This week I rewired the raspberries, after taking a hint from the commercial berry farms that line Interstate 5 south of Wilsonville. We were on the way home last weekend when I saw them and realized that I needed to fix mine. While working on them, I noticed that one (only one) of the raspberries looked and behaved very differently from the other raspberries, such that I suspect that it's actually a Boysenberry and was stuffed in with the raspberry order. We're supposed to get some good weather this week so I'll cut it back, dig it up, and replant it with the rest of the Boysenberries.
I set up the new composter and moved the compost into it. There was a lovely bunch of compost on the very bottom of the pile which I left in situ and covered with a tarp. I think I'm going to use it for starting the potatoes which should be here mid-March. A couple of days after filling the new composter I went to go check on it. It still isn't heating up, which I think means that it needs more carbon. Which means that I have to pull the composter off the pile, set it aside, and move the compost into it again while incorporating more straw, which I have, fortunately. I am so asking for a compost thermometer for my birthday, although I did hint to Steve that it would be good for Mother's Day as well. That is the closest holiday I can think of for getting a gift, even though I'm not a mother. I already requested chocolates for Valentine's Day, which we never celebrate, actually. I'm just jonesin' for some good chocolate.
Then this last week I also had my contractor in to measure for the new closet doors for the guest room. I've ordered solid core doors so that I can hang stuff on them. We're switching the closet doors in the guest room from sliding doors to doors that open out, so that I can use that closet as a 'craft closet', not that I'm a crafter. It will be a great place to stuff all my knitting, sewing, and embroidery supplies, which are all things I enjoy but rarely do. I'll create a desk/table situation in there so that I can set up my sewing machine when I need it and use it for doing up the bills. I also plan to stuff the household books and the contents of my desk in there so that I can get rid of my desk. This is all in order to make enough room for a daybed and trundle for the guest room, so that we'll have proper accommodations for visitors. As it is, the guest room is impossibly tiny, so utilizing the closet better will go a long way to making the room work better. In case you're wondering, this is one of the things I have on my list. It's number seven.
|What they look like inside the hive|
|What they look like on the hive|
Yesterday while slaving away on the lid, I managed to lock up my regular chuck, so I can't remove the one and a half inch bit from it. I'm not sure what I did wrong or what I need to do; I've never locked up a chuck before. Fortunately, it's not part of the impact driver that I use- it's a separate chuck that holds regular drill bits and fits in the driver which doesn't hold regular drill bits. If worse comes to worse, I'll throw the whole thing out and get a new one. In any case, I can't drill entrance holes for the hive until I figure out this conundrum because all my spade bits fit a regular chuck. Unless the
Then for dinner last night, I made something I've never made before. When Steve and I were last in Germany, after a morning out and about, we'd gotten back to our hotel at around two in the afternoon. We'd missed lunch, it was too early for dinner, and there was no place else to eat in this tiny hilltop village where we were staying. So of course we were famished. The proprietress said that they had some liver dumplings they could serve us, if that would do? They did fine- they were delicious, and I remember the sauerkraut on which they were served was the best I'd ever eaten. (I still don't know what it was that made it so good.) Last spring when I ordered my quarter steer, I asked for the liver, too, and got it. Last night I finally got around to making us liver dumplings.
|Uncooked dumplings. See? not so bad....|
Which is a good thing because I still have a bunch of beef liver in the freezer.