Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Restrooms and Walmarts (especially restrooms in Walmarts) aren't natural blog fodder for me, but this moment was a perfect example of capturing "everyday aesthetics" where it could have easily gone relatively unnoticed.
Walking into the restroom at a local Walmart recently, I didn't expect to be greeted with sweet smells and pretty, fresh flowers.
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Saturday, August 20, 2022
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Friday, August 12, 2022
Picking green beans and cucumbers is an almost daily game of Hide and Seek.
I circle around and search through each bean and cucumber plant two or three times before feeling reasonably confident I've found all that are the right size for picking, and a couple days later I almost always find a giant cucumber I missed. When this happens, they are always so large (like 7 inches or more), I wonder how on earth I must have missed it several times. It starts to feel like the plant is playing pranks on me.
While I try to harvest the pickling cucumbers before they get over 5 inches long, it's important, I've learned, to never let a cucumber grow so large it turns yellow. At that point, the plant will likely stop producing fruit and think it's time to die. So evidently, as long as I keep picking while the fruits are young, the plants will keep producing. But if I let just one go too long, and get too old, it's Game Over!
I have to say when I decided to plant cucumbers, this was not a game I anticipated.
I also have to say... the Bread and Butter Pickles I canned earlier this week are worth it all. Mmmmm. I was so happy with them, I gave some to friends who came over for supper last night who'd never tasted Bread and Butter Pickles. I hope they like them as much as I now do!