Hello, friends. On Monday, I canned up vegetable broth, adding 16 pints to the pantry. I was excited to see the turmeric I planted in a pot is sprouting. After working in town on Tuesday, I ran errands, including picking up a few groceries. I found one can of natural canned dogfood on the clearance rack, which was added to the pantry. I got the pups bones at Marshall's. One for Guinness was $1 less than amazon, @ $4.99. I found a huge bone for McNibs at $16 less than amazon, @ $7.99. McNibs had chewed the ones they had to tiny nubs, and both were happy boys when I got home. A requested book was picked up at the library. Three volunteer elderberry plants were shared with a friend. A load of laundry was hung on the line, and sheets were changed. I tried this new recipe. Though it has lots of good things in it, I found the flavor too bland for my liking. I like my vegi's to have some pizzazz. The only thing I changed was to use a bit less black pepper. Upping that would have given a bit more heat, but not done anything for the flavor. On to some more recipes.
The outdoor shower was swept, and the cobwebs removed. It's now ready for another season. I hope to bathe the dogs in it soon. I began working on another box of my friends antiques, to sell on ebay. All the winter lettuce bolted. I harvested them, and mixed it with store bought lettuce for our salads over the past couple of weeks. There is some lettuce coming up in the garden, and some coming up in pots. Speaking of which, I found another toad in a pot, this time in the basil. Silly toad. I've since moved the pots off the porch floor. Seeds for red noodle beans, arugula, purple green beans and a few flowers were ordered online. Cucumbers, summer squash and several different beans are coming up in the garden. Growing the sweet potato slips in the repurposed truck tool box was a success. J planted over 60 sweet potato plants so far.
My sweet stepdaughter sent me a bouquet of the most beautiful shade of roses. Aren't they lovely? They've cheered me all week. Last week, I woke at first light several days, and the chorus of birdsong was amazing. Such a sweet pleasure right outside my windows. I worked a couple days at one of my occasional jobs. In between customers, I did a little mending, and made progress on catching up on my inbox. Leftovers were brought for lunch. The tunnel or miner bees have emerged, and are staking out new territory around the pond. We're happy to provide them habitat. Tiny frogs have hatched out from the pond, and are everywhere. I noticed a branch of the oldest hazelnut dying. J checked it out, and found a borer in the branch. He researched it, and apparently it could be one of several borers. I fed it to one of the chickens. Wednesday morning was chilly, with lows in the 40's. After making yogurt and catching up on ironing, I cleaned, powder coated and began packing 4 orders.
|Miner bee tunnels. Look close, & you may be able to see one going in the middle hole.|
I had a hankering for french toast Sunday morning. Trying to figure out a version that would work with my diet recommendations, I used hemp milk in place of milk, and used some wild blueberry all fruit jam on top, in place of maple syrup. It was quite tasty and satisfying. Suet and hummingbird food was made for the birds. Two loads of laundry were done, and hung on the line. It reached 87 on Sunday afternoon, so I thought it was a good time to give the dogs a bath, and take my first outdoor shower of the year. It was lovely. Wishing you a week of lovely things.