It is stinking hot today! At 22C early this morning, about 7:00 a.m., it was still bearable out of doors, not pleasant with the high humidity, but bearable. We sat out with our morning coffee until about 9:00 a.m., when the temperature rose and it started to feel oppressive. Attila still took forays into the garden to harvest vegetables, and will be out there this evening to water the garden. Drought conditions again, all of our rain tanks are empty and we will be relying on municipal water until we get some decent rainfall.
It is lovely inside the house. The thermostat is set to 23.5 C (74.3F) which is very comfortable, even with all the heat and humidity generated as canning session after canning session proceeds.
On Thursday I canned Dilly Kohlrabi, to total almost two dozen jars now. I love the stuff. This morning six jars of Zucchini Pineapple were canned, and this afternoon six jars of Coleslaw were canned. The zucchini, the cabbage, and the carrots came out of our garden.
We are dehydrating kohlrabi leaves again this weekend, out on the back porch. The dehydrator doesn’t have to work very hard to stay warm at the set temperature.
Mist Cottage is in chaos. During preservation season there are full jars cooling, or drying, empty jars waiting. Mountains of vegetable scraps are created. Boxes for equipment are piled everywhere, as is the equipment itself. And still, meals must be made from scratch using the small spaces we manage to clear on the counter.
We finally found some peaches in stock at the grocery store. We arrived early to look for them, just after 9:30 a.m., before the heat of the day set in. We had to venture into the store to find the peaches, as when we order them, they are gone before our order is fulfilled. Because we are up to our necks in garden vegetables, I stored the peaches in a cooler bag on the floor of the bedroom, the only unoccupied flat surface in the house! The refrigerator crisper, and three large coolers in the basement, are full to bursting with vegetables harvested from the garden.
Ginger continues to settle in. He is GRUMPY in the morning! He does not meow, he yowls, as he follows me around the house when I arise for the day. This doesn’t last very long, he eventually jumps onto my chair to take advantage of my first break of the day. Some days he has a long wait, and he lets me know that “we are not amused”. Attila says he is enjoying “the lap of luxury”. AND something I didn’t know, some cats fart. Ginger is a farter, the happier he is, the more he farts, and he is happiest cuddling with me on my lap. He is lucky he is so cute!
The results of my biopsies have been located, and the only issue detected is Gastritis. What a relief!!! Gastritis is not fun, but it is manageable. And so I begin to look at strategies to address it.
Attila is feeling better, But his cough is awful. His blood oxygen level this morning was 100%, so whatever is causing the cough is not affecting his lungs’ ability to process oxygen.
So that is us, OK for the moment. We aren’t enjoying this heat wave. I hope all is well with you.
Updated on Sat, Aug 6, 4:55 PM
FEELS LIKE 41
Wind 16 SE km/h
Humidity 63 %
Visibility 25 km
Sunrise 6:00 AM
Wind gust 23 km/h
Pressure 101.7 kPa
Ceiling 9100 m
Sunset 8:26 PM