Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Centering arm

Got this new centering arm installed yesterday. It took a little adjustment getting it put together and getting both parts, centered but didn't take very long - just a bit awkward for these old bones to get down on the floor to keep checking to make sure I wasn't hitting anything under the wheel.  I didn't get to test it out but I think I got it very well positioned. That was about all I had time to do in the studio yesterday. The rest of the day was cooking, backing up files, ordering things like vitamins, and just re-charging after a very busy few days of Christmas celebrating.

This morning we had to get the outdoor Christmas decorations down and stored, and my handyman helper and I did a bit of garden cleanup and finally got all the tomato cages and bean cage taken apart and stored. I also had him put more chain on my light box to lower it a bit. Now I can get the back ground paper up and start taking some photos. We also had the kitty litter/clay, mucky mess near the entry way cleaned up. When we had all that ice and no rock salt, as an emergency measure, Jim used kitty litter. It worked but it also turned into sticky, horribly messy clay when the ice started melting and neither Jim and I were up to shoveling that and carting it away. Thank goodness for George, the handyman coming to the rescue.

After all those and other chores were done and George left, Jim headed to the store for a few groceries and  light bulbs (no more 40 or 60 watt bulbs, and maybe others,  will be made after January 1st), I decided to make a broccoli cheese soup for lunch. It was delicious. Jim made a face when I told him what I was making and after he ate it, he announced "I really, really, enjoyed that". What's not to like - milk, butter, cream, chicken stock, broccoli, sharp cheddar cheese and onion. 

It's dinner out tonight, so I'm taking this blogging break, then dealing with some snail mail and email before getting ready for a lovely dinner with the family and friends. It's will be a good end to a very busy but satisfying day.


  1. Can't wait to hear how your new centering arm works. Jeff isn't thrilled when I make broccoli & cheddars soup, but he always manages to eat a good size bowl.

  2. I also put onion in my broccoli chowder :) Last time I was running out or time so chopped it all in the food processor and tossed it into the pot with the stock. That's the way I,M doing ti from now on! it took literally 5 minutes to make and then 20 to cook. :) Nice centering arm btw! Anne Doyle in Saint-Sauveur, QC, Canada

    1. I might try that next time. This time I did all the fine chopping and then pureed half of the soup and left the other half with the pieces of carrot, broccoli, onion, etc.

  3. Like Michele I can't wait to see the centering arm in action. Soup is always good at this time of year.