This heat experience makes me think about people's dependence on fans and air conditioning. Maybe my Dad has the right idea about not using air conditioning or even fans to keep cool. If you get used to depending on the electrical grid to be comfortable, what are you going to do if the grid goes down? Is it better to naturally acclimatize yourself to current weather conditions; or, is it better to use modern conveniences and acclimatize yourself only when you must? Need vs. Desire. Hmmmm. Maybe I should pull out my Letters From A Stoic and see if Seneca has any apt input on the issue.
Before this awful heat descended, I was working steadily on breaking the 200 lb. weight plateau that I am struggling with. This empty space --
where we plan to put a 12' x 10' shed to house all of the garden tools used to hold waist high weeds and this --
Remember last year when we had to literally saw our way down through the driveway after the tornado? Well, this is the wood from that mess. It took me three days to move one piece at a time. I don't think it would have taken that long except that our hand cart has a flat wheel on it that I guess will not get replaced unless I do it so I had to roll the bigger pieces over the ground to get them out of the way. We plan to split this wood next summer.
I also took down my maple syrup rig (look on the right side of this blog to see the picture of Tom stirring maple sap) and piled it out of the way next to my burn barrel.
Then I worked on the garden boxes. I pulled out of one garden box the lettuce that went bitter from the heat and the overgrown radishes, and I planted more of the same that will hopefully grow fast with the heat. In another box I planted more carrots and green beans (which I wasn't going to plant because Tom planted so many beans, but the deer have been visiting his garden so I wanted to be sure I got beans from somewhere to can for the winter). Next, I pulled the garlic and let it dry for a few days before tieing it up in bunches and hanging it in the garage to cure for a couple of weeks. That reminds me, have you seen the latest prices are for seed garlic?!!
In another garden box, the basil and sage are gorgeous! The dainty chervil has gone to seed and I'm letting it reseed where it is to increase its patch. And the rosemary I planted is finally starting to come up. I also made a third planting of dill; I'm not having much luck with dill this year and I certainly hope some of it comes up somewhere. The sage patch smelled so good that I harvested about half of it to put in the dehydrator. (The house smells SO good.) The rest of it I hope to sell at the farmers market. The basil looks great but has to grow some before I can harvest it.
I really need to get to town and buy the lumber for more garden boxes.
Talk to you soon. Stay cool!