Saturday, July 6, 2024

The Stone Cold Miracle Of Getting What You Need



Now I know you need to know what I ended up making for supper last night and that's a hint. And yes, tofu was involved. I am proud of that pile of vegetables. There are peppers, carrots, a green tomato, green beans, eggplant, and basil in there that we grew. Neither the cauliflower or red onion came from our garden but that's still a lot of homegrown vegetables. And I have to say it was a pretty tasty supper and I ate some more for lunch and I'll probably do the same tomorrow. 

It's been a garden-intensive day for me and I've loved it.


It's hard to tell but there are a lot of different plants in that picture. To your right are the pole bean vines, that big area in the left front is field peas (aka Black Aphid Acres), there are tomatoes and cucumbers and some zinnias in there too. I did some picking this morning and by golly, I think the pole beans might be done but that's good because the field peas are starting to come on, black aphids or not. I picked a handful of those today and soon, hopefully, I'll be sitting on the couch shelling those beauties and watching more of "Reservation Dogs." These beans I freeze as they freeze beautifully. 

After I picked, I did as much weeding as I could stand being outside to do. All in all, there are far fewer weeds than usual at this time of year. I think we've done a pretty good job of keeping on top of them. While I was weeding I pulled up a big chunk of some sort of grass and when these guys came flooding out at the disturbance of their colony, I backed up in a hurry.


Can you see them? Those are carpenter ants or bull ants and they can bite and sting like motherfuckers. You do NOT want to get into a nest of them. By some stroke of luck, I didn't get one bite and I left the rest of the weeds in that corner right where they were. To get an idea of their size, let me offer the fact that the leaves they're on are magnolia leaves, albeit of the little Little Gem variety which means they're only about as big as my hand and part of my wrist. 
I know alla y'll are just dying to move to Florida, aren't you? 

My plan for the rest of the afternoon was to make some dilly beans and so I did. I had a good amount of beans in the refrigerator and I added the few I got today, got out the old water-bath canner, and began to prep the beans. I had forgotten how much work it is to make pickled green beans. Here's what my kitchen looked like when I finally got my jars in the canner.



It's all tidied up now. I cannot abide a messy kitchen. I WILL not abide a messy kitchen. 

And this is what my pints look like. 


I don't even know if they'll be fit to eat but I did it. Seven jars. And every one sealed.

Now. Look at all these cherry tomatoes. 


I'm eating them three times a day and cooking them with everything I can and there is no way I can keep up with them. I have to find some recipes to use them in and then can that, I guess. They are sweet as candy. And the regular tomatoes are ripening nicely in their paper bags. 


These are Cherokee tomatoes and when the bottoms are ripe, they're ready to eat. 
I texted Mr. Moon to tell him that he might have to come home to help me with all these tomatoes. He wrote back, "Sounds like an emergency to me. 
😎"

I am sticky and still sweaty, rather weary from standing on my feet all that time in the kitchen, and completely content. When I was in the garden earlier I looked around me, not just at what was in the area within the fence but the trees too, and I was struck like a true believer when the preacher is so worked-up he's speaking in tongues and lays his hand on the believer's forehead who falls backwards into the waiting arms of the faithful, right there and ready, almost as if they had known this was going to happen. 
Yes, children, as I knelt in the dirt I was struck by the spirit of the True And Living Green and was infused by the light and knowledge that this is what feeds me, metaphorically, spiritually, and literally. 
All this life. 
I am so lucky. 

And the Church of the Batshit Crazy has proven its truth and beauty to me once again.  

And here are our altar flowers. 








And because any church worth its tax exemption needs a good hymn, here's ours for today. This is a long video, yes, but it is beautifully filmed and it comes from the concert that the Rolling Stones did on Good Friday in Havana, Cuba a week after Barack Obama and his family visited the island. 
Remember those days? Not that long ago. 2016. And yet, it feels like it's been eons since we had that much hope and yes, such a sense of possibility. 

Well. Enjoy if you'd like. Keith looks especially happy here. And of course Charlie Watts, dear Charlie, was still with us. I feel a whole lot of love when I watch it. 

 


I know that tomorrow is Sunday but for me, today has been the Sabbath, and I have kept it wholly. 

Love...Ms. Moon.

35 comments:

  1. So nice to read a contented post from you! Your garden truly is your chapel!
    Can you make a tomato 🍅 pie from those sweet cherry tomatoes? Or, make tomato jam from them ... that jam is delicious!

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    1. They're now all in a sauce. I need to look up how to make tomato jam.

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    2. I've made tomato lemon jam, supposedly Amish, but wonderful anyway whether or not Amish.

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  2. The flowers are lovely, thank you for them.

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  3. It was so great that The Stones played Havana and it is indeed true that you can't always get what you want. But if you are in Lloyd FL and you want beans, field peas and cherry tomatoes you will be sated.

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    1. They played to half a million people and it was a free concert. Can you imagine?

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  4. our tomatoes are just starting to come on other than the $25 instant gratification blooming cherry tomato vine in a basket we bought and ate daily..... even the dogs were trying to get on their hind legs to nab a treat or two. xxalainaxx

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    1. Ha! Jessie's dog loved the sugar snap peas when they were in season. She ate them like treats. Good luck with your tomatoes!

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  5. I accidentally bought too many cherry tomato plants one year (more than one is too many). Since nothing can go to waste, I washed them, let them dry, cut them in half and froze in quart bags. Then just added to soups and chili.

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    1. That's a good idea. And you are right about the number of cherry tomato plants you need.

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  6. Lots of tomato salad or sandwiches ahead...Sounds like a good day.

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    1. Oh boy. We've been eating cherry tomato salads like crazy. And I've been cooking with them too. And now the big tomatoes are coming along...Yikes!

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  7. That's a fine Harvest, Bravo! Your Garden looks beautiful and quite lush. My Cherry Tomato Plant is enuf to keep us in plenty, they are hardy and produce more than any other Tomato I've ever grown so I stick with them. Those Bull Ants look mean spirited, glad you didn't get bitten. We get some very aggressive Ants in the Desert too. Your Altar Flowers are lovely too.

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    1. Yeah, when I saw those ants my body didn't even wait for my brain to catch it. It just told me to BACK IT UP, GIRL! And boy, did I!

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  8. I copied an easy recipe for Sungolds from some place, can't be canned but it's so good:
    "recipe for Sungold's because there is virtually no prep. I just rinse them and dump them in the pot (don't even cut them):
    2.5 cups sungolds
1 stick butter (can use half the butter)
3 Tbs celery finely chopped
 3 Tbs onion finely chopped
 3 Tbs carrots finely chopped
 2 tsp salt
 1/4 cup sugar"(maybe less..?)
    Add all ingredients and simmer for 1 hour. Let cool slightly and blend to a creamy consistency (I use a stick blender right in the pot).
    So easy and unbelievably good. It's actually so decadent that sometimes I halve the butter and use oil instead, but it's not nearly as good.
    It freezes really well and I use it for everything--pasta sauce, pizza sauce, dip for veggies, etc. Sometimes, we even eat it as a "cream" soup.
" I saw recipes on Pinterest but they called for roasting the tomatoes...no thanks, don't need the extra heat in the house.
    I came over here from Steve Reed's blog and now I always read yours'! It's HOT out here in western Oregon right now and we're just not used to it. Climate change is a bitch.

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    1. Oh man. That does sound like an incredibly decadent recipe. I had so many tomatoes though that it would have taken about five sticks of butter to make.
      I'm glad you came over from Steve's blog. I love that boy.

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  9. I love your kitchen, messy or clean, I just love it. It's the kind of spacious farmhouse type kitchen I used to imagine I'd have when I grew up. I never did get that, but what I have is good enough. It just needs more space. Your garden is still going well too, though the pole beans are just about done, and you were wise to step back quickly from those ants. I got bitten by several at once as a young child and have allergic reactions to even tiny ant bites now, just stinging and itching like crazy. I have no idea what I would do with that many cherry tomatoes, probably go door to door and offer them to my neighbours.

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    1. My kitchen really is not huge. In square feet it's not bad but one side of it is entirely taken up with a cabinet (which is great!) and a blank wall where I put my Hoosier cabinet. Counter space is limited. But I love it so much, as you know.
      I'm sorry you're so allergic to ants. They sure can be torturous.
      If I went door to door to offer my tomatoes to neighbors I'd have to talk. I'm getting less and less interested in having casual conversations. I know this is not healthy.

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  10. I roast our tomato excess with lots of olive oil and freeze in silicon muffin tins then bag up the little pucks for winter stews and pasta sauces it gives us a little taste of summer in the long winter.

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    1. I do want to try roasting those little tomatoes but I just can't abide turning the oven on for any length of time.

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  11. Those flowers! My first thought at the photo of those monster ants was, “I will never live in Florida!!!” I love how you kept the sabbath wholly! If you try sometimes, you get what you need.

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    1. Oh, come on, Mitchell! Don't be scared of some little old GIANT BULL ANTS! No, seriously. What in the world made people think that living in Florida would be a good idea? Although much of the state has been somewhat tamed, there's still some pretty raw nature going on here.

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  12. Get a bag of diatomaceous earth and sprinkle on those ant hills. If the cats go crazy and roll in it, it will also kill fleas. Non-toxic. They use it as an animal wormer.

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    1. Debby, their colonies go deep, deep into the earth. I'm not sure that would work. It would kill some of them but I don't think it would affect all.

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    2. Hire one of those companies that pour molten metal into the colony. It kills the ants and when they dig it up you have a fantastic piece of art to stand in your yard.

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  13. Your veggie plants and flowers are thriving and your harvest is amazing. The garden fresh veggie stir fry looks tasty. No weeds in the garden is quite a feat and you've done well. Luckily you escaped the nasty ants.

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    1. The garden is really looking good. We sure could use a little more rain though. There are some weeds in the garden but not too many.

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  14. All your food always looks so yummy and amazing, Mary! Your garden is certainly shining this year.
    Classic Stones! They always look like they are having so much fun!

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    1. I think that's why the Stones are still doing it. Keith, for sure. They love performing. It's their lifeblood. I've read a quote from Keith saying something like, "I don't do it for the money or for you. I do it for me." And that joy is infectious.

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  15. that song is one of my mantras. if you put it out there and you need it, you'll get it. spent yesterday and this morning doing storm prep. I'm as ready as I can be. we have water and gas in the car. though it looks to be just tropical storm strength by the time it gets here.

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    1. I wish I believed that, Ellen. I do believe that sometimes you get what you need. Hell, sometimes you even get what you want! But not always. I am obviously not a born optimist. Good for you for doing storm prep. I hate doing that. I sure hope you don't get big winds, torrential rains, or a power shut-off.

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  16. Your garden is beautiful. Holy Post! this was a good day for you. It's been hellaciously hot here in northern CA. I had to decamp to San Francisco and enjoy a couple of days of fog-cation. x0x0 N2

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    1. "Fog-cation." Ha! Hello, dear N2. How have you been?

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