This week has been a whirlwind. We forgot that swim lessons started this week so there has been a mad dash to modify our schedule. I nearly drowned when I was Autie’s age so for me swim lessons are mandatory. At the pool I was able to make about a dozen phone calls and visit with some of the other moms. We all had stories that I am sure you can relate to too about how we want our kids to be involved BUT they/ we are also overloaded. None of us know how to navigate that water. I for one am of the opinion that time at home working on family priorities NEEDS to be inked into the schedule. I say that and admit this week is not proof of that belief. We are ALL overloaded. Despite that we owe it to ourselves to find ways to bring back some simple pleasure and in my opinion a nice meal made from fresh ingredients is a GREAT way to start.
We enjoyed BLTs last night with zucchini chips and coleslaw. After dinner, Livie went to plant soybeans with Tom last night and Autie spent the evening with me. We took a bubble bath, cleaned the kitchen and washed our game uniforms. Liv was so tired that she curled up with our puppy Reba and they both napped in the tractor. Autie was so tired she couldn’t sleep and talked like a freight train ALL night. She has the gift of gab!!!
It was so windy it was too hard to work outside so I decided it was time to focus on things inside. We have enjoyed very strong, hot, dry winds for several days and everyone is crabby and exhausted. Kansas is upholding its reputation. For those who are not close the feeling of this wind is like a blow dryer powered by a jet engine blowing straight into your face… non-stop. Every so often the blow dryer blows sand or dirt into your face and you only hope you were not smiling or yawning in that moment. I do not enjoy being sand blasted.
After I dropped the girls off I made a mad dash to the grocery store and then came home with a full to do list. I spent the morning picking blackberries and tomatoes and my surprises for the day are that my YELLOW beefsteak and my WHITE slicing tomatoes are starting to turn. I also found a few more Juane Flemme’ orange plum tomatoes and my NEW Indigo Rose tomato is nearly ready to pick. The Indigo Rose is a blue tomato and I will keep you posted. BLUE!!!
I had a customer ask why I grew so many weird tomatoes/ things. I LOVE tomatoes. I love them so much that I am a SNOB. I want them MY way and will do without unless that can be. I also know there are a LOT of tomato snobs out there and they want them THEIR way. I UNDERSTAND and I try to accommodate everyone. My girls are young and most kids their age will not eat fresh veggies, BUT mine do willingly… most of the time. Livie can’t decide if her favorite veggie is kale or broccoli and I am just so happy to know that I willingly fix both so she can continue to fine tune her list of favorites. Autie is pickier and I have to work harder. For HER I grow a lot of things that are ORANGE because it is her favorite color. SHE always likes it when she can eat her favorite color. She also likes yellow. My girls eat eggplant not the big black ugly ones as Livie puts it but the little purple ones. She eats the others too, but only after trying the others. They also eat okra, cabbage, spinach, Swiss chard, beets, beet greens, zucchini and squash. Sometimes it is all in the marketing. When you buy from me you will find an awful lot of kid friendly choices. My kids also know the difference between fresh and store bought and they prefer fresh. It will be interesting to see how many times Livie wants to pack her lunch next year.
Here in a bit I will pick squash, peas and maybe some green beans and then we will begin the mad dash for tonight. Livie has t-ball tonight and we are expecting rain. We do not look forward to rescheduling another game BUT bring it on!!!! We have another game Friday night and I have A LOT to get ready for Sunday’s market. We could all handle a night watching our current favorite movie Chestnut and a big bowl of popcorn. Bring on the rain!!!! J
Swim lessons are forcing me to alter my schedule slightly for the next two weeks. I will make ALL of my deliveries on Thursday. Hopefully that will work for everyone. The plus side is that I was able to give everyone more time to place their orders. Please go to http://lecuyergardens.locallygrown.net/ to place yours. The store closes at 5:00 p.m. today and I will begin my deliveries first thing in the morning. I still have plenty of squash, cucumbers, zucchini, slicing and cherry tomatoes. I also have cabbage, Swiss chard, Tabouli kits, potatoes, black berries and collard greens.
My statement of gratitude is focused on the promise of rain and an end to our wind storm.v