Monday, August 9, 2021

August: Week 2

Flowers on the Serrano Chili Plant

The First Serrano Chili Pepper!

The Serrano chili plant, which Bun Bun ate right to the ground, earlier, has recovered and has flowers and the first chilies!  I am looking forward to picking them to use in my curries.

Over the weekend, I watched the Olympics games, did several loads of laundry, watered the garden, did some cooking (a smoked sausage and zucchini stir fry, another batch of pasta sauce from the home grown tomatoes and zucchini, a chicken curry with tomatoes, but, no zucchini, etc.), cut up and froze 4 quart sized bags of tomatoes that we had picked earlier and picked another nearly 3 1/2 lbs. of tomatoes from the Roma tomato plant:

Roma Tomatoes

Almost 3.5 lbs.

I also picked another zucchini that was growing on the last remaining zucchini plant; I believe this is Zucchini No. 133!

No. 133!

I think I am ready to pull out that last zucchini plant!  LOL.

We also picked two Asian pears and enjoyed them, but, I didn't take a picture.  There is one last Asian pear, still ripening on the tree.

Meanwhile, my daughter vacuumed the house for me, as that is still one task I am unable to do.  

We spent a pleasant Sunday morning, enjoying more date filled pastries that neighbor S brought over and making birthday cards to send to Aunt C.  We used some of the homemade paper we made, earlier in the spring.  Later, daughter printed out some photographs for me to scrapbook!

My daughter and I watched the Olympics Closing Ceremony, last night, and we enjoyed some of the last of the Japanese treats we had bought! We finished all the cookies, but, we still have some of the chocolate left!

Daughter checked the Jury Duty reporting website, last night, and found out that she didn't need to report in person, today.  Which was a big relief for both of us!  She will have to check, again, tonight, to find out if she needs to report in person, tomorrow.  She will have to do that every day, this week until she is either told to report in person or is excused at the end of the week.  Much as I recognize the need to do our civic duty and serve as jurors as needed, I am hoping that she will not be called to serve during this particular time of increased Covid cases!  2,919 new confirmed Covid cases reported in our county, today!  

I slept in, a bit, today (woke up when daughter woke up for work, but, she told me to go back to sleep and I did!)

I've had a fairly relaxed day, so far.  Both daughter and I had rice, chicken curry, and cashew curry with some peach chutney for lunch.  Dinner will be leftover spaghetti with homemade pasta sauce.

Meal planning for the week will include pasta with homemade sauce, keema curry and/or curry puffs, ham with rice and vegetables (or ham fried rice), and leftovers!

Still to do today:

- Take the trash cans to the curb for pick up in the morning
- Water the back yard
- Pick more tomatoes!  

Today, I am grateful for:

- Daughter didn't have to report in person for jury duty
- The garden harvests
- Being able to sleep in
- Phone calls with family and friends
- Working appliances and electricity to run them

Today's joyful activity will be harvesting more tomatoes!


August Decluttering Challenge: 

8/1 - 1 pair gardening gloves

8/2 - non-working heating pad

8/3 - old purse/handbag

8/4 - 1 computer CD containing a report

8/5 - 1 plastic lid that cracked and broke in two

8/6 - 1 hooded sweatshirt (received a new one to replace it)

8/7 - old make-up I no longer use

8/8 - 6 plastic laundry detergent scoops (I use powdered laundry detergent; each new box comes with its own scoop; I don't need to keep the old ones, but, it seems such a waste to toss them in the recycling bin)

8/9 - 1 sponge paint brush (unused, but, so old, the sponge is no longer spongey!)
         1 plastic food container

Decluttering plans for this week include going through my clothes closet.

How was your Monday?  What are your plans for the second week of August?


  1. Your garden has gone crazy! Chip and Dale have found our tomatoes now and are excellent climbers. I was ok when they ate the radishes and the lettuce, but eating the tomatoes is personal!

    1. Yes! Thanks to M and his care, the garden is thriving! Oh, no! Your neighbor's cat (forgot his name) is not doing his job if Chip and Dale are getting to your tomatoes! Can you put up some mesh fencing around the tomato plants?

  2. I pulled up one of my zucchini plants yesterday that stem borers had killed but not before harvesting one last one from it. I think the others in that bed will be soon to follow. :(

    1. Oh, those borers can do a lot of damage, can't they? I'm sorry you will have to pull out the rest of the zucchini plants in that bed. :(

  3. I think zucchini #133 has attitude! Maybe it thought that if it grew round like a melon you would name it? Your chili plant did well to survive. I hope the protective surround keeps Bun Bun well away from it now it is doing so well.
    I understand perfectly your need to keep the laundry scoops as long as you did. It's a natural reaction when something is so useful, even if not needed!
    The heat and humidity continues here. It was 77°F in the night and the same when we got up. No rain yesterday or today so far, and lots of laundry has been on the line both days, probably adding to the humidity!

    1. It does have an interesting gourd-like shape, doesn't it? Maybe it does deserve a name! Zachary Zucchini? :D

      Thank you, Bushlady; I keep thinking the laundry scoops could be used for something like scooping out cat food (I don't want to use them for flour, etc.) I did see a picture online where someone used them as mini shadow boxes/Christmas decorations, but, I don't need anymore Christmas decorations!

      The humidity just drains you, doesn't it? We had a few humid days, earlier, and neither my daughter nor I felt like doing anything! Glad you are getting that laundry done, though. :)

  4. Are the tomatoes taking over from the courgettes? At least they are easier to deal with and freeze well.

    I hope your daughter doesn't get called to attend in person. The Covid numbers in your area are scary!

    You're doing well with the decluttering. Are you finding it reasonably easy to do?

    1. It is definitely tomato harvest time! I picked another colander full, yesterday; haven't weighed them, yet, but, I estimate at least another 3+ lbs. I am running out of room in my freezer, so, I've been reading up on how to can them.

      Yes, aren't those new case numbers just crazy? We were around 200 new cases per day in mid June when the state opened up and the numbers just exploded after that!

      Thank you; I'd like to say that it is becoming easier, but, I am still overthinking things before I declutter! But, I am making progress!

  5. 133!!! That's impressive.
    I'm still continuing my decluttering. Xx

    1. Thank you, Jules; glad to hear that you are continuing with the decluttering. :)

  6. Your tomatoes continue to really come in so well. They must've heard through the garden "grapevine" what a start the zucchini were and decided to give them a run for their money.
    Number 133 is great looking :)

    I am glad your daughter did not have to report for jury duty. Possibly her term will expire without being called. I have never been called but my husband has been called 3 times. Once was for a grand jury to decide whether to indict or not.
    Interesting stuff.

    1. The tomatoes are doing well! Remember that one year when I had a volunteer plant and I harvested 6 tomatoes? I was thrilled to get them! 100+ tomatoes are more manageable than 100+ zucchini, though! LOL.

      I've served on juries in the past and have enjoyed doing so. I appreciate the fact that cases should be decided in a timely manner, but, my goodness, this is a scary time to be in a courtroom with a bunch of people and the threat of the virus ever present!


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