food and see what we’ve got and how old it is. Ideally, that and the food cull will happen BEFORE I go to the dump.

Not on this list? Going to the antique store, because I didn’t yesterday due to my back.

Tuesday’s Five

I decided that yes, I need to continue with the kitchen counter effort, but the 10′ counter on one side, 7′ on the other is a bit (ha!) more involved than this list of “things I can do around and between regular cleaning.”

So…. I haven’t finished Monday’s list. I’ll keep whacking away at it this week and note it when it gets done, but it’s time to MOVE ON! There are 3 items outstanding: the 10′ counter clear, cull, clean, using the vac under the bed, and dusting the stained glass.

Today I will

  1. Desmudge door knobs.
  2. Update the grain storage I haven’t looked at lately.
  3. Pick up the laundry room.
  4. Get the prep complete for the Christmas ornaments I intend to make.
  5. Finish the final culling, keeping, and storage of last week’s vegetables.

Some of these are really, really quick and can easily be fit between other work, the door knobs and laundry room, for example. The craft prep is a bit more involved. The vegetables and grains will take some time.

Also, it’s Tuesday, that means a regular job is to go thru the fridge for trash donations. (Trash day is tomorrow.)

So, I have 6 items to do on top of the usual laundry (first load started), dishes (had caught up last night, there’s not much there), cooking, writing, etc.


The unfinished items were unfinished due to the fact that I soft threw my back out while doing something NOT on this list: getting the 2nd new dresser from the shed’s porch area. It got its drawers removed, everything got cleaned and it was moved inside. Somewhere in there, I did something that nearly threw my back out. So, my progress on the remainder of my day’s chores was not huge!

I’m beginning to think that the wisdom of not having lists on the weekend is so that I can catch up!

Drowning in Food

This is the mid to end of summer glut: peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, kale, greens, onions, carrots, etc. all at once.

I got up at 5 a.m. to start dealing with my overflowing counter. In the past 4 hours I’ve roasted red peppers and chopped some for the freezer, dried a little, set aside tomatoes for salad/fresh use, made roasted tomato sauce, put the latest batch of potatoes away, etc.

veggies

I have a flea market tomorrow, so need to pack the car for that, involves a trip to the storage during the day (no access at night to the new space), my tables and most of the flea market merchandise is in storage, although of course I have some here. I have other steps to do for this as well, before 5 this evening.

If it wasn’t raining, again, I’d be outside as well today, putting Rustoleum on the wrought iron tables which we’ve stored for the past few years. We intend to use them on the porch. Great, but they’ve gotten rusty and so need to be wire brushed and then painted beforehand. Without the rain, I could do some or all of that or painting clapboards when I got to where I wanted to pitch tomatoes across the room rather than deal with them. (It happens. Not that I pitch them — but that I get where I want to!)

So — I’ve been up about 4 hours, had 1 cup of coffee and dealt with 10 lbs of food or more. How’s your day going???

J