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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

Ten Things to Do Before the End of Summer

This depends on what you call the end of summer, of course; if you call it Labor Day, I'm already SOL. (About ten years ago my daughter asked me what that stood for. "Sincerely out of luck," I said, thinking quickly.) I'm going with astronomy, which places it on September 22, so I still have a couple of weeks. Even so, this list is probably way too ambitious, but seeing a couple of Hoarders ads has put me into purge mode, and I'd best use it while I've got it.

  1. Finish spinning the blue merino. I'm down to three little balls of roving. I think as long as I can spin on the deck I've got a good chance at this one.
  2. Get started on Pine Street Inn squares. Actually I have started, sort of, because Debbi gave me a big bag of them last week, and I also have a couple that didn't make it into Cheryl's blanket, but that just makes me want to set the bar higher. (I'll have a fundraising page up pretty soon, speaking of setting the bar.)
  3. Pick apples. We already did this, actually, over the weekend. The apples are rather small this year, but there are plenty of them.
  4. Figure out what to do with apples. Grant has already pointed out that baking with apples can lead to, shall we say, weighty issues.
  5. Clean out the freezer in the basement. Then I'll have a place to put frozen apples.
  6. Since I'm cleaning, clean out the master bedroom. This continues to be my bugaboo because I want to finish what I start, and the bedroom, being the repository for everything we don't know what to do with, resists finishing.
  7. Clean the rest of the house.
  8. Have a yard sale. Or maybe just give away everything usable.
  9. Swim. The local swimming hole is technically closed, but you can swim there if you're willing to take your chances without a lifeguard. Since very few places in the designated swimming area are over my head, I think I can manage.
  10. Put the rest of my Rangeley 2010 pix on Flickr. I've learned from experience to put files I want to keep on the cloud. (I love that expression, especially given the number of photos I take of clouds.)


  • Well, might I recommend apple crisp and applesauce? That's what I'm doing after I go apple-picking! The apple crisp is a little unhealthy, but the applesauce not so much, and it freezes so well. Mmm.

    By Blogger ccr in MA, at 6:12 PM  

  • Oddly enough, I thought about apple-picking for my list and then discarded it because neither place near me is ready for customers yet. You're luckier than I am!

    By Blogger 17th stitch, at 8:08 PM  

  • If you just quarter, core, and freeze the apples, they make instant applesauce when they thaw. You can add sugar and spice and cook it a little if you want to or just throw those frozen apple wedges under your hot oatmeal and enjoy.

    Baked apples? Stuffed with raisins and redhots?

    Oh yes, spin on the deck while you can!

    I want to go to the beach. Before winter starts.

    By Blogger Roxie, at 10:48 AM  

  • And to add to Roxie's comment, you can add apple sauce to pancakes. Not that pancakes are healthy, but if you need another use for apple sauce...

    By Blogger Nicole, at 4:58 PM  

  • #8 is on my mind just about every weekend, and then I think, 'nah, too much trouble'...

    By Blogger Lisa/knitnzu, at 7:11 PM  

  • I have a new approach to purging/decluttering that I read somewhere: get rid of one thing EVERY DAY -- trash it, donate it, give it away. It's relatively easy and painless, and some days I get rid of >one thing. So far, so good.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:20 PM  

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