ctlss's Journal, 10 August 2012

FRIDAY...AND THE 'MATERS ARE FINALLY COMING IN!!


Well, it is a wonderful 78 degrees here at 11:30 in the morning, which means there are outside chores to be done. The cooler weather has finally gotten the 'maters to start ripening. They are soooo delicious and there are going to be scads of them. I have been picking for a couple of days now. As promised, here are some pictures:



Some of them are quite nice sized...



As are the zucchini...



Now if the watermelon and honeydew would just hurry it up!

In other news, I was able to find a replacement seat for my car. It was in a salvage yard about 2 hours from here, but they are shipping it, so don't have to drive out and get it. The only problem is that it is maroon...I will either dye it or use some seat covers.

Food yesterday was good. We went to town, ran into Wally World, and filled the gas cans.

Today we are bleaching and power washing the deck, getting it ready for re-sealing. There are some boards that are going to need replacing, so I will have to do that before staining, but for now the power washing is the big thing. I'll be sealing with TWP, which lasts such a nice long time and really revitalizes the wood. Of course, there will be before and after photos, but it will be a while. This project won't be done until the end of fall.

The parts for my carpet shampooer came today, so I am going to rebuild that this evening and then try it out in my bedroom! YAY...whose brilliant idea was white carpet in there anyway??? ;)

Mom's chair lift for the stairs has quit working, and I was not able to help baby sis fix it long distance, so I did some calling this morning. There is a tech line, and I am hoping when brother goes there this evening he will be able to get it up and running again. Otherwise, I will take a look on Sunday. If we can't fix it there is a fella that does the repair not to far from mom's and I will call him.

Other than that, it is pretty much status quo around here.

I guess that's all the news that's fit to print from my corner...hope all is well in your's!

TTFN!!

~Stef~

Grateful I am...

1. ...for this much cooler weather.

2. ...for tomatoes that are finally ripening, and bursting with yummy goodness.

3. ...for a replacement seat for baby.


Diet Calendar Entry for 10 August 2012:
1507 kcal Fat: 114.90g | Prot: 96.07g | Carb: 20.40g.   Breakfast: eggs, coffee, Maple sausage links, quesadilla cheese, Horizon organics heavy cream. Lunch: Stef's tuna salad, pork rinds. Dinner: chuck roast, green onions, lettuce, broccoli, celery, cucumber, brussels sprouts. Snacks/Other: simms beef snack sticks, frigo. more...
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The tomatoes are beautiful. Don't know if ours will ripen or just burn. First the weather was cooler than normal and now it is bloody hot. We are getting lots of peppers which are delicious. Glad you got a new seat for the car. 
10 Aug 12 by member: karenagain
OMG.... I LOVE tomatoes... They look so delicious.... And the zucchini is massive wow... Impressed. 
10 Aug 12 by member: Sk1nnyfuture
Nice veg Stef and excellent news for the replacement chair!! 
10 Aug 12 by member: triaby
Your tomatoes look wonderful; glad you found a car seat too. 
10 Aug 12 by member: Gigi39
Love your tomatoes - heirloom varieties? That is what I am going for next year. As for your carpet - I live in red clay country so anything installed in my house must be colored to blend nicely with the stuff!  
10 Aug 12 by member: BuffyBear
I LOVE TOMATOES STEF. YOURS ARE BEAUTS AND HOME GROWN. YUMMY YUMMY YUM YUM.XX 
10 Aug 12 by member: sazy
Yummy - all that stuff looks great! You are an excellent garderner! 
10 Aug 12 by member: HCB
Awesome looking tomatoes and squash..makes me almost want to have a garden next year..LOL..so glad you found a seat for your vehicle..I got rid of my carpet..and have hard wookd floors we put down our self also all the tile..so easy to clean..I know you can fix that chair..you can do any thing..Have a great weekend...Love and Hugs...:O) 
10 Aug 12 by member: BHA
Karen, it was so hot here that the tomatoes just wouldn't ripen. I did some research and it would appear that when it gets too hot they stop producing lycopene which is what makes them turn red. They really like it to be in the upper 80's for the best ripening. However, they did continue to get bigger and bigger, so at least the ones that are ripening now are huge! Hope your weather cools off just a tad and yours start to ripen. Have a great weekend! 
10 Aug 12 by member: ctlss
Pam, that garden has just gone gazonkas. Not sure why, but it sure has been producing. Have a wonderful weekend! 
10 Aug 12 by member: ctlss
Thanks, Tracy. I am so pleased that I could find a replacement seat. And I am thrilled that I now have tomatoes! lol 
10 Aug 12 by member: ctlss
Thanks Gigi! Have a good weekend! 
10 Aug 12 by member: ctlss
Super awesome produce! mine are about 2 weeks out, the heat really slowed the whole thing down. Just hope we don't have an early frost! 
10 Aug 12 by member: Lizzygracemusic
Buffy, they are heirloom beefsteaks that I bought from the school greenhouse. The FFA/AG kids grow them and then sell them. I am really pleased with them, so think I will continue to use them. As for the carpet, the majority of the house is hard wood and tile, but our bedroom is white carpet. I think I must have been crazy when I picked it out! lol Have a great weekend! 
10 Aug 12 by member: ctlss
Me too, Sazy! Thanks! 
10 Aug 12 by member: ctlss
Thanks, HCB...I am really excited about the yield. My dad taught me everything I know! :)  
10 Aug 12 by member: ctlss
Bren, go for it! I did a much smaller one and it was just the right size for us. 4 cucumber vines, 2 zucchini plants, 8 pepper plants, 12 tomatoes, 1 hill of honeydew and 1 hill of watermelon, 8 kale...perfect! As for the seat, it's just a single bolt that holds it in. I didn't get to the carpet shampooer, but there is always tomorrow, or Monday, or Tuesday, or...lol We have hardwood and tile through the main areas, but carpet in the bedrooms. Ours is white and, of course, it is where the doggies love to be the most! lol Have a great weekend my sweet friend! Love you! 
10 Aug 12 by member: ctlss
Lizzy, it has been the strangest year...first the late freeze at the end of May, then turned off hot the end of June and stayed that way for weeks on end. It is amazing that we have anything growing at all. Good luck with your 'maters...hope you have tons of them! Have a wonderful weekend! 
10 Aug 12 by member: ctlss
We are so worried about another repeat, green tomatoes rotting come fall. Glad to see your harvest. 
10 Aug 12 by member: Heidijoy
Heidi, it has just been a very odd year for the tomatoes this year. I am glad that some are finally ripening, as I was worried about the same. Of course, there are always fried green tomatoes! ;)  
11 Aug 12 by member: ctlss

     
 

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