Heat Wave

These were delivered to us by the local grocery store, part of the last online order. THIS is why we are not eating fresh produce this summer, unless it comes out of our garden. I want strawberries! But I dare not order them from the grocery store. So unless I venture into public areas, which is ill advised and I refuse to do, quality strawberries are not to be had.

The temperature is climbing, as is the humidity. I took a turn around the garden this morning, weeding here and there, soaking in the sun before the heat of the day set in. The ever-bearing strawberry plant has a mesh cage around it, and a good thing too, as a squirrel was attempting to break through it this morning to get at those few ripening strawberries. Little beast. He failed, thank goodness. There are no local places that deliver high quality fresh produce to those of us self-isolating, so no strawberries here this year. I am really feeling the loss of access to fresh food.

While wandering about the yard, I observed that our two Ash trees are dying, that the Ash tree in our next door neighbour’s yard is dying, and that the Ash trees in our back neighbour’s yard are also dying. This is so sad, they have been such beautiful trees! It will cost a small fortune to have these trees removed safely, as they are all near buildings. Probably by next summer, or the summer after that, these trees will be completely dead. The birds will miss them as much as I will, maybe more.

The interior of Mist Cottage is quite comfortable, so the focus is on indoor tasks.

I was able to can a lot of produce last summer and autumn. The empty jars seem to accumulate on the counter in the kitchen. A few factors contribute to this, one is the trip down the tricky stairs to the basement carrying glass jars, and the other is that the basement is still in chaos. We decided to paint the floor while things were moved around, and that is a project that is on hold while Attila continues to get the garden in. So finding a place to store empty jars in the basement is not a pleasant experience. But today I tackled it, climbed over piles of items to find empty boxes for the empty jars, phew, got that sorted! Soon it will be time to start filling those jars again, hopefully the garden will give us a good harvest… and the basement will be more organized.

Filing is another one of those jobs that gets put off. Today was the day! The clutter of the last few weeks, since Attila went back to work, is beginning to disappear.

Heat waves are good for puttering indoors, if you have air conditioning!

Worldly

Weather

Heat Warning In Effect
Maximum daytime temperatures: 31 to 33 degrees Celsius (Humidex 37 to 40)
Current Temperature: 21°C
Date: 11:00 AM EDT Friday 19 June 2020
Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 101.9 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 21.2°C
Dew point: 17.9°C
Humidity: 82%
Wind: S 14 km/h
Humidex: 27
Visibility: 24 km

Quote

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
Salvador Dali
1904 – 1989