Lazy Hazy Days of Summer

The summer heat has arrived. I enjoyed the warm-but-not-hot spring weather this year, it is what suits me best. The heat, the humidity, well, not so much. But I am comfortable, the temperature in the house is cooled by the air source heat pump.

Now that the heat has arrived, and the air in the house is cooled, we do not cook in the house, but on the back porch. The Nesco oven has been put to good use this last little while, we have been enjoying baked-fish sandwiches, with a green salad, for our dinners. Attila also fired up the charcoal BBQ on the weekend, and cooked chicken and a package of wieners. The chicken is just for Attila, I don’t care for it. The cooked wieners were refrigerated, and quickly heated in the microwave for quick and easy meals… I’ve had one, Attila consumed the rest… he eats at least four full meals a day, while I eat only one main meal, and two small meals a day. Rather than me cook mountains of food I am not going to eat, Attila cooks a lot of it for himself. I prepare one main meal every day for both of us to share.

Frying pan with sauteed vegetables.
What I eat. This is my lunch today. I picked two beets, a handful of sugar snap peas, and a large sprig of basil from the garden. I diced the beets, snapped the peas, chopped the basil and beet greens, included some Ontario grown chopped garlic, and sauteed it all in a little bit of olive oil. I plated this with a sprinkling of Garlic Plus, for a little flavour kick. I feel great after eating my lunch!

Last Saturday we spent the morning picking strawberries at a pick-your-own farm. It was crowded! We picked, between the two of us, just under 24 pounds of strawberries, in less than an hour. The Mira berries were large, juicey, and sweet. What a wonderful variety.

Canning jars of Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Filling and Strawberry Rhubarb Juice.
We picked just under 24 pounds of strawberries on Saturday morning, at a pick-you- own farm. We got there early to beat the heat. The crop was beautiful, big ripe Mira berries, and sweet. Quite a few were eaten fresh, or sliced on Giant Oven Pancake, or chopped, tossed with a wee bit of sugar, and served with chocolate ice cream. But most of them went into the jars seen here. Sixteen jars of Strawberry Rhubarb pie filling, and two jars of Strawberry Rhubarb Juice. Not shown is the full pan of Strawberry Rhubarb Fruit Leather, oh so good!

Attila’s focus in the garden is food. I have only food in my two raised beds, but I am attentive to including beauty in the garden in addition to edibles. There are quite a few blooms at present.

Scarlet Runner beans climbing the fence, blooming.
The Scarlet Runner beans, an edible and bloom, had quite a setback when they were almost destroyed by Bean Leaf Beetles. You can see some of the bottom leaves here are full of holes, many leaves were totally eaten. We picked them off the plants by hand, over 35 one day, and I sprayed them with a mixture of dish soap, water, and 10 drops of tea tree oil. Either picking them off by hand, or the spray, or both, did the trick, and saved the beans. The blossoms are starting, I love the colour in the garden! In the background you can see the white clover I planted four years ago, it is just beginning to flourish now. It will help to replenish the soil, and feed the bees and hummingbirds.
Two white blooms and one mauve bloom, Cosmos.
The Cosmos are doing really well, as they are planted right next to one of the composters. In addition to the white and mauve blooms seen here, there are a few dark purple blooms that provide a lovely contrast of colours.
Large purple Clematic blooms in the sunshine.
The Clematis in full bloom. The blooms are huge this year, a testament to plentiful spring rain. This plant we found barely alive, in the shade behind the old concrete front porch, when we bought the house in 2010. Attila transplanted it to the back garden, and it has gained strength each year, and now it is just amazing. Some year I hope to have an arbour over the back gate, for the Clematis to climb. Every time I look at it I think, “you go girl!”

Last weekend was the Canada Day long weekend here in Canada. Many people celebrated on Monday, Canada Day, with fireworks. I love fireworks, but I have mixed feelings about them. I kind of think they belong in parks, well away from residential areas. Why? Well, the loud noises and light flashes involved can cause extreme distress to some animals, to some military veterans, and to a few other people for various legitimate and real reasons. Luckily I am not one of the animals/people who suffer in this way. Our backyard neighbours put on quite an elaborate fireworks display this year. We had thought of going to a public park, where the city was putting on a show, but once we realized all we had to do was sit on the back porch at home and enjoy the show, well, we stayed home. We sat on deck chairs in the back yard and enjoyed the display immensely. The mosquitoes also enjoyed the evening, they were ferociously hungry, and not easily deterred!

Well that’s me, spending as much time as possible on the back porch, or in the garden, or sitting on the back porch, enjoying the flowers, and watching the vegetables grow. I love where I live, the housemate, the house and yard, the street, the municipality, the province, the country, the continent, the planet. I guess I just love being alive. And I am glad you are here too!

How was your weekend?

Worldly

Weather

HEAT WARNING
26°C Ha! It is 31C here.
(NOTE: The official weather station is on the shore of Lake Ontario, it is 31C at my house, close by, but not getting the lake effect)
Date: 2:00 PM EDT Friday 5 July 2019
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.7 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 26.2°C
Dew point: 23.9°C
Humidity: 87%
Wind: SSW 19 km/h
Humidex: 37
Visibility: 18 km

Quote

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.””
Ralph Waldo Emerson
1803 – 1882

Why unsavoury humans love the digital age of carefully groomed images and faceless text, you never really see what they do, you only hear what they say!