It’s the weekend!! And I have made good on my promise to myself to sit around and do nothing…except instead I did tons of yard work.
Kate and I are having dinner guests tomorrow, so we cleaned the whole place (actually Kate did most of it, she’s a trooper!).The yard got mowed, and raked, and watered.
While we were moving stuff around, I got a bunch more tomatoes, we’ve got beans growing, a couple of squashes (amazing!) and the zucchinis look as if they’re about to flower. I planted some more pumpkins just to see if I can beat the frost. We’ll see!
Speaking of moving things around, I decided that i was going to finally reorganize my shed because summer is winding down and I’ll need better space arrangments in my shed than I had last winter. But of course, no good deed goes unpunished. Wasps! I was just out of wasp doom spray too. (This is my one single vice in terms of the chemicals I work with in my home). Wasps need to be kept in check. Raid has something for that. I’ll tell you what though, the stuff in that can is concentrated awfulness. With new foaming action. Ugh. Had to be done.
On a lighter note, I opened up a 3 year old bottle from my stability study on 2008 Falling Stone Winery Blueberry wine! Look at the legs on it! The stuff tastes like a liqueur. I really should put more of my bottles away for aging, but oh man, is it nice to have a stash of inexpensively acquired wine in the house in the wintertime.
I had a whirlwind weekend. Drove from Maryland to PA, dropped off the children with Grandma, then drove to Western NY to witness my cousin get married in a lovely service.
We just returned home and I saw my tomato vines heavy with fruits! The birds and squirrels had a shot at about 4 of them, but I definitely came out with quite a number of the red ones. I picked a few near ripe ones to finish their ripening away from the free loaders. I’ve found if you clip them with the vine still on them, they ripen up just fine inside a paper sack.
See also my latest wine project. I put in the last sugar gallon and another gallon of water so that it can settle into the end of the secondary fermentation. I’m hoping for a nice strong table wine with vinous quality and drinkability. This is an improvement on a previous years recipe where I’d omitted raisins from the batch. I won’t make that mistake again.
The beans, zucchini and cucumbers I planted on Thursday have made quite a lot of progress in four days. The fall planting is just as much fun as the spring I’m finding. It’s great to live in a place with such an extended growing season. We could use a little rain though.