Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Grateful for Sundays...

  LOL   Grateful for opportunities to laugh and make fun of myself.  LBVS   (That's Facebook lingo for Laughing, But Very Serious).  Ha.

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  What happened ??  I must have been sucked into some Twilight Zone type vortex, because it was Sunday and I started this and now suddenly it's Wednesday !

  Truthfully...I have not been that busy.

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 This morning, however, I got out of bed, had some coffee and went to work.   I started a big pot of chicken and rice soup to take to a friend who has been sick for a few days now. Some kind of virus.  Not

...but some kind of bad bug.   

 After I got the soup going (yes, almost all my stuff from my pantry--yea!!)...I headed for the back yard with a 5 gallon bucket, a half bushel wicker type basket, a cardboard apple box (half peck), some garden shears and a small sharp knife.   Almost sounds like a safari expedition,. doesn't it ? lol
 I attacked the tomato plants (which, btw, still look like early July plants--I swear, not even drooping or turning yellow or brown still).  I got this  

I'm going to use them to make salsa verde.  There were a few ripe ones out there, but it's OCTOBER people !!  The days are not getting hot enough to ripen tomatoes and even though we are nowhere near a frost yet (I don't think)I decided to pick all the green tomatoes. I'm gonna wash and cut out spots and then throw these bad boys in the vitamix. along with some garlic, chiles, onions and cilantro. A bit of spices (cumin, black pepper, salt).  Add some vinegar, taste it and then bring it to a boil and can it.  Yum.


  After the tomatoes were done (And I had rested a bit),  I went after the peppers.


 This basket is bells, Anaheims, jalapenos and cayennes. The bell peppers are beautiful There are still some little ones out there. We'll see what they do. In the meantime I'll use some of these for stuffed peppers for supper tomorrow and probably freeze the rest. I've already dehydrated quite a few...


  After another bit of a resting my back  (and checking on the soup), I got the shears out and started cutting basil, parsley and tarragon to bring in and dehydrate.  Not a bad haul.

 I usually dry these things in the back closet, but thought I'd use the dehydrator this time...not sure if I'm liking the results...  I still have chives out there to cut and dry too.  I took my little sharp knife and harvested 8 more butternut squash. Small ones, but a good size for the 2 of us. The ones that have been curing in the garage are ready to come in and take their place under the guest bed -they sleep like babies on their own little cardboard sheets.  lol  I think I'll dry the chives the way I always do...they retain the color better.  I just chop them and spread them out on large baking pans around my kitchen for a few days. Easy Peasy.  

Well...I'm a little achy (back and knee mostly) and a little tired (not been sleeping too well the past few days)  and thinking  I might hit the hay a little earlier tonight than I've been doing. My hours have been getting erratic again and that does me no good at all.  I try to set a bedtime and stick to it...and then I start to drift. And before you know it, I'm staying up until after 2 AM again.  And getting up at 8:30, looking and feeling like something the cat dragged in.

  On a bright note, my blood pressure seems to have leveled out, and the growth removed from my face was benign.  

  We take what we can get, right ??  lol

  And tomorrow, I'll be getting this green tomato salsa canned.  What are you up to ???




Namaste.








Friday, September 26, 2014

Enjoying a bit of a break...

Well...you know.  For me.  lol

 This is a picture of bread made for the first time using my new-to-me KitchenAid mixer.  It's a honey oatmeal loaf that I added about a cup of Bob's Red Mill 12 grain cereal to, because..well...because I can't ever follow a recipe.  lol  And I don't like white bread, even oatmeal bread. I need some STUFF in it, lol  It has a wonderful crumb, it slices beautifully and I am very happy with it.

 I went out this morning and cut butternut squash and hauled them into the garage to cure for a few days before putting them into storage. There were about 3 of them that I'll be cooking tonight--2 with bad spots (as in, someone else already lunched)  and one that I accidentally pulled the stem off.  The stem coming off is a big deal, because it allows bacteria to enter through that soft open spot  and the squash will rot.  'Sokay.  I needed a vegetable for supper tonight anyway.  I am baking some chicken and cooking some rainbow quinoa and roasting the cubes of squash with just a little EVOO and sea salt.  Perfect-O.  Got a pretty decent haul of squash this year...and there are still more out there that came on later and aren't ready yet. I'll leave them as long as the weather holds.  They aren't huge, but they are a pretty nice size for meals.  One really big one that grew out of the compost pile, with no help from anyone. lol






Haven't canned anything recently, but I did dry a dehydrator full of jalapenos (mostly) and cayenne (some) peppers.  Thought I could pulverize the cayenne and roughly grind the jalapenos for use in cooking.

  I have a lot of green tomatoes out there. Thinking I will make some green tomato salsa...kind of a salsa verde, but with unripened green tomatoes instead of tomatillos.  I found several recipes for it, so I know people do it.  lol  And...I'm somebody, ain't I ??


 The weather is beautiful. Cool nights, down to the mid 40's. Pleasant days, hovering in the low to mid 70's.  Blue skies and sunshine and fluffy white clouds now and then. And the leaves are slowly starting to turn, a little red here, a little gold there...and fall from the trees in that ever graceful dance of autumn. 


  This cold is loosening it's hold on me. Luckily the doc said my lungs were clear and recommended a couple of OTC medicines that I can take with the bp meds.   I have felt much better the past 2 days. Still not a hundred percent, but better. Thank goodness. I hate being sick.  lol
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 Okay, I have the chicken quarters in the oven, all seasoned and baking and smelling up the house.  I got the 3 butternuts peeled and diced and are soaking in a light  salt water brine, getting ready to be roasted.  I have the quinoa out, ready to be cooked, I have retrieved the mail (all junk, lol), and there is some leftover salad from last night's spaghetti and meatball supper. I opened one of the jars of my home canned marinara, added a bunch of diced ripe tomatoes from the garden and it was great.  So that will be supper. Tonight the Irishman goes off to meet up with some friends at a meeting in town here, but I have to have supper ready for him when he gets home, since the meeting is at 7:30.  We usually eat about the same time every night anyway...he doesn't get home until after 6 PM and that is already late enough. 

  After he leaves, I will make a run to the dollar store and buy some more canned cat food.  Remember the big handsome guy that adopted us ??
Pancho.  He is finally starting to come in the house  the past 2 days. He found out I was feeding Lazarus canned cat food, and wanted in on the action. He patrolled the house yesterday for over an hour and then I found him in the guest room, sleeping on the bed.  He came in for a bit today too, but didn't stay long. I hope he will be more acclimated by the time the cold weather gets here. He is a sweetheart.


  Okay. That's about it from Honeysuckle Hill.  Time to go check on the chicken, both in the oven and the coop. Speaking of chickens in the coop, we are debating the issue of butchering these guys and not having chickens again until next spring. They are not laying at all, and there's no point in feeding them through the winter. Not sure what has happened here...these are the worst producing chickens we have ever had.  Maybe because it's a mixed flock ? Don't know, but in the spring we are going back to good old Rhode Island Reds. My favorite chicken.


  *******  Heavens to Betsey. Got busy and didn't come back to this for 2 days.    Shameful !!  lol




Namaste.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Where oh where can she be ???

 The garden is still giving me presents.  This is a big basket. and the whole bottom of it is full of tomatoes. The rest of it is full of bell peppers, Jalapenos and Anaheims.  


 The carrots are doing well. I am only pulling as many as I need on a given day.  We planted some regular old Danvers and the rest of a packet of Parisiennes.  They are a small little globe carrot that has the sweetest flavor and are great for putting whole on salads or antipasto plates.  The carrots aren't real long this year, but they are thick and very tasty.


 I got my hands on about 15 POUNDS of beautiful organic kale. (That's a LOT of kale, y'all).  lol  I washed and removed the stems and then dried it all (except for a little we ate).  I wound up with 2+ gallons jars stuffed full of dried kale. All ready to use all winter in soups and stews and smoothies and anything else I want to use it in. lol 


 I got a deal on prime cut boneless pork roast at 1.79/pound and bought a boat load of it. I canned 12 quarts of it cut into big chunks and froze 3 or 4 little roasts They came out to about 4-5 dollars apiece and turned out beautifully.  All ready to use for carnitas or Caribbean stew or pulled pork.  Convenience--yay !!!


 The weather has cooled down enough to start doing a little baking now and then. I made some yummy pumpkin bread--you remember the pumpkin saga, yes ??
http://dragonwomansmysticalmeals.blogspot.com/search?q=canning+pumpkin

 Still have plenty of pumpkin. lol


  So, as you can see...I have been busy. And today I got blindsided by a nasty little cold. I don't think I've been sick in over a year and this is knocking the snot out of me (no pun intended). Hopefully it will go away as quickly as it came. 

  I have a good friend here visiting (not at my house, but here, in the area) from St Croix in the Virgin Islands, where she has been living for the past 5 years.  We got to spend 2 days together and it has been awesome.  I spent today with her again, and it will probably be the last time I see her before she leaves. I know how hard it is to  see all the people you want to see when you visit..so I am thrilled that I got as much of her as I did.  lol  I was supposed to go to a birthday celebration tonight, but I got sick out of the blue this afternoon, and spent a chunk of the evening in bed. The Irishman even made supper for me. I was supposed to go to a women's retreat tomorrow, but I have cancelled that too. I refuse to spread colds and flu and when I get these things, I stay home until it's over.  I just hope I didn't unintentionally contaminate anybody today.  I saw a lot of folks that I don't see all the time, and there was lots of hugging going on.  I guess it will be what it will be...

  I came over here and looked at the blog and saw that it has been 2 weeks since I posted last. Heavens to Betsey !!!!!  I have had a woman come over a couple of times to help me with some cleaning and so far, we ALMOST have that spare room done.  It was a disaster. The pantry/closet too.  I made a list of things I want to get done while I have her services...things that are too hard for me to do alone, like scrub down all the cabinet faces and shelves, the high ones and the low ones. It's really hard on me getting up on a ladder...or down on the floor, for that matter. I have a lovely teapot collection on the tops of the cabinets Probably in the neighborhood of 25 or 30 teapots. As you can imagine, they are greasy dust magnets and all have to come down several times a year and get washed clean.

  So, as you can see...I have been busy, but still having some fun. I have a big basket of stuff to get into the dehydrators as soon as possible.  Any minute now, it will be time for canning beets.  I need to get in the garage and see if there are any more canning jars out there. Believe it or not,  I have used almost all my jars this year. When I canned the pork roast, I broke into the last 2 new cases I had in the store room, because they were wi9de mouths.  I still have a few (less than a case I think) of regular mouth jars here and there, unless there are some in the garage I have overlooked. I thought I had gotten them all, but.... I never would have guessed that I would be buying jars again after I hit the Mother Lode when my cousin gave me all her old canning jars (about a hundred and fifty jars!!).  I'll be drying the rest of the tomatoes, but if there are lots of green ones when the frost finally comes, I'll need jars to can chow-chow.

  We're having a short lived warm up again. It was about 80 today. It's cooling off at night though, and I need to get my butternut squash cut and into the garage to cure a bit before bringing them in for storage.  It looks like a pretty good year out there.

  Okay. Letting you know I'm still alive...but taking my sniffly, sneezy butt to bed now.  I'll try to be a little better about posting.  

  Maybe.  lol




Namaste.






Friday, September 5, 2014

Bang the Drum

 Pretty good reminder for a Friday.  Or any day, for that matter.

  I am doing a Zero waste Challenge this week in which I have foregone the use of paper towels. In years past, I never bought paper towels. They are a waste. Of money and of trees.  Then I had puppies or kittens or both, and started buying a roll at a time for convenience sake. For cleaning up poo and pee and puke.  Before I realized what was happening, I was using them for everything and buying them by the 12 roll package. And buying several packages at once if the sale was great.  Then one day, I realized I had like 5 packages of paper towels in the storage room. It took up half the wall.  That's 60 (SIXTY) !!!!!  rolls of paper towels. So, I stopped buying them and kept using them all up. Now I'm finally down to about the last 4 rolls and am not buying anymore. 

  When this challenge came up, it was "Pick one or more things to do to lessen the waste in your life" and I knew it was an omen. lol  It's time for the paper towels to go.  Are they handy?  Yes.  Do I need them ?  No. I have lots of rags I could be using for all the things I use paper towels for.  Rinse-able, washable, reusable rags.  I know I probably could have done several other things in this challenge that might have been more of a statement, but this was doable and it was time. Besides, I told myself that I  already do a lot to eliminate wasteful stuff from my life and do a lot of green things and do enough (not really) for the planet.

 It's been easier than I thought, so I guess I am on my way to a paper towel free home again. lol

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  It's been a busy week. Canned pickled sweet banana peppers and pickled okra. Dried okra (about 9 pounds total, pickled and dries).   Got some canned stuff put away and right now (for a minute) the island is clear again. We harvested about 130 pounds of red and white potatoes, they are in the garage curing a bit before getting boxed up and going into the storage room. I had a friend come over and we started working on the spare room yesterday...she doing the lions share of the work, while I piddled around doing some stuff in other parts of the house.  She's gonna come back on Tuesday and maybe we can finish it up. Good news/Bad news:  The mice have been having a heyday in there. (that's the bad news) We had to strip the bed and anything cloth (furniture slipcovers) that was laying around all had to be laundered. so I did 3 loads of that kind of wash yesterday and still have 2 more to go. Then I'll box up those things and into the closet they'll go once we get that cleaned out next week.  The good news, on the other hand, is that there is a 5 gallon bucket full of sweet potatoes I didn't know was in there. They are starting to sprout, but look really good otherwise.  Added to the 5 or 6 pounds left in the wooden box,  it will be a good canning session. I might start on that today. Gonna can most of them in just water and some of them in a brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.

  I'm going out to check the sweet potatoes in the ground in a few and see what that haul is looking like.  If it's a good harvest, I'll probably can all the ones in storage. If it's dicey...then I'll leave a few of the better looking ones in the bucket.  Just in case.

(I just pulled up the weather report. I thought it was cooling down today, but the weather says mid-90's and thunderstorms all afternoon and evening.  I will probably wait until Sunday to do the sweet potatoes.)  Yesterday was only 90, but with a heat index of 102 and it was suffocating. Even hotter today AND rain ??  Surely I can find other things that need doing that won't uber-heat the kitchen all day...

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 The boy just brought in another bag of gorgeous chanterelles.  Our Friday night feast is going to be a mushroom and pasta supper, with salad and garlic bread. I have 2 other bags of chanterelles that he brought yesterday. He is going out of town to work today and doesn't have time to do anything with them. I haven't tried drying the chanterelles yet...they seem so fragile. Maybe I should read up on that...those would be a good thing to have in storage...so yummy.

 Alright. If I keep writing I will never get anything done.  It's bright and sunny and still only in the mid 70's right now. The critters are all outside, except for one cat. It's peaceful and quiet here. Time for a little prayer and meditation and then into the rest of this wondrous day !!





Namaste.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Can I get an AMEN ??

 Oh lordy...is that a chicken butt photo bomb ?  

  I was sitting here this morning, thinking about  things.  You know...THINGS.  Things like the water shortages in California. Things like the Ebola virus in Africa.  Things like ALS,  and cancer research and my beautiful sister-in-law's MRI yesterday.  Things like how I have way too many books in this room and that I'm finally getting around to reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (and how much I love saying his name).  lol  Don't they have medications for people like me ?  (And how I just typo-d MEDIVACATIONS...and thinking--wouldn't that be a great concept?  A time away where they medicate you and you just lay around in a vegetative state...and REST.)  

  I'm sure that my poor pea brain is whirling like this because I've been running  full speed. This time of year in the garden is  feast or famine, and in our case, in this year...it's feast.  So much stuff still coming out or ready to come out, or should be out.  House overheated from running canners and dehydrators.  Counters all full of jars cooling or waiting to be labeled or just waiting to be put away.  Empty jars, full jars, clean jars, dirty jars. I've said it before and I'll say it again--because it makes me feel better-- from about mid June til the end of October my house is a mess.  It's just a fact of life.  I used to love watching Little House on the Prairie, and marvel at how Mrs. Ingalls  did all the works she did and still kept the house spotless.  My house is not spotless.  I need a maid. Or a wife. Or both. lol

 As you've probably guessed by the fact that I'm posting on the blog again and it hasn't been a week or more...there's a bit of a lull right now.  There  are 2 canner batches sitting on the island right now...one of  marinara and one of candied jalapenos.  There is NOT a small tub of jalapenos or a basket of tomatoes sitting in the house right now.  YAY !


There are tomatoes on the vine that might be ready for picking, and probably some more green peppers too. I pretty much stripped the jalapenos trying to get enough to make this batch of  Cowboy Candy.  The potato vines have all died back. The sweet potatoes are still looking pretty good out there.  The carrots are thriving this year and we've been picking them randomly, not time for an actual harvest yet.  There are still green beans coming--we didn't have to plant a second crop this year thanks to the bizarre cooling off we had in July and much of August.  Then the heat came back with a vengeance and everything thinks that it's all systems go.  The basil and the parsley and chives are all going like gangbusters. The oregano didn't make it and the thyme is hanging on by a thread. 

  And this is just the way of it.

  So...today I need to make bread.  I need to go to the market. I need to straighten up and vacuum at least. I have got to get into that spare room and reorganize it and clean,  but the job seems daunting and I am hesitant to even start.  Rooms that have doors that close to hide all the clutter have been being closed while I try to just manage the main living areas.  Is that cheating ?  lol

  Why do I think I am hopeless ?  Why do I look around and chastise myself for being such a lousy housekeeper ?  I would give ANYONE else a much wider berth than I give myself.  Sigh...

  Look at what I HAVE accomplished--



 Not to mention the dried tomatoes,  okra,  bell peppers,  apples, peaches, onions, mushrooms, pineapple ??  And the fewer all the time things in the freezer, but still it's full.  I  look at all this bounty...all these stores of goods that will feed my family through the coming year... and I think  "What's the harm in a little clutter or a few dustbunnies ? "   I am making a list of dry goods that I need to purchase, things like oats and flour and nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts).  More canned protein, like tuna and salmon.  All these things that keep my pantry stocked with a variety of foodstuff that I can make interesting and tasty and nourishing meals with.  When I have a little extra money, I buy at least one thing in bulk that is either hard to find or a necessity.  For instance, I have an insurance settlement check coming (small, but nonetheless...) and when it comes, I am ordering another 25 pound box of organic quinoa.  Quinoa is expensive, but it's a complete protein that also contains all the minerals and amino acids that the body needs. It's versatile.  When I buy it at that size, I get a really decent price on it. So, in the long run, my philosophy is that yes, I could live without it, it's a bit of a luxury. But if I can get the price down to a reasonable number and I happen to have the money...why not ?  I will do the same thing with oats, which are NOT expensive, but are one of the most useful things you can have in your pantry.  And now I see that the local market has the 10# bags of leg and thigh quarters again, for 59 cents a pound.  And it's everything I can do to not go out and get a couple. Can more chicken and more broth.  How much did I do last time ?  I think I wound up with a grand total of something like 25 jars , some plain broth, some all chicken, some a   mixture of the two. Is that enough ? Do I dare pass up this source of  inexpensive healthy protein ?  Am I turning into a food hoarder ?  Or am I just being prudent. Frugal.  Planning for things.  I just read a line in The Alchemist that said..."We must be prepared for change..."  Am I prepared ?  Probably not prepared enough.  But at least I'm thinking about these things. First aid, medications, pet foods, people foods, matches,  water... most of these I have covered. 


  Too much deep thought for one day.  I think I'll mosey out to La Vista and see what's shaking out that way. A day off...that spare room can wait...



  Namaste.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday again...where's the time going ?



Oh yeah, that's right.  It's harvest time....lol


  The weather has taken a turn to normal again. The temps have been in the low to mid nineties with heat indexes anywhere from 101 to 110.  You can barely breathe out there.  Naturally the AC went out again. This time I called a different repairman...turned out it was the capacitor. He said  they just make lousy parts these days and there's no way to predict. So...I had just had my regular guys out twice (for nearly the same issue) in 3 weeks...and was a little pissy about it breaking down again.  lol  This particular problem had nothing to do with anything.  But at least now I have a back-up HVAC guy. (looking on the bright side). They have recently extended the heat advisory through Tuesday.


 All the heat and sunshine have set the tomatoes into a growing and ripening frenzy.  So I guess marinara and tomato soup may be on the upcoming canning horizon.  I've been drying tomatoes and bell peppers like crazy...something like 10 quart bags of dried tomatoes alone. I dried some apple slices too, apples from a local orchard that we weren't eating fast enough, so--into the dehydrator they go. 2 quarts of those.  I think my edamame are ready to be harvested...I'll check those tomorrow, as well as the potatoes and sweet potatoes. Might be able to harvest some red potatoes, but the Kennebecs will stay in the ground. The carrots are looking pretty good, as are the squash. Only butternuts planted this year. I didn't have the energy or space to mess with zucchini...they are too easy to find and receive from other people.  


  All this heat is making me wish for some rain... (wasn't it just a week or 2 ago I was complaining about too much rain?)   LOL   So fickle this time of year.  I'm still hoping for some more okra, and the farmer at our local CSA said I could come there and get some. Nobody wants it, as they don't know what top do with it. And so, of course, they have a bumper crop this year.  Isn't that how it goes ?  lol  Looking through my pantry, the only other thing I need is beets, and it's still a bit early for those.  I might make and can some vegetable soups, just a dozen jars or so, along with the tomato soup.  Just for convenience sake.

  This afternoon the Irishman and I attended a workshop out at our beloved La Vista on an Herbal Medicine Cabinet. We had an herb gathering walk and then retired (as quickly as we could, since today's heat index was 110) to the air conditioned rec room where we were taught about herbal infusions, tinctures, herbal tea blends and first aid salves.  It was awesome--informative and fun, and the farmers from the CSA led the class.  I learned so much !  It was really great, identifying some wild herbs that I didn't know and learning about the medicinal properties. It was a really nice group of people attending and the discussions were lively and the whole thing just wonderful.  So glad I went..even though my inclination was to stay home in my cool house.  lol

  We're ready to rename our old grey cat Lazarus, as he has seemingly returned from the dead.  He has appeared to be dying all week. Comatose. We have been loving him  through the final days. Today he sat up started yowling at us and has been trying to walk. 2 days ago this cat had seemingly lost all his muscle tone and could barely lift his head. I have been giving him  dropperfuls of pedialyte and water, and tonight he walked to the dog water bowl and drank !!!!!  He tried to eat a little wet cat food.  I gave him some chicken broth with the syringe and he not only swallowed for the first time in days, but practically gulped it down. He looks terrible, has lost so much weight...but he has rallied.  Guess he's not ready to cross the Rainbow Bridge just yet after all.



  My doc officially diagnosed me with Coronary Artery Disease.  She changed the beta blocker I was on because it was messing with me bad.  She gave me a different one which seems to be working well. She also gave me a big dog anti-inflammatory for my knee, and prescribed 4 Extra Strength Tylenol a day and a scrip for a non narcotic pain med to take as needed. She told me absolutely NO ibuprofen or naproxen.  The anti inflammatories are working so well I can't believe it. I went from crying every time I took a step or turned over in bed (from the excruciating pain)...to walking on an herb walk today.  Hallelujah. 


 There you go...that's what's going on over here at Honeysuckle Hill.  We got another new baby in the family last Monday too.  Ryker James. A feisty big boy who is already winning the hearts of everyone he meets.  That big old wheel of life just keeps on turning.  Feeling pretty blessed to be here to see it.




Namaste.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A rainy Sunday...

Enjoy the simple things, is the caption on this photo.

 Today I'm doing just that. I got up just in time for my husband to go out the door. He thought he'd let me sleep.  I didn't get up until after 9.  Just me and the critters here for the biggest part of the day, he has a District Meeting at 2 and so won't be home til after 5.

 I have a list.  lol  I started off with some coffee and Facebook. Checked emails.  Decided I wanted some bacon and tomato sandwich for breakfast (brunch?) lol  Got dressed and went up to the little mom and pop market to get some of their awesome slab cut bacon (which is now up to 4 dollars and something a pound!!!  Have you seen meat prices this past month ? Through the roof!)  Anyway, I bought 2 pounds and put half in the freezer. And cooked a little extra for the critters and I had a big juicy yummy bacon, tomato and mayonnaise sandwich.  O. M. G.  That such a simple thing could bring SO much pleasure !

 I have unfinished laundry in the dryer and washer. I need to fluff the dryer clothes a little and get them out of there. I started it last evening.  I will get that done, because the Irishman's work clothes are the ones in the washer, waiting for the dryer.  lol  I got one load of whites all washed dried and put away yesterday, but that was it.  I do 3 loads a week usually.  Is that a lot for 2 people ?  And really, it's 3 because his work clothes cannot be washed with anything else, they're filthy and greasy and yucky. lol  It's a small load, but all by it's lonesome.

 I turned the ceiling fan in the living room off last night and was appalled to see all the crap on it. So I hope to get that done. Big problem with that is...if I do it, I have to vacuum. Don't get me wrong--I need to vacuum.  But, it's rainy today and the dogs are all inside for the most part and they freak out at the vacuum. So...I guess I'll knock the stuff off there and put them outside and hurry up and vac while they're out doing their business. lol

 My kitchen counters are full of tomatoes, green beans and green peppers. I plan to try to get the dehydrators filled at least, with tomatoes, since they are the most vulnerable to spoilage.   At least (for a minute) the dishes are done and the sinks are empty.  Some days this all feels like such a vicious cycle that never stops.  But I know it will stop. It will end (and maybe sooner than later if all this rain doesn't stop.  We are supposed to have rain for something crazy like 8 days in a row...).  I need to get a winter crop of kale planted.  Temperatures are mostly in the 80's with an occasional foray into the low 90's. The humidity is stifling.  But for today it just feels calming and lazy.  The AC hasn't kicked on yet...yesterday it didn't kick on until about 7 PM.  Crazy.

 I've been cooking and playing and working and just trying to lead a well rounded life.  lol  I have an old cat that is slowly making his way to the Rainbow Bridge, and I wish I could do something to help him. He's an old love, but I just can't take him to the vet to be put down...he's rallied too many times.  I don't trust him.  I think he wants to die at home, of old age, on his terms.  Kinda  like me.  lol  I keep trying to get him to eat some soft food or take a little water and he just turns away.  Yesterday we got another new baby in the family, little Ryker James.  A moose at close to 8 pounds, and --of course-- a little beauty. One life ends, another begins...the way of it. 


  My aquarium is in dire need of cleaning. The birdcage too. I might get those things down I might not.  Sometimes it seems there aren't enough hours in the day.  It would help if I didn't spend so much time on the computer, but...a girls gotta have a little fun, doesn't she ?  lol

  Happy Sunday, kids.



Namaste.