The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4072318
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
17-Sep-20 - 11:14 PM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Dorothy, there's a warm and fuzzy feeling after reading about all of your productivity and forward motion when you move between those two properties. Good work! With your gardening antics you might enjoy this gardening story: last month I bought a tub of fresh mozzarella balls in olive oil, sealed and with plenty of time to use by. I kept trying to remember to buy some basil but never spotted it. So 2-3 weeks ago I put some seeds in a couple of pots. The package says to thin them when they're tiny, but I didn't. Now they're dense and all producing the first and second whorls of leaves, about 4-6" tall, so I transplanted a couple (dug into the middle of the clump of basil with a spoon and pulled a few out). Then I thinned three or four plants and brought the leaves in and pulled out a container of grape tomatoes and the mozzarella cheese drizzled with Balsamic vinegar and made a capriccio salad. I'll do the same thinning a couple of more times at least for more salads. I have lots of cheese.

My cucumbers planted about six weeks ago are producing and I made pickles earlier this week, three jars (they are Atlas canning jars that marinara sauce came in) of fresh pickles are now aging in the small fridge. I have more to come, but I won't always make fresh pickles, I'll probably also process some, maybe bread and butter pickles.

Today I learned that my daughter's fiance loves xmas, to the point that "she would play xmas music all year, if I let her." And the red with snowflakes mask I sent home with my daughter today will be welcome. I'll happily make her some more—she's someone I haven't really known what gifts would work, when everyone is grown and has jobs and can buy what they need.

The weather is still warm but the quality of light is shifting to fall, and that always is welcome after the scorching summer. I have a light cotton blanket for the bed and have pulled it over me a couple of times in the last week. It's a process of gradually adding layers until it's finally cold enough to change out the bedding to full-size wool blankets or get out the down comforter - but that's probably three months away yet.