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Late-Summer Scramble

I think I am procrastinating right now or maybe catching up.  It's hard to say at this point, in these last threeish weeks before our school year starts.  It's been hot at the end of this week, terribly hot, and I mowed the yard in it the other day, feeling rather dry near the end.  I kept myself from full heat exhaustion by drinking plenty and taking lots of breaks, but it was still pretty rough.  There are tomatoes roasting the oven and grapes draining for juice.  I picked about 1.5 gallons of blueberries this week, stopping when the heat got too much.  And there are blackberries, still.

BlueberriesI'm thinking about the house and what tidying needs doing right now and the kitchen, oh, the kitchen.  I've been doing so much cooking in there that I just don't like to be in there right now.  I need to get up from there and organize the whole thing and then I will feel so much better.  I'm thinking about sewing projects, too.  There are things I've put off far too long that need to be done now, or very soon.  I'm wondering if I'll have the supplies to do them and the time, but it's supposed to be 88° for a number of days.  That's good weather for hiding inside.

It's a mish-mash lately, all the stuff to do.  Mike and I are looking toward October, the crowning month of the year, as we see it.  Frosts and leaves and molasses and every day being so pretty.  It feels good to get all this food stored away, to be so thrifty even if it is so exhausting.  Yes, it's Kitchen Time.


( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )
Aug. 14th, 2016 06:16 am (UTC)
October is definitely the crowning month, such a wonderful month. Iain and I feel it is our favorite, too. That's a wonderful lot of blueberries. I say it again and again, but I am so impressed with all of your harvesting and preserving. I hope I can be more like you in that department next summer. Supposedly we're getting a big break in the heat this week - upper 70s and lower 80s! I just looked at our forecast, and I can hardly believe it. I can't wait to go enjoy that. Maybe your place will cool off soon, too. I have the same sort of mish-mash of stuff to do right now. Loose ends. - Stacey
Aug. 14th, 2016 02:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your kind words. It has been a lot of work, but I know it will be well worth it. :-) Enjoy your cooler weather!
( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )

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