Monday, May 20, 2024

Sunday Stealing

1. What inspires you the most?  God’s creation: Hills, valleys, the green of spring.  Walks in the woods.  Sunrise, plants in a garden, flowers.  Dogs, cats, cows, horses.  Babies. 

2. How do you think the world will change in 20 years?  I’d be surprised if there’s anything left of the world by then.  I'm glad I won't be around to know.

3. Cats or dogs and why?  If I had to choose it would be a dog, but I’m glad I don’t have to choose.  I have both.

4. What is the funniest memory from your childhood?  I have many happy memories, but right now I cant think of a funny one.

5. Where do you not mind waiting?  Waiting is never difficult these days, since I always have a library book on my phone to read.  However, waiting to hear good news about a friend or relative who has a serious medical problem is hard.  

6. What was the best thing before sliced bread?  My parents were born, making it possible for me to be born!  Sliced bread was first available in 1928, on July 7.  In 1944, I was born on July 7.  Coincidence?  I think not.  You won't find me worrying about carbs!

7. What product would you stockpile if you found out they weren’t going to sell it anymore?  Toilet paper!  Covid taught me a few things, even though I never had covid.

8. What do you get every time you go grocery shopping?  milk, bread, and usually bananas

9. What do people do too much of today?  Looking at their phones.  

10. Are you a GoodWill, or any second hand store customer?  I would like to be, but I don’t have the patience to check things out thoroughly.

11. How do you feel about the death penalty?  Im sort of on the fence about it, considering the fact that since DNA appeared, so many people are wrongly accused.

12. Are there brands of certain items that you will ONLY buy that brand? Ie paper towels, ketchup etc.  Bounty paper towels, some things that my husband is picky about (Hunts ketchup, which is actually cheaper than Heinz anyway, Miracle Whip);  Folgers coffee for both of us and Twinnings Earl Grey Black Tea for me, Sara Lee Butter Bread, Tide laundry soap.

13. What are some things that you will buy the Store brand, and find the quality to be great?  The quality isnt always quite that great, but it if cuts the price in half, Ill suffer through it:  Crackers, for instance.  Things like flour and sugar. 

14. What is a Name brand item that really disappointed you recently?  I cant think of any

15. Do you wear glasses or contacts?  glasses


Friday, May 17, 2024

Gardens and other things

It’s been a strange garden year.

I have planted carrots three times and gotten nothing.  Planted beets three times and got very little.  Cliff’s white radishes he loves so well, on the other hand, have flourished!  They get huge.  He ate all of the first ones, and now a whole row is almost ready.  Many of the plants have just stayed where they were in March, looking cold and rather sick, and beaten with hail until the last three weeks.  At least that’s how it has been with the cabbage, sweet potatoes, and cantaloupe.  I have tilled away some crops because so few of them came up and then replanted only to get the same result.  I’ve had a lot like this bean row:

I planted the whole row, and you see how few bean plants came up.

On the bright side, the potato and tomato plants are doing quite well, unless the load of water in the ground has started to rot the potatoes; I’m afraid to look!

No blight yet, but then there wouldn’t be yet    

We’ve been eating strawberries every day, either on cereal or with shortcake; sometimes both.  Even so, we’ve given some to the grandson, and to our daughter and her husband.  Also, there are quite a few in the freezer, and we should get a lot more.

Some bags have two cups, some have three

The strawberries really don’t like the chilly, cloudy, wet weather.  They aren’t as sweet as they could be, and they look a bit faded.  But they are still making berries.

I had forgotten the fact that when there’s a lot of rain after a long drought, ants will come in the house to find a dry place.  I have an ice cream bucket on the dryer I put coffee grounds, vegetable leavings and so forth to toss out on the garden.  Went in to wash clothes and the ants were all over those leavings.  I sprinkled Borax onto the dryer around the bottom of the bucket, left it there for a couple days and the ants were gone.  Then I found them in my bathroom, dancing around my sink.  More Borax, and POOF!  I didn’t know exactly where they were coming in, so I just put Borax all around the sing and left it for three days.  GONE!!  Last night they had found the cats’ two dishes and were having a feast.  Sprinkled Borax on it… well, you know the story by now.  

However, there’s another short story in this.  I typed most of this entry yesterday afternoon.  Cliff came in the house, I mentioned Borax around the cat food dishes, and Cliff said, “Remember when I put lime on the floor of the barn and all our barn cats died?”

I told him that wouldn’t happen, because I googled to see if it would hurt pets.  Some people said it would, but most said no cat or dog would eat enough to kill them.  

He went back to the shop, and I heard a little voice reminding me I hadn’t seen Blue, the cat, since I let the cats back in the garage for the day.  I called him several times with no avail.  I told myself he was in the pasture or woods hunting like always, but I worried a bit.  Finally, he showed up, healthy and unharmed.  Whew.

This is the first sunny day we’ve had in a long time.  It’s still too wet to till the garden, but I’m getting a lot of hoeing done, and I’ve trimmed the leaves down on the Iris plants, since all but the black irises are done.  I think I’ll be able to till tomorrow, good Lord willing.  I’m going back outside now.