Saturday, August 25, 2018

Living the Pantry Lifestyle - This and That

After a long stretch of above average temperatures and humidity (which I think started in March!), we had two cool days this week.  It was lovely.  I celebrated by making chili for dinner and then freezing part of it for later.  We are to return to heat indexes around 100 tomorrow.

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


becka said...

Glad to hear your eye is improving. I had surgery near my eye in March and can commiserate somewhat. I had to laugh at your comment about wondering how the squirrels could carry large black walnuts in their little mouths. One of my cats once carried an avocado from the kitchen to our bedroom. I really wished I had been able to see him do that. :)

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Improvement in your vision is an answer to prayer!

With nicer temps for a few days here too, we’ve been weeding. It has been a crazy weedy year! Our temps go back up tomorrow too!

I’ve been enjoying the first few chapters of Sarah’s book too! Book Girl is going to make great gifts for my own Book Girls this Christmas!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

So glad to hear your eye problems are, little by little, resolving. I am sure many people are praying for you. And so am I.....I also think your weather is surprisingly more extreme than ours. Perhaps being somewhat close to Lake Erie helps? Be well, Brenda, and keep on writing!

Ann said...

Glad to hear that your eye is healing ... prayers continue for a full recovery of your sight.

I could use a few fall like days here in Lake Havasu -- we are still way over 100 every day; fall will arrive perhaps by the end of October. :)

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

So Happy that your eyes are improving! A friend of mine developed several small floaters and her doctor suggested she look into a supplement called Serrapeptase. She reports that the floaters disappeared on their own after 3-4 weeks of taking the supplement each morning. ( It's an enzyme that dissolves old tissue as a sort of clean up mission haha! ) They sell it on Amazon and it's fairly reasonable in price. I must confess that I've wasted far too much time on there reading through the reviews and they are quite interesting,surprisingly! Thanks for the lovely post...I got a kick out of you comparing it with binge watching a video series!