Archives for: May 2006
It has been another beautiful day. Today’s high was in the lower 70’s and tolerable. I’ve been using the grill for fixing dinner the past two days. They have been wonderful and very tasty.
Last night’s dinner was hamburgers (ground sirloin with a pat of Italian seasoned butter inside), that wonderful spinach with sautéed almonds, raisins and ginger; and rice cooked in beef broth with onions. Everybody raved about their food. My husband said that the spinach should be served at those outrageously priced restaurants and the hamburger was the best he’d ever eaten. That makes working all that hard worthwhile. Actually, it wasn’t that hard of work, but my feet were killing me so it just seemed like it was hard work.
For dinner tonight I grilled New York steaks and served them with a pat of herbed butter. Ghee would have worked well, too, but I didn’t have any available. I also grilled lightly oiled (olive oil) crimini mushrooms, onions, and garlic together and added some cilantro, rosemary, thyme, and oregano for seasoning. Earlier I made a shredded salad of broccoli stems and carrots with raisins. To finish off dinner, I grilled several tomato halves with some herbs and then added about a teaspoon of parmesan cheese.
Tomorrow I will transplant some of the vegetables I started about a month ago. My husband got the ground ready today. I sure couldn’t do the planting without his help. Some plants will be repotted into larger containers to finish growing, but most will be in the prepared soil because the area he prepared for me is bigger than I expected. I plan of getting everything into the ground over the next few days.
The Siberian tomatoes will go into the garden. They have grown tremendously and already have tomatoes growing on them. There are two deep holes in the garden waiting for them. My other tomato plants are also growing rapidly, but will stay in the solarium because they need warmer temperatures than the Siberian require.
I will also be planning seeds tomorrow, including peas. They will be planted right next to the Siberians. The forecast is calling for lows in the mid-30’s for the next two nights. Hopefully everything will do okay. They should be fine so long as the ground has adequate moisture and the sunlight warms the soil well during the day. The garden plot is also in a very protected spot just outside the solarium.
Sitting on the glider swing tonight was so peaceful. The swallows had just started hunting for bugs and mosquitoes. A robin was singing. Our roosters were crowing. Everything seemed to be in harmony. The temperature dropped into the 60’s so after a bit, I came inside to write to you.
So, till next time…
Well the fans demand...........I deliver.....................Sorry got a bit swamped there and need to take a break, this will be part 1 of a 2 parter discussing my future plans, expect some blogs fast and furious, I've got tons in my head just wanting to come out
The biggest experience that has helped shape who I am and what I believe in is my own struggles with serious health issues. I have always believed that we never know what is unfortunate in life. This has proved most true with my fight to heal myself.
Because of my journey, I have learned the following things about myself and my world.
a) The mantra is true, life is a journey, not a destination. The same is true when it comes to healing- it is a process. If we buy a one way ticket we need to prepare for a long bumpy ride.
b) Everyone hurts; it is how they deal with that hurt that makes a difference.
c) A solution can’t be found until you are willing to let go of the problem.
d) Many different health issues share a common thread, different symptoms, same core
e) Illness is like a disjointed puzzle, healing is putting together the pieces so they form a picture of you
f) Sometimes there is a missing piece
g) Sometimes the picture is different than what you expected
h) I love figuring out puzzles
Part 2- where this leads me next.......dun, dun, dun.......
Summer arrived yesterday! After a long and quite cold spring, summer popped in yesterday with highs in the low 70’s. It has continued on today with our high of 75 degrees. It is sunny and there is a nice breeze. Predictions are for warm weather to continue on for a while with most days’ highs in the upper 60’s. We’ve kept all three doors wide open for most of the past two days to air the house and keep it a bit cooler.
Sunrise today was at 5:05 a.m. and sunset will be at 11:01 p.m. giving us 17 hours, 53 minutes, 49 seconds of daylight. That is a gain of 4 minutes, 29 seconds over yesterday. The difference in daylight accumulation is beginning to shorten from almost 6 minutes a day down to 4 minutes and soon just to a minute or a few seconds as we reach the summer solstice on June 21.
Yesterday’s State extremes were at Talkeetna (tall keet na) with 73 degrees and 18 degrees for Denali National Park which isn’t really very far away from Talkeetna. Talkeetna is where the mountaineers who plan on climbing Mt. McKinley meet to be flown to the base camp up on the mountain.
The swallows finally arrived and took up residence in our swallow houses. They really help keep the bug population down and fewer mosquitoes are a blessing. They’ll soon be parenting new babies and within just a few weeks after that they will leave and head south. They are usually gone before the first of August.
There are several forest fires burning around the state including one about 15 miles south of us. That one is at 67 acres. With less snowfall this past year than normal, the ground is very dry. We’ve not had but a few sprinkles and just a bit of rain since breakup. Overall, the state is a tender box.
A man from the Alaska Dept. of Forestry was over yesterday to give us some information about making a defensible property area around our house. Several trees need to come down and others need to be limbed up to about 9 feet. That will all be done this summer. Other than that, everything was fine and overall nothing really major needs to be done. My husband does an excellent job of fertilizing and watering the spruce, so very few were attacked by the spruce beetle. He also keeps the yard looking nice and trimmed. The dead spruce trees around the state are causing the forest fires to spread so quickly. None of our trees are dead wood, yet, so we are going to take down those that need it before we get into the dry, dead wood stage.
I’ve been going through some cookbooks for grilling. There are some good recipes I’d like to try this summer, IF it stays nice. I do admit to being a fair weather person. If the weather isn’t to my liking, I stay indoors. But, hopefully we will be able to have a few meals out-of-doors this summer while it is daylight, warm, not too windy, and the mosquitoes aren’t bothersome. Somewhere I have that list of natural mosquito repellents.
Well, that is about all for tonight. Take care. Till next time…
I saw the beginnings of leaves yesterday for the first time this year! Today I’ve seen a few more hints of leaves. Most leaves are still in the budding stage, but some have emerged from their buds just a little bit. The lawns are also showing some signs of greening up, too. And, my perennial flower beds are showing signs of renewed life. I have some beautiful true-blue poppies that have sprouted their leaves already.
Dinner tonight was a crockpot dinner of beef roast, carrots, onions, and celery. It’s not been too warm for that style of meals yet. At the rate we are going, it may take us until mid-June for really nice, warm temperatures. Today’s high was just 49 degrees! It still went below freezing last night. Crockpot meals still fit in nicely.
We are planning another trip up north where the temperatures have already warmed considerably. Fairbanks has had temps in the upper 60’s. When we go north this time, we will go beyond Fairbanks but not quite up to the Arctic Circle. There is a birthday party we will be attending for one of my husband’s dear friends at Chatanika. That will probably be our last trip up there this year because the price of gas is just too much.
Lots of wild birds have stopped at the flats. Some will nest here while others will continue to head north. The snow geese will wind up in Siberia. Many others will head to Alaska’s or Canada’s far north country. Eagles can be seen circling high in the sky as they search for food. Occasionally at night you can hear an owl. Of course, the robins and other smaller birds are out and singing at the break of day which is arriving around 4:30 a.m.
Schools in our area will be out for the summer sometime next week. The fishermen are readying their boats and gear preparing for the salmon runs or halibut fishing. RV’s and campers are becoming a frequent sight already. A lot of boats are also seen being towed behind an RV or truck. It used to be that they didn’t show up until June. Now they begin to arrive in early May. Traffic is noticeably up. I need to move away and find a quieter place to ponder.
I think I found a piece of property out north that I just might buy. There are a couple lots 3-5 acres that I may choose between. They are off the main roads, with lots of birch and overlooking a lake to the south. That does sound peaceful, although it is a float plane lake. With the high prices of aviation fuel, most pilots have curtailed their flying to just an occasional flight. So, maybe there wouldn’t be too much airplane noise. There are a lot of moose and bear that frequent that area, too.
Well, I’m tired tonight and wanting to head towards bed within the next hour or two. So, till next time, take care.
guten Abend Ihr Liebchens :-)
als wir uns am frühen Freitag morgen (gegen 02.00 Uhr) bei dem Cück aus den Nestern,Sofas und Stühlchens quälten....gen airport mit einem freundlich obesen Taxifahrer schaukelten, hämisch grinsend als ein Raser von der Polizei liebevoll auf der Autobahn gestoppt wurde....hi-hi-hiiiii- uns desweiteren durch eine riesige Menschenschlange (ouch wollen diese alle auch nach Samos??) durcharbeiteten....es war jetzt ca. 4.00 Uhr am Morgen- gen sechse sollte geflogen werden.... schwante uns eigentlich nurnoch...hmmm
ein leckeres Frühstück bitte und dann nurnoch schlafen...schlafen...schlafen.............
Auffii in den Flieger.........runter nach Samos-Stadt und airport gehoppelt und auf die Suche nach unserem Van gemacht...er stellte sich als Nissan raus...(Kleinwagen)...ok nächstbestes Taxi rangepfiffen- fliegender Wechsel von einem heissen Jüngelchen zum Fleischklops O- rauchend und durch alle Gänge jagend- Bundesstrasse und Serpentinen bitte mit 80 und 120 Km/h......nichts anmerken lassen !!!!!
Der Taxifahrer hatte Glück dass ihm unsere Kerenza nicht in den Wagen gekotzt hat :-)
Das Zauberwort hiess *Manolates* bitte auf der Zunge zergehen lassen....ca 30 Minuten (clarrroooo mit 120 Km/h ging das schon ) vom Flughafen entfernt.... gaaanz enge- total unübersichtliche (winzige) Strässle und Serpentinchen hoch...irx im ersten Gang...kreuch-kreuch und dann waren wir daaa!!! :-)
Woooow... LEUTE.... was für eine Luft...hey was für ein Blick...woooooooow suppperrr einfach irre...geil
wunderbar....schön ...tierisch... mehr.....
Apartamento bezogen; war sauber und gut mit Platz für alle...prima und dann auffi zum ersten Guck und Schluck in und mit Agapi's Küche; wir waren alle plus und minus von unserem leader massr *admin* von und zu Yaman vorinformiert dass wir uns mitten in Bio-land befanden. Na ich dachte..ok schaun' wir mal... nööööööö das war und ist wirklich noch soooo....toll....Alles bio...alles in den schönsten Farben, frisch geschnippelt und lecker angerichtet; Salate- Fische-Fleisch (leckers Weizenbrot-wahrscheinlich selber gemacht) ouch jaaa ich gebs' ja zu...habe gesündigt...aber fast ausschliesslich nur hier)....
und stellt Euch vor....alles rasend günstig.
Eigentlich wollten wir ja selber brutzeln....unsere Ego's liessen wir jedoch mit sich selbst hadern und schlemmten nach Herzenslust im AAA (tripple A sind bei uns nur die Banken) ....chuckle.....
Da gabs fritierten Fisch...aber bitte in Dinkel-oder Reismehl gekehrt...nix Weizen....Dolmadaki =gefüllte Weinblätter mit Reis...yummmiiii, Lamm-chops mit Knobli, vorab oder währenddessen, ist ja auch eigentlich wurscht, für alle kleinere Portionen mit gebackenem Feta-Schafskäse + Zwiebeln+Knobli+ rote
Paprikaringli...ouch so lecker....mppf.....
zu guter letzt manchmal ein Leckerli als Dessert named........gopf jetzt hab ich's vergessen.....na halt was gaaanz süsses mit Mandel und Honig (hey nonnies...weghören und lesen :-) )ja wir haben ja auch nur ein klein wenig genascht...nichteinmal ein Ganzes hab ich verdrückt...nur äs chliises bizzeli :-)
Dazu gabs literweise H2O, aber bitte Hahneburger oder aus der Flasche- super feines Trinkwasser ohne chemischen Zusätze.... und für die Süffels Wein, Ouzo oder sonstige (ahem Büchsenöffner...hi-hi-hiiiii)
manchmal wurden auch vereinzelt longdrinks gereicht....hmm nix für mich....:-( auch kein Wasserglas voll mit Trester (Grappa auf Griechische Art) bis zum Umfallen :-)) gell................
Liebe Leutchens wir haben nicht gegessen...sondern wirklich geschlemmt... viel...gut und günstig... und
alles...aber wirklich restlos alles (ausser dem Brot) war BTD compatible....
Agapi unsere Küchenfee für eine Woche gebührt nicht nur unser Dank, sondern auch Hochachtung und
Ehre, denn diese gute lady kochte nicht nur sensationell, sondern war immer freundlich und zuvorkommend....da können sich die Ch-Leutchen mehr als ne Scheibe von abschnippeln; nix war vorpräpariert-nix war vorverarbeitet...alles direkt frisch zubereitet und einfach super lecker.....:-)
Alek, auch Dank sei Dir für die wunderbare Unterbringung,Thasso- grazie für den wundervollen Service :-)
and last but not least Yaman...thanks for your superbe tip with the island of Samos...ein kleines Paradies... muah's to all BTD'ers
That sounds like some sort of international treaty, doesn't it? Gee, how I wish our current regime would remember how to <
But I digress. Back to the caprese. Insalata caprese. By far my favorite spring/summertime Italian appetizer. Back in the summer of 1998, while completing the last port-of-call on a Mediterranean cruise with the family, I actually was in Rome and ate this. In Italy. In Rome! The real deal. (And then I ordered a risotto entree and broke the Roman waiter's heart. That's a northern Italian dish, you know. And it takes forever to prepare. But hey, it was on their menu so they can't really bitch and moan, can they?)
Not sure what caprese is? Well, it's simply an antipasto: sliced fresh mozarella balls alternating with sliced tomatoes and fresh whole basil leaves. Drizzle with EVOO and sprinkle w/salt and pepper. Oh, cravings! So last night, I made a simple A-friendly compromise: no tomatoes (or pepper). And you know what? It was still heavenly. I couldn't get enough! So, hey, there you go fellow As. And Bs for that matter. You can have your cake and eat it too. Really, I don't miss those tomatoes. I mean, the acid, the hives on my hands when slicing the stuff. I'm better off without. Though, man, there is nothing like biting into a fresh tomato right off the vine on a cool summer night. Mmmmmm....stop, Erika, stop. Must! Stop! Fantasizing!
Well, I've been sick with a cold for the last six days. My colds usually start out the same way, first the sore throat, then the aches and pains, then the stuffy nose, then the vocal chords get scratchy, I lose my voice, and I get a wicked wet cough. I'm at the wicked wet cough (very tickly at night, too) with my voice slowing coming back.
I had a marvelous soup at Turtle Bread Company in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis. It was a creamy asparagus with lemon, carrot, and all sorts of other good stuff mixed in. Most of it being good for me. Linden Hills has a very cute co-op, too, and I loaded up on all sorts of healthful foods to get my immune system back up and running.
Oops, I need to recharge the laptop. Gotta go!
guten Abend Ihr Liebchens :-)
wie Ihr ja alle schon mitbekommen habt, so waren einige von uns in einem Miniurlaubchen auf Samos-Griechenland; und wie Ihr ja auch wisst- so bin ich glühender Anhänger beider ob.gen. Testverfahren, wie auch in der praktischen Anwendung in meiner Praxis.
Nun darf ich mir erlauben zu fragen...hhmmmm wer von uns noch nie ein bisschen gemogelt hat oder
halt so äs bizzele in Täschli gelogen hat... na..alle............. und damit kann ich gut leben.
Der Unterschied beider *bild-gebender* Verfahren liegt darin, dass Kirsey eine allgemeine Aussage über jeden unserer Typologien wiedergibt, jedoch Risos' Enneagramm geht massivst weiter und zeigt uns eben unsere Schattenseiten hinsichtlich des desintegrativen Werdeganges. Aufgrunddessen liebe ich beide psychologischen Verfahrensweisen sehr und habe beide in meine Praxisarbeit integriert.
Wie Ihr ja wisst, so bin ich nicht jemand der um den heissen Brei redet, Fakten auf den Tisch und dann können wir gemeinsam dran schaffen.
Nun, mir fiel auf, dass doch Einige von uns wohl entweder sehr an Wahrnehmungsstörungen-schwan-
kungen nebst massivem abusiven Verhaltensmustern leiden.
Gerne bin ich bereit in privaten Gesprächen unterstützend- wenn nötig auch mit gezielter psychologischer Unterstützung zur Auflösung dieser Muster beizutragen, jedoch seid Euch bitte bewusst
dass hier wirklich es dringlichst angezeigt ist, adäquate Schritte in diese Richtung zu unternehmen.
Auch soll dies als liebevolle Hilfestellung mit und von BTD-lern gesehen werden, wie auch als ausge -
streckte Hand wahrgenommen werden sollte- nicht mehr oder weniger.
In liebevoller Verbundenheit
We now have 17 hours, 2 minutes, 5 seconds of daylight! That is an increase of 5 minutes, 2 seconds over yesterday. See how fast an increase of about 5 minutes adds up! Unfortunately, those 5 minute decreases will be upon us in just a couple months. Oh well. With the good comes the not as good.
Barrow won’t have another sunset for the next couple months. I’ve been there during the never-ending daylight of summer. It is still cold there, anyway. Today the village of Wainwright brought in the first whale of the year. It was 27 feet in length and should provide a lot of muktuk and roasts for the villagers. Wainwright is west and south of Barrow along the Arctic coast.
The trees still have no buds. BUT, they will soon as I just looked at the thermometer and saw that it read 60 degrees! The weather lady was right. She forecast that the temperatures would finally go past the lower 50’s. The snow in our yard is gone, however, there is still snow behind us from when it was cleared and piled.
One of our grandkids was on a field trip today and just past a sign stating to be aware that the bears are out and about, my daughter (chaperoning) spotted bear footprints in the snow. With as many kids as there were, any bear would have run away really fast to say away from all the hyper activity. The kids did think it was kind of a special treat.
A baby elephant seal was found down at the docks a week or so ago. It has been sent to Seward to the Sea Life Center where it seems to be doing fairly well. I remember standing on the deck of our apartment several years ago and watching an enormous seal on the side of the river where it meets to inlet. I don’t know whether it was a Stellar Sea Lion or maybe an elephant seal. Both males become enormous as they age.
Dinner tonight was delicious. We had beef meatloaf, steamed broccoli, and mashed potatoes. We rarely ever eat potatoes so they were a treat of sorts. I make them using rice milk and a bit of butter or ghee. Unfortunately, potatoes usually cause me to suffer a few aches for a day or so. Dr. D. is right again.
Watermelon was on sale this week for 59 cents a pound! Around early July it is often on sale for .39 a pound. That is one fruit that we seldom get to eat. When we do, I like to make watermelon pickles with the rinds.
I had another successful dentist appointment this week. WOW, the EFT really has helped out a lot there. I was originally supposed to get a mercury filling replaced with the resin one and then get a cap. Well, they want $990 for the cap and my portion after the insurance would be $490. That is just way more than pocket change, so I’ve decided to keep things as they are in that tooth for now. So, I had work done on another tooth instead. It is almost a pleasure to get the other dental work done. Never in my life would I ever expect me to be able to make that statement!
Hope you are having a good day. Till next time…..
I can't believe I am actually writing this, but my sister actually asked me for help on her diet. My sister is a 26 year nursing veteran who works as a critical care nurse. She has worked on AIDS wards, burn units and surgery units non-stop for her entire career.
She has just been diagnosed with the triple whammy, high blood pressure, high cholesteral and early stages of diabetes and she is a Type A to boot. She takes after our Type A father who died early at 68 from Metabolic Syndrome. He was diagnosed with all three at 50, my sister is 48.
I am thrilled she finally asked me to work with her!!! I have been working with her son who is a ski coach (Type 0) and she has seen the results with him. She called me to ask for help with the South Beach Diet, but I gently suggested we would look at the A diet and I would explain the differences between the two diets.
I wrote out a list of foods that would hurt her health status, but then I made a good food list with check marks. The checklist showed how many of those foods she should eat a week. Many years ago, she went to Weight Watchers and had moderate success with it because of the "exchange" type format.
It was interesting to work with her last night as she is an ISFJ and I am an ENTJ(p). She would ask how much in gm or oz she could have of anything and I would be lost..I decided to try to be very specific with her and I got my food scale and measuring cups from the dark depths of the cupboard and we looked at serving sizes.
I then gave her some taste tests of blueberry/green tea, unsweetened soy milk, cold salmon and sprouted flax bread. She was very open to the new tastes and sensations. I also worked up a meal plan for her on the days she works nights. She now sees that she can prepare foods in advance and bring them to work rather than raiding the cookie cart.
We will be going to my favorite health food store next week to do some serious shopping and look at the substitutions soy and fish for red meat, soy milk for cows milk salad and fruit for chips and dip...
It is snowing!!! Fortunately the temperature is above freezing. The snow flakes are very small and are melting as they hit the ground. Hopefully it will stay above freezing tonight although it does usually go down into the upper 20s at night.
For the first time this year, all the recorded temperatures for the state were above zero. The low was at 5 degrees. The highs are in the 50’s and nowhere does it really feel like summer is on the way. The ice continues to melt on the lakes.
Zack, my five-year old grandson, is also the Alaska Grand Champion Wrestler for the 45 pound bracket. He had an impressive record at tournaments with one second place and two first place finishes. This past weekend was the State Tournament where he again finished in first place. There were 10 boys in his bracket.
With wrestling over, he and his sisters will be very busy with soccer. He is awesome at that, too. Last year he played with the six and seven year olds because he already knew how to play. It wasn’t unusual for him to score 5 to 7 goals each game, then. His sisters are also very good at soccer and we go to watch their games quite often.
My seedlings are coming up nicely. I’m still waiting for the summer squash and zucchini to sprout. The solarium warms nicely during most of the days and then the temperature drops to 60 degrees in the solarium at night. Some of the tomato plants have flowers on them. I’ll plant the Siberian tomato plants outside near the house once it warms up to the 60s and stays around 40 at night. There are a couple other Russian tomatoes I’ve planted in the past, but didn’t get any of them this year.
I saw my first robin a couple days ago. My brother in Juneau said the hummingbirds finally arrived almost 2 weeks later than usual this year. He has a feeder outside his apartment window and thoroughly enjoys watching them. I have seen one hummingbird here, but they are very sparse this far north. The swallows usually arrive the first of May, but I haven’t seen any yet this year. We have several boxes in which they nest and raise their young. Robins also nest in our yard.
My cat allergy is continuing to drive me nuts and I continue to do whatever I can to rid the house and my body from the cat dander. Actually, I’ve still not be able to open my windows to let the fresh air in. I know that will bring some relief. In the meantime, however, my air purifiers are busily working and do make some difference.
Have a good night. Till next time…
Well, dating an O is always both a joy and a challenge. Grubster brought a big piece of roast meat over to stew in my crock pot, so I added what I happened to have in my fridge that evening....baby carrots, pre-soaked organic black beans, zucchini, green beans, red table wine, Himilayan pink salt, kelpt, dulse, and some random spices (oh, and a bay leaf).
Well, it's kind of hard to resist pot roast when the aroma of that stewed beef fills the home. So, naturally, like most mammals, I had to have some. And so did my dog. For the last 48 hours, this has been my staple (with some other random things mixed in, more later). Now, eating this beef, especially mixed with the black beans, I was anticipating some huge intestinal warfare issue, but that department was fine for me. What suffered was my liver. For the last two days, I have barely been able to get out of bed! And this is coming from someone who does not have to work until 10 am most days now!!!! Somehow, this food was not well processed by my body. While I don't have that usual anxiety feeling, I just felt so incredibly sluggish and even a bit nauseated both mornings! So, word to the wise As, beef certainly is a once in a while thing!
From an ayurvedic standpoint, beef stew is also probably not the best option. Here we are in our springtime where Kapha is most dominant. Heavy oily foods do not help. And believe me, this roast had plenty of oil!
What else is new? The garden is coming up fantastically! There is this strange plant called "pigsqueak" that had my mom baffled last summer when I bought the house in August. Since I was very plant- illiterate moving into this home, I didn't know what the heck the previous owners planted. My parents knew most of the plants but when I came to this one, "What the hell is that?"
And then these pair of plants survived through the winter with the leaves turning a deep red and thick. Not much can survive a Minnesota winter but this this is somehow a superplant related to the coniferous family. Now in the spring, these beautiful fuschia flowers droop down like bluebells. Everything is starting to bloom! Now, again, trying to get my dog to stop making the garden his toilet. A big challenge. And I mean big. Pew!
The building biology projects ongoing in my home are also turning out to be successful. I am sleeping so much better than I used to. I can tell when the switch doesn't get turned on at night because I wake up feeling like I was hit by a truck! Luckily this has not happened for quite some time.
I'd like to highlight a new dining venue that I experienced in the midst of my pot roast marathon (I had to have something different!). Patrick's (French) Cafe and Bakery on the Richfield/Edina border has many authentic French desserts, pastries, breads, and sandwiches (e.g. croque monsieur). I can't remember the name of the entree I tried but it was so good and so rich that I could only eat half of it and had to save the rest for breakfast! I also had a chocolate dessert with mousse, praline wafer, and edible gold on top. This was the real deal. Yum!
What a week this has been. We finally hit 50 degrees today! However, Alaska is still showing below zero temperatures in the upper part of the state. Last night it was -15 degrees at Point Lay.
We do have over 16 hours of daylight now! I started four trays of seeds yesterday to transplant about the first of June. My tomato plants are getting big and there are several blossoms. This year I have 7 plants from Tiny Tim to Better Boys, and a new one, Tumbler, that is supposed to be a good producer. I did get two Siberian tomato plants and will plant those outdoors in June in a nice, protected, sunny place. The other tomato plants will stay in the solarium.
With an entire growing season “predictably” 90 days long; we are often hard pressed time-wise, so most things are started indoors to be transplanted later. Also, with as much daylight as we get, the cool-weather plants burst forth with giant-sized produce. I did start some broccoli, summer squash, zucchini, a variety of lettuce, spinach and dinosaur kale. Then there are the root crops of beets, rutabaga, turnips, and parsnips! I do have peas to plant as soon as the soil warms enough, which may be quite a while yet.
I started with the prolo therapy for my knees again today. It was so effective last year and I’d forgotten how much pain I was in until recently, I didn’t get the tune-up shots to keep everything going well. Next time I’ll get the in-between boosters and just keep right on going. Painful knees are something I’d rather not have anymore.
As I mentioned, our spring has been late this year. Evidence of that was brought to my attention this week when we say a flock of snow geese on the flats. Usually the geese appear between the 12th and 15th of April and are gone again by the 25th. It was the 29th and the first geese we had observed this year.
Just after seeing the geese, I turned down the highway and had to stop because there were caribou on the road. People coming toward us also stopped and waited until they crossed the road and went into the woods. That is one of the things I especially like about this area. People will patiently wait for the wildlife to safely cross the road and the proceed with their own plans. What is an extra minute or two when we get the privilege of seeing these majestic animals with which we share space?
Dinner tonight was steamed spinach served with a dab of butter and apple cider vinegar, rice with carrots and onions, and salmon patties. Although it was just a basic meal, it sure tasted good and was just as good for us.
Have a good night. Till next time…