Friday, July 23, 2010

Help I'm Melting

I haven't melted yet though if this heat doesn't break I just might. The one good thing is I can eat anything anytime because I just sweat the pounds right off. This morning I wasn't outside 5 minutes before my clothes were soaking wet. The humidity is terrible. We lost some of Tessa and Fred's babies because of the heat. This morning after raking and tilling their pen I put a fan in there for them. Its all tied nice and secure so it can't fall on them. They love it and stand in front of it stretching and scratching the ground. The rabbits are still getting their frozen water bottles so seem to handle the heat. The chickens roll around in the dirt taking dirt baths and with the cold fresh water I give them every couple of hours are doing much better. At least we haven't lost anymore. The pigs are taking it easy in their mud holes. They come out long enough to get their water  hose shower then plop back down in the mud. I clipped a lot of Lady's hair off so she could be cooler. She and Tramp will not get in the kiddy pool to cool off nor let me mist them with the hose. Kuma and Rusty have to be forced outside to potty. They rush through that in a hurry and beat me back to the door.  I have been having to water the gardens as best I can because of no rain. So far still getting lots out of them as I am canning just about every evening. The goats and Tinker nap under the shade trees without a care in the world. The heat doesn't seem to bother them too much though I still make sure they have fresh cold water all the time. The ducks and geese are living in their pools. They have the right idea on how to beat the heat. I just keep dreaming of nice freezing cold winds, snow, and ice coming this winter. Soon, it will come. I just need to be patient and get through this hot, humid, summer.

I have been fixing lots of tuna salads, egg salads, potato salads, pasta salad, and of course lots of the cherry tomato salad for meals. That helps me feel cool when eating nice cold foods. Going to make a cucumber salad today to go with the green beans that have been cooking in the crockpot. Will make some salmon patties and also get out the leftover tomato salad and that will be supper. After supper I hope to weed my flower beds and weedeat. I cut the grass yesterday. I have herbs I need to gather and put in the dehydrator.

I have been enjoying the beautiful box of linens from Amelia. As I place different pieces around my home I think of her mom and all the beautiful detail in the ones she stitched and of her delightful choices in the ones she purchased. Am posting a few pictures of some of the pieces I am using. Will post more every few days. They just make  the house seem so warm, loving and cozy. Thank you again Amelia!  Granny J I added a few pieces to my graniteware collection and I am still trying to find where I put that piece I want to send you. As soon as it shows up I will get it on its way.


Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

Peggy, it's been fairly warm up here in the hills too. Glad to hear you still have Fred and Tessa.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Peggy, I'm so glad to hear that Amelia shared some of her mother's things with you... She is a neat neat lady--and a friend.

I feel so sorry for the barnyard animals when we have such horrible heat and humidity constantly like we have had this summer... Today through Sunday may be the HOTTEST days yet here... It's truly unbearable.

Sorry you lost a couple of babies... So sad.... Glad the others are okay though.

Your meals sounds PERFECT for a hot summer... Wish I had some of those fresh veggies.


Granny J said...

Your graniteware looks so pretty. I especially like the dark blue. I haven't been thrifting for a while. It's been too hot for Grampy and I to be out much. It's 93º today with a heat index of over 100º.

That was so nice of Amelia to send you the linens. I'm sure she knew how much you would appreciate them.

Anonymous said...

I am hoping that you (we) get some relief soon from the terrible heat. Amelia's mom's linens make your home look so warm and inviting. Your idea of a cool salad at supper sound very good. I hope you all have a good weekend Peggy.

Mandie said...

It's been horribly hot and humid here too! I am ready for fall and the cooler weather. I have sure enjoyed the summer with my kiddos though. Keeping the garden watered has been a chore to say the least, lol. The chickens are the only reason besides mowing that we even go in the backyard. It is tooo stinking hot!! Have a cool weekend!

JoyceAnn said...

It's hot , hot here too , I've been staying inside except for feeding time or to hangout clothes and get them in. Sorry to hear about Fred and Tessa's wee ones. I've been letting our chickens out to free range , so they can find shade. The goats seem fine , their shed stays shaded except for early morning when it isn't so hot. They come out in the morning and late afternoon to play , but lounge in the shed during the hottest part of the day. Your new linens look beautiful , they really do cozy things up.

~ Many Blessings ~

Lib said...

Its miserable here too!
Love your pix.Thanks for sharing!
Have agreat wk.end.Stay cool if you can!

Cindy said...

After reading your list of animals, hearing about your garden and your canning....I've decided that your blog should be called Hidden Heaven. The more I read, the more I am asking God to help me not to envy!!!

It is also VERY hot here in Savannah, Ga. Hight tomorrow 100 with heat index of 125!

Olivia said...

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