Summer's End

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The garden is producing more than I can handle. I have ziplock bag after bag filled with frozen green beans. I've made basil and oregano pesto - frozen without the Parmesan. I have made a number of "mystery" pasta sauces from tomatoes and peppers from mine and Chakra Queen's garden, respectively. I have eaten cucumbers in every shape and form since the beginning of July. I am trying my hand at the season's first pickles tonight.

1 cup of boiling water
1/3 cup kosher salt
(stir until salt is dissolved)
5 smashed cloves of garlic
2 Tablespoons of dried dill
(or fresh, but I couldn't find it)
2 pounds of quartered cucumbers
Combine all ingredients with the saltwater. Try them after 4-12 hours. Refrigerate when they taste "pickle-ey." They will continue to pickle, but more slowly. YUM.

The whole not moving thing really disappointed me. I was looking forward to a new place with more light and  room. But I do believe with my whole heart that there was a reason it all fell through. My garden, right? It is my peace and joy most days. Gay Boyfriend was so sad that I was thinking of moving. I had no idea until I told him I wasn't going. We are going shopping for a new toilet and shower surround tomorrow. He also has a countertop to mount in the kitchen for a "table" and extra baking room. I've missed baking. I've missed cooking, period. No counter space means not much freedom to cook. 

I embarked on a clean and destroy mission since I decided to stay here. Washing walls, vacuuming for hours at a time, rearranging, polishing, washing windows, going through drawers and cabinets. I took every single picture and painting down and I'm going to replace them. All of them. New Life, once again. I have to do something, right?

I haven't written much lately. I don't like to write when I'm not well. But I think things are turning around in New Life world. I'm certain the coast is clear just yet, but it's better. 


Ink Spiller said...

A sign of life is a good sign! It's good to see you write a little something again.

Shelley said...

Glad to hear from you, and I have to say, you sound pretty energetic, what with the canning (well, ziplocking) of produce and the house cleaning, etc. I hope that you continue to fine your happy place.

Jen said...

I'm glad you're back and also glad you're prepping yourself for a new stage. You go Kate!

Helen said...

All that produce sounds lovely to me. Also sounds like it's given you a great place to focus. Sometimes putting our focus elsewhere helps us to climb out of a funk and find fun again.

carrster said...

Glad to see you've posted. I've missed you! I need to be on a seek & destroy mission at my house. I have a sale in less than a month and am woefully unprepared - what else is new?