A Little of This, A Little of That, Probably Nothing of Consequence

I’m been absent for awhile – going through a period of no words scrambling to pour out of my brain. Or even dribble out for that matter. Now I’ll see what I come up with and hope I don’t bore all of you to tears or worse.

Not sure where my hummingbirds and Orioles are this year. I have a few, but not like in more recent years. I was going to say normal, but I’m not sure there is a normal anymore, especially when it comes to weather. Back to the birds – I suspect I was negligent earlier in the year about keeping things filled when they were all out looking for housing. So it goes.

I spent the last week of June up visiting my daughter and her fiancée. We had a nice time. They’ve just moved into a new house and were busy overseeing outside work being done. When I came home, my son drove up to visit me for a week, so I’ve had time with my adult kids this summer. It’s wonderful.

I’ve been doing a lot of cooking this week. My son likes his food. We’ve been eating healthy foods. Except for the day we went into town and had lunch at the brewery. I made the mistake of having fish and chips which is my usual there, but it’s been a long time since our last visit and I’ve changed my way of eating a lot. This time, the grease in the fish and chips just didn’t sit well with my stomach. We’ve had a butternut squash/kale salad, a rice/bean/veggie salad, pulled pork with cole slaw and potato salad, more stuff like that. It’s the season for me to be thinking cold salads for the most part, but one cool day we wanted some warmth so I made a veggie pizza with spelt flour dough. Yesterday I cooked a chicken to have with leftover salads. Today will be a bok choy/Napa cabbage stir fry with rice and tofu.

You all were holding your breath to hear about that, weren’t you?

Cutting back on the news I read and listen to. I keep thinking we’ve hit the lowest points of stupidity, but they keep proving me wrong. Denmark is looking good, but they have that winter weather stuff.

Wondering – why is curious spelled with that second “u” and curiosity doesn’t have that second “u”?

What? Oh, you want to know how my garden is growing? Well, my first Early Girl regular size tomato plant has four tomatoes, and I don’t know that I’ll get anymore from it.

My smallest cherry tomato plant has tons of little green tomatoes.

Do you see them? A couple maybe, but there’s a bunch. I’m excited. My large cherry tomato plant is getting lots of blooms so tomatoes should show up before too long.

In my flower gardens, they’re doing their thing. In too many of them, the grasses that insert themselves quite readily in places they are not welcome are also doing well. I’ve developed a “win a few, lose a few” attitude towards that.

My Nong kitty

And my Shasta girl

are adapting quite well to one another. When Shasta says “don’t bother me” Nong is smart enough to listen. The Queso kitty comes near me when it’s time for soft food, otherwise he still maintains his distance. That’s just his thing.

Apparently I’ve used up my allotment of words for this time.

Wishing you all enough, today and each day going forward.


About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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21 Responses to A Little of This, A Little of That, Probably Nothing of Consequence

  1. Carol — I always enjoy seeing photos of your furry friends. And those tomatoes? WOW!


  2. Lisa says:

    Sometimes life is like that….no words. But, it sounds like you’ve been keeping yourself occupied. I’m happy your kiddos have moved closer to you. I know that makes you happy. Our garden was a bust this year. Too much rain this spring, too many deer jumping over the electric fence, too many squirrels crawling between the fence rungs and too many bugs in the corn. Seriously, between the squirrels and deer, I didn’t get any green beans and precious little corn. Oh well…..well try again for a fall garden….after adding another electric wire. Looks like Shasta girl has spotted something interesting on the rug. Going to take a quick trip to Missouri wine country this weekend. It’s our concession for not incurring the expense to go all the way to Napa. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo


  3. Robin says:

    Maybe there is a premium price on words lately that we don’t know about. I haven’t felt like using them too much, either. Your tomatoes look fab, and your furry family members are cute. I do like hearing about what you’re cooking and eating. You might inspire me to start eating better. 🙂

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  4. loisajay says:

    This was a fun post. Oh, Queso…..you are to be loved and admired from afar, little buddy. Yeah, we’ll just keep watching that stupidity rate go lower and lower. And do keep an eye on the self-proclaimed ‘great looking stable genius.’ Oops! I think it just dropped again…. Always good to see you, Carol.

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  5. Textricator says:

    Can you adopt me?

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  6. Kathy says:

    I know what you mean about having difficulty writing. Same here. It feels almost impossible. Also resonating with the impossibility of eating fried food any more. Just can’t happen without negative consequences. Am still downstate with my mom and that’s been a roller coaster ride this week with medical issues.


  7. Great to hear from you – these “anything goes” posts are always so much fun.
    We had three, maybe four hummers for weeks, and then suddenly, they vanished – I don’t know if it’s because they found natural sources of nectar or were otherwise occupied at the nest – just yesterday, I saw a male doing his loop-de-loop mating dance, which implied that a female was present somewhere, so that’s a relief.

    Butternut and kale salad – that’s an unusual combo for a summer salad – was the squash raw?

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  8. Some of those recipes sound delicious! I love making fresh stuff out of my garden. Glad you are getting to see your kids and your furry ones are doing well.

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  9. Ally Bean says:

    Carol how do you grow such lovely tomatoes? Ours never look that good, and often don’t taste as good, too. Your pets are photogenic which makes for some great blog pics. It must be nice to have the gang around to distract you from our world, such as it is.

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  10. dawnkinster says:

    I noticed, when we were in Norway and not watching television, that I was much happier. Could be from many things…the company, the scenery, being away….but it was also that I didn’t have to little to that little nut job in the White House. Or see his face. I can tell you we ran into only one person on that trip that was a Trump supporter, and even that guy’s wife hated Trump!

    I love all 3 of your pets….seems like you have a cat similar to the one I cat sat up north…if I sat down she was in my lap and I always was sad to make her move, she’d sit there forever if I just held still and sometimes even when I didn’t hold still.

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  11. leendadll says:

    I love the animal pics!! I got 4 cherry tomatoes, with 5 more ripening now (but very small). I don’t see any more blooms so that might be it. I have 3 regular sized tomato plants, thanks to confusion with an order from burpee.com, but they’re still just starter plants and I’ll be surprised if they have time to grow any fruit.
    I’ve also noticed that most of my hummingbirds seem to be MIA and “Indecisive”, who I think lives down in Escondido, posted the same. VERY strange. I hope they’re all off enjoying the bounty of abundant blooms rather than something horrible befalling them!!
    On the topic of healthy foods: I found beet-zoodles (“be-oodles”??) at the farmer’s market and I’m totally hooked on them!! They’re super thin and loooooong (I often can’t find the ends and have to cut them), crunchy, with little flavor – cause they were made from raw beets. I’ve had them as a snack, added to salad and to ramen (which turned the broth a lovely blood red). Since they’re raw, they’ll freeze well so I think I’m going to buy several packs next time (just $5 for a LOT) and freeze em.
    Puhleeeeze… brain dump/ramble ANY time. I live for those kinds of posts!!

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  12. It sounds like life is good, sometimes we need to have a break from the news and enjoy the small things like family, good food, fur kids and our gardens.

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  13. I suffer from lack of words too sometimes, and nothing of any consequence (or indeed anything at all) comes to mind that I could write about. It’s interesting that you are missing your hummingbirds too – my feeder has always been topped up but they rarely visit the garden now. I hadn’t seen one for weeks and weeks until a few days ago when one spent a long time on my agapanthus flowers.

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