End of Summer

We were out at the farm last week, catching up with some jobs that didn’t get done! Hiroo was working indoors as it was just too hot outside at midday. He decided to tear out the rotting and mildewed boards and floor in a closet. He put in a new double floor and new paneling.

Hiroo, hard at work

Hiroo, hard at work

It took several days, working little by little. I admire him for doing anything at all in this heat. It was 36C-37C in Hiroshima. And very humid too.

The logs on the cabin need to be oil-stained about once a year. We didn’t get around it in May as the rainy season started way too early this year. So I was determined to get this job done. Fortunately, I got a little help from Hiroo on the higher areas. I just finshed a series of injections on my knees so I didn’t want to overdo climbing up and down the ladder.

Painting logs with my hair in curlers

Painting logs with my hair in curlers

Sometimes we wonder how much longer we can do the upkeep. But I guess I will just start settling for doing what I can and not worry about the rest. A good philosophy, don’t you agree.

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

Homemade four Tortiilas

Homemade four Tortiilas

For lunch we enjoyed burritos and taco salad. It was delicious! Check out the tortilla recipe below if they don’t sell tortillas where you live. I have made these for years. They keep for a week in the fridge so I make them ahead!  Bon appetit!

Flour Tortillas (12 large)

4 cups all-purpose flour    +   2 teas. salt  (Mix well)

Cut in 1/3 cup shortening.  Add 1 cup lukewarm water. stir in quickly. Knead well in the bowl, about 12 times.

Divide into 12 golf-ball-size balls. Cover with a towel. Let rest 15 minutes.

Roll each one out on a well-floured board, turning often so it doesn’t stick. Place on a very hot griddle, turning it over once. Remove to a plate and cover with a damp towel. When fully cooled, put into a plastic bag in the fridge!

These are very good!! even just heated with a little butter!! Yum!

By the way, the answer to last week’s quiz in …the first P.O. maildrop boxes in Japan were …black!



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vividhunter
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 11:31:18

    The tortillas look delicious – will have to give the recipe a go.


  2. leahmama1
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 23:38:16

    Thanks! They are a simple thing to make. Just takes a little patience to roll them out thin ! Definitely try them!


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