The Perfect Summer Day At Last

We enjoyed a lovely weekend.

On Friday night Attila suggested we go to the lake shore (Lake Ontario) to watch the Full Harvest Moon rise. So we drove down to the lake and found a nice spot in a park, setting up our folding chairs on a platform overlooking the water. The moonrise was spectacular! It came up over the horizon a bright orange, it seemed so very large. We stayed for an hour or so, chatting and watching the moon ascend the sky, its light reflected across the water. We missed the eclipse though. We were the only ones at the park, no one else seemed to have the same idea. Attila and I had a wonderful time, a great Friday night out.

Harvest Full Moon, Lake Ontario, September 16, 2016. Below the moon the trees are in silhouette along the shoreline.
Harvest full moon

Saturday was humid, cloudy, and raining, we we decided not to go camping, and to stay home. Our morning was spent shopping, it was a bit of a spree. We had received a $100 gift credit card when we purchased our dishwasher, it arrived in the mail last week. It was burning a hole in our pockets! We stocked up on lots of lovely things.

It is harvest season in Ontario, our spree focused on buying fresh vegetables. We purchased a ten pound bag of onions, a ten pound bag of carrots, and a twenty pound bag of potatoes. I find the carrots go black awfully fast, it must be the variety they grow, it doesn’t store well. I decided to roast the whole ten pounds of carrots, which I did, they were delicious. I cooled and packaged them, two meals worth in a bag, and put them into the chest freezer. I am considering trying to make individual serving Cream of Carrot soup this winter for my lunch, using thawed roasted carrots, 1% milk, and an appropriate herb, which I haven’t figured out yet.

Attila has almost finished the garden shed! It is full of construction materials and not ready for use yet, but by next week he should have it cleaned out and ready to organize. Thank goodness! One step left to go, ensuring it stays dry!

This morning we arose to a foggy, humid world. The weather report predicted sunny warm weather at the Rideau Camp, so we packed our cooler, filled our water bottles, loaded up some of the wood scraps we still need to burn, and were on the road shortly after 9 a.m. The weather just got better and better all day. It was the nicest day we have had all summer, a perfect summer day, and we were very grateful to be at the camp to enjoy it.

Attila brought brush and set it near the camp fire pit, it was the dead wood we had cleared from under the hydro lines. There was a lot of it, it took me all day to burn it. I enjoyed breaking the dead wood into small pieces to burn it, sitting in the shade far from the heat of the fire, venturing near it only to add fuel. One of the things I love about my all day camp fires is cooking meals over the open fire. Today’s lunch was grilled cheese sandwiches, with sweet onion slices cooked in the sandwich. They were so good!

There was the most wonderful breeze that blew across the camp all day long, it was so refreshing. I love the Rideau Camp because there are few people sounds there, and I can hear the wind as it sings a duet with the trees, it is such a musical sound, it reaches into me like a lullaby.

Attila was very busy. After some discussion this summer, we decided that two of the trees at the edge of the camp would be removed, stumps and all. Their removal will allow easier maneuvering when we have Iris the trailer with us. Today was removal day. Attila used a winch, chain, maul, and the sweat of his brow to remove those trees; quite literally the trees were removed by the sweat of Attila’s brow, he was soaked to the skin by the time the job was done.

We decided to construct a French Drain to guide water away from our new garden shed. We need gravel to do this. We also need gravel to level the low areas at the camp, which make pulling the trailer very tricky. The decision was made to order two loads of gravel from a local business near the Rideau Camp. In preparation for that delivery, Attila pounded stakes in the two areas that we decided we wanted the gravel loads dumped. I tied orange tape to each stake so that they could be easily located by the delivery person. Then we needed to put a sign at the entrance to the property, to identify it for the delivery person. We don’t have a 911 number, because it is a vacant lot. A piece of plywood with the street number painted on it was nailed to a stake, and the stake was driven into the ground under the pine tree at our entrance, making it very easy to find our property. Attila will order the gravel this week.

After the gravel is delivered, we will make several trips to the Rideau Camp during the week, after Attila gets home from work, to bring back loads of gravel to construct the French Drain. That will be the last step for the garden shed project.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

21°C
Date: 9:00 PM EDT Sunday 18 September 2016
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.5 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 21.1°C
Dewpoint: 19.1°C
Humidity: 88%
Wind: S 12 km/h
Humidex: 28

Quote

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
1884 – 1962

That is how our mother raised us!

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8 Responses to The Perfect Summer Day At Last

  1. I love this time of year. Getting ready for winter, with all of the preparations and anticipation of colder weather! The harvest moon has always been a dramatic harbinger of fall. Your picture is beautiful’

  2. TopsyTurvy (Teri) says:

    Glad you had a perfect summer day! Over here, we had constant rain on Saturday and today was a reasonable temp but with very high humidity. We got out and went to a harvest fair at a farm but I did find the humidity was making it very hard to breath.

    You had a lovely view of the harvest moon! Not to worry about the eclipse, it wasn’t visible in the Americas.

    Your grilled cheese made my mouth water. One of my favorite sandwiches is a grilled cheese that DH makes with – of all things – onion powder sprinkled on the cheese! It’s quite delicious!

    We’ve also been going around with gift cards burning holes in our pockets, as DH got a championship award at work a few weeks ago. We have an order in for a weed whacker and will be increasing our larder, trying a few foods from M&M Meat Shops.

    And another connection, you’re ordering gravel and this week we order top soil. We’ve been killing off our weedy front lawn with black plastic and in another week or so will begin to incorporate good topsoil into our bald lawn. Not completely sure if we’ll be doing sod or grass seed, yet. We’ll see.

  3. Bex Crowell says:

    Lovely entry. Having extreme pain right now so can’t concentrate on writing. Love your photo.

  4. I’m glad you had a good weekend. I love the full moon photo. (Bex, I hope you feel better soon. I’m sure the pain of my sinus headache is nothing like it.) A good week to us all.

  5. Thanks Diane! Autumn has always been my favourite time of year, I love it. I usually enjoy the months of September, October, November, and December, not so much January, February, and March. I like wearing cozy clothes, feeling fresh breezes, being active without feeling overheated. And the produce! I love the fresh green beans, peaches, tomatoes, squash, peppers, grapes, potatoes, and the list goes on.

  6. Teri, that humidity sounds very uncomfortable! I dislike high humidity, it turns life into a get-through-it experience, it takes the fun out of things.

    I love the onion in the grilled cheese sandwich! Attila cuts the slices thick so they are crunchy and oh so tasty. Onion powder is a great idea!

    It must be a generational thing, that we regard buying good food as a shopping spree 🙂 I don’t know any young people who feel that way, but I only know a small sample of young people.

    There are so many projects when you own property. I hope your lawn turns out really well, the topsoil should make a big difference. We grow weeds mostly in our yard, with some grass. It was handy over the summer because the weeds stayed green when everything else turned brown and crispy.

  7. Thanks Joan! I wish you good health and hope your sinus headache clears up, it sounds miserable.

  8. Bex, so sorry to hear you are experiencing pain! It is so tiring and can be all consuming, I hope you get relief soon. My Brother-the-middle-child was telling me that about a book he recommended, that was about dealing with chronic pain, he has quite a problem with it. I won’t see him for a while, but when I do I will try and get the title of the book, he thinks very highly of it. Wishing you good health Bex!!