Wednesday, November 22, 2006

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i finally made the frame for the house numbers. the table saw was instrumental in this activity. i brought home a couple scrap pieces of cedar and barely had enough to do the job. we received the house numbers from mike and nancy over a year ago. they brought them back from mexico. we have had them for so long that i'm surprised that we didn't accidentally break them.

here is my make-shift hoop-house. it is covering our swiss chard. i hope to keep it going most of the winter--fingers crossed. it is basically just a bit of plastic, some buckets filled with water(weights) and an old awning taken apart and put back together to make a couple of tent shapes. i crawled in there the other day and it was much warmer. if this works out i plan to build a boxed in bed specifically for next winter and construct a real mini hoop-house.

i'm grounded from doing much while i watch toly. i had hoped to work on the barn some more today. there is so much pressure to get the barn done but i am never really afforded any time to work on it. maybe i should let it slip to the back burner?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love your house, it's so cute and welcoming.

So what do you do with Swiss chard? I don't think I'm southern enough to like "greens". They always turn out slimy and bitter for me.

karl said...

i guess that swiss chard is an acquired taste. although, the quality makes a huge difference. maybe you just had some sub-standard chard. we steam it and eat it as is. we also add it to soups. if you separate the stem from the leaf and steam the stem longer it makes for a better dish. some like it with butter and salt. i like it plain--if the quality is good.

i don't think it is the geographical origin that defines this one, cause i was born and raised in michigan (the other great white north)

Anonymous said...

Your house is so adorable! Love the front porch. And the numbers look perfect.
What are the measurements of the new barn?

karl said...

the barn is basically twelve feet by thirteen feet, the peak of the roof is fifteen feet high. also the eaves will be extraordinary large. that is yet to be determined, probably five or six feet on either side. this may get enclosed also to contain gardening supplies on one side the south side might be all glass to form a mini green-house. we'll see.

happy and blue 2 said...

With everything being so rustic where do you blog from..

uncle matt said...

It's amazing that the you built the entire front of a house as your number frame! And with only the table saw (it must have come with some great attachments!). Come on, admit it, you built yourself a fort and told everybody it's for the Swiss chard. And you cut down the Kid's tree fort for your "barn" because you were jealous.

uncle matt said...

It's amazing that the you built the entire front of a house as your number frame! And with only the table saw (it must have come with some great attachments!). Come on, admit it, you built yourself a fort and told everybody it's for the Swiss chard. And you cut down the Kid's tree fort for your "barn" because you were jealous.

uncle matt said...

BTW, Happy Thanksgiving! I love you all and miss you very much!

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