A Real Stinker Of A Day

The Clematis is very happy! We found it years ago in the front garden, barely surviving in a bit of dirt in a plastic bag of all things. You wouldn’t know it was the same plant now.

It is HOT out there today. Stepping outside is exactly the same as stepping into a sauna. Attila worked out there all day long, in a place where he had to work close on very hot machines. He does this, he doesn’t complain. He arrives home looking haggard and exhausted. He bathes, he naps, he goes out to his garden, and he returns to the house refreshed, no matter the heat. The garden, I wish everyone who loved gardens could have one of their very own!

Hot Dogs were the requested dinner for tonight. We a brand that we could order online with our groceries, with no nitrates, and they arrived earlier this week. I had made Hamburger Buns recently, but not Hog Dog Buns. So, at 6:20 a.m. this morning I began measuring ingredients into the bread machine, and by 9:30 a.m. this morning a dozen 100% Organic Whole Wheat Hot Dog Buns (low sodium of course) sat cooling on racks on the kitchen counter.

While the oven was hot a batch of Maggie’s Oat Cakes were whipped up and baked for breakfast. Years ago I started with a recipe from a cookbook borrowed from the library, Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens, 1971. The recipe published there was from another source in 1894. I’ve revised it many times, and the present incarnation is primarily my own recipe now, as it bears little resemblance to the original.

Lunch was delicious. Beet green stems, leaf and stem of Swiss Chard, onion, garlic, three varieties of green peas, freshly ground black pepper, all sauteed in a little olive oil. So good!

I’ve not accomplished a lot today, besides keeping my spirits up in such unlovely weather. So a very good day, I would say.



Updated on Thu, Jul 9, 3:15 PM
A few clouds
Wind 16 S km/h
Humidity 45%
Visibility 28 km
Sunrise 5:33 AM
Wind gust 23 km/h
Pressure 101.1

Hottest, most humid day of the summer yet. At 3:15 it was 35C, by 5:30 it was 36C.


“It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.”
Peter Ustinov
1921 – 2004

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The Clematis is beautiful! My heart goes out to Attila having to work in such a hot place. But how wonderful that the garden renews him! With all this heat I’ve been staying indoors as much as I can and hydrating like crazy.
Stay cool, my friend!