Lehman’s Hardware

We have been wanting to install a hand pump on our well to provide us access to water during emergencies. When the power goes out so does our ability to get water from our well, and we sometimes lose power for days and weeks at a time in summer, autumn and winter due to summer … More Lehman’s Hardware

Ultimate Tomato Sauce

This is not the best tomato season I’ve ever seen but it’s not the worst either. The first few tomatoes were pretty sad looking but as summer has progressed they are looking much better. As is often the case, the wild volunteer plants are the healthiest and most productive. Every few days there are enough … More Ultimate Tomato Sauce


It was over a year ago we were in Charlotte for an appointment and arrived much too early. Living away from the city in the country, as we do, it is impossible to estimate drive time for a commute into the city regardless the time of day. We always allow an extra 30 to 45 … More CHEF’STORE


I fired up the charcoal grill yesterday. For veggies there was cabbage and yellow squash from the garden, sweet onion, fennel, celery and garlic. These were cooked in vented foil with butter, salt and pepper, 12 ounces of beer and a few sprigs of fresh French tarragon. The veggies were one of the first items … More Cookout

A Flying Adventure

Yesterday was our grandson’s 10th birthday. Our birthday present to him was the opportunity to know what it feels like to fly. We met him and our daughter in Fayetteville, NC yesterday to view some indoor skydiving so he would know what to look forward to for his flying adventure today. It was interesting observing … More A Flying Adventure


Lunch was pretty good… … but checking on the wren family was just as interesting. This is the nest I relocated from inside the charcoal grill into a cardboard box on top of the freezer on the porch. Last time I checked on them a few days ago there were still eggs in the nest. … More Lunch?