Saturday, July 23, 2011

Road repairs and orange sherbet

Our rural (non-county-maintained) road was badly in need of repair. Deep potholes, bumps, general roughness... everyone's vehicles were getting pretty worn after bumping along this mess for two miles.

So the neighbors all pitched together and bought six 12-yard dump trucks full of 3/4-minus gravel. A truck-driving neighbor ("D") is talented at using the dump to spread the gravel evenly.

How this is done is to raise the dump bed but keep the back latch open only a few inches...

...then drive slowly forward so the gravel spreads in a nice even layer on the road.

Unfortunately this means all the bumps and potholes are still there, just covered with gravel. So this morning, while Don and I worked on tankards, both our girls joined "D" and his wife "S" and spent hours in the hot sun, raking gravel and filling holes. I was proud of the girls for doing such tough work.

As you can see, what a vast improvement!

To celebrate a job well done, D and S brought over their ice cream maker and S made orange sherbet. We set it outside on the porch to churn. Here Thor doesn't understand where the noise is coming from.

The ice cream was fabulous -- tasted just like orange creamsicles.

1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 tub generic Cool-Whip topping
1 liter of orange crush soda

Freeze according to the directions on the ice cream maker. Yum!


  1. Sounds yummy and so simple. We will have to buy the ingredients and make some. I am sure it tastes good whether you spell it sherbet or sherbert. LOL ;-)

  2. Or was that sorbet???????

  3. Non-county maintained rural roads? What the heck is the county government doing?

  4. Well, it's not a county road so it's not the county's responsibility to fix it (smile).

    - Patrice

  5. Patrice,
    I see that you enjoy photography, and would like to offer a small help. It looks like some of your images were taken by a digital SLR camera, w/ removable lenses. From time-to-time it's possible to get dust on the actual face of the CCD. Once there, you'll get spots on all of your pictures in the same relative location w/ each image (easiest to see on pictures of a light blue sky).

    It's time to clean your CCD. It doesn't cost anything and isn't difficult, but must be done correctly. You likely have the only piece of equipment needed already in your home -- a bulb syringe.

    If you need specific instructions, let me know.

  6. Thanks, Anon 6:20. I was hoping it was a simple fix. I was thinking about taking the camera to a repair shop to have it done. Since I am forever shoving this poor camera into dusty pockets, I'm not surprised it has dust inside.

    - Patrice