I have obviously NOT been posting more regularly like I promised last post. Yeah... I lied.
But, in my defense, things have been really hopping around here. In the past week I have processed 17.5 dozen ears of sweet corn, weeded the garden, done bulk shopping at Stringtown (an Amish store near here), traveled to my parents to help around the house with things they can't manage anymore (K13 and I washed all the windows), attended a 50th anniversary party, helped hang ceilings in the basement, worked my paying job (while short staffed and supervising a student as well) and have done all the usual household 'stuff'.
The tomatoes are just starting to ripen and I made my first batch of salsa yesterday. Mmm! The peppers and tomatillos have been ready for a while but we finally had tomatoes. And I'm a bit frightened of one of my peppers. Our friend Roger gifted us with a Ghost Chili (Naga) plant this spring. It has been growing in the garden and now one of the peppers is beginning to ripen. Considering that these are reported to be the heat of police grade pepper spray, I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with it. I have heard that you need more protective gear than just rubber gloves to process them. Hmmm....
And one of the new ladies has started to lay! This afternoon there was a lovely, little, brown, pullet-sized egg in with the others. My bet is on Bettie Page but Ishtar would be the second guess. Beatrice and Tabitha still look not ready yet. Bettie was always much bigger than the other chicks so I'm thinking she was a few days older and as a black sex link, she is likely to mature faster than the others. And they are just over 4 months old now.
That's about it. Justine has only a few weeks left at home before she heads back to school. This week she is off in the evenings as she is helping as a stage hand in a community production of Rent that one of her friends is acting in.
So, things are still moving here. I'll try to keep up. You know, sometimes I really, really just want a day to do nothing.