NOTE: I started to write this post around 8 o'clock this morning, but somehow got sidetracked. (I know none of you can imagine how this could happen!) Now here it is 3 p.m. and I'm finally getting it up.
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Looks as though those of us in this area can stop being concerned about drought! Around 4 a.m. this morning we had one heckuva rain storm that dropped 1" of rain on us. This has been happening frequently enough that we're finally getting well hydrated. I only wish those of you in other parts of the country were getting your share of the rain, too. I know it's desperately needed.
I had plans to pick three kinds of beans this morning and get them processed but the garden is so wet I'll not be doing that. Hoping the heavy rain didn't knock too many of the ripe raspberries off the plants last night. Once they're ripe, they come off so easily.
Our temp is only in the 70s (hooray!) but the sky is overcast and the humidity is high both inside and out. (In the above picture, I was trying to take a shot that showed the heaviness of the air, but I think a much more talented photographer than I am is needed for that.) When I wiped the table off this morning after breakfast, it was still wet a half hour later!
Yesterday most of the day was spent making juice concentrate. (Yep, I'm still on the homemade juice kick.) I made a single batch of blueberry concentrate and two batches of raspberry. Unless I end up with an over-abundance of blueberries, I think that's all I'll make this year until we find out exactly how far the concentrate goes and how much we consume over winter.
Glad to report I've moved out of my waking in the middle of the night routine and have been sleeping straight through. Last night I finished up the last batch of juice later than I would have liked and found myself hitting the wall and wanting to be flat out in bed before I wrapped up what needed to be done. I stumbled around for another hour or so before making it into bed. I have no idea how I did it, but apparently when I drew back the bed covers I pulled down the fitted bottom sheet also, and crawled in on top of the mattress pad. (That fitted bottom sheet is tight, too!) I had no idea I had done this until hubby came to bed and knew something didn't feel right. Good grief, that's one I'll wonder about for a long time!
Funny how itchy my fingers are to get those beans picked and processed, but I don't think it will be happening today. When I have a plan made, I've always had trouble changing horses. Don't know if that's a personality weakness or strength. So far I've used the day to get caught up with desk work . . . and there's always the disaster called my closet I could/should work on. And a couple hundred other non-garden related things to do. And I do have that Netflix video I could watch . . .
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