Monday, December 5, 2022

Late Autumn Days

Hello, friends.  I'm so thankful for the rain we received, which filled our tanks.  J worked out of town most of last week.  I hoped to get lots done, and worked on soapmaking and wrapping, cleaning the layer of sheetrock dust on everything in the studio (whew, was that a job!), and canning tomato sauce.  The tomato skins and bits remaining were dehydrated.  While he was gone, I cooked up some of our frozen okra, which he can no longer eat.  I harvested chard, and enjoyed having that.  For an online purchase, I went through Swagbucks for 8% back, with an additional 20% coupon code.  Joseph worked on finishing the interior of the sewing room when he got back.  He got the walls primed and painted, caulked nail holes, and put up trim molding.  

The solar saga is ongoing.  J decided to purchase another board for the inverter, to have as a backup, due to their unreliability so far.  The company promised to send a new board a couple of weeks ago, as part of their warranty agreement, but they've yet to send any shipping info.  The one Joseph bought arrived, we changed it out, and it worked....For.One.Hour.  He's done a huge amount of electrical work in various positions he's held over the years, and thinks it's likely an issue with sensors not communicating properly.  On a somewhat positive note, he did purchase a (much more expensive) U.S. made inverter, which we hope will arrive next week.  We're not sure what, if any, recourse we have with the company in China.  The inverter worked 8 months out of a 2 year warranty, with several outages before that that required resets.  With the multiple boards he's already changed out that didn't work, it's obvious it's not anything we can count on.  May the USA made one be all we hope for, or even better.  

I was blessed to have a customer purchase multiples of my Garden sets for gifts, and worked on wrapping the soap for them over the weekend.  I noticed gas had fallen to $2.99 while out, so I stopped and filled up.  While at the grocery store, I found one marked down raw honey.  Other than that, there was nothing I needed on sale, so I got the usual produce and a handful of other things.  I go through a fair amount of honey, having it every day in my lemon water, and using it in my salad dressing, so I'm always thankful to find some at a good price.  Saturday was drizzly, and I decided it was a good day to drink tea and write Christmas cards.  It's only a little over two weeks before winter begins, and the days begin growing longer again.  That's a day I always cherish.  I have some fun things to look forward to in the coming week, spending time with people I love.  May your week be filled with blessings of the season.


daisy g said...

Wow, the sewing room is really coming along! It'll be done before you know it.

Sorry about the trouble with the solar. Hopefully, you'll get what you need through the new resource.

Glad you got some rain! There is more on the way this week!

Peace and blessings...

Laurie said...

Thanks, Daisy! Yes, my studio is where we put the tree and presents, so it will be good to get the sewing machines in the new room, and straighten the studio up, so the decorating can begin!

Staci said...

That is fantastic about the rain, the sewing room, AND the soap order! Your soap wrap is beautiful.

How do you cook your frozen okra? I've only ever added it to veggie stew - I wasn't sure if there was another way it would be good.

Unfortunately, I don't know if we'll ever see gas that falls below $3.50/gallon in our area again. Sorry to read that your solar saga seems to be never-ending. Hoping you receive a resolution soon.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Laurie said...

Thanks, Staci! I saute the okra in a wok, until it gets soft and starts to char, with a good amount of salt. I loved it grilled the best, which comes out similarly, but that's been J's territory so far. I also liked to add cut pieces to vegetable soup, before J became sensitive.

Staci said...

Laurie - ok, good to know. I didn't realize it would sauté up nicely after being frozen. And I actually never thought to grill it. I'm definitely going to try that too! Thanks for the info!

Laurie said...

I hope you like it! I always cut them quite small, so they're nice and tender, and eat them whole.