Grape Juice

Simple recipe.

1 cup grapes washed and stems removed.

1 cup sugar or honey two tablespoons

Fill quart jars with boiling water.

Process in a water bath canner for twenty to twenty five minutes. Cool and let rest for at least three weeks.


The ones on the left have honey and on the right is sugar.

The sugar seemed more dissolved when they first came out but then settled to the bottom of the jars. I remember doing this when I was a kid with Mom and Aunt Hazel’s grapes what came out was the best juice ever.

This gal on YouTube nailed it.

Cabinet Work

The last month of weekends have been spent working on a kitchen cabinet/pantry. Wayne from down in Randall built the cabinet and I put a whitewash pickling finish on it out in the garage.

This past week I spent working nights and a couple of days down sick with a cold so it was nice to finally get something done.

Today I got some help and we finally carried it into the house. Below are some pics of the cabinet with the doors on and some of the demolition of the old closet that this replaces.

DemolitionCabinetI need to put the handles on the doors and drawers and trim in the walls around the cabinets, but this is progress.

Sick Day

I’m off today with a sprained ankle, keeping it elevated and weight off it. So I figured I could get a few things done around the house.
I called Verizon and made some changes hopefully this will save me about $15.00 a month. The person on the phone was helpful.
Next Direct TV, I called and they were a lot less helpful then Verizon. They did offer me a $5 a month discount for three months because I called (don’t they understand that just made me mad?). Then I canceled their $5.99 a month service plan. I think that was a good thing for mom (Direct TV came out and reattached the dish after snow took it down last year) but it seemed like a waste for me. I don’t think it was worth roughly $72 to put the dish up where it should have been in the first place.
Then on to the hard stuff. We have a Roomba and Mom had a Roomba as well. Both were dead with the left wheel not turning on both of them. I told my Uncle I was thinking of buying a new motor assembly to get at least one of them running. He advised me to look around a little and test to see if it is the motor or something else.
I found a small switch that is used to stop the motors if one wheel goes up in the air, the switch no longer switched. This house is all on one level, so maybe the worst that happens is it gets stuck on a rug or wall and burns out the motor. I tested it on the floor and it now goes ahead and reverse. We’ll see if this works for very long.
The Roomba didn’t even make one lap of the house.
I went to work on the weather station with better success.