Friday, July 24, 2009

The Pots And Pans Pantry

While it's not the largest pots and pans pantry in the world it's large enough for me. I have gotten the pans that were hanging on the wall, those cast iron pots and pans that were sitting on the stove and those that were on the counter tops all put in the pantry. There's a lot more counter space for working and that is what I was hoping for when I asked William to build the pantry.

There's a shelf for the storage containers, too. I keep the sugar, sweetners, flours, meal, rice, etc. in containers on this shelf. They are convenient to the stove and the containers are off the counters.

The next phase of this renovation is to get the cabinets down from the walls and the walls painted. Then we will paint or stain the shelving and the pantries. The shelves will be installed and new floor covering will be put down.

I don't think William is too keen on installing the floor covering so I am on the lookout for someone to do this job for us.

Here's the pots and pans pantry:

Nothing spectacular to most folks but it certainly is to me! Thanks Honey for all your hard work!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Little Of This And A Little Of That

Everything around here has been hot and dry. We did get a good shower this morning. Also, got rain on Monday of this week. There's more supposed to be on it's way later on tonight. We really need the rain on our garden. We have tried to keep it watered but it's just not the same as what I refer to as "God Water". Rain that is.

My sweet friend, Mrs. Gladys always laughed when I called rain "God Water". She would say, "It's all God Water." I told her "Yes, but we add some junk to what we catch and use from the tap and it doesn't do as good on the garden as when God sends the rain." We always got a chuckle out that. But it's really the truth. Water from the faucet just doesn't help the garden as much as rain water does.

We are getting very few veggies. Our garden has really fizzled this summer. We are planning to go back to raised beds in frames for next spring. The raised beds are easier to tend and to keep watered.

Some of that now: William finished my pots and pans pantry. We still have to stain it and put something on the side next to the stove to keep it from getting splattered when I'm cooking. I will post a picture in the next day or two.

We have started the painting in the kitchen. The color is called light copper but it's almost a french vanilla yellow. It's really weird as that's exactly the color I tried to find and couldn't find one that I thought looked like french vanilla ice cream. But we got it in the light copper.

We have one part ready to put up shelves so we can remove the cabinets in the rest of the kitchen. We have to go get the shelving materials and get them stained. We need to chose the brackets to put the shelves on, too.

That's about all that's going on right now. Other than we had three Barred Rock chicks hatch out of eleven eggs. My Mom told me the weather is too hot for hens to set.

I guess it's too hot for the ducks also. One of our ducks had a clutch of around twenty eggs and only hatched four ducklings. So, I guess the weather must have caused the eggs to go bad there too.

I'm hoping to set some more hens a little later on when the weather cools some. Maybe the ducks will lay another clutch of eggs too. I can only hope.

That's about all that's happening here at Hunny Bunny Haven. Thanks for dropping by and come again anytime.

Friday, July 3, 2009

It's been a couple of weeks....

since I posted. Things have been pretty hectic around here. William's Mom had a heart attack and was hospitalized for several days. Then my Mom was admitted to the hospital for dehydration. William and I have been running back and forth, back and forth, back and forth...well you get the picture.

We are harvesting a few vegetables from our garden. The green bean vines look horrible so I don't know if we will get any more of them. I only have four bags of green beans in the freezer so far. I was looking forward to canning at least fifty quarts of green beans this summer.

That long row of squash is only yielding a few squash along. We pick two or three at a time. I'm disappointed in these, too.

The two volunteer cucumbers are doing better than the ones that we planted. The volunteers are the long burpless type and our regular ones are (I think) called crazy eights. They are short and fat. Not what we usually have from them at all. At least they're not bitter.

Now the okra and peppers are doing wonderfully. The jalapeno is so hot that it's hard to eat it. So is the Cayenne. That's the way I like them though. The okra is making a good bit of pods. I hope I can put some okra in the freezer and can some pepper sauce.

Our peas are doing so-so. They're not as good as I had hoped but they could be worse. We did get enough to make a meal for four adults today. There's enough left that I can put a bag of peas in the freezer.

The weather has turned very hot and dry. We are trying to keep the garden watered but it's so hot that when we water it doesn't look like it in a few hours.

There's rain predicted for four days next week. I just pray that we get some of the prediction.