You ever just have one of those weeks where you feel uninspired and just a little blah? Bored, restless, or just not sure what’s going on? That’s the kind of week I’m having. It’s not been a bad week, but it’s not been a particularly great week. Just…meh. Cooking? Not so much. Blogging? Nope. Reading? Can’t say I’ve done much of that for pleasure this week. Maybe it’s because I just got back from the field last weekend and I only had 1 true day off work, maybe it’s that I’ve spent the majority of my time at work this week working on statistics (not that it’s been all that bad, just brain-taxing), or the stress from knowing a have a couple of deadlines coming up at work and a conference presentation looming this fall, or maybe it’s the fact that I’ve known for about 1 week now that it is supposed to be cold and rainy this weekend–the rain moved in tonight, and it’s already chilly outside. I know I was bitching up a storm about the heat just a couple of weeks ago, but with this cold snap I’m a little concerned my tomatoes, peppers, and okra are going to just quit on me altogether. It’s not going to freeze, or even get close to freezing, but upper 40s?? That’s cold for a tomato. Oh, and did I mention the days are getting noticeably shorter? It’s most apparent in the mornings, and I have a hard time getting up when it’s dark, so I’m going to have to switch my running routine back to evenings before too long–like tonight, for example. Because I fell back asleep this morning and didn’t wake up until 8:00am. Whoops.
I don’t really mind the chillier weather–my run this evening was excellent. The Stinker is definitely enjoying the cooler weather as well. I really suspect this funk I’m feeling has a lot to do with my damn tomatoes. I’m so bummed out this summer that I have so few fruits…and there are no new fruits developing on the plants (or even any new flowers–not that their would be enough time to produce a mature fruit this late in the game anyway). I suspect I have a few dozen fruits, most of which have blossom end rot, and that I’ll harvest maybe a few quarts, tops, mostly cherry tomatoes. I love cherry tomatoes, by the way, so that does not disappoint me in the least. But all the canned tomatoes and sun-dried tomatoes and fresh tomato pasta sauce that I’ve been dreaming about since LAST winter….it’s just not going to happen. At least not out of my garden. Maybe the CSA will come through for me in the end.
Speaking of CSA, Tuesday we got a great share: mini yellow watermelons (yay!), cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, garlic, turnips, and more Swiss chard (make it stopppppp, please!). I decided to make a watermelon salsa with the watermelon, garlic, tomatoes, and hot peppers. It’s a little different. It took a little getting used to, but Hubby and I really like it. We’vebbeen dipping tortilla chips in it and we had it on some veggie fritters the other night. I made a blueberry-peach buckle (not local fruits), too, and that’s all the cooking I’ve done this week. I made soup Sunday because Hubby had a cold when I got home, so I’ve been eating that for lunch or dinner pretty much every day this week. And plenty of veggie sandwiches. Nothing exotic. I hope the cooking bug kicks in this weekend, though, because I’ve got a TON of veggies in the fridge. And a CSA newsletter to write that I’m supposed to fill with recipes. And because I’m a sucker, my neighbor came over the other night and dumped off some sweet corn, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, green beans, and who knows what else…all because his wife has been out of town for the past couple of weeks and he can’t eat all the food coming out of his garden. So my fridge is stuffed full. The Stinker loves loves loves raw green beans, by the way. I never would have guessed….
I’ve got a few ideas for food goodies this weekend. Since it’s going to be cold, I will be using the oven. A lot. Roasted turnips and potatoes and carrots and onions and beets. Jamaican jerk veggie skewers. Swiss chard-wrapped red bell pepper and bleu cheese dumplings. Hobo dinner packets. Maybe I can get my act together and cook a whole bunch this weekend and then we can have leftovers all next week. Sunday we are going to get a load of firewood, so it would be nice to have something cooking in the crock pot while we are out so that dinner is ready when we get home.
Hubby and I were hoping to go camping this summer and take the kayaks and maybe the bikes, but this weekend is out because of weather. Next weekend, Labor Day weekend, will be busy all over and Hubby doesn’t think he can take off work early next week to make an extended weekend (and secure a camp site), so we will probably just do some day kayaking, weather permitting. It was hot on Tuesday (high 80s) so after finishing up at the CSA pick up, I took my kayak to a local lake in town and paddled around for about an hour. This was a pretty big deal for me because 1) I’ve never gone kayaking alone before and 2) I had to load and secure the kayak in the truck all by myself not once, but twice (this is significant because I’m not very good at tying knots, unless it is an “asshole” knot, which is a knot no one can untie, according to a former boss). The kayaking itself wasn’t great–the lake is pretty small, so I covered the territory pretty quickly, and there were a lot of people on the “beach” and playing in the shallow water. Plus, it’s right in town and there are typical urban noises and views: sirens, trains, honking horns, cell phone towers, and plenty of buildings and houses. It wasn’t a bad experience. I mean, I was kayaking on a Tuesday afternoon after all, but I probably won’t go back there to kayak again unless I’m going with someone who is very inexperienced and I’m just showing them around. But I am proud that I went out on my own and didn’t lose my kayak out of the back of the truck bed. And I didn’t even have to tie an asshole knot!