I was worried that the branch with all the peaches on it might break for the weight of the fruit as it was already hanging rather low on the tree, so, I tried to prop it up with a folding chair and knocked off three peaches! They were firm to the touch - seasoned, but, not quite ripe. No matter - I sliced half of one and added it to my salad for lunch (along with a few freshly picked blueberries):
|Salad for Brunch|
Today's weather was what is known as May Gray, over here, when the marine layer moves inland and forms a cloud cover; the temperatures drop and it is overcast and gray, until the late afternoon sun burns off the marine layer. May Gray is a precursor to June Gloom.
I woke up with a cramp in my left calf muscle, this morning, and there has been on and off tightening of the calf muscle all day. I might have been dehydrated, so, I've been trying to drink more water. But, I changed my mind about vacuuming, today, as I didn't want to risk aggravating the cramping. Instead, I took it easy and cleaned three of the kitchen drawers and tidied two of the kitchen cabinets. I made the appointment for the blood tests my primary care physician wanted me to do prior to my appointment with her, next week, did some paperwork, cleaned the litter box, and ordered groceries to be picked up, tomorrow, but, I didn't feel like playing with fabric, so I didn't. Cousin P called me in the afternoon and we had a nice chat (she's adjusting to living in Florida), chatted with friend R in the evening, and video chatted with my daughter.
Brunch had been a salad, but, I was hungry by tea time, so I had a shredded pork sandwich with my cup of tea. Dinner was a bowl of ham and split pea soup and cookies for dessert!
Today, I am grateful for:
- The cramping didn't get worse
- M tending to the garden
- Being able to schedule appointments and order groceries online
- Chats with family and friends
- What I was able to accomplish
Today's joyful activity was enjoying the first peaches from the tree, even if they weren't quite ripe, yet.
Wednesday's To Do List:
- Clean the kitchen/ continue tidying the drawers
Cramp is so incredibly painful, I hope it eases up. The peaches look great (my apple tree has been covered in greenfly, don't know if I will have a crop this summer) OH been unwell since Sunday... All plans on hold!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Angela; since my sciatica flare up started with a cramp in the same leg, last year, I am wary of cramps! I'm sorry to hear about your apple tree being infested - maybe you can spray it with soapy water to wash off the insects. Sorry to hear that Bob is unwell; hope it's nothing serious and he feels better, soon.Delete
We've treated the tree - local friends advised soapy water too. Bob is resting and taking in just water until the campylobacter food poisoning bug gets out of his system. Thank youDelete
Glad to hear that Bob is resting; hope he feels better soon. Hope the soapy water will get rid of the aphids. You might have to treat the tree a couple of times, though.Delete
I hope your cramp has eased now, Bless. It can't have been very pleasant for you. Your salad looks delicious. I've been seeing photographs of salads on many of the blogs I read this week. I will now be shopping for some suitable ingredients this weekend :) XReplyDelete
Yes, it has gone away, now, Jules, thank you. I am trying to increase my vegetable intake and salads seem to be a good way to do so. Enjoy your salad once you pick up the ingredients. :)Delete
Your peaches look so delicious! It's never warm enough for long enough to grow any here in Staffordshire.ReplyDelete
Sorry to hear of the cramp, it can be excruciating. Hope it eases soon. You managed to get a great deal of chores done anyway x
The peaches were good, even if they were not quite ripe. But, they are delicious when fully ripe.Delete
Thank you; the cramping stopped in the night and I haven't had any today. Keeping my fingers crossed that it won't return!
Hope all is well with you. :)
Good luck with drinking more. It is something I struggle with every day, but I am doing better than I used to.ReplyDelete
Thank you, June. I tend to forget to drink enough, especially when the weather is cool. Glad you are doing better with your water intake. :)Delete
I am sorry about your calf cramping. I have issues with it and found if I take one magnesium capsule before bed it really does help.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Anne; I do take a daily magnesium capsule (in the mornings, usually). I think it was probably due to dehydration or maybe, I was low in potassium; I bought some bananas, today. :)Delete
Was it your left leg that you had the sciatica pain in? I hope you're right and the cramp was due to dehydration. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.ReplyDelete
That little peach tree is determined to keep you supplied with fruit isn't it? And the fruits look delicious.
I'm having a quiet day at home trying to recover from the migraine. I've been reading for most of the time. Sleep is a little elusive though, and that's what I really need to get me back on my feet.
Yes, it was the left leg with the sciatica pain. I was rather worried that the pains were returning! But, it seems ok, today, so far.Delete
The peach tree is trying its best! Two more peaches had fallen, today, but, they will ripen on the counter, I think.
Sorry you had another migraine; hope you feel better soon. Hope you are able to get an afternoon nap and wake up feeling better.
It's awful waking up with cramp, so painful. Your peaches look delicious and you are so fortunate to be able to pick them from your garden, even though you did knock those off inadvertently. Your May Gray and June Gloom don't sound good. We are having some gorgeous hot weather today and it was nice to be able to it out in our garden for an hour this afternoon.ReplyDelete
Yes, cramps are not my friends! Fortunately, they haven't visited me, today! :DDelete
There were two more peaches on the ground, today, but, I picked them up, washed them, and will eat them. It is lovely to be able to pick fruit from the garden.
I don't like the gloomy weather, but, it will soon be summer and then, we'll have sunny weather. Glad you are getting to enjoy some hot weather and being able to sit in the garden. :)
I hope your cramping improved and your leg is feeling better.ReplyDelete
Those peaches look very good. I know you said they were quite firm - how was the taste?
The trunk on yesterday's picture looks like it is getting a bit more hefty so that's good.
The leg is fine, today, Debra, thank you. I really must make sure I drink enough water!Delete
The unripe peaches were good. Not quite as sweet as a fully ripe peach would be, but, very pleasant. The tree has grown quite tall, this year, trying to make up for the height it lost, last year! :)
Sorry to hear about your cramp, they are painful and it probably woke you up. When it happens to me I find I have to put my foot flat on the ground with my weight on it and that sometimes helps. Funny how we always associate all of California with sun, and in fact it is not so all the time. I remember being in San Francisco and watching the clouds roll in.ReplyDelete
I'm tired lately and haven't achieved much so far today, except to clean the filters on the dishwasher and answer 3 identical scam phones each from different phone numbers, and all pretending to come from a government office. I just hope nobody gets taken in.
The cramping stopped after I went to bed, Bushlady, and has not returned. But, I shall try your method, if there is a next time (hopefully, there won't be a next time!)Delete
Yes, SF (and Berkeley) get a lot of fog and clouds. We had another May Gray morning, but, the afternoon sun is shining brightly.
I'm sorry to read that you are feeling tired lately, Bushlady. Do continue to take it easy and rest.
These spam callers never give up, do they? I no longer answer the phone if I don't recognize the phone number calling me! They go directly to the answering machine and if it is a valid call, they can leave a message and I'll call back.
Cramp is so unpleasant. Have you tried magnesium spray or cream? It has worked for a lot of people I know. I just massage that area, very hard, to get the circulation moving.ReplyDelete
I haven't tried magnesium spray or cream, but, I do take a magnesium pill, every day (per doctor's orders). I shall look into a cream, as well. I got a bit nervous, yesterday, because that was the same leg as the one that gave me so much trouble with sciatica, last year (around this same time!) and that, too, started out as a cramp on the back of the leg! But, drinking more water seems to have helped. Keeping my fingers crossed! :)Delete
Your peaches look so good!ReplyDelete
We used to eat ourselves sick on apricots, peaches and plums when we were growing up in SoCal. They just took SO LONG to ripen! 🙃 Parents usually stopped us before we over did too much. Not sure if they hoped we would remember for the following season, or what? That didn't seem to happen until about age 10 or so. Finally learned to test one every two or three days! 🌞
Glad your leg cramp settled down. One thing about housework is that something always needs to be done! ;-)
Thank you, Taja; yes, always better to check on the fruit for ripeness before eating them!Delete
Yes, one rarely runs out of cleaning tasks! :D
Well the peaches sound like a nice counterpoint to May Gray and June Gloom. I am going to count my blessings that it is only April Showers that put a damper on our spring and early summer.ReplyDelete
Yes, the peaches brighten things up! We didn't get many April Showers and I wish we had.Delete