an egg from Mama Claire

my kitchen

freezing corn

a happy Jackson


grilled corn-on-the-cob
making salsa

It's hot.  It's humid.  It's tropical.  I don't like it, not one bit.  That's it for my complaints in this post.  I promise.

The house painting is coming along  Jay has finished scraping and priming all and almost complete with the trim color.  He told me vinyl siding never looked so good.  We didn't want to re-side, partly for cost and partly because it's an old home and I just couldn't see it wrapped in vinyl.  As he pointed out, if we weren't changing the colors it wouldn't be so bad.

He's had a couple of good helpers while working outside.  As you can see from the first and second photos above, Emerson and Oliver were out on the porch from time-to-time cheering him on.  He told them he couldn't have done it without them.

Caitlin has discovered that sleeping in her toy basket, on top of her toys, is enjoyable.  {see photo above}  She's only fallen out of it once.  So far.  It probably didn't help that Jack went up and smacked her upside the head with his big paw.  Younger brothers are a pain.

Saturday I took a quick trip to our feed store.  We try to purchase from local businesses/family owned businesses as much as possible, so I go out of my way to support a feed store in Amsterdam.  They didn't have Wellness food for cats, so I ventured to the pet store after the feed store.  Can you believe it?  I was able to get 3 bags of Wellness cat food at 50% off because it was getting close to the expiration date.  I was so happy.  For those that have purchased this brand you can definitely appreciate this.  It never goes on sale and you very rarely see any coupons.

I couldn't wait to share the great news with Jack.  He doesn't care about the discount, but I knew he'd be excited to see 3 bags poured into his food storage container.  You may recall my previous writings about when he sees the last of the food getting poured into his and Cait's bowl.  He looks into the empty storage container, then at me, and seems quite worried.  When I bring home a new bag he's ecstatic to watch the food get poured in.  He circles around my legs and runs laps around the house.

Needless to say, when I came home with 3 bags the little guy thought he'd won the cat food lottery!  He couldn't wait and I even allowed him on the counter to check them out.  Together we went up to his storage container and poured each in.  He had to look in the container after each bag.  I think he was shocked.  I've informed him this doesn't mean he eats more, this just means I don't have to visit the store as frequently.

As you may recall, I participated in my first food swap back at the beginning of summer.  Thinking I was being funny I decided to tell Jay I was going out to the chicken coop for a food swap.  My swap item - corn on the cob.  I was hoping to bring back at least half a dozen eggs.  Jay hoped for pie.  Out to the coop I went, and scattered the corn I had brought.  The girls yelled with excitement and each tried to steal their own cob.  I went inside to pick up the swap items.  The photo above shows what I received.  No, you're not missing something.  1 egg.  Mama Claire was the only one gracious enough to have a food item to swap.  We have 19 chickens, 14 of which are of age to lay eggs and I was presented with 1 egg.  I dejectedly returned to the house where Jay asked about his pie.  He's still waiting.

My sweet corn had no chance of success this year.  Every critter I've ranted about has destroyed every effort of growing it.  I went to a local farmstand and purchased a bag of corn.  You can see from the photo above {of my kitchen} that it was quite a large bag.  I spent an hour husking it, blanching it, cutting the kernals off the cob and freezing it.  I think we're set for winter.  I saved a few cobs to put on the grill Saturday night.  If you've never grilled your corn before you are missing out on a fantastic treat!  If you want the very simple instructions, you can go {here} to my cooking blog.  I also made a fresh batch of salsa.  Yum!

Hoping all of you are having a wonderful weekend as well!


"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

Well, it is a pretty little egg. Are they off laying in the heat I wonder. Tell Jay he may get his pie when it gets a little cooler (lol). Jack is my favorite of your pets. He makes me laugh all them time.

Meg said...

Apparently, the girls missed their swap invitations. ;) Maybe you'll get more once they eat the corn. What a steal on cat food! Nothing more exciting than a super good deal. And as always, love the Jackson story.

Unknown said...

That's a pretty blue egg...we seldom see them in our neck-of-the-woods! beautiful fur-babies! Thanks for the share...

Unknown said...

I'm not a fan of vinyl siding!! Or white houses, too much to keep clean! lol Happy Weekend!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Great pictures from what I know was a great weekend!! I love roasted corn on the grill and its been much too long since I've had any!

PS: Tell Caitlin I can totally understand about younger brothers! :-)

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks Alone Again - yes, I do believe the laying issue is the heat. We de-wormed today too as I think that may be part of it after observing them today. Meg, you just might be right. I'll have to work on swap invitations for the chickens. I'm sure mealworms will need to be involved.... Thanks Loretta and Sue - I'm with you. Ours is currently white and changing. Thanks Kim - I will let Cait know that at least someone understands her troubles. :)

Sarah said...

If you sign up at the wellness website they send you a coupon every five weeks or so. Also, poring pet food into another container oxygenizes the food and makes it go stale. I put the bag into my pest-proof container instead.

janet said...

Beautiful egg!

I haven't frozen any corn yet this summer. I need to get going! I still need to do that, can salsa, and can peach halves. Where has this summer gone!

Thanks for sharing all the gorgeous photos!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks Sarah! I've heard that you should keep the food in it's original bag, however, once you've had a couple of evenings where you open a new bag of dog food to feed 2 hungry boys and the brand new bag has moldy food in it you learn to open them up when they aren't your only food in the house, inspect the bag, and pour it in a different container. :)