The first sunflower has bloomed. It's a fairly small sunflower, but, I'm hoping there will be some seeds to collect. But, apparently, just about the entire sunflower plant is edible! According to what I've read online, the seedlings can be eaten raw or stir-fried when they are about 4-6 inches high, the tender stalks can be peeled and eaten raw or cooked, the young leaves can be eaten raw, the more mature leaves can be cooked as greens, the flower buds can be cooked and eaten, and the petals can be eaten raw in a salad! I like sunflower seeds, but, I haven't eaten any other part of the plant. Still, it's good to know, isn't it? Maybe next year, I'll grow more sunflowers and experiment!
My daughter said it rained last night in Berkeley, but, it didn't make its way down here. In my area, so far this year, we've had 0.15 inches of rain in January ("normal" would have been 2.97 inches), 0.03 inches in February (normal would have been 3.95 inches), a whole 1.57 inches in March (normal = 2.43 inches), 0.27 inches in April (normal = 0.74), 0.01 inches in May (normal = 0.29), and nothing yet, in June (normal = 0.09). May through October is our dry season, so no rain is normal.
Today, I did a load of laundry in the morning, put the washed sofa covers back on the family room sofa and covered the sofa with a dust sheet (easier to wash the dust sheet than the sofa covers). Neighbor T called and we chatted for a bit.
In the afternoon, I took two jars of peach jam over to neighbor S; one jar is for her mother. She asked me if I wanted the jars back and I said yes, please, if she didn't want them. I have now used up all my half-pint jars and will need to buy more for any other jams I might make this year. I have another box and half of the one pint jars, which are good for chutneys.
My daughter called to say she was going to a particular grocery store and asked if I wanted any items from there. They have cashew nuts, etc., at fairly reasonable prices ($6.99/lb. for pieces; $7.99/lb. for whole) and I gave her a list of items to buy for me! Yes, the same items are available at their store down here, too, but, since I am not shopping in person down here, and this store doesn't have curbside pick up or delivery, and my daughter was shopping there, any way, I'm having her be my personal shopper and bring the items down with her! She doesn't mind and, as she said, she knows I'll give her cooked food to take back with her when she goes back. LOL.
I walked around the back yard in the evening and noticed that there was one last peach, partially hidden by the leaves, that M had not seen to pick on Friday. It was too high up in the tree for me to reach to pick, so I used a rake to break it. Of course, it fell on the ground and it was so ripe that it got smooshed! Even so, I picked it up, washed off the dirt, and cut it up. It was fine, inside, but, rather mushy because it was so ripe. Well, waste not, want not - I put the cut up peach into a small saucepan, added some sugar and the juice of one lemon and cooked it! Another half a jar of pourable peach sauce! The consistency is between the topping and the jam!
Now that the peaches have been harvested, I'm waiting for my five plums to ripen:
Two of the five plums; the top one looks almost ready, doesn't it? The tree was planted last year and it didn't produce any fruits last year. This year, it started out with about 10 fruits, but, some didn't grow big and dropped off. I think it is good that the tree is concentrating on establishing itself during the first couple of years. If all goes well, we'll get a bigger harvest in years to come. This year, the nectarine tree (also planted last year) didn't set any fruit. But, last year, it produced two of the sweetest nectarines we've ever tasted!
I had made some fried rice for brunch, today, with leftover rice, leftover stir-fried broccoli, a sausage I had cooked and frozen, previously, which I thawed and cut up into small pieces, and a handful of roasted peanuts:
|Sausage Fried Rice|
Dinner was a bowl of my chicken and vegetable soup and buttered toast:
|Chicken and Vegetable Soup|
I had grapes afterwards and some yogurt with peach sauce stirred into it.
Later in the evening, I chatted on the phone with friend R and video chatted with my daughter.
I also gave Dancer his flea prevention medicine, but, we won't tell him, OK?
Today, I am grateful for:
- A sunny and warm day
- My daughter being my personal shopper!
- Working appliances
- Garden fruit and flowers
- What I managed to accomplish
Today's joyful activity was distributing jars of jam to neighbors.
Monday's To Do List:
- Drop off the ballot at the ballot box in the library
- Put gas to the car
- Wash the bed sheets/remake the bed
- Dust the living room and dining room
- Take the trash cans to the curb
- Cut up the rest of the peaches to freeze
How was your Sunday? What have you planned for Monday?