Attila continues to chip away at the garage project. Last weekend he finished closing in and trimming the back exterior, and the interior back wall. He continues to move building materials into the garage from the basement. The push is over, now slowly but surely the garage project is progressing.
Do plants smile? I think they might, you can see them if you watch carefully enough. We had a thunderstorm and heavy rain yesterday afternoon, the garden was glad. The few remaining Scarlet Runner Bean plants are beginning to produce beans, we have had two meals with fresh beans. The tomato plants are prolific. Attila planted, at my request, mostly small tomatoes, Amish, and two varieties that are of unknown varieties. There is one round tomato plant, Pink Girl. The fruit is not particularly sweet, but is very tasty, and perfect for toasted tomato sandwiches. The hot peppers are yielding quite a crop, those are for Attila, I don’t eat them. The Pole Squash, a heritage variety we ordered online, are barely surviving, one actually died, and I anticipate no fruit from those plants. The Blue Hubbard Squash is beginning to take over the yard, and wants to trespass on the neighbour’s yard, requiring constant diligence to set the runners back on our property. The Zucchini, well, there is a beautiful large fruit on it, and, well, it isn’t a Zucchini, it is a pumpkin! How did that happen, no idea, I must have mislabeled some seeds.
Today is a perfect day. Sunny, warm but not hot, not terribly humid. Just lovely!
I am preparing a new dish in the Instant Pot for dinner, making it up as I go along. Ground beef (and rosemary, always rosemary with beef or red meat), cabbage, and tomato are the base of it, I’ll be adding water, rice, and a few herbs, we will see how it goes. A sort of cabbage roll casserole. I am writing it down as I go along, so if we like it, I can replicate it.
There are companies with a solid, reliable right hand that takes your money, who have a thousand left hands that know next to nothing about each other, or how to provide customer service. These past few weeks I’ve been on the telephone battling it out with perfectly nice but systemically hobbled customer service people. Every time I think I have it sorted, another unexplained charge shows up, and after much ado, I receive an apology, and the charge is removed. No wonder people end up with ridiculously high bills, you have to watch these companies like a hawk, and be prepared to spend a LOT of time getting errors straightened out! Cell phone service providers = misery!
Attila just arrived home for the weekend. The weather is as perfect as one could wish for on a summer’s day. Dinner, courtesy of the Instant Pot, is just a “press the start button” away. All is well, in the here and now, and it does not get any better than that.
Date: 3:00 PM EDT Friday 10 August 2018
Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Dew point: 11.3°C
Wind: NNE 12 km/h
Visibility: 24 km
“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.”
1869 – 1954