There is a canning challenge going around homestead circles...the challenge is preserve a little bit every day in the month of August. I am NOT doing well with that challenge...frankly, I'm not sure pulling out all the canning stuff to do a "bit" fits my lifestyle. BUT I love the emphasis of doing a bit throughout the month, rather than loads and loads in September. LOL I have been making a conscious effort to use our garden produce as it comes on rather than waiting for the end of the season to "put it up." Today, I put up 7 quarts of dill pickles....not a huge amount, but a start. I'm hoping to get more cucumbers - we shall see. It's not been a huge year for the garden. I think all the rain is resulting in lots of lush, green, foliage but little actual produce.
I had planned to have tea with a friend today in town... I had been trying for several weeks to meet with her and was excited we finally had a date we were both in town and neither of us had obligations. I told the girls early in the week if they had all their school done I could drop them to explore the Friday Fling while we had tea.
We were informed just hours before our "date," that the friend we'd had lunch with yesterday was exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid. Brenda works with the at risk community. Out of an abundance of caution she opted to postpone our date.
To get out of the house requires a lot. We'd made arrangements for the boys to be back from their study and home with Grandpa. We'd gotten all our work finished early so we could go play. Michael got home and was surprised to see us all sitting dejectedly around the house instead of racing to town. He said none of us have been exposed to a positive case and we should go ahead and go to the Friday Fling, an outdoor event. I was glad he shooed us out. It had been a let down to a busy week.
Next week is the last Friday Fling of the season - I suppose THAT could be a marker that summer is truly over in our little town. We went to a coffee trailer and got teas, and sipped them while we walked around outside for an hour or so.
I have been wanting to buy pretties for the garden and yard. Our focus has been functional and I'm at the point I'd like to start thinking beyond functional. I'm convinced we'll never really be done with all the "infrastructure" around here. I haven't gotten out a lot and so my spending money has been growing...and I got this today.
I haven't decided if I'll put it in the garden or the yard. I think mounting it on one of the orchard fence posts may work....though I'm not 100% sure HOW to mount it. LOL