First Tomato

I was off to a slow start this morning at Mist Cottage.

Mom wrote from Las Vegas yesterday, they look like they are having a great time. Those two, Mom and my sister, always look so relaxed and happy when they are travelling together. It is nice to see.

It is a beauty of a day out there! Stiff breeze, 24C, sunny, reasonable humidity, it just doesn’t get any better than this!

I am having another not-sure-where-the-time-goes day. Lets see, I must have done something today, it is after 2:00 p.m., and I’ve been up since 5:30 a.m.

Cherries are in season and on sale at the grocery store. Buying them is an indulgence, I love cherries, Attila loves cherries. The added bonus is the pits. They can be used as fill for microwaveable heating pads and hand warmers.

Saving the pits is easy, cleaning them isn’t so easy. A accumulation of pits has been sitting in a mug of water on the kitchen counter, for a few days. First they were poured into a sieve and rubbed into the mesh while being held under the cold water tap. Then they were placed on a clean rag and rubbed, this worked wonders. They were moved into a colander and rubbed across the metal, under the cold water tap. Once more they were placed on a second clean rage and rubbed. Finally they are on a plate on the kitchen table, drying. There is a 500 ml mason jar half full of previously cleaned cherry pits, to which the ones on the plate will be added, when they have dried.

Attila brought in the first ripe tomato from the garden, just before dinner. Oh, how I wanted a toasted tomato sandwich with that tomato! But, no bread in the house. There will be by tonight though, the bread machine is on the back porch, doing its magic. I might just have a bedtime snack, toasted tomato sandwich, made with homemade bread, and fresh tomato from the garden.

So far we have had rhubarb, and edible pod peas. Now the tomatoes are starting to come on.

A few days ago Attila told me that a few of the tomatoes had end rot. Oh no! I did a bit of reading on the garden sites online, and decided that it could be a calcium deficiency. I save egg shells, dry them, and crumble them into a mason jar. An almost full 500 ml jar of crushed egg shells was sitting on the counter. So out I went and sprinkled the shells at the base of every tomato plant, and used the whole jar. We will see if that does the trick.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 1:00 PM EDT Thursday 19 July 2018
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.9 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 23.6°C
Dew point: 13.1°C
Humidity: 51%
Wind: S 27 km/h
Humidex: 26
Visibility: 24 km


“Until you’ve lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was.”
Margaret Mitchell
1900 – 1949

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Mmm that tomato sandwich in toasted, homemade bread sounds perfect! Thanks to all of your cooking posts, I finally ordered an Instant Pot on sale. It hasn’t arrived yet but I’m excited 🙂


Looks like we’ll be in the mid-20s for the next few days. It’s making for some comfy days of working, here at the cottage. The other day DH finished the new firepit with a gravel circle that levels it out. Today, he started on the vinyl plank flooring for the kitchen/dining area. That will be finished tomorrow.

I’m excited that the worst areas of the floor where we could get slivers is already covered!

It’s nice, gnoshing on fresh veggies. We’re getting ours from a little roadside stand a short distance from the cottage. Today, we had freshly harvested new potatoes and tried garlic scapes for the first time. They were good!


That is a great idea for cherry pits! We bought cherries two weeks ago and they were so delicious! I bought some again last week and they were awful.

Now I want a toasted tomato sandwich.

Bex Crowell

As I always do with new gadgets, I have neglected my IPot lately. It seems to take longer to use it than to use a pot on the stove! Except for some things like a pot roast. That takes less than 1 hour and comes out fabulous and falling apart. Just the way I like it. But other things – the time saving I’m not really seeing.


We’re lucky that the stand is owned by the local orchard and the limited produce is raised in their own gardens. They have a larger stand at the orchard itself, where you can see the various items growing there.

We usually have to get there before 1PM to make sure they have things we want. Yesterday, they ran out of potatoes because they’re ‘not coming in very quickly’.

The nice thing about their produce is it’s not the tough hybrids that are raised to survive shipping. They pick tender items as they ripen.