Gosh the heat is building again! I slept in a little this morning so by the time I woke up (which takes awhile), enjoyed my second cup of coffee, and made it outside for morning lawn and garden work... it was already well into the 80s.
With 90+ temperatures this week and even hotter weather projected next week (perhaps reaching 100 degrees), it is important to keep the garden watered and weeded... not to mention coaxing tomato plants upward instead of outward in their growth (while they can be controlled).
|It's hard to believe this lemon balm started with one tiny plant last year|
Hubby has been asking for lemon balm tea in the evenings so I finally remembered to take my old Longaberger market basket (a lovely thrifted find a few years ago... cheap because it was really used in someone's garden) and my kitchen scissors to cut some lemon balm by the water spout and then apple mint in the garden.
Both were left for a good cold water soak in the kitchen sink when I came back inside. They are now drying in a towel with the lemon balm to be used right away and the apple mint to be hung up to dry.
I know homemade chicken soup is unusual in hot weather but that's what I made for dinner last night. I had baked a chicken over the weekend and wanted to turn it into soup and to be honest... the air conditioning is going so it wasn't like last year when we were melting just sitting in a chair (when the furnace/AC fan was broken).
I'm spending time this afternoon thinking and reading and making lists. Although Christopher has lived in an apartment near campus this past school year, he was still here a lot and I met him on campus quite often. So the true empty nest is just starting.
It's is not at all a bad thing, just ummm... different. Thus, there is a definite need to add or bring back some interests. I think it is time to make some of that lemon balm tea and ponder.