|The sunflowers are loving the heat!!|
Nourish - Ugh - when it is so hot we neither one feel like eating much. We find ourselves eating breakfast after we have worked outside in the cool of the morning (such as it is), and then eating something light for dinner, salads with leaf lettuce and kale and sometimes some meat - but I am attempting not to turn on any heat producing appliances so we cook outside on the porch!
|This was our bbq ribs tonight!|
Prepare - So there it was, one of the hottest days so far and my friend calls and says "our plum tree has too many for us would you like some?" Well I hardly ever turn down free stuff - especially food, so she and her hubby brought over the plums and I dug out the big
I tried something new and just canned some whole in a medium syrup, and then did up the rest in preserves. I ended up with 6 pints of whole plums and about 7 pints of preserves and then gave one of the jars of preserves to my friend. (just in case she has more plums someday!) I love fresh jam on hot bread in the middle of winter - it's like a little bit of summer in your mouth!
Reduce - This is the time of year I start getting out all my canning jars and lids and making sure that they are all in good shape, getting rid of any cracked or chipped rims and checking my supply of lids. Someday I would like to try the reusable lids but for now I reuse the old fashioned ones till the seals look bad and only then use new ones!
Green - Well the vinegar weed killer was a mixed result experiment, turned out to be good for things like sidewalk cracks and small weeds in the sun, but not so good for a huge well established weed bed (not that I would have anything like that!) I posted pics of the results here
Grow -We are picking summer squash and strawberries, lettuce and kale and the occasional onion. The peas have been pulled out and the herbs harvested (first harvest of the season I hope). The corn always amazes me with how fast it will grow with a little heat!
Create - Creating this month was a wallet for daughter-in-law #one, she had asked for one to replace a previous gift and I was very pleased to have it turn out very well. Posted here Always nice to have someone appreciate the work and use the gift!!
Discover - We are discovering all the free places to go with air conditioning!! The library in our town is new and lovely and very cool (temperature wise and fun wise!) and they have all the local papers!!
Enhance - I am working on a second genealogy for some friends of ours and having a lot of fun doing it. Not only is it an activity that doesn't require that I move a lot in the heat, it is just so much fun for me to find the histories and stories. These friends of ours had very little family knowledge and this has been a treat for me to be able to share this with them both.
|Her momma's eyes and her daddy's dimples!|
Enjoy -We have been enjoying the wonders of the internet, without which we would not be able to watch our Miss Lily grow up so much. After she put that first birthday behind her she began to walk and due to the magic of facebook etc. we can be hundreds of miles away and still keep up on her goings on. Seriously, could she be any cuter??
Enjoy the beginning of the end of the year and be sure to check out the other blogs in the roundup here at Greenhaven!