Spring at Camp Cornell

This plant is taking the little “Relax” sign as a command.


Our two ornamental pears are flowering a little early.

Little pear

The big pear

Justin did some burning with Art.

And here are a bunch of pics from Easter weekend:


Its all about the glass today

Sometime last summer I was looking at the spa windows and noticing how they have fogging in between the two layers of glass. Then one morning I noticed how clear the bottom inch or so was on the left one (looking out). As I got closer, I realized it was clear because there was an inch of water between the panes.

I started imagining what would happen if that froze in the winter so I called Country Glass and they came out and took measurements. I was warned they were expensive but it took so long for them to find the correct source, the quote I got in December for $6350 to replace all 4 was an eye opener. I decided that the 3 “dry” ones didn’t look $4800 bad so I just ordered the left hand one. And while they were at it they replaced the flat pane by the deck which was really fogged up.

They did both installations today and now the others really do look bad in comparison.


Cavorting with the Calicorns

We had a great time out in San Diego.
Here are some pictures (lots more on Mariel’s facebook mobile uploads).

Some video clips too.


1 Locking Ring

The hot tub is up and running as of Thursday evening.

Christmas morning, Elif finally got a chance to try the hot tub. At some point right before or soon after she got it, the locking ring on the filter split, spraying water all over the area under the hot tub. GFI worked and tripped the breaker.
Luckily Justin was around and had most of the water vacuumed up by the time I got back from 10:30 Mass.
I couldn’t find the exact locking ring online so I had to wait until Tuesday morning. I called an online spa parts place out in OK and talked to the support person. I mistakenly thought the filter parts diagram they had was showing a model very close to mine so I ordered it.
It showed up on Thursday and, sure enough, it did not fit. In a last resort moment, I drove down to Feeley’s and as soon as Mark saw the broken ring, he said, “That’s a Rainbow. I think I have one left in the back.” And he did, and it fit and it was $15.
Mission accomplished.
Here are some pictures Justin took after the failure.


OctSnowber 2011

Link to pics for iDevices


Culinary Fail

The line between the idea and the successful implementation of a culinary thought is pretty thin. WHDH’s The Dish segment last week had a cheddar fondue served in a pumpkin that looked delicious. I tried it Sunday.
First I used too much garlic (4 cloves instead of 2); not sure why. It smelled really good carmelizing in the butter. Then I didn’t have any Oktoberfest beer in the house so I improvised with some seasonings and water. Last, my hands got tired shredding the pound of premium white cheddar so I bailed after about 2/3 and threw in some already shredded 4 cheese blend.
It was definitely too garlicky but it was edible. And I just couldn’t get over using the pumpkin simply as a bowl. Maybe it was the garlic but it didn’t seem to pick up any hint of pumpkin.
I guess it is good to have one of these that goes on the list NOT to make again.


Pool’s closed and Mom’s new PC

I posted this over on Google+ but figured some people might not see it there:
Cat's Cute / Closed Pool Is Not

Mom’s lappy is having power issues again. I think it is the plug since I just replaced the jack but decided to upgrade her anyway. Here is her new all-in-one HP PC.

Momma's got a brand new facebook access device


Sandy eggo

We decided to spare Matt and Mariel the burden of hosting parents/in-laws/boss and so we found a apartment rental about a mile from their house.
It is not half bad:

ilink to pics

Here is some fun at the pool from Wednesday afternoon.


Salmon, Cole Slaw, Tomato/Mozzarella/Ravioli

No this isn’t Allora where Alisa posts so many mouth watering gastronomical adventures but this was quite the mid-week treat.
Fresh Salmon steak coated with a mixture of Thai lemon grass (dried), coarse black pepper, and some Weber Sweet ‘N Tangy BBQ seasoning that we have had in the closet forever.

Put it on the grill on some tin foil sprayed with PAM grilling stuff.
Sunday I had made some cole slaw. Small head of cabbage, peppers, onions, broccoli, carrots, pea pods, cauliflower florets, and Marie’s Classic Cole Slaw dressing enhanced with powered mustard and ground black pepper.

Then Betsy whipped up her classic Tomato and Mozzarella but Dosie’s way: with cheese ravioli, fresh basic from the deck and a little olive oil.

And Voila!



Will Wonders Never Cease

I took the slider out to the porch (the one over by the McDonald’s side) because it kept coming off the rollers. Doing it myself turned out to be a big mistake as I had to walk it out from the frame little by little. Unfortunately the bottom was covered in grease and little metal fragments from gliding on the rail. I could not get the stains out with any of the half dozen rug cleaning products I tried. So Betsy decided it was time to get the downstairs, bedroom and porch rugs cleaned. We had to take everything off the porch so Betsy’s usual extremely neat kitchen ended up looking like this for almost a week.

The wonder was that Betsy did not get too torqued up by the chaos in the kitchen. The rug dried pretty quickly so we were able to return things to normal by Wednesday.
Meanwhile the porch was very echo-y.

The second wonder of note was that Art and I replaced the steering column on the Ariens. We had been getting increasing play in the steering over the past few years. We had taking the cowling off and looked at it in the fall but couldn’t see anything broken or missing. It was getting really bad so we took it all apart and somehow the solid metal steering column had gotten worn down so it no longer fit snugly in the bracket it goes into.

I will have to take a clearer shot of the old one so you can see the damage. It looks like it has been machined. It can see how something that spins at fairly high speed can get this kind of damage but not a steering column.
Any way we were able to install the new one in about 2 hours. We were packing everything up when we noticed that the speed control was not connected to the cable down to the engine. So we had to disassemble that assembly, cut back the sheath, bend a new hook into the wire and then put it all back together. Amazingly enough, we were successful and we have the Ariens back in service.