Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Busy busy!

I still haven’t received my business cards yet, but I am in great anticipation of getting them. I also haven’t yet bought the domain name or the moo.com mini cards, but Friday will be the day. I’m also thinking of opening a store on Ruby Lane. Go check out the website and tell me what you think.

I also haven't gotten through to anyone at the PA State Corp Bureau about changing my mistake on the form. I've left voicemails, not returned. I used their online form, which told me (twice) that the information I was trying to view had expired (WTF?). Typical state bullshit. Stay tuned.

Garden is fooming, all is well there.

We will be starting work on and around the house this weekend. Crush & run was delivered this morning for the greenhouse foundation, we’re hoping to get the forms up and pour concrete this weekend. Also on Saturday our buddy Joe will be up with his bobcat to do some work on moving land around. I’ve already taken some ‘before’ pictures and will post them with the ‘after’ pictures….after. We have quite a bit of outside work to do to get ready for that….

We did a lot of outside work this weekend, including but not limited to getting the asparagus bed finished and cleaning up the two flower beds in front of the house.

I also cooked a leg of lamb last night, which was a first. We both agreed that it could have used a better crust on the outside but all in all it was very good. We also tried to duplicate the lime & mint frescos we had at Olive Garden and they weren’t exact but they were pretty good.

My mother gave me a great cookbook recently called The Horizon Cookbook. It is a history of eating and dining through the ages and through various cultures. The first half of the book is all narrative, the second half is full of hundreds and hundreds of recipes from Roman times through present from all over the world. I’m just thrilled with this book. Tim, you will have to go through it when you come visit next, lots of French, Spanish, Jewish, German and South American recipes.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Greenhouse, Father’s Day, Veggies for Sale

This week was a relatively so-so week for me. I finally finished the business license. It took me forever and ever to get it done, mostly excuses. So of course when I finally do it I put in a date wrong and have it listed that my start-of-operations date is June 1st instead of July 1st, and now I'm trying to find some idiot in Harrisburg that can comprehend what I'm asking them and fix the damn thing. *sigh* Bureacracy. Not hard, right? I also ordered business cards (see above) in two different designs, and I'm hoping to add more. I'm also going to order mini cards for hanging tags, but I haven't gotten there yet. Oh, and I need to purchase a domain name. And I need to do the township permit (yes, you need a permit from the township to open up a business, $25).

Anyway. We ordered the greenhouse, Matt went to get the building permit (yes, you need a building permit to put up a greenhouse, $50). We’re in the process of trying to clear the place for it, get some crush & run stone and cement bids to do the base for it. We won’t get the actual greenhouse until sometime in the beginning of July.

Trimmed the garlic scapes on Friday and took them to David’s to sell. Tried to hill some potatoes but the ground was really packed so we decided to wait until it rained to loosen it up a bit.

Took my dad out for lunch, I’ll write more on this later.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I swiped this from another blog....it's a meme:

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want -- good or bad. When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you. Or, if you don't want to post it, but want a memory from me, say so at the end of your comment and I'll reply with one. But consider posting. It's fun to see what comes up.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Cool Harbors

We put our 3 window unit air conditioners in on Friday when I got home from work, thank god, because it is hot as hell right now. I think it will get cooler on Wednesday, only 89.

I wanted to get my business license done this weekend, but didn’t. I wanted to order business cards and buy a domain name this weekend. Ditto with the didn’t. Probably tonight.

Matt has a ‘date’ with the building inspector tonight at our house to see what kinds and how many hoops we’ll need to jump through with the upcoming garage demolition and rebuild and the addition.

Max had a bath, he is now Fluffy Yorkie.

We went to Olive Garden for lunch on Saturday, food was good. Of course. The best thing was the frescos they have on their drink menus for summer. I had the citrus fresco, which is citrus vodka, vanilla liqueur, and citrus juice with a lemon and lime wedge, and a touch of sprite. A bit too sweet but good. Matt had the lime and mint fresco, which had (duh) lime juice and mint, and rum. It was fantastic, we are going to try to find the recipe. Really good.

We then went to Target and got some things we didn’t really need but will be helpful. I got a nice light weight top for summer. Matt got some chocolate, we found some nice metal mesh baskets, and I found a nice brown leather 3-ring binder that will be perfect for a jewelry portfolio, all on clearance. He also found some shorts he can wear to work.

We then went to Cold Stone Creamery for shakes. He got dark chocolate maraschino cherry and I got the coffee caramel. It wasn’t too sweet, just right and great coffee flavor. Then we went home for a nap. We skipped dinner.

Sunday I worked outside a little at a time. I also made some cinnamon ice cream. I’m really happy with it, texturally it is the best custard-style ice cream I’ve ever done. It called for 2 whole eggs (not just a bunch of yolks) and half & half instead of milk. And I used the Penzey’s Vietnamese Extra Fancy Cinnamon and the flavor is divine. It’ll probably be better today once it’s had time to mellow.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Various and such

Work has been difficult lately, people are just morons. I don't want to go into too much detail (and besides I think I have only 2 readers so 50% of you have already heard all about this), but I'm working on an exit strategy to get out of here within 2 years via my jewelry business and our farmette, with a possible part time job on the side if necessary. Stay tuned.

The job search for the new fed in charge of our contract is apparently well under way, we had two people wander through yesterday casing the joint. It was interesting, we didn't know anything about it, but the woman who came through in the morning told us she was an applicant but failed to mention that she was invited up to take a look around. The gentleman who came through in the afternoon told us he was invited up to take a look around, but didn't tell us he was an applicant (by this point, though, Linda and I had figured it out because we're just too damn smart for them). Both were very nice and fairly young (40, give or take 5 years). We're not sure if this means interviews are taking place, but I doubt it. I think they're narrowing down the pool, our library is very small and a young up-and-comer who is looking for something larger may decide they're not interested after all and withdraw themselves from the running.

Garden is moving along. Matt and I stopped by to see David and Junko over the weekend, they are hurting for fresh veggies because the weather has been so cool for the past few months. Farmers just don't have much available, the only produce they had to sell at their stand was strawberries and spring onions. But he has veggie plants for sale this year, and I can supply him with some of those next year, we're selling them potatoes and garlic this year, and possibly sugar snap peas and berries.

We're seriously kicking around getting a greenhouse. It would be about $800. In addition to being a greenhouse it would also be a perfect storage spot for all the stuff we have in the garage because we need to tear down the garage sometime this summer. I was just in there and the walls are bowing even more than they were before. Scary. We cleaned out an old stove, an old heating unit, and an old grill (we took them to the scrap yard and got $58 for it all), but we still have all the garden implements of destruction, lawn mower and weed wacker, et cetera.