Tomato Meatball Soup; The Throne Room

It has firmly, with great force, been driven home in our hearts…

Restoring an old stone house is not at all the same as building  a wood frame house from scratch.

Mon mari did the latter and is now attempting the former.

Building the wood frame house from scratch was much, much faster and easier.

Little things, like not having to drill trenches in stone walls for wiring… If you don’t want the cables on the outside of the walls, that is.

Or the plumbing pipes.  There is no wood frame to hide all that messiness in.

Challenging things, like learning how to repoint the walls.

I’m telling you all this because obvious progress has been slow this week.

Although new skills learned has been high… Along with an increase in vocabulary, both for polite company and not.


First, the big improvement… We have an indoor toilet.  That jug next to it holds the water to flush.  It’s a nice toilet… Right?


Even though it’s somewhat lacking in privacy it is still greatly appreciated on these cold, rainy days.  The walls will come.  But, notice how level that floor is!


On the other hand, my office has improved considerably.


And the level floor project has now expanded into the kitchen.  Those big stone blocks you see in the back of the fireplace are the main wall dividing the rooms.  That is where the stove will go, and that is where we are learning the fine art of repointing.  Apparently, they just cut the fireplace out of the wall.

We did the full circle with the floor level tools today, from the starting point in the doorway by the bathroom, down the hall, through the new door into the kitchen and through the other kitchen door back to the entry room/bathroom.


Look familiar?  I do love Escher!

The recipe, Tomato Meatball Soup, has been updated, nutrition information added, and re-posted here: Tomato Meatball Soup.

And I love this soup.  At least, the soup always turns out right….  I mean, who wouldn’t love meatball soup?

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7 thoughts on “Tomato Meatball Soup; The Throne Room”

  1. Your house is … coming along? I like the toilet outstanding in its field.
    And the meatball soup – perfect. It’s my daughter’s favorite soup – her grandmother gives it to her out of a can, her grandfather calls it “dog soup”. I’ve been wanting to try a real version of it.

  2. Tanna and Lucy, people may laugh… but that IS a nice toilet… and greatly appreciated.
    Slowly, Magpie, slowly… “Dog Soup”? I love it!

  3. ANY toilet that works and is indoors is just fine by me!
    Katie, I’ve just looked at the house photos – what a project you’re undertaking. My husband is a building designer so I’ve seen my fair share of fixer-uppers. Yours takes the cake. Oh, those beautiful, hand-hewn beans!
    Like Tanna, I make my rendition of your lovely soup with Italian sausage.

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