Sitting quietly under the Hackberry Trees waiting to start grilling salmon for supper as soon as I heard DH coming up the hill on the tractor. He had been bush-hogging a bit.
A butterfly boldly landed on the my leg.
I was enjoying a glass of an organic Chardonnay that had arrived earlier in the week from The Organic Wine Club. Veronique Raskin always selects the best wines for Wine Club members.
This particular white was from Argentina.
My butterfly companion moved to the arm of the glider & started exploring with its long tongue.
I didn’t have any water or hummingbird water to share with the “flying worm,” but I did have wine.
A few drops on the arm rest in front of the butterfly – I didn’t know what it would do…
Once the tongue touched the wine, the search was over. It drank & drank, so I added a few more drops of wine.
It flew away when DH approached – no, it didn’t appear tipsy & flew straight to the hummingbird feeder on the garden fence.
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Stepping into the garage after the insulation guys finished I stopped. No echo. It was quiet, sound muffled. Acoustics! Wow!
All over the house it was quiet!
Claustrophobia! I can’t look through the ceiling in the Great Room & see the pretty window in the attic!
Now there are actual walls, well, sort of walls. I can’t see through them anymore.
As instructed by Harry & Johnny I selected exterior trim paint. Good thing I didn’t wait because the painters were here last week.
They painted the ceilings of the front porch & deck & all the trim around windows.
I was a bit surprised to see how yellow the trim paint looked. It didn’t look like that on the tiny paint chip I chose from at the paint store. But it goes with the window frames.
Notice the blue board next to the front windows – that is the exact color I wanted!
Being very afraid that the exterior paint color was going to be not what I thought it was going to be, I purchased a small can & the painter brushed it onto a piece of siding. Relief! I want a blue house, but I don’t want it so bright that it glows. I want it to have some gray in it so it blends into the sky. Yes, I know I’m weird.
The insulation guys were also here! They started in the bonus room above the garage. The next time I was in the house, they were almost finished with everything! They worked fast!
Carole shared her tomatoes. The Foster garden was much larger than mine so they had many more tomatoes, lots of cucumbers, tons of peas & too many ears of corn. DH & I & friends are the beneficiaries!
Raspberries have begun to ripen.
Peas, okra, peppers & a few tomatoes are still making.
I have canned over 4 dozen pints & a dozen quarts of my salsa, lots of tomatoes, thanks to Carole. We have quarts of lacto-fermented cucumber pickles in the refrigerator. Purple hull peas are in the freezer awaiting the holidays when the boys will be home. Okra we are enjoying when there is a mess to fry.
I have planted some veggies for autumn: broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkins, chard, turnips. It is tempting to pull the tomatoes so I can get spinach & lettuces started! Next year the summer garden will be larger & outside my fence. DH is taking ownership of the tomatoes, though I will be the one canning salsa.
How about a recipe? Sorry I haven’t published one lately.
Marinated Tomato, Cucumber & Onion Salad
Adapted from Food.com; adapted from Beaverdam Creek Farm
- 3 medium Cucumbers, sliced 1/4” thick
1 medium Sweet Onion, sliced & separated into rings
1 cup Cocktail Tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cup raw Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tablespoons raw Honey
3/4 cup Water
2 teaspoons Sea Salt
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon Spearmint, chopped optional
- Combine all ingredients in large bowl.
Chill 2 hours before serving.
Flew to Dallas to visit dear friends & high school friends of DH.
Although the high school was in Memphis, these folks now live in the Dallas area. Last year Jim & Mark came to dinner with us at Dave & Joni’s house. So much laughter, so much fun, Dave & DH scheduled a reunion one year later.
This time another high school friend living in Phoenix wanted to join us. Fred & his wife flew in Saturday morning, he was speaking at a conference the following week in Grapevine. Fred also invited 2 other friends who are Dallas locals.
I awakened early Saturday morning & got busy in the kitchen. A raw fruit salad & 2 raw vegetable salads = lots of prep! Chicken breasts in marinade so Dave could grill them with the steaks he had selected.
Whipped Cream Horseradish Sauce, Jalapeño Poppers (from my garden), my own version of the Rendezvous Platter, tortilla chips, guacamole & my homemade salsa, cold watermelon (from my garden). Yep, I was in the kitchen all day…all day, literally!
Mark & his wife brought a lovely cheese tray with fig preserves & roasted pecans.
Jim & his wife brought a case of incredible wines. Lezli brought 2 lovely wines; we opened them first! Fred & his wife brought dessert. So much food!
Another evening of laughter, fun, conversation. Bet we get together again next year!
Physician. FBI agent (retired). University professor. Safety expert for nuclear facilities. Managing director of an international investing & banking firm. Commercial real estate. Members of the class of 1972…except that DH skipped a year & graduated early & Jim moved to Kansas to graduate. Anyway, an amazing assortment of talent!
Why the clouds? After everyone left…late, it took until just after 1 am to reclaim the kitchen.
DH had already gone to bed. Dave stayed up almost to the end. Joni, the nightingale, dried & put away dishes. I stood there & watched.
DH & I had to be at the airport by 4:30am for an early flight. We were getting up at 3:30. Why in the world would I take make-up off, change into a nightgown then go to bed to sleep less than 2 hours just to get up, put on make-up & get dressed? So I stayed up.
DH & I dropped the rent car at the agency which was not open & was not running it’s shuttle to the airport, then we walked the half mile rolling our bags behind us to Love Field. Easy walk though I wasn’t wearing a good walking shoe. Little ouchie.
Having not slept in over 24 hours, I couldn’t get comfortable on the plane, so I started taking photos of the pretty clouds out the window.
Arrived home. After a quick breakfast, DH heads to the property. I’m going to nap at home because the first Christmas choir rehearsal later in the afternoon.
Alas, DH & Harry start texting & include me.
No sleep. Dehydrated.
Not going to be in good voice this afternoon.
Exercise early in the morning. Then DH to the oral surgeon.
I sure hope I sleep well tonight.