(In case you forgot, Tuesday + Musings = Tuesdings.)
It’s here, it’s here: the best month of the year! We’re ready to welcome fall with open arms. And despite what the thermometer read today (85 degrees on October first…wuuut?), we know that change is on the way.
Become a poet, I just may!
The bountiful apple harvest continues, and Miss & I spent a good chunk of Sunday afternoon 20 feet up in the air trying to reach *the best* apples of the crop as the girls rounded up the fallen fruits below us.
And whatever they tell you, I did not find myself clinging onto the tree for dear life as the wooden ladder (that we’d already propped up onto back of the flatbed truck) kicked out from under me while stretching for the last few good ones…which (of course) were juuust out of reach. That definitely didn’t happen. 😉
Anyway, we picked and washed, and picked some more…bowls, baskets, and buckets all overflowing with delicious homegrown apples.
The saucing and canning continued late into Monday evening…
…before Cindy finally finished around 11:00PM, 28 quarts later. At least we were rewarded with a handsome sunset for our efforts.
You can bet we’ll just be starting a little earlier next year.
In other news, preparations for our new couch continues (seven days and counting!), as we’ve rearranged our current setup to mimic what it will be like with a giant L-Shaped sectional in its place.
Also, in an effort to make good on a bad idea, we’ve added perhaps one of the most noticeable changes to our living room since move-in: curtains!
Let me explain the whole bad idea part. After convincing Missy to even let me put up curtains in the first place, the original intent was to use just the standard route…but inadvertently left the oversized curtain rod in the Ikea Minneapolis store. Then we thought we could attempt something like this…
…and even purchased all the necessary materials to make it happen, but realized that clipped curtains hanging by a thin wire likely wouldn’t stand a chance of lasting more than six months of toddler torment and abuse. Bad idea.
So…we decided to go the opposite direction. We wanted something sturdy & industrial looking, but after scouring the internet we found that the selection left us with something either too small to span our picture window or too pricy to justify for something so trivial.
So instead, we DIY’d our own Curtain Rod using 1/2” off-the-hardware-shelf galvanized pipe and fittings! We felt that leaving the pipe exposed and using fit the motif we sort’a have going throughout our living room.
The window is so long that one 10’ stick of pipe couldn’t span the entire distance, so I decided to support to lengths from a threaded TEE in the middle.
Thankfully, the guys at Home Depot were happy to help cut and thread my galvanized pipes to length.
The result made installation a snap, and the final product turned out just how we envisioned it: perfect! Missy picked out the curtains while she was at Ikea last month, which still let in tons of light (a must) and have this cool looking pattern up close:
Usually, the man-mantra of doing it yourself leads to a final product costing twice as much as the store-bought version. However, this time around we spend less than half of what it would have cost us out of pocket through the online stores.
Total DIY win.
- Always fun to return home from a weekend trip to KC and see this happening in your backyard:
One step closer to Operation: Backyard Beautification completion. Thanks G-Pa Steve! Now it’s on to laying grass seed (hopefully) before the first frost rolls in.
- Another week, another batch of homebrew into the fermenter! I made use of some (but definitely not all) of the honey in my latest brew. It’s so dark!
Which was a good thing since, ya know…it was a porter and all. Plus I always love this part of the process!
Should be drinkable by the time Halloween rolls around…any takers?
- All you Mumford fans out there: a radio station in KC lived-streamed the entire Bonner Springs (their last scheduled appearance) show, which is now available to download in its entirety for free! Head on over to Mumford and Sons Blog now if you’re interested. Follow that link for plenty of high-quality photos from the show as well…worth the click!
That’s all from me tonight…off to drown myself in applesauce. And homebrew. Ommmm nom nom.
Happy Tuesday and have a great week!