We’ve been working for two days and even though the downstairs garage still isn’t the way I’d like it to be, the stove gets delivered tomorrow and we have a place to put it and a path to get it to said spot.
All the puppy pads and Solo cups will come off the top of the work bench and that’s space I’ll have to place jars that are going into the canner, and jars that come out of the canner. There are three nice drawers on each side of the work bench so I’ll be able to store some things in there.
The way I hope to have it set up is to get pots and pans hung on the peg board on the sides of the work bench. I have a set of Calphalon pots that I collected years ago. I’ll keep them down there or I could bring some extra cast iron downstairs. I’ll put some utensils (can opener, spatulas, large spoons, etc.) in another drawer. I’ll bring down extra dishes – a few plates, bowls, saucers and extra silverware. Those can all go in drawers.
How nice would it have been to have had this when we were living in the basement?
I looked at what we had set up and I told Vince .. now all I need is a recliner and a magnifying lamp in here. The look he gave me. I think the answer was NO!
There’s still a lot of stuff in the garage but we sure did get a lot moved out. There must have been 20 or more kitchen/pantry boxes still in there. Those are all unpacked . . not necessarily put where it all belongs but it’s all out of the garage and out of boxes.
The stove has to be switched from natural gas to propane. I think Vince can do that or . . Vince thinks he can do that. We need a splitter on the gas line because we’re using the line that’s for the emergency heater. Not sure if Vince can do that. He said if he isn’t comfortable doing it, he’ll hook up the stove, then have the plumber come back and change out the fitting so both the stove and the heater can be hooked up. If I had to guess, I’d say we’re not going to need the heater for a while but we do want to have it ready just in case.
I’m ready to start canning in there as soon as Vince says it’s ready.