Sunday, August 31, 2008
After washing dishes, I swept the kitchen floor. After sweeping up the pile (what a mess!! I need to complain to my union rep about the working conditions I have to deal with) I turned around and guess where I found 'Her Majesty?'
Sunday, August 24, 2008
This is the sales counter. Our 100 pound old fashioned cash register isn't up on the counter yet because we need to reinforce the counter to be able to hold its weight. Can you see the antique scale? The wooden contraption to the left is a single barrel apple cider press. The produce tables are on our left. I really LOVE the barnwood look! I love the green that I chose for the floor, but under this lighting I'm not quite so sure. The color card says Apple, but I think Sinus Infection when I see it. Hmmm, not the right message again...
Here are the close ups of the art work. I think maybe these might send a little stronger APPLE message! I am very excited that they turned out as they did. I haven't painted since around 1992. When I began painting these pictures on Thursday late afternoon I was completely overwhelmed with what I needed to accomplish in such little time. The paint brush and paints felt so foreign to me. Despite the race against time, I delayed so that I could ask for divine help and then I began to paint. I know that I received the help I asked for. Both of these paintings were completed in a matter of about 8 hours.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
That started off as one big piggy barn...
Hey - its me working on one of the paintings on the wall. It is supposed to be an apple pie a la mode!
We hired Jonas, one of our Amish neighbors, to do the carpentry work. I assisted him. He had a great time teasing me about being better at driving a vehicle than I was at driving nails. He does fabulous work! This picture shows a lot of a big mess, but the tin from the hog barn roof is on the bottom half of this wall, and above the tin is some of the barn wood. The two paintings are my feeble attempt to send subliminal messages to my customers that they need to BUY MORE APPLES! The pipes and electrical will eventually get covered up, it is just too late now since we begin harvesting apples on Tuesday.
Human Resources is sampling a Honey Crisp (YUM YUM) and Her Royal Highness is savoring a Gala. Doesn't that Gala look beautiful?!
Her Royal Highness is still savoring her apple!
So today, we finished the Apple Market, just in time for next week's harvest. Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the finished deal! I forgot to take one before I drug my sad tired old body into the house to make dinner. Please check back soon to see!!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
The following is a quick overview of life in our neck of the woods. The ducks are gone - we launched them on the pond and they refused to come in at dark. We haven't seen them since. The chickens are dead. A coon broke into the chicken house and killed them all. I survived girl's camp. We took a trip to Utah for our little family reunion with my siblings. Had fun. Got home and the garden was overcome by weeds. Still haven't caught up with them. Got a pig - named him Porky - he will be a delicious Christmas ham. Cleaning up the commercial kitchen and disaster from when the pipes broke and the ceiling fell in the winter before last. Currently tearing down the hog barn and recycling the wood and metal roofing to build a retail floor in our apple packing shed (my reason for being so sore). Trying to get school all in order so we will be ready to go on Aug. 18. Apple harvest is late and looking like it will begin at the end of August. Canned peaches and made blackberry jam. Oh - I almost forgot, the Apple Farmer was just called to serve as the branch president at church two weeks ago. He is pretty anxious but I know he will be great. One of the older sisters at church came up to me and congratulated me on becoming the mother of the branch - that kinda freaked me out, especially when she smiled at me and said, "Mommy!"