Post #644 Best Laid Plans

May 19, 2019 at 3:07 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post #644 Best Laid Plans

So, this weekend was chock full of fun things to do.  We were going to get the front flower bed re-dug and unpoisoned.  We were going to plant colorful and good scented flowers to attract bees and butterflies.  I was going to bake cookies, tons of cookies, enough to take to work and give to the neighbor who cuts the grass.  We were going to replant and/or repot a bunch of herbs and flowers for the front porch.  There were other things we were going to do on Saturday to keep it filled and domestic from start of day to end of day.  A grilled steak, salad, and wine figured in there at some point, too.  Had to make up for last weekend’s steak debacle.  Then today it was supposed to be full of thunderstorms so the plan was to finish anything from yesterday, do laundry, sit on the porch as it rained, and write a ton of words.

So some of that happened, and a some of it didn’t.

Saturday started great at 7am with a stop at our current favorite diner.  One bagel with cream cheese and a side of bacon later (he had scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, and rye toast) we were driving back roads over mountains and through forests alongside one of the most picturesque rivers in the world.  We went through small towns, villages, and even a hamlet.  We were aimed for the closest Home Depot, about 40 minutes from home.  During the drive, we discussed not only the plan for the day, because we knew were going to be tired by the end of it, but also why we couldn’t find our local bakery even though we’d seen it a couple of times.  Whenever we looked for it, it disappeared, so we were supposing it was most likely related to the Room of Requirements at Hogwarts and only appeared when you needed a cupcake most.

So, I turned into the long upward drive to HDepot and felt the car lurch, then heard a flap-flap-flap-flap and we both groaned.  A flat tire!  Out of nowhere.  But it was odd because the car didn’t act like it had a flat.  We got out and looked, and lo and behold, there was a piece of wood with a spike embedded in our tire.  Luckily, there was a tire place less than two block away and we got there while the tire was still inflated.  We were also lucky in that we only needed to replace one tire, and they were on sale, etc. etc.   With two hours to kill, we wandered to a nearby garden center and had a pleasant time looking at stuff, but not buying.  They were good, but overpriced.  Then we walked up to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, a hike of three-quarters of a mile, uphill, to spend another pleasant half-hour or so, except my left knee starting bothering me, and by the time we got to the store, it hurt.  A lot.  And we had no ibuprofen.

But I got a replacement Whirley Pop!  You may remember a post I did a few years ago about popcorn, and the Whirley Pop featured in that post.  It’s a popcorn popper with a handle containing a crank.  When you turn it, a small wire in the pan turns keeping the popcorn kernels in motion so they don’t ever burn and get an even coating of oil, etc.  I lost mine in Tucson, and have been wanting one ever since.  They aren’t expensive, only $20, but it hadn’t been a priority.  Yesterday, it was a whim, but a happy one.

The car took its time, but finally we were on the road home, without any of the garden supplies we had intended to get.  The car blew that budget, so it’s going to wait until next payday.  On the way home, we were supposed to stop at two places, a ham and bacon store we’d seen several times and looked intriguing, and an outdoor flea market that had just opened for the year.  The ham and bacon store was only open during the week during working hours, so we’ll never get there.  And we opted to drive by the flea market since my knee hurt.  We did stop at another farmer’s market, but since it’s still so early in the season (for us in the North) there wasn’t much besides root vegetables, carrots and potatoes and turnips.  They did have things from their farm like frozen animal flesh, but I chose not to partake.  They had free samples of their cookies which were good and I’m going to try to emulate them.

We stopped at the store on the way home to get the basics, and when we pulled into our street, we saw our neighbor had cut the grass.  Always a pleasant thing since the scent of freshly killed green things is so nice.  So, it was just after noon, and we were glad the car was fixed, but a little sad that our front flower bed isn’t.  We had lunch, did a couple of things in the house, then sat on the porch in wonderful weather listening to music.  I trimmed back the lilac monster and it rose up again with less weight.

Today, we got started on stuff.  We went to the local box store, and I found a couple of reasonably priced trousers for work.  Partner/Spouse found a shirt which he’d been needing.  Then we found some more plants to put in pots.  Cheap and effective.  And we found a wind chime we like.  That’s the lilac monster behind it.

So now our porch is done as far as decorations are concerned.  We thought.  Once we got those pots replanted, Partner/Spouse got an idea for a woebegone pot the previous tenants had left at the side of the house, and that turned into a stacked/tier set up for his rose bush.

So, back to the box store for a couple more things, and we’re done.  We finished with the plants about 11am.  So now we sat for lunch, then I started cookies for the neighbor.  Chocolate chip, of course, because . . . well, just because.  Who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies?

So they’re done, the dishes are cleaned, and I’ve got to figure out how I’m going to save three pounds of fresh cherries.  Cherries are back in season and will be around for only a few weeks.  I was thinking of drying them, but the thought of pitting all those things is daunting.  I really just wanted to make cherry pie filling and freeze it.  One of my favorite childhood snacks was eating cans of cherry pie filling (and others, too).  I reasoned in my ten year old mind that eating fruit was good for you.  I still do it, once in a while.  I’ve included my go-to recipe below.

So, you can see from the pictures that I’ve included below that the rain storms have yet to materialize.  I’ve heard they’re still coming, but much later.  We’ll see.  Partner/Spouse is doing dinner tonight and he’s following a recipe we watched on television yesterday.  I’ll be blogging it mid-week.  It’s an Asian recipe of noodles, meat sauce, and thin-sliced veggies.  Looked good, so we’re up for it.

For now, here’s the pie filling recipe:

  • 4 cups pitted cherries (about one pound)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn starch

Place cherries in a heavy pan with a lid over medium heat.  Allow cherries to cook until they release their juices, about 10-15 minutes, but make sure to stir often so they don’t scorch.  During the early stage of this, whisk the sugar and corn starch together until completely combined and there are no lumps.  When cherries are ready, remove them from the heat and add the sugar and corn starch.  Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Return to low heat and bring to a simmer.  Cook until thickened, about 2-4 minutes.  Use immediately, or freeze for later.  If freezing, cool completely and place into airtight containers.

So, it was unexpected, but largely a successful weekend.  We had fun; went for a drive; were able to relax; and got things done that we wanted to do.  How are your weekends going?  Holler at me, let me know.  Or ask any questions you might have and I’ll see what I can find out.  And feel free to share this post any time you like.

As always,

So here are the pics I promised:

This is the yellow Fuchsia

And this is a red one we got yesterday

This is a Hearty Cherry Tomato plant.  Can’t wait for this to bear fruit.

This is a San Marzano Tomato plant in my Topsy Turvy.


And this is a decoration we found somewhere.  There are two of them hanging on the porch.

I didn’t take pictures of all the herbs, but they’re on the porch looking happy.  We also are trying to grow stuff from seeds.  We’ll see how that goes.




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