Schmidt Homestead

Our new home in Woodburn, IL

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

We've had frost here several times, and we should get a good freeze tonight. We picked the last of our tomatoes Saturday - many of them were already frostbitten and soft. I have them sitting in three box tops in the second bedroom with the redder ones in the kitchen window. Whatever turns red will get canned in the next couple of weeks. We pulled the cages and stakes out of the garden, and Steve mowed down the plants. We dug up the carrots, and after we get the rest of the beets, he'll mow down the rest of the garden. After that it's just the birdhouse gourds and loofah on the trellis on the front of the trailer. We'll cut them off soon and lay them out to dry in the barn.

We went to St. Louis last night to see the Last Comic Standing on tour. It was a nice break from everything out here.

Steve has been making good progress in his two days off work so far. He finished wiring up the phone, so we have a hard line in the trailer. He got the internet hooked up. He installed a new kitchen sink - it's HUGE. And the biggie was getting the dishwasher installed. He ran our first load of dishes this morning - I am SO excited to not have to do everything by hand anymore!!!

The project list is still long, but Steve is doing a good job of shortening it. It's nice to be able to have lunch together now, and the doggies just LOVE having him home all day.