When breakfast was over and we parted ways, I stopped in to the Dollar Tree. The cashier was a happy woman who sent a genuine greeting my way. My spirits were instantly lifted from the greeting then hit high when I spied the new back to school supplies.
My daughter brought over two large zucchini for me. From one of them I got five cups of shredded veggie, four cups that went into the freezer and one cup went into the dehydrator. The other one was sliced and dried for use in winter stews, soups and sauces. I hope the harvest is good this year so I can dry lots more. I am impressed with the health benefits of zucchini, but I'm not too fond of the bland taste. This way I can bake with it and use it in one pot wonders.
Two mornings this week I got up early and spent some time with the two youngest grands. My daughter needed some help for a few hours on those days, so I went early, then the eldest daughter finished off the morning watching the kids until their mom got home. This isn't something I do often, but when the parents are in a tight spot I'll watch the kids. I'm not the grandmother that devotes her retirement to watching the grands. I've made that very clear to all of my children. My responsibility ended when my kids grew up. Their children are their responsibility. My job is to spoil the grands. I think I may be good at my 'job'. Tee hee hee.
I ordered two solar lamps from amazon this week, as well. Let me tell you they are the neatest little lamps. I have been testing them out at night to see how well they work and decided I could save on electricity by using them now and having them on hand if the power goes out for any reason. I thought, even on sale, they were a bit more than I would normally spend, but I felt better after my son in law told me the bulbs were LED and would never have to be replaced.
|Aren't these lights the cutest things? There's even a handle so they|
can be hung up.
I had to pitch one pot of tomato plants because the rain did a number on them. I'm hoping I get at least a few tomatoes off of the remaining plant. Even if they have to be picked green I can make bread or jam from them. So far the cucumber plant and the melon plant are loving the rain. Here's hoping. I have gotten quite a few berries off of the blackberry bushes with many more to come. So some successes along with some failures.
I think I may have mentioned in an earlier post that I bought two winter shirts from the thrift store. They're washed and ready for the first cold day. The intention is to use them as sleeping shirts, but there's no reason I can't wear them in the house to keep warm during the day.
Just to let you know this posted well before it was finished. I don't know how I did that. I may never figure it out. But I will be diligent the next time I have a half finished post to make sure this doesn't happen again.