11-09-2012   Leave a comment

Well the first winter storm has come and gone with no appreciable damage to our home  or  property.  It’s been sleeting and raining off and on for most of the night but the plus side to that is the snow will be gone in a short time.  It’s a reasonably good start to the 2012/2013 winter when we’ve had 4 inches of snow which required no shoveling.

I spent most of my evening yesterday lounging with my better-half watching a little TV.  I’m not sure who’s responsible for giving television the nickname  “boob tube” but they certainly hit that nail right on the head. I was reading and TV watching and finally finished the first Harry Potter book.  A short time after my better-half went off to bed I  turned off the “tube” and opened up book number two. It was an enjoyable read but it didn’t last very long. I become so relaxed when I read that if I’m not careful I can easily doze off. My solution is to sit in an uncomfortable chair in an uncomfortable position and just read. I stay awake longer and in the long run read much more.

Today’s a new day and I’ve got a lot of errands to run and a list of tasks that need to be taken care of. I was happy to finally receive yesterday afternoon a really nice set of wood carving tools that I ordered from Amazon a week or so ago. I like carving but without the proper tools it’s just a waste of time and energy. I spent an hour or two on an old piece of wood learning what each tool will do and what they won’t do.  It may take me a little time to get the feel for these tools but I think any carvings that I do in the future will be much cleaner and crisper than in the past. I may actually try to do something I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time and that is to attempt wood block printing. It’s been a number of years since the last time but it’s a little like sex and bicycle riding, you never forget the basics. That will be another one of my winter projects for this year and should keep me busy in January and February.

Well, I’m finally dressed with my camera in hand and I’m out the door in five minutes.  I need to make a quick stop at a local business that supplies me with winemaking equipment.  We have three batches of wine underway and it won’t be long before the bottling will begin.  I’m in need of corks and a few other odds and ends.  I’ve been experimenting this year with my wines and I’ll find out soon enough if it worked.  I’m a huge fan of Gin but drinking too much of it is not a good idea.  I decided to gather the ingredients used to make Gin and attempt to create a Gin Wine.  I had juniper berries shipped in from California  and in combination with other herbs and spices made a three gallon batch.  Making wine is always an adventure because you never really have any idea how it will turn out even if your following a good recipe.  This experiment has Gin’s aroma but it’s the taste that has me concerned.  Our other batches of Blueberry and Triple Berry (Blueberry, Blackberry, and Strawberry) are in their final stages and I’ve given them my first taste test.  So far so good.

I’m out the door, let the day begin.

Posted November 11, 2012 by Every Useless Thing in Just Saying

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