July 8, 2008

Going Green

We had an exciting evening of rain, lightning, and thunder and then more, and more, and more rain! Inches by the time it was all over and it lasted all night long. Good thing we rely on God's promise to Noah and all the rest of us - Genesis 9:13-16! Fortunately we were able to rush out to the garden before the downpour and lightning started and harvest a little bit of what was ready, though there is a lot more where this came from.

This is baby bok choy, parsley, mustard greens, and rainbow Swiss chard. We also got more spinach and lettuce. We cleaned and trimmed a lot of it and the frig is full of all these good greens to use this week. Oh, it's just thrilling to me! I'm easily made happy this time of year.

Then the fun really started because we lost
power as I was cooking dinner and DH was cleaning up greens! Fortunately I had two burners going on the gas stove, so we ended up having a great dinner by the light of our oil lamp.
We had green beans and new potatoes dressed with olive oil,
Mrs. Dash seasoning, and the fresh parsley. The main dish was scallops that were sauteed with onion, mushrooms, turkey bacon, and Swiss chard. I finished it with a little sherry and a dollop of sweet hot mustard for a sauce - it was goooooooood! Who needs power? Except of course for the lovely relief of air conditioning when the humid air is thick enough to cut!

Here's a shot of our garden from the second floor. (Click on it to make it larger if you want to.) Not too bad, and from this angle you can't see exactly how bad the weeds are! It's been a chore to keep up with them because of all the rain, but then again that's why the garden is thriving right now. In the background you can kind of make out my surviving pumpkin vines- grrrrrrr. But...see all those huge tomato plants, those bush-like plants at the back? Lord willing, that equals heavenly days ahead!

Well, this is all then.

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