Thursday, July 30, 2020


More Tomatoes Harvested

Three more tomatoes were harvested from the volunteer tomato plant, on Tuesday evening, after I watered the garden.

And guess what I found?!
Baby Cantaloupe!

I was very surprised because it is growing on one of the less vigorous plants that I thinned out and transplanted in the side yard, simply because I couldn't bear to discard the plant!  The two more promising looking plants that I left in place withered during that earlier heatwave, but this plant not only survived, but, has produced a tiny cantaloupe!  It is about the size of a tennis ball, right now!  Please continue to grow, little cantaloupe!  

Today, I called my sister and spoke with her.  She is home and recovering.  Her speech is not affected and she sounded well, if a little tired.  Her sense of balance is impacted, but, she is hoping that physical therapy will help with that.  I am glad she is home and sounding as well as she did.

In the evening, I received my grocery shipment.  I received everything I ordered; nothing was missing and there wasn't anything extra included, either!  LOL.  I now have bread, milk, flavored coffee creamer, a cucumber, lettuce for salads, bananas, some bacon, another package of cold cuts, smoked sausage, and two kinds of frozen chicken wings for treats!  Oh, and I also have yeast!  Yay!  I was finally able to buy some!

Dinner was chicken drumsticks and vegetables cooked with teriyaki sauce:

Teriyaki Chicken and Vegetables

I sauteed the drumsticks in some vegetable oil, added sliced onions, the three tomatoes I picked from the garden, a carrot, the last of the zucchini, and a little bit of broccoli, and stirred in a little teriyaki sauce.  I had some of it with leftover rice I had in the fridge.  The leftovers are in the fridge for another couple of dinners this week.  

Today, I am grateful for:
- My sister is out of the hospital and recovering
- I was able to speak with her and she had no trouble with speaking
- I received my grocery delivery without any difficulties
- More tomatoes from the garden
- A baby cantaloupe!

Today's joyful activity was speaking with my sister and hearing how well she sounded.

How was your day?  


  1. That's good news about your sister. Let's hope the therapy can sort out any issues with her balance. Does she now have to make changes to her lifestyle to prevent it happening again or hasn't that been mentioned?

    Well done on the additional tomatoes and as for the cantaloupe ... what a lovely surprise! I hope it continues to thrive for you.

    1. Thank you, Eileen. I don't know if she needs to make any changes; I know she is on medication for her blood pressure and her son had mentioned that the doctors made a change to that. Unlike me, my sister is very careful about her diet and weight; she took many dance classes (line dancing, zoomba, ballroom, etc.) before the lockdown, so lots of exercise, as well. Maybe that's what kept the stroke as mild as it was? I'm sure her doctors will advice her, if they haven't done so, already.

      I was so happy to pick those tomatoes and to see the cantaloupe growing!

  2. I love teriyaki chicken, yum! Fresh tomatoes from your own garden are so wonderful, too bad it was too rainy here and we will not get much from our parents garden. But still we have other veggies and fruits☺ Stay safe and healthy !

    1. Thank you, Natalia. Hope the rain eases up a bit and your parents' garden will produce more vegetables for them to share with you. :)

  3. I'm so happy that you got to talk to your sister and hear that she's doing okay. Hearing someone's voice cam do a lot to allay concerns.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. Yes, it was good to speak with her. Especially since I can't go to visit her in person, because we are keeping our distances. :)

  4. It must have been a relief to speak with your sister. I'm glad to read she's doing OK. X

  5. I'm sure your sister was as happy to hear from you as you were to hear her speaking to you after such a scare.
    The tomatoes are a real gift. I love volunteer plants! Your baby cantaloupe will be something to look forward to.
    What a treat to get a normal grocery delivery and even some yeast at last. I'm ashamed to say I haven't baked any bread for quite a while. I've been feeling tired and serious cooking is the first thing to go in that case. I have a helper when it comes to pancakes, though. DH has decided that this is something he wants to learn to make, but he says his biggest problem is finding where I keep everything! Who doesn't know his way round the kitchen? 😃

    1. I hope she was glad to hear from me, Bushlady. She did thank me for calling. :)

      The tomatoes are definitely a gift and the cantaloupe, if it continues to grow, will be a bonus!

      Yes, I am glad I received the groceries and the yeast! Of course, right now, it is too hot to turn on the oven to bake anything (100F, today), but, I am happy to have the ability to make bread, if I need to. :)

      Please don't feel ashamed about not cooking and baking because you are feeling tired. Take the time to rest and take it easy. Hope your husband will find out where you keep things in your kitchen and make you some delicious pancakes. :)

  6. We will have to start calling you Farmer Bless pretty soon!
    I'm so happy about that little cantaloupe. It's a real survivor.

    1. Ha, ha, maybe, if my sweet potato vine produces some sweet potatoes, I can call myself Farmer Bless! :D


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