Tuesday, May 30, 2023

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 It's been a long time since I really 'bought' groceries, so today was the day. On top of the fact that I needed to stock up, I also needed to figure out how to feed a gang of concrete workers. No idea how many. So I have five pounds of hamburger cooking in the slow cooker with peppers and onions. I'm following my sister's lead and making sloppy joes. It will feed who ever shows up. 

It's going to be hot, so we've got a case of water, 3 six packs of pepsi, and 24 bottles of gatorade in the fridge. I've got the freezer packed up with all sorts of frozen treats. 

I went to Goodwill and picked up a dozen towels which are in the washer right now, so that they can all clean up. We shut off the water, so it will be the old fashioned way: 5 gallon containers of water and wash basins. I don't suppose that 'old fashion' will bother the Amish.

By the end of the week, we will have our basement done. That's amazing to me. 



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  1. Well taken care of construction crew. That’s my style as well.

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    1. We appreciate them. We try to make sure we show it.

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  2. That IS amazing! And sloppy joes sounds perfect. I think I need to go to the store tomorrow 🙂

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    1. I have a great recipe! I can pass it along if you like. A lot better than anything in a can.

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  3. Cookies are always good too! (If you feel like it.) Roll on, Concrete!

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    1. I was going to make brownies, but I bought a bunch of freezer pops and a couple boxes of individually wrapped ice creams. I figured those would go better in the heat.

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  4. Sounds like a good plan! Hope it all goes "smoothly"! :)

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    1. LOL. I hope so too. It's such a hot week to work. Tim's going to open up the garage so that everyone can wash up and sit out of the sun. It's less cramped than sitting inside.

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  5. Sloppy Joes! Yum!

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  6. Recipe: brown one pound hamburger.
    with: 1/4 cup of onion
    1/4 cup of green peppers
    add 1/2 tsp minced garlic
    1 tsp yellow mustard
    3/4 cup catsup.
    3 tsp brown sugar

    Simmer 30 minutes to blend flavors

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  7. If it is Amish there is a good chance, there will be some young men (sons) helping carry blocks and such. Adding some hot dogs might go well for the younger ones. They do well in a crock pot also.

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    1. No blocks involved. Everything is poured.

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  8. Sounds like you will have a good team...well worth looking after them!!

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  9. I've heard of Sloppy Joes but had to look up and check exactly what they were. Sounds like those will hit the spot. It sounds like you have some good catering plans laid out anyway! Exciting that the progress on the build will be so rapid.

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    1. The amount of work that is happening is mind boggling.

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    1. I will have to get them when the crew leaves. It would be offensive to photograph Amish.

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  11. If I ever decide to come out of retirement and take up full time employment then I'm coming to work for you!

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  12. If it is free or cheap labour, I would feed them too. But if it is standard work you are paying for, I wouldn't. Maybe your country does things differently. Concreting is very hard yakka.

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    1. It was miraculous that this even happened. It usually it takes years to get something like this coordinated. We are grateful. But the fact is, Tim has always provided a paid lunch and paid for the meal of his help.

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  13. I hadn't heard of Sloppy Joe's before and had to look it up. They certainly seem to live up to their description. It will be quite a messy feast!

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    1. It will be an outdoor feast. The critters will come along to clean up later in the night.

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  14. I'm trying to work out how you acquire your groceries if you don't buy them!

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    1. We have been so busy that when I am at the grocery store, I am buying just what I need to get us through for a couple days. I was running low on staples. I needed to do a real grocery shop, stock up.

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  15. I have a large cooler with a spigot on it sitting unused in my garage. Good for ice water or lemonade. Sorry I don't live closer to you, I'd drop it off!
    Bonnie in Minneapolis

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  16. I am almost tempted to join the work partly. 🤪

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    1. I would give you the same advice, I gave John: 'Don't do it.'

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  17. Just read your last post and then this and it brought to mind when we got house renovations done in the early 80s. Part of the deal was Mum fed the crew (3 carpenters, a labourer and an apprentice) morning tea and lunch - and man they et! Mum once kept topping up the bread basket to see what would happen and what happened was that they went through over 3 loaves of bread in one sitting (plus meat, salads, cake and fruit)

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    1. You certainly do not want to run out of food.

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  18. Oh my god- this is like my literal nightmare where a construction crew boss asked me if I had fed "those hardworking men".
    Debby, just reading this brings me angst.

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    1. as long as I have a slow cooker. I can keep every one fed.

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  19. How exciting that the work has started! You are so kind to feed the workers- a crockpot is a great help for that. I’m sure they appreciate all you two are doing for them! Best of luck- hope everything goes smoothly🤞
    Ricki

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    1. Tomorrow, Italian sausage subs, with lots of peppers and onions on good rolls.

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