Warmer Weather At Last

Warmer Weather At Last

The weather was lovely today, perfect for sitting out on the back porch and enjoying the sunshine. Perfect for gardening (Attila), and perfect for watching gardening (me)… my kind of watching sports!

The long weekend is over, it was a busy one. We stayed very close to home, as we figured others would not, and we intend on keeping safe.

We did, however, venture out once in the car. A month or so ago I had ordered a red currant, a high bush cranberry plant, two strawberry plants, and a horseradish plant. They were finally ready for pickup. The company had advertised delivery to vehicle, so we thought we would take a chance. We brought all of our protective gear, just in case we needed it.

It went smoothly enough, I called the nursery and prepaid. Then I called from the parking lot, and the fellow left the cart with our order by the back of the car. We discovered he had forgotten the horseradish plant I had paid for, so I phoned him from the car and he brought it over and left it at the back of the car. Attila loaded everything and no one came near us. It was a successful adventure.

We were the only people taking such precautions. When we arrived there were about six people standing about together, chatting, at the entrance to the nursery, and a staff member was chatting less than six feet from another customer. Two older women wore masks, that was refreshing, but they were only protecting others, not themselves, and the others we saw didn’t give a toss.

On Saturday I milled two 1 gallon jars of whole wheat flour. On Sunday I baked five loaves of bread, and one loaf of 10o% whole wheat Squash Spice Raisin Bread. I bake exclusively with whole wheat flour now, that I mill myself. On Monday I baked 9 100% whole wheat hamburger buns. That was my first attempt at hamburger buns, and we were very pleased with the results!

100% Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns.
My very first attempt, and we like them!

Today Attila and I canned 13 500-ml jars of Coleslaw. Attila chops and prepares the vegetables. I prepare the syrup, the equipment needed for canning, and can the coleslaw. It is a lot of work, but it is a great go to for the vegetable portion of a meal. We have already consumed 10 jars of Canned Coleslaw, and I imagine we will be making more by the end of May. The only expensive ingredients is the red pepper, the rest is as cheap as it gets, cabbage, carrot, and onion.

We are growing cabbage and carrots in the garden, fingers crossed we get a harvest!

Attila has been off work for two months now, and isolated for two months. I’ve been self-isolating since February 27th. The isolation seems normal now.

Good news from our pharmacy! They now deliver, one day a week, and so we do not need to brave the store to get our medications. What a relief that is. When last we had our prescriptions refilled, Attila had to go into the store to get them, they didn’t deliver at that time. Now they do. Now, if only the local grocery store would wake up and provide delivery service! I live in hope.



Date: 7:00 PM EDT Tuesday 19 May 2020
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.5 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 19.8°C
Dew point: 3.5°C
Humidity: 34%
Wind: NNE 16 gust 28 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”
Bertha Calloway


  1. Julia gets all her meds mailed to her. When they send the eyedrops for glaucoma, it comes in a styrofoam box with ice packs. We now have so many ice packs! It’s good you’re getting more used to your situation. Enjoy your plants and bread!

  2. Joan, that is so great, having meds mailed to you! I enjoyed the delivery, the woman who delivered the meds to us was wearing a mask, but had a lovely hello for me and a wave, through the glass of the screen door. It was a good experience, and I was quite surprised how cheerful I found it, it made me happy.
    I hope you and Julia are weathering this storm without discomfort!
    Stay safe dear friend!

  3. Teri

    Your nursery visit sounded like a confusing experience. I see our local nursery chain has said it will require masks be used and you can purchase ond from them if necessary. I really wonder how thst’s working out for them, since some folks simply refuse to wear them.

    It was a beautiful day here, today! We made it up to 22C/72F. And that was coming up from a single degree above freezing! And our last frost day was supposed to be a week ago. That didn’t work out.

    Hope you’re enjoying the beautiful weather. I see it’s supposed to get really warm this weekend.

  4. Teri, it was confusing, but we navigated through it without any contact, which was the goal. I don’t think I’d try it again though, they really haven’t worked out the bugs yet. Of course, they called us to come and get our stuff on the long weekend, that could have been timed better I think. People here are acting like nothing is going on, I find it scary.
    Beautiful here too! If you are getting nice weather, we will probably get it tomorrow, yay! We are enjoying the weather too, so nice!
    Stay safe dear friend!

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