Isn't this beautiful ? I could have a spot like this, if it would ever stop raining and I had the energy to work this hard.
It actually didn't rain today. It wasn't supposed to rain yesterday either, but it did. We had days of rain and the temps were not getting past 70 degrees. IN MID JULY. Today it hit 97. And the humidity was suffocating. It is supposed to rain every day next week I think. We are drowning. The fields are looking weird and yellow, the corn already starting to look bad. The bugs (mosquitoes and gnats) are horrific, because there is standing water everywhere. I don't have much hope for my garden. We'll see. I am not giving up yet.
I harvested a good sized mess of green beans yesterday between downpours. Enough for a big meal and a little leftovers. They are beautiful and there might be a lot of beans this year. If we ever get enough sun. I sauteed them to a crispy crunch with olive oil, minced garlic and Himalayan sea salt and cracked black pepper. They were too good--first produce of the season always is. The lettuce and kale and chard are a sickly pale green. The carrots are spotty (and they usually do so well). Sigh...
Today I baked an Italian Creme cake for a 22 year anniversary celebration. The party was at 6, so we were home by 8, even though we hung around chatting. Always so good to celebrate sobriety. We got home and watched some episodes of Red Dwarf--one of the crazier scififantasy sitcoms I've ever seen. Last night we grilled steaks and had the green beans while we watched Young Frankenstein, Hysterical. I had a bunch of chanterelles my son found, so I grilled onions and mushrooms to go on the steaks. I love those mushrooms...this morning he came back in with another bag of beautiful chantrelles as well as quite a few hedgehog mushrooms that he is sure I will love. He says they're pretty rare, so I had to google them lol http://www.mushroomexpert.com/hydnum_repandum.html They are pretty and aromatic with a nutty taste. I have quite a bit of mushrooms in my fridge and need to figure out something to use them in in the next day or so. Was thinking maybe a garlic, spinach and wild mushroom fritata . Or something. lol
No eggs yet from the new chickens, but should be any time. One of the hens turned out to be a rooster and the little bastard is pushing his luck. Crowing from 4 AM til midnight. Chasing me in the run. I named him Earl, so I can sing "Earl's gotta die" (Dixie Chicks) lol. He's not long for this world, the mean little sucker. lol
Guess I'm headed for bed soon as it's after midnight and I'm pooped. Have a great week and hope everyone's garden is doing better than mine. I know we all count on that food.