I have suffered from a fairly common blogger malady lately. Bloggers tend to catch it after blogging for so long….its called “not blogging”. I don’t think you would say we ignore our blogs because I am always thinking about it and feel guilty for not being here. I don’t forget about it. I have a few binders full of stories yet to share. So what have I been up to….
Growing things, harvesting and drying wild plants, canning things. I have dried wild strawberry leaves for teas, dried echinacea and yarrow, dried mint. I’ve made strawberry jam and blackberry jelly. I’ve canned dill pickles, amish cucumber relish and vegetable relish. Tomorrow I am canning salsa. And I’m not done. There are still peaches, pumpkins and apples yet to come. I haven’t done this for 30 years and love doing it again.
I did manage to grow tomatoes. I tended those things. I pruned and checked them everyday. We had plenty of rain and they looked very fine. Then the storm came and layed them over. They became a tangled up heap and it looks like one giant tomato plant out there. I rolled a cage under the north side of them to keep them off the ground.
Now it’s like a treasure hunt. You really have to look for the red tomatoes in that jungle. But they are there.
One of the joys of summer…standing at the kitchen sink eating a fresh picked sun warmed tomato as the juice drips down your arm.