… that stands out:
Just finished tuning up the front yard. Amazed how the constant rain has changed things. My xeriscaped rock garden is looking more like the forest floor. My roses are struggling and I may have to look into treatments for their waterlogged and spotted leaves.
I’ve cleaned out peonies and poppies early to give the other plants some room to dry out.
I’m “enjoying” watching the bindweed and spurge in a battle to the death. I’m sure I, and my garden, will be the loser.
My yard snakes have quadrupled in size and I’m wondering if I should be concerned that I have enough food for four snakes to grow so quickly. There are
two little ones one little one* wandering around, too.
*I just found one dead by the front door. I’m thinking he drown in the downpour last night.
So that’s the front yard. I’ll tackle the jungle in the backyard tomorrow. The veggie garden is looking good, but the lack of sun may hinder production.
Last night’s harvest. I processed the batch in the blue colander today. I’ll do the rest tomorrow and start the jelly. I should have plenty. I think I’ll give away the rest of the harvest.
No recipe exchange this week. Been very busy. Today I bought a door. I love our local salvage yard, got a great deal. I may be sacrificing a bit of energy efficiency with the window, but the living room needed the light. It is an upgrade from the plain wood door to insulated steel, so there is that. I need to touch it up a bit and then paint it before it’s installed.
The animals are settling in. Jake is back to his favorite spot:
Zander is always up for a belly rub:
And looking for a game of laser light:
He and Bixby play it together and I need to get video, but it’s tough to capture the action. Speaking of the Beast:
He happily has his own couch (for now). We’ll see what happens when I find the new sectional. But for now, he’s comfy. LOL
The yard is coming along. I had a surprise gladiola hiding in the chard that made a smashing debut yesterday:
The window box outside my office that has been host to butterflies, bees and a hummingbird:
That’s it for tonight. I hope you have a great holiday weekend. – TaMara
I’m in charge of watering the yard at the new house, since the seller has moved out of state. Bixby is clearly enjoying it. I keep discovering all kinds of fun things while I’m wandering around the yard. Sweet, golden raspberries, concord grapes, a tomatillo, rhubarb…the list goes on.
The world is rushing at me, mostly with really good stuff, and I’m struggling to keep up. I suspect it will be that way until mid-July. I am also finding myself inundated by kind, unexpected deeds that have buoyed me at a time when it would be so easy to become cynical and disillusioned with the world. The house is almost a done deed, too, so I’m feeling hopeful.
I will try and have some July 4th ideas later in the week. But no promises.
I have one last hurdle and then I’ll feel comfortable saying the house is mine. Just don’t want to jinx it – though packing has started, the moving crew and truck are reserved and closing time is set. But anyone who has gone through this knows there will be a flurry of paperwork between now and two minutes before close. I guarantee you there will be a celebratory post the moment keys are in my hands.
My bun-fu is improving! It helped that I went with 12 instead of 16 like the last batch. I went with a different forming method after watching a few Youtubes to get a better idea of how to proceed. I rolled the dough flat in a roughly 6″ x 4″ rectangle, and then folded it like I was folding a letter to go into an envelope – top third down, bottom third up and over that. Pinch the seam and ends and lay them on the tray with a bout a 1/2″ gap between so they rise to touch.We grew mint is this pot last year, and left it out all winter. It lasted a long time before the cold weather burnt everything above dirt level. We noticed new growth so I gave it a haircut the other day. Mint is tough, we had mint growing wild in Mrs J’s flower garden and it took several years to eradicate. Last year she told me to plant that nursery seedling as far away from her dirt as I could.Kimchi! There is a Chinese buffet that we hit whenever we are close during meal time that has kimchi on their line. I usually get some, I like it a lot. I’ve made it before and had good luck but I made so much it was really getting sour before I could eat it all. Mrs J refused to help. This is one head of Napa cabbage, plus the carrots, daikon radish, and the rest. I adapted this recipe.I left it overnight, covered, in the big bowl on a counter to give the fermentation a start and then put it all in this gallon jar to finish in the fridge in the basement.
Primary day in Illinois last Tuesday, this is the little township meeting hall where we cast our votes. One nice thing about living out in the boonies, there is hardly ever a line.
Random wildlife! This is a young buck that has dropped one of its antlers. They are shed every year but it’s rare to find them in the woods – they are quickly gnawed down by little woodland critters.One more – at first glance I thought that the bird standing behind the deer was a crow but a second look showed it to be a hawk:I’m no expert on bird ID but I think this may be a juvenile red shouldered hawk. I don’t know for sure why it is standing there at the pond but we often see wood ducks right there, either in the water or ashore looking for the corn Mrs J leaves down there.