Monday, July 13, 2015

Rainy Monday

Yesterday was a cool day with a lovely breeze, so we took advantage of it and put in a whole, full day of wood working.  It was one of those days when in the evening the physical work has left you tired but feeling very, very good knowing all you accomplished.

I think the cool weather yesterday was the rain front working its way into our area.  It started sprinkling after dinner as I was trying to pick the day's harvest of strawberries.  I had to holler for Papa Pea to please come help me.  We got about 80% of them before the rain drove us in.

The precipitation is making the garden grow (I think I could actually see it!) as I watched it from hubby's upstairs office window this morning.  I'd take a few garden pictures to add to this post, but the rain is still coming down, and I'm sure I'd melt if I went out in it. 

Three loads of laundry are done this morning and the second one is in the dryer.  No laundry on the clotheslines outside today.  Besides the rain, my clothes poles on the deck are currently out of commission because of the deck still being in the de-construction phase.

Shortly, I'm off to meet with some special ladies for an hour or so of talking, handwork, visiting, and catching up with each other.  Then on to the farm on my way home for a resupply of fresh, raw milk products.  I'll pick up extra today for making kefir, yogurt and cottage cheese.  The fresh cottage cheese tastes so good with cut up garden veggies on it.  Fresh berries aren't bad either if we have a hankering for something sweet.

This afternoon?  Even if the rain stops, the garden will be too wet to work in.  Or for much of any outside work as far as that goes.  There are three links of sausage leftover in the refridge that will add some zing to a pot of Lentil Soup so I'll get that simmering on the stove.  Beyond that, we'll just have to wait to see what exciting happenings occur.


Sandy said...

Mama Pea,

I love working outside when it's cool and breezy out.....not so much when it's 100+ degrees. I'll take it though because it's not raining and flooding here.

I bet you and your husband got a lot accomplished outside today.

Strawberries............YUM!!!! I'm sitting here dreaming of strawberry short cake, smoothies, pies......
I could reach through this computer and snatch your container of strawberries :-)

I had everything ready to make the onion marmalade and went to my cabinet and realized I don't have any 1/2 pint jars's going to have to wait until Wednesday when I go to the store and pick some up.

Enjoy your Lentil soup with sausage......that sounds so good, we stuck with turkey this evening.

Time to check on my garden for those darn squash bugs. Enjoy your evening!

Lisa said...

Sounds like a pleasant way to spend the day! Wish we had 'cool and rainy' in our forecast.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Once again I wish the east would stop hogging all the rain. I always want the gardens pictured on the magazine covers and then realize the are in the east and don't need to be watered twice a day with water you don't have.

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - Ish! I know those darn squash bugs can be a horrible problem. Thankful we don't seem to have trouble with them here. (Knock on wood!)

If it were 100+ degrees here, neither hubby nor I would be able to work outside. Our blood suited for that kind of heat got left back in Illinois many years ago when we moved up here!

Mama Pea said...

Lisa - I know you do! We have a couple more days (starting this afternoon) of wet weather . . . but nothing like the areas that are getting flooded out, that's for sure! Must get out into the garden before our raindrops start.

Mama Pea said...

Tombstone Livestock - I know you've learned to live and function in your drought-stricken area but . . . how frustrating it must be just to manage to have enough water for your animals, yourself and growing a garden! You are one tough lady. I don't think I could do it. :o/

Susan said...

Do you make your own cottage cheese? Would you share your recipe? It is my favorite thing dairy to eat. We've gone from cool and rainy, to blazing hot and humid. What happened to the in-between? However, the tomatoes are liking this weather, so who am I to complain?

Mama Pea said...

Susan - Just so happens I did a post on making cottage cheese way back in 2010! If you go way down, down, down on my right hand side bar to find the Search box, just enter "cottage cheese" and a bunch of posts will pop up. The first one is the one you want . . . April 27, 2010, Making Cottage Cheese. It is so simple, and so good.

Our weather isn't blazing hot but it's much warmer than it's been and HUMID! Bad for my painting project. :o[ It's a smidge after 4 o'clock here now and I was absolutely driven in by no see'ums. The air is still and thunder storms are supposedly moving in. Guess I'll have to find something to do inside . . .

Leigh said...

Oh my goodness. Rain and lentil soup. They sound wonderful!

Mama Pea said...

Leigh - Ask me if I ever got the lentil soup made? Nope. What is it about good intentions this time of year? I'm lucky if I manage to get fully dressed in the morning before I'm running off to do something (unplanned!). ;o}