Monday, September 2, 2013
wow! has it been a week since we posted? yep, i think so. it's been a pretty busy week, filled with some mundane daily things, and also some not so mundane things. i won't bore you with all of the details but we had a town day this week - that always entails a full day in town. then after a town day, you have to re-stock and re-invoice your pantries and preps, process any produce (i like to put mushrooms in paper bags, other produce like romaine lettuce, which i cannot get to grow for the life of me, i like to put in containers and such). so there's 2 busy days right there and that's not counting normal chores or jobs.
this week was also blueberry-picking week at our friend D's blueberry farm. it was an awful week with too much dew in the morning for them to get out at the crack of dawn, or it would rain in the middle of the morning or it would rain in the afternoon. you can't pick the berries if they are wet. jambaloney went out 3 half days to help while i stayed home and took care of chores, watering the gardens, drying seeds, etc. we were both planning on going yesterday and today - but yesterday it rained all day! today is the last day that the cooling trucks will pick up the berries so we both went this morning to help our friend. his whole family gets involved for the week. let me just tell you - blueberry picking is backbreaking, shoulder breaking and wrist breaking! it's also hard on the hips and knees! but our friends have been doing this for years so are kind of used to it - i almost died! we fill bins to 20lbs and i did 4 of them between 9:30 and noon. jambaloney did 10 but that's only because we started late. he usually can get 12-13 a morning. he did 32 bins overall in his 4 mornings out! our friends were happy that we helped and it was nice to be out there with them all. our next dance is on the 14th and none of us can wait for it since our last dance was cancelled!
tomorrow we are having our friend E's son and girlfriend come over to ------- wait for it -------- GET POOP! 2 whole truckbeds of horse poop for our garden! H and J are really great young people and they know that our garden could really use the poop! H and jambaloney will go with the 2 trucks to J's Dad's farm and load up the trucks. i will make steak and chicken fajitas with all the fixins for supper, and we'll hang out and chat - it will be nice.
wednesday we'll spend the day making cabbage rolls for my friend G - he specifically requested them the last time they visited. we'll go to our friend G and C's house with the cabbage rolls and have a nice evening together. i just hope they like the cabbage rolls - i don't make mine like most, so fingers crossed on that.
thursday we plan to move the water heater from our one and only tiny closet in the house to the basement - expect a post from jambaloney about that once he finishes it.
and then friday or saturday we have to find the time to squeeze in at least a few hours to go and help G finish the siding on his house.
so last week was mundane and not so-mundane and it looks like this week will be the same.
wanna see something cool?
teehee! that's my first cayenne pepper - oh the peppers are just loving that greenhouse! i have never grown a cayenne pepper in my life but all of my cayenne plants are filled with peppers colouring. we saved the seeds from this little guy - must have gotten about 60 seeds! jambaloney loves hot and spicy things - me not so much! but i intend to dehydrate some of these to make cayenne powder, chili flakes and pickle some. jambaloney took a tiny bite out of this guy, seemed ok and then started coughing and choking! i tried an even tinier piece and at first it didn't seem so bad but then - blammo - near blew my head off! these are definitely hot peppers!
anyway, i've been doing a lot of research on garlic because my garlic has been doing some really delightful things! i'll get a post up about it in a day or so! hope you all have a good week!