Saturday, August 25, 2018
Living the Pantry Lifestyle - This and That
However, I've noticed recently that yellow leaves are beginning to fall outside my family room window. I'm not sure from what trees as everything still looks green and lush and... weedy. Honestly, it looks like we live in a tropical rainforest and I guest we kinda' sorta' have been this year.
This is an off year for the black walnut tree near our house. It's a good thing because last year it started raining black walnuts on our roof by now and our yard was full of them. Because of the weather conditions this year, they are HUGE. In all the time we lived here, I have never seen them so large.
I'm not sure the squirrels will be able to hide them anywhere for winter, much less carry them in their little mouth. It will be interesting to see what happens for they like to bring some up on our deck and have a picnic while I watch through the window. Sometimes they hide the walnuts in a flower pot for a later snack. You may know that almost nothing grows where a black walnut tree is planted and thanks to hungry squirrels, there are black walnuts... everywhere.
My husband was running errands on Thursday and stopped by the parking lot where the farmer sells corn and veggies from a hay wagon. He bought half a dozen ears of corn and a watermelon. I could live off of watermelon in the summer. I must say that there are good aspects to summer's heat... corn, watermelon, and tomatoes are best just off the farm (or garden) in August where I live.
However, like so many of us far north of the equator... I am longing for cooler days. September is much like March around here, it can be chilly one day and hot the next but at least you know the new season is on the way.
I decided to display some of my Friendly Village on the breakfront as a nod to Fall, a photo was put on Instagram (@coffeeteabooksandme). I'm afraid it was not a very good photo because it is so dark in our house... that whole living in a heavily wooded area thing... but we do the best we can and strive not for perfection. I will try for a better photo on a sunny day.
As for my formerly infected eye, it is getting better. Slowly. My eyesight is still blurry and there are string-like floaters that can make it even worse but I'm doing much better than my retinal specialist thought I would be at this time. I believe that is an answer to prayer. It continues to limit what I can do but now I'm at a point where it slows me down instead of stopping regular activity.
I still have to be careful chopping onions but it is now do-able by going slow. Same with carrots. I haven't spilled water making coffee recently so there is real progress on important matters.
I can actually see to drive better than accomplishing anything close up, it is just the way the eyesight is affected. Reading brings on eyestrain and a headache if I do it too long but now I can see enough light through the right eye that the left eye compensates.
I've slowly been reading a review book and hope to post that review this week. I am looking forward to the Publication Day on September 4th for Sarah (formerly) Clarkson's new book called Book Girl. I will write a formal review on that day but I can already say that I loved it and I think any book lover will love it.
My daughter read an Advanced Reader Copy on the flight home from Europe and she thought it "perfect"... I do admit she is biased toward her friend... but I agree that it is nearly perfect for any book lover. We must always provide room to grow so they write another book, you know. ;)
The pre-order link is still on the Amazon widget on the sidebar and is as you have read again and again, an Amazon Associate link... but I am legally required to keep reminding you of that. Which means I get a tiny percent for sending you over Amazon's way and it cost you nothing extra. I thank you.
Please forgive typos and such for my eyesight is still wonky. I tend to locate typos after I've tapped on "Publish". Sigh.
Image: Bushel of Apples