Working Together…

…was a great gift Dear got for his birthday this year.

Dear has been working on a portion of this old house replacing the siding. He has found many interesting flaws in previous work that he had to repair.

Every job can go a lot easier with the right tools. This handy dandy tool called Gecko makes it simple to space each row of siding perfectly.

Sunday on Dear’s birthday Josh and Laura came over for the afternoon. Josh helped his dad with the siding. Laura and I worked on the meal we would have together when the work was done. The work went quickly with two workers.

A few more rows to go and this side of the house will be all done.

We are pleased with the horizontal siding compared to the vertical. It will be a while before it’s completely done and painted.

After the work was done for the day we had a meal together and this Pear Tart was Dear’s birthday cake this year. Everyone gave it a thumbs up. I’ll be posting the recipe on the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog in October. The kids all got together and gave Dear a generous gift card to Cabella’s. He’ll be spending it soon.

The birthday dinner setting.

Thank you Josh and Laura for the gift of “help” that you shared with us.

I’m happy to report that all my pears have been taken care of. I washed and cut the final bunch today. I made 3 pear desserts, some pear sauce, a pear topping for pancakes, a batch of sugared pears went into my Smirntopf. Dear took a couple dozen to work to share. Josh and Laura took a dozen home to use. I still need to come up with one more recipe to use up the prepared sliced pears. And yes, I’m still restraining myself! Fall Women’s Bible Study starts today and I’m looking forward to it.

Today is 9/11 and I’m still remembering that day. I’ll leave you with this photo from the Sounders game on Saturday…

Praying for our nation and for our Armed Forces with a shout out to our Marine son-in-law, our Border Patrol Agents, and all our first responders. May God protect you all from evil.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

14 thoughts on “Working Together…

  1. John and I have been looking at your pictures and then took a side trip to You Tube to see the Gecko in action. John says that it’s a very nifty tool and would be most helpful to him as a “one-man operation.” Our siding is vinyl so it it’s an automatic thing because of the built-in nature of it, but for your siding…PERFECT! What fun to work with your daughter-in-law in the kitchen while your son helped his dad. That is a beautiful birthday gift…the very best kind.

  2. Hello Ellen B! And Happy Birthday to your Dear…Belated as it is!
    Wow! you son is a brave man sitting there between those two ladders. I’d be afraid of falling off or having the board break beneath me and that would not be pretty a pretty sight “-O.
    But it looks like the job is coming along nicely and I agree about the horizontal over the vertical. Sometimes you have to wonder about builders and the decisions they make…HA!
    xoxo cori g.

  3. Bernie agrees…siding should be horizontal.
    Looks great! Cabela madness coming up…hit the shooting gallery there with him Ellen!

    My favorite pear recipe is pears with blue cheese. I’m thinking a recipe involving FILO wrapped around wine poached pear with crumbled blue cheese. Probably brush the packets with butter and…hmm…have to think about that. Maybe tuck a tiny twist of paper thin ham in there too.

  4. Happpy Birthday to your Dear still in his fifties! That pear tart looks beuatiful!
    Well done on the siding and “the help” too!
    On this day we remember how life changed one day . . .and say Amen to your prayer.

  5. A belated Happy Birthday to Dear! he’s the same age as Roger 🙂 The siding looks great! And the Pear tart scrumptious! Thinking of 911 today too. And like Anneliese, joining in on the Amen.

  6. Wow, that was crazy what was hiding underneath. I LOVE such productive days. That tart is beautiful. What a gift to have some of your family around. Life takes us different places but our hearts are forever joined, the tendrils just stretched more when some of our loved ones live far from us.
    It is so amazing how deeply I remember 9-11. I came out of a restaurant after having breakfast with a friend and we noticed the dozens of looping contrails in the sky. We saw the first plane go in on a tv inside but didn’t connect what was happening until we got home. My hubby left work and came home to be with his girls. We sat and watched the tv, so stunned, crying, praying….I still can not imagine what it would have been like for those in NYC. We are so sheltered in this country. My hubby often comments as he looks up into the sky at a fun plane or helicopter how blessed we are….we never worry about what might drop out of the sky like people in many countries. Wow. Praying today for His peace….forever this is etched in our minds and our hearts, but God is our healer….may He be that for those still struggling.

  7. Glad you got so much accomplished. So kind and generous of Josh and Laura to lend a helping hand. Of course, I’m sure you have helped them many times in their 11 years together! That pear tart looks divine. Oh my, I bet it was delish!

  8. Amen to the protecting from evil those who are protecting us! Your family has been hard at work. Your siding is looking great! That looks like a lot of house to cover, but good progress. Oh that tart made my mouth water. So did your list of the ways you’ve been using peaches. I think I want to come live at your house. laurie

  9. Looks like your project was much more extensive than ours. I like the new look. I like that the boys worked outside while you girls prepared a nice meal.

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