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On a clear day 
May 7, 2010 1:58 pm 
Updated: May 12, 2010 3:52 pm
Yesterday, Neil arrived, and began removing the old "plate glass" windows, while I went to the bank, to stock up on cash!  The heat may be on, but in one day, he was able to remove 8 panes of glass, get to Home Depot for supplies, frame in most of the wall (as we discussed,) and put up chip board on the outside, placing the first window as he went!  Worked himself to death, so today he was here only an hour or two, but having energy issues myself, I'm fine with him doing what he did today.  Mon he'll start all revved up, unless he decides to come back tomorrow.  Coolest thing is, he was able to save many of the panes, which I can recycle for another project, this one inside, so quality of the glass won't be an issue.  Always like to use thngs to the fullest, before abandoning them!  Had been looking at double hung windows, but Neil found only sideby sliders, but let me tell you, so far I love it!  Now the other wall will take a bit longer I presume, as at least two windows will go in, so more glass, less wall.  The added insulation both from the new windows, and what will be inside the walls should be a major saver of utilities, especially  this time of year.  I'm hoping that Neil will teach me how to work with drywall (once it's attached to the wall, that is,) but as far as "mudding," etc.  Over the years I have learned how to do some such stuff, and hey, anything I do to assist, will only bring down the overall cost of yet ANOTHER project!  From there, on to the pantry cupboards, or back to the tree skirts?  I guess it will all depend on what I feel like doing with myself, once the paint is dry, and all that junk is put up till another time...  Well, probably should get cleaned up, while I didn't do a whole lot outside, I did assisst Neil in hacking a bush down that was in the way, so most certainly am dusty/grimey!  Also, need to get rid of the tv box before J gets home and "pops a gasket," as such purchases are none of his biz, despite his feelings that it is!  So, all, it's been a few crazy days, but then, where would I be without!
May 7, 2010 4:38 pm
hey stevie...glad to hear the windows are going in...if you have troble finshing the dry wall yell at me i have a neat way of doing it...in one step..then paint...have good week end..ttyl
May 10, 2010 11:01 am
hey stevie where you keeping your self?...we need our monday morning stevie fix....ttyl..judy
Lee B 
May 11, 2010 3:49 am
Wow, Stevie-do you ever sit still?LOL at your "gotta get rid of the box" comment.Those windows sound nice. We have 5 to replace.noticed a huge difference in heating/cooling bills when we put the other 12 in. Yes, I've made Windex 100's of dollars over the years!! Hope your week is going well.We had a terrible storm Friday night, and we have a 90% chance of rain today. Ah well, good for the gardens!;)
May 12, 2010 10:54 am
Sorry Judy! Just been busy with the "construction!" More later! It's looking goooood, by the way!
May 12, 2010 3:52 pm
thats good to hear...ttyl
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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