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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS…

Written by Scott Rager

Sometimes a fella needs a break.

After living ten miles from the west coast for twelve years, it’s still taking a bit of time to acclimate to the humidity of the Great Plains. My cousin in the great state of Minnesota actually posted on her Facebook page today, “Thank you dew point for taking a tumble”. I honestly never knew what a “dew point” was until I moved home. I guess I didn’t pay attention as a kid and now I am ever so aware of its presence.

That being said, sometimes you need to escape the heat and chill out for a moment. When the humidity soars, it’s an excuse to kick your feet up and simply accept the fact that there is nothing you can do about it and try to cool down.

I recently went into Holdrege’s local thrift shop (The Corner Nugget) to see what could inspire me on a dime. I was immediately drawn to a few objects that I’ve always been intrigued by; old glass electrical insulators. They seem so peculiar; more a work of art than an electrical surplus.

insulators4They were fifty cents each, so I purchased four and thought they would be perfect for what I had in mind…

insulators box

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insulators box4

When I got home, I did a bit of research as to how these insulators were originally used. I was fascinated to see that there are websites, blogs and business completely devoted to this particular object. My favorite site was The Insulator Store. Who knew? My intention for the insulators was related to “juice” but not the electrical kind.

I wanted to make certain they were able to stand upright before I attempted my project. They did and they looked amazing…

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Next, I wanted to make some fresh squeezed lemonade so I went to the store and purchased a bag of the bright yellow fruit…

lemons in grass

I infused the lemonade with mint from my garden…

county seat mint

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Next, I found an old metal tool box in my Dad’s workshop that would be perfect for entertaining…

tool box dirty

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I cleaned it up and added tons of ice, sliced lemon wedges, carafes of freshly squeezed lemonade and the upside down electrical insulators to the old tool box…

How refreshing does this look?!

tool box overall

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shot glass + steel

 

shot glass + sun

I added a few words with a fine point Sharpie to inspire celebration on the lemon rind before I sliced them…

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lemon words

You could also add some vodka or gin to the lemonade for an EXTRA refreshing treat on a hot summer day. The electrical insulators are a perfect size for a shot glass!

Here’s to beating the heat!

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Read more from Scott on his blog, County Seat Living!

 

About the author

Scott Rager

Robert Scott Rager is a Nebraska native who returned home to start a boutique business called “County Seat Living”. His personal goal for “County Seat” is to translate the lifestyle design he was creating in Los Angeles for the past twelve years and apply it to the sensibility of the Great Plains. Whether he’s writing about decorating, homemade ice cream, floral creations, event planning or product design, he wants the personality and style of Nebraska to shine bright.