The Tomato Fairy Strikes Again!


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I am officially out of usable jars. Not a jar in this place that could be used.

Not one. Nada. Zip

Which means, my weekend – will again be a weekend of canning. Also, ran out of vinegar and garlic.

I am really not complaining about having to do the work, I am complaining about not being able to do it when I want to do it.

So, there.

And to think, Mr. B was so upset that out of the 30+ tomato plants he started only about 26 survived, all roma.

Since I had used up every single tomato he had already picked in the last canning, I thought that I would head out and get one for lunch yesterday.

I took my basket, because I was going to see if my dill was dry enough, and if so I was going to bring it in. It is hanging on the trellis for the peas.

There was no room for the dill. That basket (see above pic) is what I got and I could have filled it up 10 times. But, even with that basket I had to kneel down to get it and that was just two plants, so someone else needs to finish picking them.

Not quit so off balance today, but I spent a good portion of last night wonder how to even describe what is going on, at my appointment tomorrow. Sort of like everything else has moved just a bit and I haven’t caught up. That sensation you get with new glasses and you put them on and leave the doctor’s office and take that very first step off the curb. Which winds up, not being where you thought it was.

Or what this really feels like, is the sensation you get when you are in an F-15 (in the back seat of course) when it takes off and goes straight up and that slight out of body experience. Which is very cool don’t get me wrong, but I would like to get off the ride now.

 

But, for some reason, I don’t think that using that description with my (maybe) 25 year old physical therapist is going to do any good. Even if he knows what an F-15 is, I doubt he has ever been in one, he doesn’t look military at all.

But, all in all less wobbly today and the pressure in my right ear seems almost gone, but now it is in my left.

I wonder if I will start tilting the other direction now?

Will let you know, off to the bus stop. If anyone asks me again, why I have the cane- I will bop them with it. It is solid wood.

A service dog is sounding better every day.

I didn’t take the cane and that was a big mistake, I am sure anyone who saw me thought I was drunk on this bright and beautiful morning.

I guess that means, I need to keep it with me.

There was not a tip on it and I thought that I could make one with hot glue. B said it wouldn’t work it would just come right off. So, the other evening, I turned on the hot glue gun and made myself a custom, clear tip for the cane. It is still on.

Take that Mr. B!

🙂 Who has taken this latest development in stride. I have take complete advantage of him and told him, it would help me not to fall down if he held my hand more often when we are out and about. His reply, ‘okay’ and he does. How awesome is that! Mr. No public displays- Ever- is after 15 years, holding my hand in public.

It is very nice.

I finished up a bunch of contracts yesterday and let a few others go. So, I am down to 6 clients and it is a little strange, not scrambling to meet deadlines or stressing about not getting this or that done in time to get this or that other thing done.

But, maybe, just maybe this balance thing is a good thing. It certainly does make me slow down considerably and drives home the point that I can’t do everything. At some point, everyone needs to admit that, even me.

 

I did learn a long time ago, that worrying about things I have no control over, is pointless, so I don’t. All I can do is figure out how to deal with what I do have control over and my attitude about it.

I don’t plan on changing much, or giving up things I like to do. I just have to figure out how I can do keep doing them. And there is always a way. Although, losing my hearing will be a major pain pain in the ass.

On that note, I am off to see if I can’t figure out how to get traffic to a blog – not this one, of course. The one that needs traffic actually has relevant and helpful information that everyone needs ;-0.

 

 

 

 

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Up To My Eye Balls In Tomatoes


Fresh from the Garden

Fresh from the Garden

With the combination of that late snow in May, the garden has been very slow to produce, so has everyone’s. But, once it did, it has not stopped or slowed down in the slightest!.

B- went a bit crazy with the tomato plants this year and from February to late May, one room up stairs was turned into a nursery for tomatoes and pepper plants.

We only planted Roma and grape tomatoes and 4 kinds of peppers; Poblano, Cubanelle, Bell and Banana. All of which are now producing more than I can keep up with.

B- had decided that with so many tomatoes plants we wouldn’t have room for green beans- so he planted them along the outside of the fence (before we bought the lot, but it was still on our property). Two very long rows of green and yellow beans. Which didn’t do so well until recently. The sun and the rain have made them take off. I think so far I have put up 20 + pounds of beans.

In mid July, I found some old cucumber seeds and let the boys have them and then forgot all about them. I have never had much success, but apparently they have the magic touch, I have a lot of cucumbers all of the sudden.

So I have pickled and canned and spent a good amount of time on the kitchen (sometimes on the floor) discussing philosophy with the dogs or Mama Cat, who ever happens to be hanging out.

I have figured out that I need a rolling cart, something along the lines of rolling butcher block, so that I am not turning so much when I can. B said he can make one of those, he is very handy to have around 😉

Today, I am going to try out a Cucumber Salsa recipe, before I post it on the health-recipes-fitness site. I did find a recipe like it, but it called for almost 2 cups of sugar to 4 diced cucumbers- can we say sugar shock!

So, I have tweaked it a bit and we’ll see.

The pressure is almost gone in the right ear, but now it feels like it is building up in my left. Sort of like the pressure you feel when you fly on a plane- that pressure that makes you want to pop your ears, except I can’t pop them.

So, all I can really do is work around it and try and focus on those clients that are important to me and farm out the rest- which is probably a very good thing in the long run. I really want to devote more time to the health-recipes blog and with so many clients, I just don’t feel like it is getting the attention it truly deserves.

Besides, there is just no reason now for me to work for people I don’t like. Which sadly means that I will be down to only Australian, Canadian and one single American client (although, I think he may actually be a Canadian that just lives in the US. Lol

I do have to go back to PT on Friday. The cane does help me feel a bit more confident about walking but, being the paranoid person I am, I don’t like not being able to look around or behind me. Maybe I should start training Sam, if she can learn to not pull, she would be fine to walk with.

I am off, to go see if I can find something that will send the HRF blog into viral status, finish up my social media marketing project and another little town in Montana.

At some point, I have about 8-10 pounds of green beans to put up and cucumbers to do something with, so I guess that means this session of therapy is over!

I need a small army of minions:)

P.S. Even though I don’t like discussing politics, I would like to say that I really don’t think we should give weapons to cannibals- just a thought. Even though I do understand the psychology behind ancient practice of ingesting part of your enemy to ‘absorb’ their strength’, I think we should be a little more civilized by now.