Random Memorial Day facts.
1. It is Memorial Day.
2. A red-breasted robin pulls worms from the wet green grass outside the kitchen window.
3. It rained cats & dogs an hour ago. Thunder rumbled. Lightening sizzled. The electricity flashed off and on. The microwave clock needed to be re-set.
4. We received more than three-quarters of an inch of pounding rain. I know, because I just checked the rain gauge for you.
5. We hope some of our garden seeds–specifically the carrots–which you only plant to a depth of one-quarter inch–did not wash out and disappear from the garden soil. We hope the cucumber and squash and brocoli and lettuce and onion plants will be OK.
6. The air smells sweet in the aftermath of rain.
7. We plan to grill salmon later in the afternoon, if we’re safe from rain showers. If not, we’ll cook the fillets in the oven.
8. I walked this morning in a light mist. Barry dropped me off way up the road, and I ambled home. Walking in rain is always advised, unless thunder and lightning exist. One can always change clothes later.
9. I am making a Quinoa Red Pepper Salad right now. Quinoa is one of the few grains which is a complete protein. I have never tried this particular recipe before. Pondering making cookies with the leftover quinoa. Pondering if I can make cookies without gobbling them too voraciously. Do not want to gain a single pound before hitting the streets of NYC to visit Kiah next week.
10. Hummingbirds have been sitting on our porch rail this year. We’ve never seen them linger on the rail in previous summers. Both the males and females sit. They move their heads and tiny beaks rapidly from side to side, like they are watching a movie.
11. Birds are chirping now. I do not know what kind, as I cannot expertly identify bird calls. Only sometimes. The birds are delighted with the rain. Or perhaps they’re delighted the rain has stopped.
12. We still have to plant a) tomatoes, b) peppers, c) kale, d) swiss chard, e) beets and f) green beans.
13. I leave for New York City next Tuesday.
14. All the old car photos in this blog are “leftover” May photos which haven’t yet been used. I don’t know why they are appealing. Many people scowl when they find old junk in the woods. For some reason, these old cars didn’t raise a scowl on this face. Perhaps I was too busy picking off wood ticks.
15. I am wondering why I am steadfastly desiring to write a blog almost every day again. Why, Kathy, must you continue to blog? Don’t you want to take a break? You don’t? You might soon? You don’t know?
16. Started a fire in the wood stove today. You know, to take the damp chill out of the house. The strategy worked. You can always open the screen door if it gets too toasty.
17. Both Barry and I had to work today. He always works on Memorial Day morning at the newspaper, so I go out to the school for a couple of hours. Did payroll and other checks. It was a blast. Seriously. I love my job, at least 89.4% of the time.
18. I am avoiding the woods like a plague. There is a plague in the woods at this time of year–a plague of wood ticks. However, this is the time of year which baby fawns are born. It’s always a toss-up whether to meander.
19. The sun is–perhaps–almost–coming out.
20. I have been sorting and filing old blog photos for about an hour. Caught up until May 22nd. Should continue filing through today’s date and then can cross that chore off the “to do” list.
21. OK, that’s about all the facts which are randomly flitting between the ears right now. The quinoa is almost done…hope you’re all enjoying your Memorial Day.