It's quiet here this morning. Well, quiet as it gets...the cacophony of the wild birds can be deafening, unless you love it as I do. An occasional car goes by on the road, sometimes the dogs bark, sometimes they don't. I've had a nice weekend. Yesterday early in the day, we strolled around the yard, looking at stuff. The yellow crookneck squash has flowers, but the butternut doesn't yet. Those plants are really looking substantial finally--I was a little worried because the seedlings I started winding up staying in the flats a lot longer than they should have because of all the rain. But they look healthy and hearty now. We picked about a cup of blueberries, we ate some raspberries we found. Lilies are flowering everywhere. This picture is of the elder flowers on the side of the yard. I'm going to make a cordial with some of them, and hopefully leave enough for some elderberry jelly. The cordial gets mixed with lemon and a simple syrup, and then you use about a tablespoon or so and mix it with water, making a refreshing summer drink. I can't wait to get on that, maybe tomorrow.
Today is my day off. lol I did fire up the vacuum and clean up the dog hair and stripped the bed. But that's all I'm doing. I need a quiet day. We had a plan for me to go pick up my sister-in-law and come down and see the baby tomorrow, but she texted me this morning and said she has 2 more days of chemo and that it's making her feel pretty sick, so maybe we can do it next Monday. Bless her heart...I texted her back and said sure, and was there anything I could do for her in the meantime? Haven't heard back... So now I am free tomorrow to gather elderflowers if I want to. Or something.
We've been getting more rain here the past day or two. Rained pretty good last night. Keeps acting like it wants to rain now, but then the clouds will part and the sun will come through. It's 69 degrees right now...so I opened all the windows and turned on the fans. The gardens are loving the rain, sweet potatoes are spreading runners everywhere. Potatoes are thick and flowering. Edamame is sturdy and tall. Lettuce is basking in the warm (but not too hot) weather and all the rain. Tomatoes and peppers, spinach and chard--all looking good. And the grass needs mowing again. Sigh...
The neighbors are supposed to have an Open House today. They have found a condo and are all ready in case the house sells fast. It's hard moving. I thought I would never move again, but we are talking about making a move to Wisconsin. We've talked about this before, but it's on the table again. His dad is getting frail and I want my husband to be happy. He hasn't lived in his home state since he left for the marine Corps in 1978 We would have to sell this place to buy another one, unless we dipped into the 401K money, which we don't really want to do. And I don't really want the hassle of having two houses either. But it's all in the dreaming about it phase. I told him he'd have to make sure he had a job first. We are talking about the northern part of Wisconsin, Chippewa Falls or farther north. There is some industry around the Chippewa Falls/Eau Claire area, and that's where his dad lives. We'll see what happens...but we could be relocating. All I really need is enough room for a big garden and some fruit trees and I'll be happy. And room for the dogs. I don't need a big house, I don't need a lot of anything really. Except for my husband to be happy.
Okay--just got a call from him (speak of the devil) and he wants me to come meet him for lunch at the little Mexican place. Sounds like a plan. I'm outta here.
Have a serene Sunday, y'all.