Sunday, September 26, 2010


I really hate posting this blog but feel that since I was photographing and blogging the construction of our new neighbors’ house, that you should also be apprised of the death of Richard Clark, the builder and owner of Clark Craftsman Homes. My photos of the sign in front of the house are a testament to his life, family and work.  I am convinced that he will be watching over this project until its’ completion and perhaps beyond.
I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Clark Family.

September 25  Garage Roof Completed and Roof on Turret Ready for Shingles

I will continue to post progess on this beautiful home.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New Neighbors, Continued

(Earlier Photos Below) September 7, 2010

Three Days Later the Garage Roof is Going Up
Rafter Lumber Leaning Against Front
Mountain Visible Though Unfinished Roof
Garage Roof Finished With Studio Window
Construction Assistants Checking Out Sidewalk Superintendents
Center Roof Finished
Great Shot of Back Side of House
It's a bit dark but you can see how the garage blends in with the back.
I will continue to photograph this process until it is finished.
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Friday, September 10, 2010


A very good friend of mine gave me this recipe over 30 years ago and it’s still the best one I’ve tasted yet. My stepmother and I accidentally used “tablespoons” of spices instead of “teaspoons” and it came out great! I will be giving some of the jars as gifts but leaving most of the sauce for Jack. He would cry if I didn’t.

12 Large Tomatoes
1 Large Onion-chopped
1 Large Green Pepper-chopped
1 Cup Sugar (I use Splenda)
1 Cup Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Salt
¾ Tablespoons Cinnamon
¾ Tablespoons Cloves
¾ Tablespoons Nutmeg
¾ Tablespoons Ginger
2 Tablespoons Chili Powder


Peel tomatoes after soaking in boiling water for 2 or 3 minutes. Place in large pot, then add spices, onion, pepper, vinegar and sugar (Splenda). Simmer until desired thickness (about 3 to 4 hours). Freeze and/or follow Ball Blue Book canning instructions to the letter, including boiling for 10 minutes after water comes to second boil.  Be very careful removing jars from boiling water bath, first of all so you don't get burned and secondly because you do NOT want to disturb the jar lid sealing process.  They are NOT sealed if you don't hear them "pop" or they are rounded and not flat when cooled.  Happy Canning! 

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Sunday, September 5, 2010


So, how was your summer?  Please comment and click a sponsor.  Appreciate it.