Saturday, September 17, 2022

Boring

 I am about tired of tomatoes, I can tell you that. Probably one more picking, and we'll call it good. I dug the potatoes today, which were disappointing. I picked beans again, and pulled the onions. I have three more zucchini I have to figure out what to do with. Probably at this point just go ahead and shred them and put them in the freezer in 2 cup packages for zucchini bread. 

Tim is building a lean to for the tractors at the side of the garage. He has been working on the Oliver, and finally got that operational, so he's a happy guy. He was going to sell the Oliver for the longest time. Now he's going to keep that because he wants a bucket loader (and he's got the bugs worked out of it). He loves the new (1956) Farmall because it has a winch, so now he's thinking to sell the old Farmall (1940 something)

I think he won't sell any of them. 

So we worked on our projects, me in the garden, him on the garage. William bounced between the two of us, helping his grandfather, helping me. He was a good extra set of arms and learned how to use the level today. 

So really, the only thing left, really are the pumpkins, which will need to be cooked down. We both love pumpkin soup and Tim loves pumpkin pie. It's quite a satisfying pile of fruits and vegetables in the chest freezer. Once we start stocking it with venison, we will be set for winter. 

I drove home to begin work on the produce, and Hairy lay across the driveway, stretched out on his side, his back towards me. I stopped the car, and he did not move. I tooted the horn. He did not move. I got out of the car and made my way slowly to him. I expected him to be dead. He opened his eyes and looked lazily at me. 

"Will you move?" I asked, giving him a nudge. He leisurely got up and moved to the other side of the driveway. As I was unloading the car, William got a dish of kibble for him. He moved very quickly when he heard that. What a stinker. 

That's it really. Sometimes your most productive days will simply bore the snot out of everyone else. Sorry about your luck. 


29 comments:

  1. We will take it, Debby. Glad you had a productive day.

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    1. Well, some people have new puppies to talk about, and cute kids living in their houses...alas and alack for those of us with nothing but tomatoes. Lots and lots of tomatoes.

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  2. I used to process much of my garden but it just didn't happen this summer . Maybe next year. there's nothing better than stuff that comes directly from the garden.

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    1. We had fresh potatoes and beans with our grilled chicken tonight, with zucchini bread for dessert. It WAS delicious. Esp. those potatoes.

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  3. Not boring at all to me. I used to throw anything in the ground and it'd grow. Not anymore. I've resorted to tulips and rose moss. Hairy is deaf maybe? Or just pure cat. Linda in Kansas

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    1. When he did not respond to the horn, and after I ascertained he was not dead, it did occur to me that he might be deaf. And then he heard the sound of kibble in his dish. I have never seen a cat ignore a car horn.

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  4. One thing I miss from our old house is the veg garden. Nothing better than fresh, home grown.

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  5. Our freezer is full of bacon, pork and chickens. Any tractor photos?

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    1. That's a nice blend. We usually have two or three venison. Then in January, I buy 80 lbs of chicken. Pretty much carries us through.

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    2. I will have to get some pictures. They are just three old tractors.

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  6. Not boring at all. The daily life is always interesting to me, especially if in a different country. We don't eat venison as a rule, nor pumpkin pie. We make pumpkin soup and eat pumpkin with meals but what is cooking down pumpkin?

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    1. After you halve it and roast it cut side down, you skin it, and put the 'meat' into a stew pot, add a little water and simmer it. You blend it and make the puree and then you put it in containers and freeze it. You can take the puree out and make pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread,

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  7. But I have a husband with a tractor addiction, and his favorite tractor? Oliver! So this was very interesting to me.

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    1. My husband's brother has the largest collection of Oliver tractors in this county. Or he did anyway. He was featured in a PBS 'Our Town' series sometime back. Tim is not going to go nuts on this, but the genes to do just that are strong.

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  8. Too much of a good thing can be too much sometimes. Glad the cat is not dead, just the king of the universe:)

    I'm grounded so my days are monotonous but the house is getting very clean.

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    1. HIS universe anyway. I enjoy being grounded at times. Being grounded by pain, however, is not the best way to do it.

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  9. I wasn't bored! I got a kick out of Hairy's insouciance. Glad you got all that food prepared. I too love a pumpkin pie!

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  10. Debby - you do realise that you have four cats that own you now? Much as Tim has tractors that own him. My boring days involve strategies to avert the 12yo from demanding a lifetime of screen addiction and navigating the battles between the 12 and 57yo children. Or work - and as that is the sort of work that involves spreadsheets and accounting software, I will take tomatoes and pumpkins and snapshots of your seasonal progression. Jeanie.

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    1. I feel quite blessed suddenly. Jeanie...sometimes I am not sure what to say.

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  11. Since we didn't raise tomatoes this year, my time spent preserving stuff hasn't been too bad. We too are nearing the end but I do have a few hubbard squash that will need to be preserved for pumpkin pies later on down the road. We still have one variety of dry shell beans that is still too green yet to pick. We finally got some moisture so I hope to do some tilling yet this fall and then sit back and read a seed catalog or two before spring.

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    1. I am already planning next year's garden. I do it while my mistakes are still fresh in my mind.

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  12. You are so lucky Tim has a hobby. So many men retire and then sit and twiddle their thumbs waiting for death to come knocking. Or irritate the bejezus out of their wives.

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    1. Tim has hobbies, but multitasker that he is, can annoy the bejesus out of me.😄

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  13. Boring's not bad. If nothing else, it is amusing.

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    1. There is a certain satisfaction about getting things done.

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  14. You folk love to work, but then it gives you something to write about, which you are ale to do pretty darn well.

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    1. Can't say I love it, but it needs doing. Tim loves to work. He has our next two projects under way.

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