Monday, July 30, 2012
Two Steps Behind
Oooh, I am just not doing well on keeping up on the posts I'm supposed to be writing. I have a number of things to write about; I guess I'm just not entirely enthused about it all though. Well, I mean, I am enthused about what's going on, just not the writing thereof! I don't know, I guess it's just a combination of being very busy and feeling like no one is particularly interested or paying attention. Now, before anybody jumps on me!!!... I know that there are a number of you that do pay close attention and are interested. I'm just saying how I'm feeling. Computers are a great way to feel connected to others at times and yet, at other times seem to emphasize just how alone we are. The conundrum for me is that computers are probably my best bet for interacting with people because I can edit myself. Not to mean that I'm hiding anything really; I think most of you can agree I'm pretty honest on this blog, but that in person I am just not a...well, likable person. I told Jack the other day that my work fellers are the only group I have truly ever fitted in with and that is true. You could be rough or coarse or state whatever opinion you wanted with them and they really didn't care. "Course, they might call you a dumbass but they still liked you! I miss them. Of course, I have Jack now and am thankful for that. And I also know that having him around is one reason I don't write as much as I used to. Having him to talk to or do things with does take up more of my time.
Then again, maybe it's just about needing some time to chill out and not think. As you can see from the photo above, the garden is doing very well this year. I know some parts are really getting smacked by drought this year but we have done very well. We have only had to water the garden a few times so far. So, I've been canning, drying, pickling and cooking every spare moment at times and in between painting the house, making pottery, tending chickens and doing regular house chores. Crap!! no wonder I haven't felt like thinking enough to write an article!! Ha!!
I believe it was last Friday that we had an enormous and severe thunderstorm come up after lunch. I was taking a short nap but woke to the sound of thunder and hail on the windows. That is NOT what you want to hear when you have a garden full of stuff. It was a couple of hours before we could really go out and see how much damage there was but in the end we lucked out. Thankfully, the hail was not very large and didn't last long. Some of the green beans were kinda beat up, a few broke limbs on the tomato plants and it blew over my cucumber trellis but other than that we did okay. So, it all goes on. The peas and corn have about pooped out but now the tomatoes and figs are cranking up. I also need to get my seeds started for the fall garden. Dang, there are just not enough hours in the day. But I do enjoy it really. It is very satisfying, in a number of ways, to know that we are able to grow these things and provide so much for ourselves without having to depend on the commercial food structure/ depletion cycle. It is a very real thing.
So, I have a number of great new recipes and such to share and I have not forgotten about the Frugal series I was doing. I'll be back!!
Hey, one question: is anybody having trouble reading these post because the type seems too small?? For some reason it looks a little small to me but I don't think I've changed anything. ???