Back Forty, coffee pot posts, Local food

Sunday sweep

Aw, I see rain to our northwest on the radar, but I doubt that we will get it. The weather forecast all week is “y’all might could git a few thunderstorms. If yore lucky, hit’ll git y’all a tiny little bit of rain. If you ain’t, hit’ll blow away yore trailer and flood yore crick.” That’s my interpretation, anyway. We need rain badly – Pat told me that it hasn’t rained for five weeks at her farm. I haven’t been counting but I know that it is terribly dry.

I did not get the artwork done that I meant to yesterday. And I probably won’t get it done today either, but I hope to at least get set up to make it easier during the week. I’m partially there. I have a workspace cleared and a few more covers ready for binding. I have to prepare signatures (the paper) and pierce some holes and do some beading.

I did get a little bit of Silver Queen corn blanched, cut off the cob, and frozen. It brought back a lot of childhood memories. In July, the main activity at my house was shucking corn and freezing it in one of the three large chest freezers we had. We ate corn and field peas or butterbeans almost every day of the year, so we froze a lot of it! We had to cut it off the cob because of my daddy’s false upper plate, but I tried freezing it on the cob and I didn’t like it, so I’ve gone back to cutting it off. It’s not that much more effort and it is a lot more convenient and tastier and easier to add to other recipes.

I have to say, though, that I am saving some freezer space for some Peaches and Cream type bicolor corn. When I see it, I’m going to buy a bunch of it. I’m also considering buying a bushel of butterbeans and a bushel of field peas to freeze, since it looks like I’ll never be able to grow enough of them myself.

In the Back Forty, I’ve harvested some of the Purple Pink Eye field peas and the Carolina Sieva butterbeans. (I think. They are interplanted with Willow because I mixed up the identical beans when I planted. So much for heirloom seed saving.) Because they got ripe suddenly when I was on vacation, I had enough for a good-sized pot. I only added Liquid Smoke and salt, and they are delicious!

I’ve also gathered enough dried Toscanelli and Jacob’s Cattle beans to plant next year’s crop, but I’ll have to weigh whether giving the space to them is worth it.

No ripe tomatoes yet. My green cotton has been flowering. And I could probably pull a few carrots.

I did weed-whack the front yard enough to keep the city and neighbors happy. I bought an electronic mouse repellent. I tried to take my camera back to Office Depot, but it turns out that the salesperson lied to me when I bought the warranty and they wouldn’t give me my money back. I have to do some bureaucratic BS and send the camera back in the mail to somebody and they are supposed to replace it. Except that it is discontinued, so now the line is that they will send me a better camera. I don’t want another Canon 500 series because I’ve had the same problem with both of mine. Granted, I worked the hell out of them. But I wanted to use the money to buy a better camera. It would have been a win-win situation for both Office Depot and me to refund my money.

Whether they handle this to my satisfaction or not will convince me whether buying the extended warranty was worth it and whether I want to do business with Office Depot or not. I don’t do business with Best Buy anymore because of the way their customer service department treated me when I returned a new defective PC years ago.

I’m not over my exhaustion from earlier this week, clearly. I did manage to go to sleep at 12:30 last night and sleep straight through the night, but I woke up at 10 a.m.! I think that part of the problem was that I got off my vitamin regimen so I started back on that this morning. I’ll try not to take a nap today, but it is the sabbath so I’m not promising. I’m going to bind books, make some paper, maybe weave, and organize so that I can come home from work and get crackin’ right away on a project. And cook some pork chops and spaghetti sauce, and do some laundry. And freeze some squash. Sheesh, I’d better shut down this laptop.

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