Sunday, September 20, 2015

Saturday, in the rain

I woke up on Saturday just before 6:00 a.m. It had definitely rained overnight, but it was too dark to see if it still was. I made a cup of coffee and filled in the Blog.

I watched the news until it was light. It looked like the rain had stopped for now (it’s supposed to come in waves until the afternoon). So, I threw on some work clothes and headed out front.

I figured it would be easier to weed when the ground was wet and it was. However, there was a clump of regular grass amongst the iris that proved difficult. I ended up digging it out with a shovel and trashing a few of the iris along the way. Sorry about that!

Then I started spreading the last four bags of mulch. I got three down before it started to rain. That just pissed me off, so I spread the last one anyway. I was soaked before I got the wheelbarrow put away.

I made another cup of coffee after I got my wet clothes off and changed into my bathrobe. I made up my short grocery list. Then I emptied the dishwasher.

When I felt dry enough, I shaved, showered and got dressed. I waited until I saw patches of blue sky (around 11:00 a.m.). They predicted the rain would be totally over by noon, so I left for Kroger’s. I got a few items I was running out of and a few I need for tomorrow’s reunion.

When I came out of Kroger’s the clouds were back. I went to Home Depot and got all the remaining shredded cedar mulch they had (seven bags – I hope they get more in!) I also got the little pop-up thing for the top of the closet bi-fold doors (mine was bent and the door wouldn’t close). When I went outside to load the mulch, it was raining again…

I stopped at Office Depot to pick up that spiral stuff you wrap around two or three wires to make them look neat. But they don’t carry it anymore. I’ll have to find it elsewhere.

Sidebar: I was going to wrap it around the cable so Caley couldn’t chew it.

Back home, I ate some of the kielbasa and sauerkraut for lunch. Then I changed into my work clothes. I weeded the next section of garden, walking the refuse to the back.

I used three of the bags, one to finish the garden I was working on yesterday and two to cover the new section I weeded today.

But, by then my back was really hurting, so I called it a day. I put everything away and buttoned up the shed and garage. It was just past 2:30 p.m.

I laid down to rest my back and took a nap.

When I got up at 5:00 p.m. I cut off the beet greens, chopped them and boiled them. I trimmed the beets and scrubbed them. Then I put them in my big baking dish and tossed them in olive oil, salt and pepper. I covered that with tin foil and roasted them in a 400 degree oven for an hour.

I checked them after the hour was up and a paring knife slipped easily slid into each one. So, I set them aside to cool.

I drained the beet greens and put them in a container, then put that in the freezer.

I put on some latex gloves and slid the skin off each beet. Then I cut the beets into 1/2 inch cubes (well, as best as you can cut a round beet into cubes).

I mixed up the dressing of apple cider, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper and olive oil. I coated the beet cubes with it. Then I added in the prepared horseradish.

Sidebar: In the original recipe, you added 1-4 tablespoons per pound, depending on personal taste. I used three per pound then (but I love horseradish). This time, I used two since it was for other people. I tasted it, and added a little more salt. Then I stuck it in the fridge for tomorrow. I’ll add the chives before I leave, so they stay fresh.

It was getting late, so I warmed up my Puerto Rican dinner. It was fantastic! The rice was made by Evy, so naturally it was great. But the kebabs (off the stick) were off the hook!

Sidebar: This was the first time I caught Vicky in a lie. She always says she can’t cook, but she’s the one who grilled the kebabs. The chicken was perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned. The onions and green peppers were cooked, but still crunchy. I never made kebabs this good!

It was after 8:00 p.m., so I hunted around until I found a show on the History Channel that sounded interesting. It was about the discovery of the wreak of Captain Kid’s flagship, The Fiery Dragon, off the coast of Madagascar. I watched that until 10:00 p.m. Then I read the new Food Network magazine that came in the mail. When I started nodding off, I shut off the light and went to bed.

Sidebar: I had left open the kitchen and bedroom windows, but regretted it when I woke up Sunday morning. However, I slept like a log.


  1. I'm glad you pushed through and got it done. Everything looks amazing...nice job! Have fun today!