Tuesday, August 23, 2016

So many tomatoes

Nearly all of the tomatoes left on vines are the paste varieties. The most successful slicer is clearly chefs choice orange. In still getting a few others like black Krim, green zebra, stupice, brandywine and lucky cross. I suppose the decreasing production of those at least makes the quantities manageable!

Cucumbers are pretty much done.

Okra is still producing slow but constant.

Didn't find any zucchini today.

Pulled some peaches, but they're very firm. The white faced yellow jackets don't want me to have the good ones.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Onion harvest

It looks like a lot of onions, but onions seem to go fast. Plus it's pretty much guaranteed at least a couple will decide to rot. There's nothing much stinkier from the garden than rotting onions.

Friday, August 19, 2016


I'm really, really hoping to succeed at knitting a sweater. The acrylic, lots of seaming, cabled cardigan I never finished after melting some of it before attempting a poor seaming job a year or two ago kinda turned me off.

So now what am i going to try? Fingering weight yarn for a sweater! Because nothing says doable like super fine yarn that's gonna take a long time.

Oh yeah, it's also gonna have a ton of stranded color work!

I'm just doing a quick posting about it here. I've finally spun up all the yarn (Brett did one for me - it's the looser-caked dark blue), and started knitting a gauge swatch last night. So far the recommended size US5 needles appear to be getting gauge, which seems weird 1) for first attempt,  and 2) because the fabric seems a little loose. Hey, what do I know...

Here's just some pics of the yarn colors. More details later IF this progresses...

Bartlett pear

There were a couple really nasty looking pears under the tree when I mowed yesterday. This afternoon there were at least two new pears on the ground. One was really chewed into by the bugs, but this one was perfect. I figured there was no way it was going to be good - either rock hard, super mushy inside, or full of bugs.

Turns out it was perfect! So good!

Now to get out there and pick pears and peaches. I figure I'll aim for morning when hopefully there aren't wasps all over them.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Garden harvest

It may only be 79 out there, but the 75% humidity has me sweating up a storm after just a brief harvest session.

I really need to start canning tomatoes this weekend!

The apple isn't quite ripe yet, but the peach? Mmm! It's not as rich as the orangey ones, but it's still great!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Small-ish bowl of gumbo, and half a BLT. And you gotta have cornbread with gumbo, right? Even if it seems a little overkill with the sandwich...

There's a Black Krim in that sandwich!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Today's harvest

There's 4 or 5 okra hiding in there somewhere. They'll go with the ones in the freezer for tonight's gumbo! Chicken is in the pressure cooker right now.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Garden dinner

When the garden starts doing that garden thing to the point you're trying to find ways to keep up...


The figs aren't big this year, but they still taste great!