Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Today's Update - 2 Sep 2014

First off thanks for all the birthday wishes.  That was very nice of y'all to say something.  I appreciate it.  And I did have a wonderful time.  Been tough to get back to regular ol' days.  This heat we are experiencing has been a bit rough as well.

Three dump trucks of dirt.  Ugh.  Three.  That's how much dirt it is going to take to level the ground for the slab we are having poured.  Sigh. The form boards were mostly put up today at least.

The apron (aka "drive way") is a little problematic as it has to be twelve feet on the steep side so we don't scrape the bottom of the vehicles going up.  We hadn't counted on that much extra which is why it is going to take three dump truck loads instead of two; however, if you are going to do a project, best to do it the right way the first time around.  That's why we are going to have 12 x 12 footers.  They'll deliver the dirt tomorrow and then Thursday they'll finish up with the wire and visqueen and on Friday they'll pour.  This is basically the kind of slab foundation you would pour for an enclosed structure so I figure it is a good share so people know what they are getting into if they ever decide to do it themselves.

Didn't get as much writing done as I wanted to but got enough that I feel like I got stuff accomplished.  Here are the ones that got an update:

And the Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

Zombies Aren't Real ... Are They?!

Up On Hartford Ridge

Larkspur in Eden

There Is No Such Thing As A Thornless Garden

When All Doors Close

A Bunch of Wild Thyme

Enduring on the Lake

A couple of the stories got an extra chapter added to make up for the ones that I didn't have time to edit and post.

In addition to the foundation and writing I have my dehydrator going 24/7 taking care of the items that I got at the flea market.  I kept trying to get pics of the dried watermelon but it would get eaten as fast as I could get it done so I gave up. 

But the sound of the dehydrator inspired today's video finds.  Putting something together for a friend plus the whirring of the dehydrator reminded me how much I enjoyed the Dehydrate2Store website and videos.  These are very introductory if you are experienced but are full of good review information as well.  These are the first few parts of your first video series.  She's apparently got a new cookbook out as well now.  I haven't reviewed it but it doesn't sound half bad.  I'm considering putting it onto my wish list.


  1. Good luck with pouring the pad :) Lots of work that's for sure. I bet that will be great when finished.

  2. Just wanted to say thank you for sharing with us all that you do. I really enjoy your stories. I don't know how you do it. Being as busy as you are. You have a talent that's for sure. Thank you,Kathy.