I completed an indoor project I have been dreading for some time. I added two coats of poly floor coating to the kitchen floor. It is very old yellow pine flooring that we uncovered under several layers of newspapers, tarpaper and linoleum when we moved in. We had the floors professionally refinished but the area in front of the sink (where I spend about half my time) was worn off. I had to do it half at a time because of furniture and we wanted some access. I finished the last half last evening. I am pretty pleased with it and it has no odor and dries very quickly.
Now I have started some serious fall housecleaning beginning with the back porch which can truly be called a mudroom! It needs to be repainted....may not go that far.
Right in the middle of the back porch cleaning this morning....the lawnmower reared its ugly head once again. Everything stopped; we had to use the come-along to get it up on the trailer and off to Bolivar once again. I mowed with it yesterday in the kitchen garden and it worked better than ever in some very tall grass. I pulled it back out in the yard and that evening it wouldn't start. We neither understand the mysteries of machinery beyond replacing the spark plug and keeping them filled with oil and gas.
Now that we are back, I feel the need of a rest before I retackle the back porch.
The report is in: I love it! A peck of apples peeled and chunked barely half filled it. I could easily have done two pecks at one time and thus filled the canner. As it was, I did 5 pints of sauce using some apple cider to give more flavor. I thought the apples this year were not the tastiest.
The sauce is temporarily stored in the pantry...will move out with other canned goods when I am finished.
Tip: Be careful not to splash the cider or juice or sugar water up on the high sides of the pans...it will turn dark. It didn't affect the end product, but I will not splash liquid like that again. It cooked rapidly with the lid on and I had no scorching problems but did stir often.
I did manage to make myself a raisin pie yesterday and DH the orange cake on Mennonite Girls Can Cook. We didn't care for the cake and I wish I had just done Ilene's Hot Milk Sponge Cake again. I loved the pie....DH won't touch it so the rest is going in the freezer today.