This is what happens when you rely on The United States Government to guide your actions.
My Grandma had a big veggies garden. My mom never learned. So I don’t know how.
Today I gave the presentation. Whew. And am having to quickly pull some things out of the garden. Rain & frost are on the way.
And I’m going to have to make a hard decision about those tomatilos. [Funny that the red squiggly line doesn’t recognize tomatillos, with alt. wpelling.]
|Basil drying and the reflection of my cupboards|
|A quart jar of dried basil|
|The basket is much larger than it looks. Crap. We are going to have to pickle these.|
As the kids are getting older, I’m turning over household chores to them. Teaching responsibility and all. Last night, it was kitty litter.
Me: It’s time you started emptying the cat litter.
Junior: I don’t want to.
Me: They’re your cats. Time you take some responsibility for them.
Junior: No. I don’t want to.
Me: This is not a negotiation, you do not get a say, and what you want will not change the outcome.
There was a lot of whining and fussing but we made our way to the litter box where I showed her the scoop and the bags. I even held the bag for her. And she thought she was done. When I reminded her that we had another litter box to empty. More whining.
Junior: I already did one. You do the other.
Me: No, Babe, you’re going to be responsible for your pets.
Me: Doesn’t having cats suck?
Junior: No! You suck!
Mr. X-Phi happily agrees to help. Shhh… although I am very busy, I do a quick tabulation of my own:
|Lest there be any mistake, I do know how to properly label a graph. What I don’t know is how to get Numbers to properly label a graph. X-axis: Numeral corresponding to choice; Y-axis: # of people choosing each choice.|
We really did this once for nearly 100 people. Mr. Big Food took orders, steak or salmon grilled to order? It was very funny. One fuss budgety guy came back three times because his steak wasn’t right. In the end of course it was perfect. Daughter K had come home from work in the middle of all this and jumped in to help– in her little chef’s’s outfit.* People thought we’d hired her. Ha!
Thought Experiment pt 1.
* At the time, K was doing serious cooking at a restaurant owned by a very successful chef. I think she learned a lot working in restaurant kitchens.
And I’m not talking about the unfairness felt by Occupiers of various cities. I am talking about the day in, day out, fact of the matter: Life is not fair. And no one said it was going to be.
|A bale of cotton|
Clearly I exaggerated when I said cotton bales were the size of railroad cars. Unfortunately, there’s nothing in this photo that gives you any perspective, but they are BIG. I had difficulty getting this photo. Every time I drove through the field there was something going on– lots of big machines, people, trucks. I didn’t feel comfortable taking photos– like a tourist– of my neighbors working. And to tell the truth, this wasn’t the photo I wanted at all. I wanted a shot of the field I showed you the other day. It was the first picked.
From Cotton Farming, vol. 55, no. 10, p. 10. October 2011. More pictures at the link.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle
Helping Rocky become an excellent dog is a lot of work.
|HOME LAUNDERING: Need for cleaning knowledge [full citation at post’s end]|
- Replenish the larder
- Put the house in order after the weekend
- Mend tears, etc. that would worsen when the garment was laundered
- Remove stains
- Prepare food in advance for wash day
- Gather, and presumably sort (this is a dig), laundry and prepare laundry apparatus without “infringing on the pleasures or quiet of Sunday”
** I’ll be posting about wash day soon.
|Parts of a paperback book|
|C will be home soon. She will break him out.|
|Note to C regarding Rocky’s misbehavior|
Other than this episode, Rocky had a good day. He almost caught a butterfly!
Few women appreciate the importance of mending, forgetting entirely the old proverb, “A stitch in time saves nine.” Every housewife should form the habit of doing the weekly mending each week instead of allowing it to accumulate until it becomes a burden. Carefully mended garments denote thrift, industry, and economy; therefore, every woman and every girl should take pride in knowing how to darn a pair of stockings, to patch a worn garment, and mend a tear. Mary Brooks Picken (Woman’s Institute Library of Dressmaking: Sewing Materials, 1923)
|A protester at Occupy Cincinnati. She has a job.|
|And an iPhone. Good for her.|
|Two watermelons. Tomorrow there will be one watermelon and one dozen fresh eggs.|
|Quarts: Pickled green tomatoes; Pint: Pickled jalapenos|
Makes 6 pints
3 quarts green cherry tomatoes, approximately
12 cloves garlic
6 sprigs dill
1 1/3 quarts white vinegar
2 C water
1/3 C canning salt
Wash and pack tomatoes into hot pint jars, adding 2 cloves garlic and 1 sprig dill to each jar. Boil vinegar, water and salt mixture about 5 minutes, or until salt is dissolved. Pour over tomatoes, seal jars, and process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.
Tomato Cherry Red & Yellow Pear Blend Organic Heirloom Seed
75 days. This heirloom blend brings you both red and yellow, very attractive fruit that can be eaten like grapes. Sweet, mild flavor and low acidity make these tomatoes great for hors d’oeuvres, salads, canning and relishes. Produces clusters of fruit all summer long. Cherry Red Pear seeds are dyed red, while the Yellow Pear seeds remain natural so you will know what tomato seed you are sowing produces which color tomato. Provide support for vigorous vines that easily reach 6 feet.
twothree watermelons (one is rotten so we’re going to shoot it)
- a few beets and
- baby lima beans
- a little French melon (not sure it’s going to make the cut; we’ll look at it tonight
- jalapeno peppers
- and a nice batch of cherry tomatoes.
|Preparing to freeze some French melon|
We did it! We got just about everything done. The only thing that remains for this evening is stewing the tomatoes. But the melons (there were two, not one, aas I reported earlier) and tomatillos– which I think I forgot to mention yesterday– are in the freezer. The jalapeno are pickled, as are the two quarts of green cherry tomatoes that I picked just as it was getting dark.
The melon are
Cucumis melo (Reticulatus group)
90 days. Charentais melons aren’t found in your grocery store — they’re too fragile to ship. A true cantaloupe, the fruits have smooth skin with light green stripes, maturing to creamy yellow. The delightfully scented, creamy orange flesh is filled with unsurpassed flavor. One of the sweetest rewards of home gardening!
from Botanical Interests and they going to taste sooo good in January!
Good day. Big life.