Still picking cherries and green beans every day. We've been
canning green beans as well as freezing them this year.
I took about 15 pounds of cherries to the food bank today.
It's time for some garden photos:
Left to right, green beans, onions, cabbages, broccoli, potatoes, and a hedge of raspberries all around...
This is our corn patch, with volunteer sunflowers along the
border. They're taller than ever this year, but a high percentage
didn't produce ears, so it's not looking so great on the yield side...
Across the street we've planted a squash and potato patch, with
tomatoes along the wall of the garage, where they may catch some
reflected heat from the sun. These pumpkins in the foreground are
called neon, and look bright yellow from an early age, a boon in a
climate that sometimes frosts around Labor Day.
Cherry season is over, well sated with the supply this year.
Tomato season has started, but it's only a trickle of ripe ones so
far. The pumpkins pictured above doubled in size and turned
darker orange in the last few days.
Today the heat has slightly abated, although 100 degree days are
expected again in a couple days. I'm looking forward to a break
at the Blue Waters Bluegrass festival, where it's a short walk to swim
in Medical Lake from the (for me) two days of high quality bluegrass
Back in April 2013 I posted this picture of a wild turkey with some neighbors' chickens:
Since then it disappeared, the neighbors moved away. Then in the
last couple weeks a flock of a dozen or so turkeys has been coming
through. Another neighbor thinks its this same turkey with family
and friends. While they are a delight to view, and look
prehistoric enough to support the theory that birds are descended from
dinosaurs, they also marauded through our neighbor's garden, so we're
having to reassess our attitude toward them. Butters the dog has
no qualms about rerouting them out of our yard on sight.
A possibly more serious pest was spotted 10 blocks from us-- a cougar
yesterday. Most likely just passing through is the
I attended Bluewaters Bluegrass Festival again, and here is a link to the photos to
prove it... It was hot during the day, but the lake was right
there to cool down... My favorite performance was superb
mandolinist John Reischman playing with amazing flatpicker Kenny Smith,
making great music having never really played together before...
We had another windstorm and shower last night, but it was nothing to
write home about, except for the 0.2 inch of rain to settle the dust.
Sales continue brisk so I continue to make lots of pots.
In spite of the recent 90+ weather, the longer nights are starting to
allow the lake to cool slightly, so it's currently perfect.
The garden is yielding onions, carrots, tomatoes, green beans, peapods,
cabbage, and broccoli, so we're eating lots of stir fry...
The green beans are about done, but the blackberries and sweet corn have kicked in, keeping summer eating fun.
We had our Montana friends come through with a bigger dog than Butters,
so he had to use wiles and a few nips to the flank to get the rubber
frisbee away from Odin. I had to keep calling him on it as a
referee... Odin didn't seem to mind and they parted great
I played music with the principal oboeist of the
Spokane Symphony today. I figured he plays classical and I play
folk, but we both play hymns, so that's what we did. I'd like to
report that the results were ethereal, but it turns out an oboe is
about as loud as a saxophone and I could hardly hear my own guitar
picking. Also, his two young kids were shaking maracas and
randomly strumming a ukelele, so now you have a more complete picture
of the event... It was fun anyway...
This year we spread our dahlias around our various garden beds.
This one doesn't win the prize for beauty, but always attracts the most
pollinators, perhaps because the petals don't hide the functional
flower so much...
The butterfly was a type I hadn't noticed before. It was competing for nectar with a small bumblebee.
Along the south side of our pottery display we plant grapes and morning
glories to help shade it in the summer. Actually the morning
glories reseed themselves, and the grapes just need pruning. The
morning glories, true to their name, look great in the morning but are
puckered up like the bottom ones in the photo by noon...
The town is jumping this evening, with live music at one of the bars, a
wine tasting auction in the park across the street, and a free outdoor
Lego movie in the city park, courtesy of our police
department. So instead of doing any of those things, we
went and saw the Montana Shakepeare in the Park presentation of As You
Like It in Liberty Lake.
Pavilion Park in Liberty Lake is Golf Course nice, surrounded by Nice
Houses and a lot of the residents ride to the performance on their Golf
Carts. As a perfect late summer day ended, flocks of geese flew
over the park, and a nearby shower that wouldn't dare approach the
outdoor stage shed a partial rainbow for over half an hour. It
felt a lot like Camelot, except that the interpretation of the play set
it in 1917 Butte Montana. I kind of missed the
pantaloons... I did hear the lines that reminded me I'd acted in
a scene from this play in Honors English in high school...
Shakespearean language, rattled off fast with lots of gestures, remains
hard to take in to the modern ear. The plot was mostly
intelligible, and the right people were coupled at the end.
I gave blood earlier today, and decided to drive the
3 blocks to the blood van to see if it might improve my blood pressure
readings--which it did 136 was the high one, I didn't need to hear what
the diastolic pressure was after that... I credit it mostly
to the dog...
Speaking of the dog, it was warm enough to swim
again today, which includes the dog swimming out a bit and fetching a
stick or two. Whether on land or sea, Butters will quit after two or
three throws--important to know if you don't want to fetch the toy
Summer continues like it will never end, except the
forecast predicts a cool weekend. Sales continue to do
well. We've started eating our second plantimg of corn, which
should be good for a couple weeks. I played music for the West
Central Farmer's Market this week, and am scheduled to play in the
Spirit Lake Park (as usual) on Labor Day, right after the parade.
Boise State is losing their first football game, otherwise all is
generally well with the world...
The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. This
was a fun romp combining lovable scoundrels, cons and bad guys
reminding me of Donald Westlake at his best in the Dortmunder
novels. I hope the series continues...
Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr A
combination of in various ways weak characters struggle to survive a
kidnapping. More a suspense story than a mystery, but it works
well, except for the deus ex canine used a couple times too many...
Channel Zilch by Doug Sharp I
read this because I kind of knew Doug from days in college. The
silly premise of steeling a space shuttle to broadcast a reality show
from space is just a format to engage interesting characters in a
complex thought experiment. I will read the follow up novel to
see where the story is really headed...
Borderline by Nevada Barr
I'm sure the author intended that the title refer not only to the
Tex-Mex borderline, but the mental state of most of the characters in
the novel. As much as I enjoy her many mysteries set in our
national parks, I did wonder if she wasn't a bit borderline herself
(spoiler alert), when a ranger gets into a life or death struggle in
the dark, with another ranger, without stating their identities.