Most days, I take lots of pictures . . just anything I see around here. After finishing the Tour-de-Sock project yesterday, I looked at my pictures and other than those green socks, I’ve taken zero pictures. Knitting has consumed me!
Everything is fine in the garden .. you already know about the issues with the pH. It’s way dry and I’m having to water every day. There’s a chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday, with Saturday’s forecast saying “a strong afternoon storm” . . keeping my fingers crossed that we get rain without hail. Windows have been replaced and I’d hate to have to get that done again. Almost every day I pick anasazi beans. The black beans are making little bean pods but are nowhere near ready to pick. The pumpkins are growing like crazy. I see a lot of baby pumpkins out there. Same with the squash. In addition to getting lemon squash every day, I’ve picked a few zucchini. Hubbard and maybe spaghetti squash should be ready soon. There were a few seeds that kinda looked like squash seeds in with my bulk okra seeds from last year so I planted them. Surprise!
There are a few green tomatoes. I’ll be real surprised if there are enough tomatoes to can this year. Onions and potatoes are dug. Garlic will probably get dug this week. I’m seeing a few little cucumbers and lots of blossoms.
The critters are fine. I do most of my knitting with Boots. It seems cooler in the sewing room . . the house air conditioner really needs to be replaced but so long as it’s hobbling along, Vince is not going to replace it. I can sit in the sewing room and knit without feeling like I should be getting up and putting clothes in the dryer, or cleaning a bathroom, or wiping down the stove . . out of sight/out of mind! Plus, the satellite radio isn’t hooked up in the house. I need to remind Vince to fix that!
Cat is struggling in the heat. We’ve had several days with the heat index near 110º. That’s kind of unusual for mid-June . . and kinda scary for what July and August may be like. Speck and Rita are good.
We have one peach tree that’s loaded with peaches that aren’t quite ripe yet. The fig tree has a million figs. I’m so hoping nothing happens to them and we get some good figs this year. Vince said “What are we going to do with them all?” I don’t think I’ve ever had too many figs. My grandparents had a huge tree and it’s a battle to keep the birds from getting them but I’m hoping to have more than we can possibly use this year. That’s how it’s looking now.
I guess that about covers what’s happening on the home front. See . . I really could blog once a week and you’d know more than you need to know about what’s happening here.
Oh, no. You have to blog everyday. I enjoy your posts and I would get worried about the critters, the garden, Vince, the weather…..we need information. Really do enjoy your ramblings.
Mary Jo says
I agree with Dotti! The two things I look at in the morning are the weather forecast and your blog! Your blog helps start my day with a smile!
I also enjoy knowing that most days if I pop into your blog I will most likely find something new. I understand your need for rain. We haven’t had any for some time and my home is currently 23 miles from a wildfire in New Mexico. Rather unsettling.
Oh, goodness . . that is scary. I sure hope they get it under control. 23 miles is not nearly far enough the way those wild fires can travel. I hope you’re safe. Check in in a day or so and let me know how you’re doing, ok?
Fire moved closed then started moving another direction. For now we are good. Hope they get it under control soon!
fig preserves! Best preserves in the world and a Southern tradition. When I was growing up my grandma had a giant fig tree and we made about 100 pints of fig preserves every year. I miss them. If I can find enough to make even a couple of pints now, I do, but they are usually very expensive out here in California.
Have you tried making jam with figs and strawberry Jello? I made it yrs ago and we really liked it. I no longer have the recipe, but google has it!