Well, summer is most definitely here. Heat index has already been over 100 and only supposed to get worse this week. The humidity is very high. Yesterday I was out getting the morning chores done as soon as I had enough light to work on and I was drenched in sweat by 8 am. It is 6 am now and I am getting ready to head outside to get more chores done. The goats are taking more naps in the shade during the day...don't blame them really. This is truly siesta weather. We finally turned on the AC in the house this past week. Right now we are trying to zone cool the house and hope that works for this summer. Right now I am in our den with just the ceiling fan going, no AC yet, and frankly it is uncomfortably sticky. I do think the thermal curtains are helping to keep it cooler, but with this high heat and humidity there really is no super relief without air condition.
The garden so far is holding its own. The cucumbers and squash are done for now. I have replanted but it will be a month or so before we start having more squash. The zucchini are still holding their own and I will be replanting those as well. The pole beans are starting to produce, I am just hoping that this blistering heat won't cause them to drop their blooms. The tomato plants are loaded with tomatoes, which I am super excited about since last year I had a poor crop of tomatoes. Not enough to do everything I wanted to do. Now I am dreaming of all the salsa, tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, ketchup, and anything else I can think of. Sweet potatoes are almost finished planting and hopefully they will do well this year. Carrots and beets are almost finished up. I have a few more that I will pull and make another small batch of pickled beets and then use the rest in salads and such. The carrots will be frozen and used up this coming week.
We had a stroke of fortune this past week. My aunt replaced her dishwasher because it made a lot of noise. Nothing wrong with it and it is only a year old, but it was just too loud. So she asked if we would like to have it. I brought it home because our 20 year old dishwasher was starting to leak a small amount at the door seal. It also did not get the dishes as clean as I would like. Well, the next day my old dishwasher wouldn't even turn on. So we installed the one I got from my aunt and yes it is loud, but it works and cleans the dishes well and doesn't leak. Win, win in my book. New dishwasher for free. The bonus is that hers holds more dishes so won't have to be run as often, saving electricity.
Once again I am purging things in the house. Whenever I purge excess items I put stuff away that I am not sure I want to get rid of. This past week I have taken two loads to goodwill of those items that I put aside last year. It feels so good to get rid of stuff. I am now at the point where I am ready to get rid of several pieces of furniture. I mean really who needs 4 dining room tables, I only have one dining room.
We had vacation Bible school this past week at our church and that just about wore me out. The kids enjoyed it, but I am not cut out to be a teacher. I just don't have the patience. It definitely made for a long week, but I have to admit it was a fun program.
I am finally done with all the sewing for the children so maybe now I can do some sewing for me. I look forward to it. I enjoy creating new clothes and I do need some new summer dresses to wear to church.
Hope you all are enjoying your first few days of summer. Blessings, Kat