Saturday, August 08, 2009
A little at a time chores
Yawn... I've been up since 5:30 this morning when my cell phone started alerting me it was low on batteries. I was so sleepy but it kept complaining until I finally was awake for good and plugged it in, which is what it wanted all along. One must wonder at times just how smart our technology has become. Sheesh...
I know the feeling about so many great blogs out there and not enough time to read . I have all my favorites on two rss feeds, most of those I read daily on one and those I may read only from time to time on another. (Those are mostly decorating and homeschooling blogs I want to read but leave for those evenings I have more time to enjoy.) There are a few I click on the title and go to the original post... those I prefer to read at the actual blog site.
Right now there is so much work to be done that it could be overwhelming. I've been getting a lot accomplished just fifteen minutes here and there. It is remarkable to me how much I can get done by committing only fifteen minutes or so... consistently.
All of my silver plate serving pieces have been on the dining table, either in some stage of tarnish or proudly displayed in their shining glory. I have a nice collection, all purchased at garage sales, Goodwill, or thrift stores... even after getting rid of those which I either didn't plan to use again or they demanded too much attention by tarnishing quickly and being difficult to clean.
The most I ever paid was $25.00 and that was for the entire tea set with huge silver platter (which I do not keep on the buffet with the set.... just too big). The cheapest were the Paul Revere candle sticks, purchased for $1.00 at a garage sale because the woman didn't like polishing silver.
Everything needs a little polishing with MAAS once in awhile, except the silver plate flatware I bought at a garage sale... it gets washed in hot, soapy water alone after being used and then dried by hand and put back in its' box which keeps it from tarnishing. Fortunately, I don't mind polishing silver at all. It's enjoyable seeing the tarnish leave and the sparkle come back. :)
I've also been weeding the back yard along the fence line a little at a time before the very hot and humid weather is to set in for awhile (we've been spoiled this summer with nice weather!). I have to use my left arm but by working just a little at a time but consistently each day... it will eventually look good.
The wet spring caused not only more weeds than usual and it was too wet to get out and pull them when they were smaller. Our property was once a very dense forest... it all tries to come back each spring, especially among all the greenery and bushes next to the long fence line.
Since I was already awake this morning, I thoroughly cleaned the kitchen and did the dishes which had assembled after dinner last night. (Sometimes I think dishes reproduce by themselves while I sleep.)
I sliced cucumbers and placed them in a vinegar, sugar, salt solution for my husband's lunch (at his request) and I simmered black beans to be used in a recipe this evening. I read an article recently in one of the America's Test Kitchen magazines about research they did in cooking beans... they found it only required one half an hour of extra cooking time for most beans if they hadn't been soaked overnight... and that they do not get tough when cooked in salted water but actually taste better.
Since then I've simmered beans their way and found it so much easier, especially when I decide at the last minute I want to cook beans but didn't soak them. (They also said cooking them an extra half an hour gave a better texture than bringing them to a boil and letting them set an hour before cooking again.) I always learn something from these people!
Anyhoo... that is how I came to sit on the comfy old sofa in the family room and type away while watching a show about earthquakes on the National Geographic Channel. I don't know if I ever mentioned I insisted my husband buy earthquake insurance after we had teeny tiny tremors a couple years ago (try to say that rapidly in a row). For my California friends... I think it only added about $20.00 a year to our policy... but if the New Madrid fault ever shakes again... we're covered! :)
Will meet with you for tea tomorrow... God willing and the creek don't rise... or the earth shake.
Posted by Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks at 10:41 AM