We all know this.
So I’ve been smelling something that smelled dead for a few days, just bare whiffs, you know, but it was not getting better. So this morning I opened up the cabinet in my kitchen hutch where I keep my potatoes and onions and garlic and some assorted things that I hardly ever use like the bases of blenders which lost their jars and which may or may not work and a plastic box thing that I bought because I read an article about how handy it was for dusting things with flour you want to fry like fish or onion slices, I guess. My crockpot and waffle maker hide down there in the depths as well because I rarely use them. I got down on the floor and dug out all this stuff and was a bit surprised to see that none of the potatoes or even onions were rotten in the least.
So I cleaned out years of crackly onion skins and a bag of garlic that has long since passed the point of usefulness and also the two blender bases and the plastic fish coater. Those last three items I put in my car to take to the dump to set where people put these things which may still have use to someone.
I put everything I was keeping back in after I’d cleaned it and then discovered my rotten potato which was in the very top of a wire basket thing I have sitting on the counter of the hutch where I keep mostly fruit and sometimes shallots and ripening avocados. I threw the potato away and that was that. At least that cabinet is tidied and there are three fewer unnecessary and unwanted items in the house.
Inspired by that I took out the drawer from the bottom of the oven and cleaned dust and escaped dried beans and friskies and a rogue Benadryl from under there.
That was the extent of my housecleaning efforts for the day.
I picked beans of course and then I sat and snapped today’s haul as well as yesterday’s haul and they are ready for the pot and the freezer.
We are about to get a fine harvest of eggplants. How many eggplants can one couple eat?
We shall see. The bell peppers are almost ready to be picked and I am getting banana peppers daily. We are also getting a few cayenne peppers every day. They are as shiny and red as an eighties supermodel’s fingernails. I saved a cool bottle a few years back and I am making pepper vinegar in it, one or two peppers at a time which is ridiculous but at least they are being used.
The sourdough starter is still feisty and bubbly and I made up dough for bread I’ll bake tomorrow. That is in the refrigerator rising slowly, slowly in the cool darkness there.
Mr. Moon has had a very frustrating day being a tractor mechanic. This is in aid of his deer feeding site or at least the one he wants to plant which requires a tractor. He’s only come in the house to eat lunch and watch YouTube’s on tractor repair. He sighs and curses and at one point he said, “I need to get a new tractor.”
He probably does but I know he likes that old one that the children love to play on so much, especially Levon. It belonged to Billy’s beloved PawPaw and it has seen better days to be honest.
But you know...
And this afternoon I finished listening to the audio version of Ann Patchett’s newest novel, “The Dutch House” which was narrated by Tom Hanks.
What a joy!
It made me wish for even more menial labor to attend to for my listening pleasure.
I can’t think of one more thing I feel the need to discuss except that I am so sorry John Lewis has died. How rich we are to have had him! How much poorer we are to have lost him. He changed the world with his strength and grace and truth. He was mighty as he had the flame of justice in his heart. He was one of those people that you wish could live for centuries but I know that the results of his work and his words absolutely will.
And may Ruth Bader Ginsburg not go to meet him in the good place just yet.
Rotten potatoes stink up the joint and as I said, they cannot be ignored but must be dealt with.
Please- I ask of all the magic in the universe that the rotten potatoes in our government be dealt with soon. And while we’re at it- let’s clean out the whole damn cabinet.