Monday, July 21, 2014
And, it's Monday
I have wanted a cozy little kitchen like this one in many segments of my life. I think a small, tiny space is safer when my life is out of control. I once had a metal shelf unit with cream and red containers. I sold it last September in the yard sale on my daughter's street. At the time I was feeling like I was in control of my life--then it went off the rails and is still causing me panic.
It's Monday. 3:23. The service tech never showed up to repair the fridge. I didn't think he would. G has replaced the first block of ice in the fridge with a second one. We are getting used to going out on the porch for milk and butter.
I purchased two flats of very tall, overgrown annuals yesterday. I had to cut the mat of roots off the bottom and then cut each flat into 12 blocks with a very big knife. Each block contains one very tall ageratum or cream marigold. The ageratum can possibly grow to 30 inches and the marigolds to 15. I planted younger (June) marigolds in one of the parking lot containers at work. I was impressed with how great they look. Both flats cost me all of $3.84. Perhaps they will impress me and look great here in my garden as well? I'm sure they are happy to be here in my garden and not in the dumpster at work.
I have harvested 6 nice heavy zucchini from my garden (one was shredded for a chocolate loaf and two went into a zucchini crust for a meat pie), 1.5 pounds of small yellow squash, all my heads of garlic (last year I waited too long and the cloves opened so I pulled early), one onion and the last of the peas. I also pulled up all the pea vines and added fertilizer and planted my pole beans. Too many. But I like the beans to look more like a carnival or circus climbing all over the pergola. Four of my tomatoes are changing color. And they are big tomatoes. I have not picked the large green peppers as I am waiting for them to turn to red as well. My row of tomato plants is now nearly as tall as I am. Siberian Reds, Green Zebra, Abe Lincoln, Purple Cherokee, Sun Gold along with the shorter, Early Girls.
One single raspberry has ripened. But it was very good. The others are coming right along. I can see future blackberries on my vines. It will be weeks yet before I pick them and end up with bleeding ankles and arms. I intend to make a blackberry pie this year. I actually could make one now, as I have bags of blackberries in the freezer. I haven't been able to make a dent in the fruit in the freezer, even eating fruit with yogurt for lunch 3 days a week. And it's all from my garden.
The blueberry bushes are loaded with fruit. Not ripe yet. Still green. My friend Patty has tons of grapes on her vines. I am begging her to give them to me so I can make grape jelly again. It was messy but the jelly was so good. And we've run out. I could also try making something out of the blueberries. Preserves? There is nothing quite as awful as cooking jelly on a hot August evening and then making a water bath and boiling the jars. Then doing the dishes.
My fig tree has started to make figs. I was worried that it wouldn't but a few weeks ago I started seeing little bumps above each leaf. I think there are 20 or 30 of them. I am watering and feeding the tree in hopes of them ripening this time. G likes fig preserves. Another set of hot jars.
Do you make jelly and preserves? I tried tomato jam last summer and that stuff was amazing. If I don't have enough tomatoes this year I will look for farm stand boxes for canning.
And then there's the Brandied Cranberry Sauce my neighbor gave us last Thanksgiving. OMG. Which reminds me to add a bottle of brandy to the shopping list in November.
Update: Repair guy showed up at 4pm. Took all the shelving out of the fridge ( G and I just finished washing and drying it), used my hairdryer to melt the ice clogging a vent and then left. He needs to order a part (a three way valve switch) and that will come in whenever it comes in. So, we are making friends with the fridge on the porch which now has everything in it. It may be days. It may be weeks. It could even be months. The freezer and ice maker are still working.
Dinner out by the Atlantic Ocean. The Dolphin. Lobster. But before that, a nice gin and tonic on Patty's deck, under the grapes. I will take the camera and stun you with the sights here in Maine by the ocean. This really is "the way life should be" except for appliance repair.