Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dishwasher: Chapter 3

We are getting back into the swing of work and home after a nice vacation that included some time in the Adirondacks and Cape Cod. We were pleased to find garden full of produce when we returned so we hare busy processing tomatoes, freezing green beans and cheering on the cardoons which are blanching in the garden. The cardoons should be ready for harvest next weekend, stay tuned for an update.

This weekend started out with sunny, but increasingly cooler temperatures. We spent much of Saturday in the yard and garden chopping down trees, spreading mulch, planting irises and harvesting raspberries (they are still going!). After a pancake breakfast on Sunday, we embarked on the latest development with the dishwasher repair, replace and install saga.

During our week of vacation, while Bruno's parents were visiting, the door of the new dishwasher developed the ablility to open far enough to allow the rack of plates roll off the door and onto the floor. While Kokee thinks this is great fun, especially when the plates are in the "to be washed" stage, the rest of us are not so amused.
Armed with tools, mirrors, and a sense of humor, we pulled out the dishwasher and re-engineered a new a stop mechanism to replace the original "doomed for failure" design. We really know how to have a good time!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Vacation on Cape Cod

We spent a week on Cape Cod with Bruno parents, Nick and Pam, in early September with a home base in Chatham. The weather was divine with sunny skies nearly every day. We had day trips to Provincetown and Martha's Vineyard. We enjoyed the beaches near Chatham, and especially the seals at the fishing wharf (we all forgot cameras!), the Mexican food in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard (who knew?) and the quaint villages of Oak Bluff's and Edgerton on the Vineyard. The swimming would have been terrific, however multiple shark sightings kept us beach combing and napping along the shoreline. See more photos from our trip to Cape Cod.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Labor Day weekend

Our labor day weekend was spent at Elk Lake, NY in the heart of the Adirondack Park. We stayed with our friends Eric and Jo in a luxurious log cabin from the mid-1800's (a step up from a tent!) and enjoyed near perfect weather for 5-days. We hiked, canoed, swam, sunbathed, and ate too much (as is the norm on such weekends). Our most significant activity was a scramble up the Macomb slide followed by a fantastic hike along the unmarked ridge trail from Macomb to the summits of South Dix, Hough, and then Dix (