My little garden Faerie...she's retired from the grounds to the deck. lol
This was a gift to me by a bunch of friends that came to stay at my house in North Carolina...from England, Scotland, Canada..and all over the US. We had a big weekend gathering and party and had a great time. She holds a very dear place in my heart and gardens...I'll never forget all the fun and laughs trying to put her wings on...the wings are gone, broken in a fall during a windstorm. But she's still beautiful to me.
The hot temperatures have been back, and I am gambling by not watering this morning as we have a 40% chance of rain. We actually got 27 drops yesterday, all on my car windshield as I was driving down the hill to my house. I could smell it. But it never made it to the ground. sigh...
Today's predicted high is 104 with a heat index of 110. Sweet lord. Yesterday was 103. And I don't even WANT to know what the heat index was. It's brutal. The demise of the crops is all over the news and they are predicting very high prices on everything this coming year. SO stock your pantries friends, while you can. I suspect it's gonna get rough...rougher than it already is. They had a news segment yesterday that showed a farmer digging down about 2 feet into the crumbling dirt on the edge of his field and it was dry as a bone. This will impact the price of all meat, dairy, you name it...I'm going to invest in a couple of extra boxes of powdered milk, a case or two of canned evaporated milk (I really don't use a lot of dairy products anyway) but every now and then I need some for a recipe. I'm thinking a case of canned salmon or tuna wouldn't be a bad thing either, even though we're not eating meat at home. Peanut butter is another good protein source, as long as you make sure to buy the natural stuff without all the shortening and sugar in it. And dried beans are a mainstay. And rice. And things you can make a hundred meals out of if you have to.
[ Here--help me down off this soapbox. My joints are a little creaky today...] LOL
So, I'm gong next door in a bit to sit with my neighbors husband and try to keep him from wanting to go out in the heat. It's gonna be a scorcher. Then when I am finished I will come home and can tomatoes and make jalapeno jelly. The peaches out front are not as ready as I thought, although this weekend they should be. I'm going out back now and make a quick run through the tomatoes and feed the chickens some of the bolting lettuce, and then I'll be off to the neighbors house.
Maybe I'll come back to this later this afternoon....so I'm going to leave it in the draft box...C YA!!!!
I'm Baaaaaccckkkkk!!!!!!! lol
Well, got neither tomatoes nor jelly done. Was at neighbors longer than I expected and by the time I got home it was time to start supper almost. I ran the vacuum real quick and cleaned up a little and then made big plates of chicken nachos for supper. I used up quite a few tomatoes making fresh salsa to top the nachos.As we ate, and for a while afterwards, we watched The Forbidden Planet, a film made in 1956 that was my favorite movie as a kid. It was a hoot watching it tonight--all the special effects (that won awards back then) were so hokey and the whole thing--well, we laughed all the way through it. It starred Robby the Robot.
Himself is going on a Boy Scout camping trip for an overnight with his buddy, who has been asked to come because he is an NRA certified something or other--I don't even want to know. But they will camp down in southern Missouri somewhere, and I'm sure they will have a ball. This is the guy he hikes with alot. So I'll have some time to myself this weekend...at least 24 hours. lol I think they are leaving Friday afternoon and coming back sometime Saturday evening.
I will get lots done this weekend I hope. I broke down and bought another 2 cases of wide mouth pint jars the other day, and I need to buy some more lids. I had also found pectin (both liquid and powdered) on sale, so I stocked up on that. At some point, I plan to get last years blackberries out of the freezer and make jelly out of them. I also want to make some more peach pit jelly this year. I am having a hard time finding jelly jars though and most of mine are in use. I am also going to dehydrate some watermelon slices...that should be interesting. I have some in the fridge that isn't getting used fast enough.
Himself says the peaches will be ready to pick this weekend. Yay.
I saw a wonderful salad recipe on a cooking show today...it was fresh fava beans and fennel, in a lemon vinaigrette. It looked magnificent. I have to try it.
Okay--I need to go to bed, I'm babbling. Wanted to finish this up and get it posted. I'm pooped.
Happy Thursday, y'all.