That was a heavy, serious last posting, red with the Precious Blood…Let’s change colors:
Thank you, my friend, for your telephone instructions last night about What To Do With a Whole Bag of Lemons (besides using a couple for ice water….and watching the rest slowly turn moldy….) You slice them, freeze them, and bag the frozen slices for storage in the freezer and later use. You grate them into Lemon Zest…freeze that too. Boil the leftover lemon parts, which I used to call “garbage,” and add a little sugar and — voila! — lemon syrup for making lemonade.
I’ll follow your instruction for freezing my herbs in olive oil — when I get around to picking them out of my garden.
So….what’s that….yellow, green….then BLUE !
As in Blue Splotches . . .
(I did that.)
(I did that too.)
That was my favorite backyard little bench.
I had an algae problem in our backyard pond. Have. Had, I hope. I’ve notice lots of algae this year, and along with the hot, humid weather, our fish have a lot less oxygen. I haven’t seen our goldfish back there in a week or two, and I thought they might need a little human help — cleaning up their living quarters, so to speak. But….without Hubbie around for advice — and his skill and muscles — I kind of muddled through and chose hopefully the best remedy – a deep blue-yellow dye for fish ponds that will absorb the light rays that algae normally use for photosynthesis, thereby starving them, or suffocating them, rather than the fish.
The idea was easy. Getting the deep blue-yellow dye INTO the pond was not easy. My arms weren’t long enough, my muscles weren’t strong enough. I found that out when I tried to sling the liquid dye into the pond at twenty-foot intervals.
So I’ve now dyed my entire pond a deep teal blue. And, yes, more splotches along the back there too. Still haven’t seen any goldfish. I’m a little worried that when they finally surface I’ll discover that I’ve dyed them BLUE. And then there are my turtles, swimming around now with only the very tip of their nostrils above the water surface. I wonder what I’ve done to them.
But I have a new outdoor job, now: watering the pond.
I borrowed that metal support from my tomoato plants and rigged up the hose into a kind of a fountain. I’m hoping that will add a little oxygen into the pond too — and disperse the teal blue dye a little faster.
I’m hoping Hubbie is looking down on me with kind thoughts.
Thought of my own Mama too. “When Mama tells you not to play outside in your good clothes…..Don’t!” Just. Dont.
I don’t understand how that dye got all over the place. Indoors, kitchen floor, cabinets, sink, my dish towels — everything seemed to explode with blue splotches. Not everything cleaned up very well.
Let’s see…back to red.
My raspberries are doing nicely, not quite ripe yet. But they seem to have invited another type of bright red berry to live with them. I don’t know what that is but they seem to get along together.
One more summer issue – I guess it can be called a purple issue –
Around the big tree are purple-hosta-flowers-to-be. This is the only group that hasn’t been eaten by the deer yet, and here’s the remedy: You put up some stakes and make a barrier of those thin Christmas ribbons that you use when you wrap presents (the kind you take a pair of scissors and curl the ribbon…. ) Deer hate that kind of ribbon, and it worked last year. I ran out of ribbon for this summer. An oversight on my part. I wasn’t thinking of Christmas supplies for my yardwork.
So I substituted thin strips of what used to be a plastic garbage bag and tied them to string. They flap very easily in a light breeze. If I understand the farmers around here correctly, it’s the uneven, sudden flapping of the ribbon or these strips that the deer don’t like. Or maybe the way the faint moonlight of night reflects off the uneven surface of the ribbons or strips.
I’ve hung on to Hubbie’s favorite hosta plants so far!