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Glad you made that appointment. Think I will go ahead and start a new chat since it is September now.

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Cathy, good luck with the return to work.
Yes, I did call the Endodontist. It is the tooth that I had surgery on to save it. I'm on Penicillin now and the only time they could fit me in was an early morning appt tomorrow. To make it in time I need to be on the road by 6:15 am at the latest. Yikes! I'll take an Advil tonight to make sure I sleep well. Some planning is in order so that I'll get out of the apt by then. And maybe set 2 alarms? I'm sorry that I'll miss going to my Weaving Guild.

My stereo system is set up but the sound wasn't up to par on the FM radio station I listen to every day. After some searches and a look at the manual I checked the FM antennae. Discovered the wires were loose. A bit of fiddling with the screw driver and the sound is great! The new CD player will have to wait. One thing at a time.

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Barb, get that appointment made for the tooth. Nice sunset. Glad you got the stereo cabinet up on wheels and ready to start operating it today. I am hoping Master Gardeners could start meeting in person again and also my Red Hats group since the restaurants can start having a few more people starting this Friday. I miss my meetings and I hate zoom meetings.
Back to work i go this morning. Probably be a boring day spent on the computer for work stuff---LOL

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Cathy, I hope the car has been fixed and not too expensive. Such a wonderful time for Farmer's markets. Terri could put on her own, lol. So simple to mention the laundry of rugs and blankets and so much work. I only partially dry all of my laundry, then hang it to dry so all laundry is always mroe work. I'm glad you had a nice day with your gd before returning to work.

Terri, you sure have a lot going on. My well wishes to you.


Not to go on about the subject but I will, lol. I've only known Shepherd's Pie as made with beef and a layer of vegetable in the middle so Terri your comment got me curious. I did a search. In North America whether beef or lamb, it is generally known as SH. I guess in areas where there are sheep or eating lamb is more common, they would make a distinction. Also most of the recipes I found did not have the vegetable layer in the middle and when they did,the carrots were mashed. Mine were sliced. This morning I looked at the ingredients in a common commercial frozen product. Now this is why I don't buy them!


I do a little of something each day and eventually it gets done. With no company, I can let the projects sit. Other than groceries, most of my shopping is on the local Buy & Sell FB page where things appear or there are requests for items I need to get rid of show up.

I went back to the Stereo cabinet and decided I had to put castors on the bottom before setting my system up agian. What a job. it was so heavy and the base was too narrow for the plate of the castors so an extension block on the bottom were necessary. Got it done! The components are in. This morning I'll connect everything. I'mm looking forward to better sound.

I've been haing trouble with the same tooth that had an abscess in the winter. I hope I don't loose it. I HAVE to call the Endodontist this morning and not avoid it any longer. No more avoiding it.

Thur, my Weaving Guild is meeting again. If it is nice, we can meet outside otherwise the room meets the Centre's Safety requirements with distancing, limits on numbers, arrangements of tables, sanitizer and masks. Washrooms are available but we won't have accerss to the kitchen to bag lunches and thermoses will be the norm. it will look very different but we're all gladd to get together again. Some will choose not to because of their or spouses health conditons.

Before dinner, I went for a walk in the neighbourhood doing up, along and down blocks taking phtos of the low maintenance and Xeroscape gardens. When i get a chance, I'll put them in a blog post. Later, as I was reading on the balcony I was treated to the best sunset, a fitting goodbye to August!






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9/1/20 6:50 A

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You must find it hard to cook for one with him gone. But then I don't see how you would have time to cook much with all the harvesting and canning you are doing.
Had a lovely day with my gd yesterday. Today I go for shots in my hips before going back to work tomorrow.

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It's getting to be that time of year for these kinds of comfort-food dishes. I need to be careful not to regain any weight--again. With Steve gone during the week and the garden producing in full force, I'm not cooking meals right now. I usually just cook some squash or a couple of ears of corn to go with a piece of meat. Keeping it simple right now.

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Most people just call it that and use hamburger. I do most times but now that I have found ground lamb is pretty reasonable, I might make it next time with the lamb.

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We don't care for lamb but love the same dish made with beef. I guess that's called cottage pie?

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Glad you were able to figure out a recipe for a shepherd's pie that fits your needs. We have an Irish pub near by where we love to go for their's and I know of make a quickie one here for us which doesn't take much time or the oven---it works for us---but we do love that one from the pub. Shame that it got damaged. Good luck figuring out your set up for the stereo.
My car had to be towed yesterday to the shop. HOpe it was just the battery but it wouldn't even take a jump yesterday morning. We did go by the shop to tell what was going on, then we stopped by a Farmer's market for some fresh corn on the cob, tomatoes, and peaches. We enjoyed some of the corn and the tomatoes yesterday and I will cut up the peaches this morning for us to enjoy. Lots of housework was done yesterday, too. Plus extra laundry---washed blankets and rugs---then did the towels. HOping to hear about my car today---I need to make some appointments for me---my hair needs to be cut and I need shots in my hips, but need a car to get those things done.

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Cathy, I would have gone (when in bloom) but apparently it lost 2 of it's limbs in a storm in Dec of 2018
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I love Shepherd's Pie but commercial ones always have gluten and when I've tried making it myself, I haven't been impressed with the results. Now I have success from my own recipe and have multiple meals in the freezer. It is awesome! I wrote down what I did so I can repeat it in future. Good enough that I would serve it to company.

I started putting my stereo system together. Measured all the components and the stand but the receiver didn't fit where I wanted it to go. The various stops and then the backing were the problems and even with removing the stops and trying again didn't solve it. I gave up and will try a different configuration today. The shelves are never where one needs them and the receiver is heavy.

Our wildfire situation is looking much better this morning, away from homes but still not under control. It made a pretty sunrise.


I always open Gmail in an Opera browser private window in Opera. This morning it was in a Ukrainian! I wondered if I had been hacked but it's OK in another browser. I think it's a setting. Still researching. In the meantime, I received a msg that my order for my stove light from a hardware store was only partially filled. Because shipping was more than the item, I had to call Customer Service. A wonderful woman was able to cancel the remaining order and called a store for me that had more stock. They are holding them and waiting for my order which I just completed. I use my stove light as a night light so I really wanted to get a spare since they are discontinued.

My morning sure went sideways. I remembered to spell my reply this time!

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I think I saw that featured somewhere---the lady who planted it was beside it and the bush/tree is 100 years old. It is just lovely---I would love to have something so lovely at my place. Will you go by and see it is person?

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Well done Terri! I can see this will be your life for the next two months. :D

Cathy, I hope that sunshine arrives soon.

I'm not sure what is going on with my parsley and chives. They are rather pathetic. Could it be the heat? .

I was going through emails this morning and found this gem. A 125 yo Rhodedendron on Vancouver Island is about an hour South of my neice's home. It's proximity is what makes it interesting.


I have all sorts of projects in my head but right now they aren't being done.

I hope you can interpret my posts. Because of the arthritis in my hands, letters in words are reversed and sometimes whole words are dropped. If I write a Reply in the SparkPeople box, I don't see the errors.

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Glad you are getting lots of goodies canned up for the winter.
We have had so many overcast days that all my tomatoes are still green. Hoping the sunshine this week will give me some red ones. I have the fear that all of those tomatoes are going to turn ripe on me all at once.

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I got the peppers and cucumbers pickled and the green beans and black-eyed peas snapped and canned. I picked more in the garden yesterday, so added them to what i already had cleaned and now have the last batch in the canner. Next thing on the agenda is some salsa.

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Nice to be able to have the oven on for that. Enjoy those muffins---always best fresh from the oven.
Rainy Saturday here. Then the heat comes back here.

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Cathy, yes it was. My freezer doesn' have much space left. I guess that's a good thing!
Yes I did watch them but it took all day. I have photos of the stages between the first photo and the 2nd.

I had fresj blueberries left, just enough for Lemon Bluebery muffins. they just came out of the overn. Oh, they are sooo good! trying to resist eating too many. They are small so I did eat two but I'm stopping now, lol.

High winds and sever thunderstorms predicted for todya. Not a good situation.

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Barb, how nice to get the fresh fruit and the meat on sale. Did you watch them take the tree down? Always interesting to watch things like that.

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Terri, would agree with Cathy's comment . That is really haul and only the beginning. You have a lot of work ahead of you. I don't have a"shelling" chair. I stand in the corner beside my kitchen sink. That may be why I get so tired.

Cathy, I do like to listen to music and I've been missing it. I needed more variety to cycle through before having to sort through them all putting them away in cases and getting more out.

My neighbour was released from Emerg that evening and I picked her up. Yesterday, she left me a couple of baskets of fruit (peaches, 3 kinds of plums, apples & a couple oftomatoes) as a thank you. Soo good!

We don't have the wildfire situation that California does but the one on the outside of town doubled in size overnight. Lots of crews are on it. The big worry tonight are the winds and forecast of more thunderstorms which started the last ones. There is a bad one just across the border between us & the USA.

I''ve got a new view. I heard a lot of noise early this morning and looked to find a faller taking down a very tall tree (60 -80 ft?) down the lane. Theses guys are amazing!




Ground beef and chicken were on sale so I'm busy making freezer meals.

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Quite the haul---lots of work ahead.

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Yesterday's haul, minus the two boxes--yes BOXES--that my friend took home. More pickles today, peppers to clean and pickle, beans to snap and peas to shell & snap. Not doing anything with the tomatoes today, but they are finally starting to turn red, so sauce and salsa will be coming soon.





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Barb, yikes to that fire. Why did you need a 25 CD changer? Do you listen to music that much? I have a 5 one in my car and that is nice for long trips as I don't have Sirius on my radio.
Terri, glad you had some help with harvesting and blessed someone else with fresh produce. Sounds like you will be sitting in your shelling chair for a while---LOL
I did put some weeds from up front yesterday---just 2 bags full----all my knees would allow plus in the sun it was hot---not bad in the shade. WE did go by Lowe's when we were out and picked up some bricks for a small project that Dh is working on.

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It's fire season here too and weve been breathing a lot of smoke until recently. Something shifted and the smoke hasn't been laying in our river canyon like it was.

Had a good afternoon in the garden and visiting with my DIL and friend, both of whom came to help me pick. Our friend took home a couple of boxes of produce and was thrilled. I will be snapping beans and shelling peas for a while, as I brought home lots of both.

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Wow, I needed a double dose of coffee this morning. and no wonder that I don't know where the time has gone. I just spent 2 1/2 hours scanning photos, editing and uploading them to my new blog entry on my Perrenial garden form when I had my house.
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Terri, you have been busy! You posted while I was doing the blog. Here is the link to all my recent entires.
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The above was written this morning.
Update 7 hrs later.
As I was going out to pick up a 25 CD changer for my stereo system (another Buy & Sell gem to upgrade from my 5 cd changer) I almost bumbed into an Ambulance's stretcher (they're huge!). I waited. My neighbour was being taken to the hospital. Offered my help if she needed anything. I'll pick her up later if she gets out today. She just called a couple of hours ago and I'm thinking it is doubtful.

We just had another widlfire break out in the mountains to the south of me. It's in a deep gully in a remote area above some small residential communities which are ok as long as the fire doesn't come over the top. The Retardant and Water Bombers are on it now. We have high winds from the South which are driving it's spread. This was taken from our building's rooftop balcony.


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I'm glad you blogged some of your photos, Barb. I haven't had time to check them out, but am looking forward to it.

I've had a couple of grandsons with me for the weekend (cousins to each other) and they've been having a good time together. They picked peaches for me and have helped with a few odds & ends, but we've mostly tried to keep as cool as possible in this heat wave.

This morning, I finally canned my first batch of dill pickles for the season after having lost a lot of the cucumbers I picked last week. Today, I'll surely get more because I haven't picked since Saturday. Now that I have the jars washed and ready, all the spices out, brine made and dill cut and standing in a jar of water, all I have to do is get the cucumbers and do it. The boys and I will be going out to the ranch (where my garden is) today. One boy is going home and the other will enjoy time with more cousins for the day.

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Terri, the fun thing about gladiolas is that you can plant them all thru the summer to have color coming on at different times. They do say to pull them up and replant the following summer but i have left some in the ground and they seem to come back--maybe because we have had mild winters. I do love them and need to get some again next year and start putting them in. I do have to plant tulips up front this fall if I want to have them in the Spring. I dug them all up when we replace the soil in the triangle bed.
Barb , going to go look at your blogs. Glad you figured out what I meant---LOL
Going to a 70th surprise bday party for Dh's older sister today. Only part of the family was invited to keep the numbers down. If too crowded we won't stay long.

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Terri, that is lovely looking produce. The technical issues are really annoying because they take sooo much time to resolve with little satisfaction at the end. Not like you can see something that has been built, made or grown.

It was a beautiful sunrise this morning, not spectacular, just uplifting and energising.


Last year when I was on my Cross Country trip, Cathy suggested that I post my journal notes and photos on a Blog. Back then it didn't even occur to me to put them on my Spark Blog. I was thinking of a regular internet blog which is a lot of work. Once I realized, much too late, what Cathy meant, if I have a lot of photos to share, now I will do it on my Spark Blog.

My outing at Linden Gardens yesterday
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I also posted photos from the Kenyon Park spin-In back in mid July but it has today's date because I can't set a date.
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Barb, I am SO impressed with the way you tackle all that technical stuff! I would throw the whole thing out the window in frustration! I'm glad you found the casters and got your little cabinet functional but I agree about the odd sizes of screw packages. Have fun at your Guild Spin In.

Cathy, my mom and I lived in a house just before I got married that had been planted so that there was always some color popping in the landscape. Even in the dead of winter, she had holly berries for color. I wish now that I had cataloged some of the flowers because I don't remember what they were. I know there was crocus and early bulbs first and the holly last. In between, there were daisies, gladiolas, dahlias, chrysanthemums, lilacs and dogwood and some roses, I think. So far, I have daisies, mums, dahlias, soapwart, persian lilies, sweet william and columbine, with some marigolds and petunias around as annuals.


Here's a quick photo of some of Wednesday's garden harvest. In addition, there was another basket of squash, a box of black-eyed peas, and another box of grilling peppers and bell peppers that didn't get into the photo.




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Terri, that is the trick, to find the right pairings. I love my day lilies but they don't last long enough---LOL---but at least I have them blooming at different times and I do like the greenery that is left after they are done.
Barb, sorry about the tech issues. I wouldn't have any idea how to even start to fix things like that. Those gardens sound nice. Hope you enjoyed your meeting there.
I have another hens and chicks that is in bloom---that will be the end of that one but it is an interesting event.

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I love perennial gardens; so smart, lots of rewards with a minimum of work.

I finally have my balcony in order. Cleaned everything except the siding. Put castors on the small 3 drawer chest to hide the gardening stuff, soil, small wood scraps etc. The chest was free but it didn't have legs. I didn't have the castors I needed in my parts supply so a trip to Habitat Restore was in order where luckily I found them. Then another trip to the hardware store for the right type and size of screws (have lots but not what was needed). Why do packets come in 10's or 100's? Why not 25 for instance? I usually need a few more than 10 but not 100! Two pakcets of 10 cost almost as much as 100.

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Yesterday I made a batch of banana muffins most of which are in the freezer now. Also a batch of the slow cooker refried beans (no fat) so I ate too much yesterday. Had wonderful burritos last night. Still to to portion them for the freezer. My Therapy Yoga classes are cancelled this week. They're taking a vacation going kayaking, camping, and watching the Perseus Metor shower.

This morning, my weaving & spinning guild has a Spin-in at the beautiful Linden Gardens 15 min out of town. The cafe isn't open so we'll each bring a bag lunch and whatever drinks we want. I made a video for Toe-up socks using Judy's Magic Cast-on on my tablet so hopefully I can finally get these started. Every try so far has been torn out.


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My goal is to have things that bloom in sequence so that there is always something lovely there. My DIL1 has lovely beds around their house, with all kinds of diversity and colors. I'll never be able to do what she does, but I'll take a run at it.

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It takes a while to establish a good perennial garden. I am slowly adding them into some of my front beds and all along the fence in the back is perennial---but that is shady so hostas do so well there that it was not difficult to do that area. The front is all sun.
Lots of rain yesterday and more expected. I am glad to not to have to water anything.

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Next year, I should have some volunteer flowers and some perennials too. I'm planning to make the entrance area of my garden into a permanent flower bed. Right now, I have some flowers and lots of food, but that will change as the corn and beans get pulled out and the perennials expand and multiply.



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Kind of neat to find surprised in your garden---mine tend to be flowers popping up in surprising places. I have a couple of vinca that have popped up in my walkway up front---right in the middle of it---so funny when it happens.

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I filled a small ice chest with vegetable yesterday when I went to town. I left some for the girls at my dentist's office when I went for my appointment, and gave the rest to DD1. She has a small garden but only has tomatoes and zucchini. In fact, I gave her the last of my zucchini seedlings when I THOUGHT I was giving her a variety of squash. I ended up with 9 hills of yellow crookneck and NO zucchini, while she ended up with nothing BUT zucchini. However, I planted some "mystery squash" that had sprouted from my worm bin and some of it turned out to be zucchini. I also got some pattypan squash from the worms that I didn't expect, so I ended up with some variety after all. The rest of my volunteer squash is still a mystery but it's growing like crazy, so I'm just going to let it and see what I get.

Everyone was sure happy to see all the veggies I brought.

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Barb, your little road trip seems like just the thing to do in these times. I take it that you stopped at some and bought some fresh produce while out. Glad you were able to figure out the correct way to install the screen door and the bamboo blind.
Had a lovely day with my gd yesterday---she took home her tomatoes and had them for her dinner---that girl does love her tomatoes.

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All your fresh vegetables sound wonderful! Cathy, enjoy your time with your gd!

On the weekend, I went on a local road trip seeking out where I lived from 7 - 9 yo. Every thing has changed so much but then it was more than 60 years ago. I was able to find everything back in 1994 when I did the same trip. My older sister in an email gave me more information but I need to call her to clarify some stuff. I sent her a few photos I took however my SD card was full before I took all the ones I wanted. Another road trip is in order especially with all the fresh vegetables at the farm markets.
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The junction where I thought it was (on the right) but my sister says no.


The other night I was sitting on my west facing balcony enjoying the post sunset evening. When I came back in, I walked straight into the screen door dnocking it off half it's rails. Stupid! I had installed it myself (first time ever doing such a thing) and had never had it sitting on the rails properly to begin with so yesterday (before my road trip) I remounted it properly and now it is all good. The rollup bamboo blind I have on the balcony doors was catching on the screen door so I removed the bamboo blind, reset my hacks and remounted it on the spacer but it still caught. This morning I took it down again and redid the way the spacer sat and reattached the bamboo blind. Now it seems to have enough clearance. I'm limited on how I fix stuff with vinyl siding so I need to be creative.

Otherwise I've been doing miscellaneaous fix it jobs, sewing repairs and adjustments etc. Still working on those counters! It's a never ending job.

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What, no more space in your garden? Lol. Have gd today. I imagine that my ripe grape tomatoes will disappear. She loves tomatoes.

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My second round of green beans (burgundy bush) are beginning to show flower buds and the second planting of pole beans is getting their second set up real leaves and will be sending up vines in another week or so. I would like to plant more cucumbers--just some slicers, maybe; however, I don't have a spot for them right now. As big as my garden is, I've filled up all the spaces.

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Terri, I doubt I could find another plant to plant---And seeds are usually gone by now from the stores. But honestly, I like having the fresh ones but okay with the amount that I got. Maybe the one plant that is okay might get another blossom or 2 now that the other one is not ,
Chris, good job!
We had storms come thru yesterday----got quite the deluge a couple of times--turned so dark the outside lights came on. They say we might get more today. At least I don't have to water anything.

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Just finished cleaning all the dead weeds and stuff off the driveway only took about an hour



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Cathy, it's not too late to plant another summer squash. You'd probably get enough fruits to make it worth the effort before the first frost.



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It can be tilled under if it is.
Picked a huge cucumber and some cherry tomatoes. I think the squash plant won't make it that the storm ripped up.

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I'm using some cardboard to block the weeds under my vining squash and melons. It's working great for now. I hope it's not too much of a mess to clean up in the fall.

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Maybe after I get all weeds gone it might work---LOL---but my needs did not like that work. But thanks for the reminder.
We have to prepare for the tropical storm---it should be up here on Tuesday---hopefully a lot less wind than it is now---but I am looking forward to more rain.

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i hear you on the weeding, the last few years my garden was over run in the early spring. Then i remembered Preen, i sprinkled some in the garden after weeding and boy what a difference!



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Barb, glad you found those missing wires when going thru that mess. Hope he can pick it up soon. Hope you can avoid the crowds.
Chris, enjoy your tomatoes---look yummy!
Terri, you like cooking for a crew so you will be in your element. Hope it all gets done. I am thinking about what I could plant for the fall---I think the cucumbers will be done about the middle of August---not seeing any more blossoms on them to make more. I have one more squash blossom to form another on that and then they will be done---so I would have those spaces to use. Any suggestions?
It was so nice outside yesterday because of the rain--the overcast skies kept the temps down and when we got home from running errands, we went up front to pull weeds---the beds I didn't redo really needed it---I filled 3 Walmart size bags with weeds before my knees said they had had enough---but it does look better---now if I could have another day like that to pull weeds I would be good to go but turning hot again. I am thinking that since I will be at home during the Fall, we will redo that one bed then---I am trying to make that bed all perennials so one less thing to have to replant each year. So Fall is a good time to plant perennials and to transplant the ones I have there now----maybe then I won't have so many weeds there next summer. I also want to transplant the hydrangea that is up front---it gets so burnt there---it needs a more shaded spot---but first I have to decide where I can put it in the back and also what I can plant in that corner that won't grow too tall but have flowers for most of the summer. So I need suggestions for that.
We finally got some tomatoes to pick yesterday. My gs and I found 2 cucamelons growing on my plants but not ready to be picked yet. He found it interesting to hunt for the different veggies I have growing, esp. the cucumbers and the green peppers.
We are watching the hurricane---expected to come up here and be a tropical storm when it comes---but that means more rain which I will be glad to get.

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Chris, you've convinced me to try some of those dark purple tomatoes next year. I keep hearing good things about their taste in addition to the health benefits.

Barb, I am drawing up a map of my garden this evening (something I've been wanting to do since I started planting) but am not keeping a journal. I should, but haven't so far. All my varieties are planted in sections, so I can easily see how each one is doing. I planted all of them at about the same time and they all get the same water and fertilizer, so the only variable will be their individual traits. I have 3 kinds of bell peppers and 6 kinds of chili and cayenne peppers for salsa with varying degrees of heat. Nothing too hot (I hope) because we like a little zing in our salsa but we don't like our food to hurt us. I would like to make some chili sauces this year, though. I do like a little Sriracha sauce on my stir fry, sometimes and DS1 likes a lot more heat than that on some things, so I'd like to make some of my own and see how it turns out.

I just planted some cabbage starts for a fall crop and have some overwintering brocolli to plant as soon as I can find a place for them. Later, I plan to plant some onions and garlic for a spring harvest. I've never had a winter garden before, so this will be an experiment.



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got a small batch of tomatoes harvested. the midnight snack ones are cool and taste so good!




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I heard the host on the radio talking about cucamelons the other day. I haven't seen any for sale commercially. Hunting for them sounds like a great job for grandchildren. I always make multiple serving meals and since it's only me I eat the extra the next day or freeze them. I love pulling my own frozen meals out of the freezer. I've always admired how you all with kids do it. It's multiple servings every day at least when they were younger.

Terri, I counted the varieties of tomatoes - 8! Do you keep a journal or log for the new varieties, like date planted, fruiting etc? I would need something to keep all those varieties straight, at least for the new ones.

Today is the last day I'll be eating fresh cherries. I will savour each one. They are sooo good!

I'm down another applliance, a table top electric grill which I sold. I needed the space for the dehydrator which freed up space in my laundry/work room. The guy's request that started me on sorting my electronics boxes (years of parts and accessories) is supposed to pick it up today but he's working crazy hours (in Security). At least it is mostly sorted, now needs repacked with like things together. I'm actually seeing success in this job. And I found my missing speaker wirs so I can setup muy good stereo.

I put a major knot in the middle of my back this past week after mixing soil and transplanting the chives and parsley, then sitting knitting. Yoga Therapy class on Wed really helped. Have another class tomorrow and then my regular physio & chiropractor appts late next week which I hope fixes it. A little setback after I was doing so much better after the last appts.

Monday is a Stat holiday here. Being a vacation/tourist town with warm lakes at either end, it will be crazy here. Tubing along the Channel between the lakes is extremely popluar along with all the wineries and orchards. I think mostly hiding out at home with some walks in the evening sounds like a good idea to me but I'll have to do something or I'll go stir crazy.


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They are all anxious for the cherry tomatoes to ripen and I planted the cucamelons in the same row so the kids could pick and graze without having to travel far. I don't expect that a lot of them will make it to the house.

I slept well last night but was awake before 5 a.m! That hasn't happened in a while, but my mind was busy and wouldn't allow me to go back to sleep, so I just got up and started my day early. Steve will be home tonight and we have a work party planned for tomorrow morning to get some heavy projects done here at the log house. I promised to make biscuits and gravy for the crew for breakfast.

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I knew your grands would like them---and half the fun for them is the hunt for them. I will take my practice grandson out to hunt today if it is not raining to see if I have any hidden gems in mine. They do vine everywhere. Now we both know to give them plenty of room to spread out and something big to climb.


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We found and ate some cucamelons yesterday! My son and DIL were a little skeptical at first--I gave one to him and he really liked it. Then DIL came up to the garden and we found one for her to try. She just took a nibble at first (she doesn't always trust him-haha!) but liked it. They are going to be prolific but difficult to find in that web of vines!

Today was a coast day--full of errands, shopping and visiting with my dd and gd. It was a good day, but now that I'm home and have all the groceries put away, I'm tired! I think I'll make it an early night tonight.

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That is why I have Dh cook extra when he uses the grill so that I can just fix around the meat and heat it up in the microwave. My kitchen never gets very cool---must be the last place the air goes to plus it only has one vent in there.
Just went out and hand watered the veggies. Picked 3 grape tomatoes, 2 squash, and 2 cucumbers. And finally the larger tomatoes are starting to turn red----not ready for picking yet but soon. Not as big as I would like but guess the lack of rain is the cause of that. Looking forward to that first tomato sandwich. We need to get some milk and bread so think I will get some salad stuff to add our fresh veggies to.

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Cathy, I don't know how those workers do it in that kind of heat! Like your son the roofer! My goodness, just going to the post office and local grocery yesterday knocked me off my feet! I did take a nap and needed it.

Today, I'm actually baking some zucchini bread and making up some cookie dough to keep in the fridge and bake in small batches. I know...crazy...however, I need to use this grated zucchini up so I can free up space in the freezer. I have a couple of casserole recipes that I will make up later and then I can just portion it out and have it for microwave meals later. One day of heat and suffering for a week of not having to cook at all.

I still plan to go out to the garden this afternoon, but have to get this stuff baked first.

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I am so looking forward to a fresh tomato sandwich, too. They do say you will have to hunt for those cucamelons even with the growing everywhere---they like to hide is what I was told---LOL I haven't seen any little ones yet but then it has really been too hot to really look for any--if things aren't big right now, I don't look too hard as I want to get back inside.
WE had thunderstorms come thru last night and give us some rain. Woohoo to not having to go out to water the veggies this morning.
Our driveway got repaired yesterday. I felt sorry for those guys working out in the heat digging out the stones and breaking up the rest of it to pour the concrete for the new entrance. At least we didn't have to pay to get that done since it was the gas company laying new lines that tore it up.

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I have cucamelons the size of peas, Cathy! I keep watching them and am hoping they are as good as I expect. I found some at the nursery and bought 2 more plants in 4" pots to go with the 2 that I grew from your seed. They are spreading like crazy and I may have them too close to my tomato plants because it looks like they're going to encroach. I may have a hard time finding the fruits if I have to search a tomato vine!

Chris, I've been reading about the anthocyanins that make that dark purple color. It's a great antioxidant, among other healthy benefits, and I'm going to try to plant some of those varieties next year, too. So far this year, I have Early Girl with lots of sizable, but green fruits, Oxheart that is finally showing me some fruits, lots of Sweet 100 Cherry and Sungold Cherry tomatoes (all green still) and the Romas and San Marzanos are finally putting on fruit after a fairly unimpressive start. I'm glad I tried different varieties so I can get a good comparison in their growth, habits, production and taste. I also have some Purple Cherokee and a Beefmaster, but planted those later than the others, so can't judge them along with the rest until it comes to the taste test and productivity. Most of mine will make salsa and tomato sauc or just stewed tomatoes for cooking, but I do like to have some slicers too. It won't be summer without tomato sandwiches!

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I like trying new things. This year I am trying cucamelons and sent some seeds to Terri to try, too. They are vining every where but no fruit yet. They are the size of cherry tomatoes, look like watermelons in shape and color and a lemony cucumber taste---you eat them just like you would grape or cherry tomatoes. Keep looking for some on there. There are green peppers forming now on those plants and my squash plants are doing really well this year.

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i do like to try different tomatoes very year, i usually buy an early girl and a better boy so i get some early tomatoes and the better boys are good yielders. i went online and checked the Midnight snack tomato and it has good things in it as do blueberries hence the blackness which i did not know. it is interesting
www.burpee.com/vegetables/to
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49.html

hope this helps, they are very good!



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Lol, I looked at Chris's photo and could only see green foliage. After Cathy's post, I had a second look and finally saw them. They look great. Even better that they taste so good.

I have a huge 'company' level casserole in the fridge. I'll portion it into meals and freeze them this morning. Oh why didn't I defrost and reorganize the freezer when it was below zero outside.
Now I need to do it when it will be 95 F.

No wonder my chives weren't growing very well. The bulbs had doubled and were completely rootbound.

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Chris, they look very interesting. I have never seen them before. Will have to look for them next year.
Barb, enjoy them fresh and forget about juicing---LOL Glad the headache went away--not fun to have one of them.
Terri, it has to be too hot for you to say that. It is horrid here---heat index of at least 110 here today and temp to hit 99 if not higher also.
I have watered the veggies to get thru the day and might need to water them this evening--have to see how they look. Found 2 green peppers growing while out watering.

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I'm doing the same with the peaches I have left, Barb. But I don't think I'm going to be able to eat them fast enough and will likely have to preserve some more. It's been so hot here that I just can't get motivated to get going on them.

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Cathy, I agree about not buying another appliance. I did have a peek at the Buy & Sell site options. There were a couple for sale but I never did understand the 'Juicing' movement although I do buy them once in awhile. I tried something last night and it didn't work well. I may make sauce to put in my yogurt but at the rate I'm eating them there won't be much. They are amazing!. Some of the cherries are too big for both of my cherry pitters!

It finally feels like summer here. I wake up to wide open windows and it's bright and warm. It feels so good!

I developed a migraine / neck tension headache yesterday late rnorning. I took an Advil and it cleared it by 4pm and I was able to get some stuff done after that. My ktichen counter is even clean!

I need to transplant my chives to a larger pot and improve the soil mix. I went from one extreme to the other with the potting mix. Will also do some cooking to make dishes for the freezer.


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watering the garden this morning, it has been very hot and humid forever!

i went to check my tomatoes i have quite a lot on the vines, not many ready to eat just yet.... i promised a picture of the midnight snack tomatoes... they are bigger than cherry tomatoes and are they delish have eaten some from the vine when checking. they have black tops probably why they are called midnight snack!

i am also making a "boppy pillow" for my DIL and new grand daughter that will grace us this oct.

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Barb, sorry, no idea how to juice cherries unless it is similar to when you do grapes for jelly. But hope you enjoy what you picked. And dont go buying something so that you can juice the one thing---LOL
Terri, the joys of having such a huge garden. I love having the raised beds and very little weeding necessary.
Picked a squash, some cucumbers, and 2 grape tomatoes yesterday. Have 4 more squash forming. This is the best year I have had for the squash so I am very happy with them this year. I think my green peppers will be forming soon and there are lots of the buds on those plants, too. Now if only the tomatoes would start turning red and getting bigger, too. And 2 plants aren't doing much yet but one has quite a few on it.

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