What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.
~ Jane Austen
If we were having coffee, tea, soda, water, or some other beverage, I would be happy to see you again. Come on in out of the heat and cool yourself off for a spell! It feels pretty good in the house, and we have plenty of cold beverages on hand. I also have some cooling snacks that include the usual hummus, veggies, and a red beet borani. Have you ever had borani? Borani is a Middle Eastern appetizer made with yogurt and other ingredients. I followed this recipe, sort of. I couldn’t find chioggia beets so had to make due with red beets. That’s why it looks such a shocking shade of pinkish-purple. We also have all kinds of olives and pickled vegetables, including pickled turnips. I don’t know about you, but I crave salty foods when the weather is hot. I try not to overdo it, and make sure I drink plenty of herbal teas and water to make up for the saltiness.
Let’s have a seat here in the kitchen or, if you prefer, we can go out to the great room. It’s too hot and buggy to sit on the deck. The screened-in porch keeps the bugs away, but the air is pretty oppressive out there, too.
How are you? What have you been up to lately? Have you traveled anywhere? Visited any museums or parks? Taken any good walks or hikes? Spent time with friends and/or loved ones? Have you read any good books or seen any good films since our last chat?
If we were having coffee or whatever, I would tell you that I finished reading The Invention of Wings. It was an excellent book, and I highly recommend it. It is based on true events and people, although the author did take some liberties to create the story. There is a good description (along with reviews) here, if you’re interested. I am currently reading Nemesis by Isaac Asimov. I found it in a stack of books M the Younger was getting rid of, and since I’ve never read any books by Asimov, I grabbed it (and a few others). I do like sci-fi, and don’t know how I could possibly have missed Asimov. I’ve read two of the other “Big Three” (Heinlein and Clarke). It’s high time I filled in this blank.
As for films, I don’t think I’ve watched any since our last coffee chat. M and I have been watching the new season of Orange Is the New Black, a Netflix original series. We can’t stream it, of course, because of our lame internet connection, so we watch via DVD. I was hoping we’d receive a movie to watch this weekend, but Netflix took things out of order in my queue and we have plenty of Orange Is the New Black to watch instead. I don’t like to binge-watch television programs. Not that we are binge-watching it. We limit ourselves to one episode per evening. The reason I don’t like to binge-watch is that mistakes tend to become glaringly obvious when I go through a whole season at once. Or I suddenly get bored with it. How about you? Have you ever binge-watched an entire season of something?
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it is summer here even if the calendar doesn’t acknowledge it. We tend to start our summers a little earlier than those north of the Mason-Dixon Line. The pool is open and the water is already nearly 80°F. It didn’t take long to warm up. I think I might jump in the pool later today. I have some weeding in the garden to do, and I bet 80° water will feel good after that.
If we were having coffee or tea or something else, I would tell you that I went for a ride on my bicycle this morning. I went to the Point where there was a lovely breeze, and a couple of fishermen standing on the shore trying to catch their lunch or dinner. They weren’t having much luck while I was there. One man said he saw a stingray swim by. I saw a lot of tiny fish, a few slightly bigger than tiny fish, and a couple of crabs while I was gazing into the water. I like watching the crabs do their sideways walk along the sandy bottom.
The road to the Point was recently repaved although “repaved” might be overstating it. They put down chipseal. If you’re familiar with country roads in the U.S., you might be familiar with chipseal. It’s a mix of asphalt and small gravel. Eventually it smooths out, but when it’s new it is difficult to ride on with a bicycle. A bit like riding on gravel because the chippings are loose, and the bike fishtails occasionally. It was slower going than usual, but a good ride nonetheless.
If we were having coffee, you would already have noticed this is the time of year when I become obsessed with the wheat fields. I’ve carried on about how beautiful they are since we moved here so I’ll spare you another long tome about it. I’m hoping to get out again later with the big camera to take some photos during the golden hour. As you can see, the wheat isn’t quite ready for harvest yet.
If we were having coffee, tea, or some other beverage, I would tell you that today is the anniversary of my mother’s birthday. Is that the proper way to put it when someone has died? I suppose it still is her birthday, and we can still celebrate her life even though she isn’t living on this earthly realm anymore. At any rate, Mom is on my mind today and in my heart, always. Cheers to you, Mom!
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it’s time for me to get outside and do some work. There’s a little mowing to do before the next round of rain comes along. I’ve been trying to keep up with the weeding in the scrounger’s garden. I am hoping to expand the garden a little this year. I finally cleared out most of the poor irises that have been swallowed by weeds. Last year I got so fed up with the weeds that I mowed everything down which probably wasn’t good for the irises, but they weren’t blooming anyhow. I did get a few blooms this year from an iris that was given breathing space early in the season. The plan is to dig up the irises (finally!) and plant them in the new bed which will include the butterfly bushes in their current location. I’m thinking of putting daylilies in with them, too. But first things first.
The rest of the garden is looking good. The lily I planted last year came back. The dahlias and snapdragons seem to like where they are, and the zinnias are growing like weeds. The lavender will be blooming soon. Lavender grows well here. I could have whole fields of it, I suspect. Wouldn’t that be pretty?
Okay, I’ve rambled enough, and really should get to work. Thanks so much for stopping by for another coffee chat. You’re welcome to come out to the garden with me, but be sure to put on some insect repellent and a hat. I can loan you some netting if you’d rather use that. Either way, you need to guard against the dreaded deer flies. Sunset might be interesting this evening, what with all the clouds passing by. It’s at 8:22 PM. I’m not sure if it would be best to meet on the dock or at the Point. We’ll figure it out when the time for the evening show gets closer.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be.
This post is in response to Part Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare. Thank you to Diana for hosting it. Also, a big congratulations for the #WeekendCoffeeShare being featured on WordPress’s Daily Post. So glad to see it being shared among the rest of the community! Put the kettle on, start the coffee maker, open a bottle of wine, or whatever your preference is, and join us. I’d love to hear all about what you were up to this week.