12 August 2016
Long time no post. I have been wallowing in content. Summer life is good in the Willamette Valley.
I have been happy, happy -- enjoying the berries and the peaches and the veggies and the fresh fish from Newport -- and yoga, always. It suits me that we have a routine but that it is interrupted on a regular basis by visitors, special events, friends, and the occasional day of playing hooky.
We went to the beach today - Pacific City - where it were foggy on the beach. So instead of a beach walk, we slogged up and down sandy paths between the beach and the river and the bay for some 3 miles. Dirty feet indeed. Our reward was cold beer and dory-caught ling cod with steak fries and slaw. Probably really didn't walk far enough for that.
We've been working at the Community Garden for a couple of months now. There are regular sessions on Saturday mornings. Bob also volunteered to build a shed that Lowe's donated, so he's been extra days on that, even co-opting one of our Cali visitors to work on it. It's all finished but for one quarter of the roof, which needs paper and shingles. I've put in some extra time helping to harvest onions and carrots and beets-- dirty work. But it's organic dirt.
The produce goes to the Yamhill Community Action Partnership (YCAP), which supplies not only individual needs but also gives to all the local food pantries and soup kitchens. The garden is an immense place, and there are new projects all the time. Linfield College sends students to help in late August -- they're going to move a greenhouse and build 20 more raised beds. The other volunteers and the board that runs the place are really nice, so we are indeed enjoying our work.
Tomatoes and corn are ramping up here. I don't know how much preserving we'll do this year. Bob has his second cataract removal on Thursday, and I have an outpatient procedure the week following. Hopefully we'll be recovered in time at least to make tomato jam and roasted tomato-tomatillo salsa. Actually, since I'm picking up some Hatch chiles tomorrow at Roth's, our local market, I may just have to make some green salsa.
We took care of a friend's garden and her two hens while she was gone for a week. We netted 7 eggs and later gathered 6 for her. Her yard is very shady, so the hens were quite happy. Now that it's so hot ... maybe not so much. Oh, and I harvested a ton of zucchini and made two kinds of zucchini soup.
I have a chore list for Sunday: corn chowder, pork chili with assorted chiles, freezer pickles (recipe from Diana whom I met at the Community Garden), fig jam, rhubarb jam. Oh, such fun! Bob is going to paint the stairwell in anticipation of the new stair rail we will be installing soon.
And if you haven't made shakshuka yet, you might give it a try. Tomatoes, red peppers, eggs on top … absolute yum.