Please ignore that our garage is a disaster! At least the plants can go back out today or tomorrow. Today would be ok because of the temperature but we could have some weather plants don’t like so I’ll probably leave them in the garage til tomorrow.
Vince is determined to clean out at least one storage unit. Or, maybe he’s looking for his clothes that are packed and buried somewhere in one of the three 10 x 20 storage units. He goes every day and gets boxes and brings them home. Sometimes he makes two trips, depending on how much unpacking we get done. I want to unpack each box and find a place to put the stuff, break down the box, stick it in a pile, move on to the next box. I don’t want to bring in wall to wall boxes. Really, all I want to do is cross stitch or knit but I’m not saying that to him.
In Texas, most of the cast iron was stored upstairs in the shop. I kept a few pieces that I used every day in the kitchen and it was no trouble to run upstairs and grab whatever piece I needed. Here, the kitchen has more cabinets but not enough to store everything and having to dig through a few cabinets of cast iron to get to the piece I need is not easy. I have some deep, wide drawers in the pantry but I don’t think they’re sturdy enough for a lot of cast iron.
We decided to put a shelf unit in the garage just for cast iron. If I have room once it’s all here and out of the storage unit, I’d like to put things like the blender, the Instant Pot . . things I use but not every day . . on that shelf too since it’s just right outside the door. The only potential problem is that it’s humid here. It wasn’t humid in Texas so I’ll have to watch for signs of rust. Downstairs, there’s a storage room where I have paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, tissue, paper plates and cups stored. If the cast iron starts to rust, I’ll switch the paper products to that shelf and take the cast iron downstairs. I’m thinking . . in the old days before people had air conditioning, did the cast iron rust or did they only have pieces that they used every day? I guess I’ll figure this all out in time.
I don’t even remember what all I have and I think there are pieces that were never unpacked in Texas. I have enough skillets to keep me frying eggs and bacon for a while!
The cast iron pizzelle pan, corn stick pan and griddle are hanging.
There are Dutch ovens in several sizes. Vince said there’s at least twice this much more in the storage units. Some of it came from family. Chad just gave me the corn stick pan last week.
For now, the rolling pins I’ve unpacked are stored on a shelf. I found a nice little rack on Etsy that will hold five rolling pins. I have more than five but having five on a rack in the kitchen would be nice. Of course, Vince said “I can make that!” It’s a good thing I have room for them on the cast iron storage rack! 🙂