This morning I put on my garden boots and my hoodie and tromped out to the herb garden to sit on the bench. It’s been so buggy here I’ve not had the opportunity to spend my quiet time in the morning out in the herb garden but since it was so cool this morning - it was the perfect time.
The birds are certainly enjoying this weather. I haven’t heard them singing quite as much as during these last few days. Everything loves it out here right now. The second nesting of baby bluebirds was successful it looks like. I didn’t keep as close an eye on these. I tried my very best to ignore the whole process. After a squirrel, raccoon or whatever got into the last nest I’ve just about had my full of watching beautiful things disappear. Last week when my granddaughter was here I started to let her see the baby bluebirds but I was afraid to open the box to look - I was afraid one of them might fall out. I could see them peeping their heads up at the hole so I know they made it that far, and I know their parents were feeding them up until a few days ago; but after that I just turned my head, crossed my fingers and refused to look. I’m trying to let nature take its course but oooooh, nature is tough on young ones.
Our garden is busting at the seams. Tomatoes are ripening every day and if I get one more cucumber . . . Aghhh!!! It’s just about time to plant more squash and zucchini and I will probably plant lettuces at the same time. I’m planning on planting about the middle of August and hope for the best. Right now my priority is staying on top of the tomatoes and working on my herb garden. I have a few more eggplant to pick which makes me proud as a peacock and a couple heads of broccoli but until the corn gets ripe - I’m good.
Tonight after work I’ve got an eye appointment and then I’m off to do the August grocery shopping. I know it’s not quite August but since Monday evening is already shot I might as well make it a little useful.
I got home about 7:30 p.m. and hubby and I dragged in the groceries. I do grocery shopping for a month. Doing it this way seems to save me quite a bit of money. I'm a firm believer that the more you stop in at the grocery store the more you spend and many people who've studied spending habits agree with me. Besides that, planning meals for a month in advance will enable you to make far better use of your foodstuffs and leftovers. Don't get me wrong, I've often gone back for milk, bread or eggs but shopping this way makes a cook a great deal more creative with their meal preparations and allows you to think more "outside the box." Try it sometime and promise yourself that you're not going back to the grocery store for a whole month. Tell yourself that you "can't". You may find that your creative juices will start pumping and that your table will be graced with delectable foods that were never even thought of before.