Saturday, August 15, 2015

Country Living

I spent the morning picking from my garden.  I picked tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers and mini eggplant.  I washed up the tomatoes and peppers because I'm going to trade them with a friend for sweet corn.  He grows a huge field of it and I'm going to pick enough to freeze.  I'm going to blanch it and freeze some but I'm also going to try to make cream corn and freeze it like that.

I made a pasta salad with veggies from my garden, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and celery.  I'm bringing it over to our neighbor's house tonight for a pig roast.  It will be fun but super hot.  It's around 95 here today and very humid.  They don't have central air so you can't even go inside to cool off.  I don't know how people did it in the south before AC.  It will be fun to hang out with everybody and have a couple drinks.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

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  1. Oh, I miss that! That is how life was when I was a kid and I miss all those home grown vegetables. The land where I live right now isn't great and we decided the raised beds will wait until we are more permanent. As for how they lived, well, I did not have air conditioning until I was 8 years old and we lived in the Deep South - Mississippi. The houses were built to catch the breeze, the setting sun either not hitting the house or away from the living areas (kitchen was smothering). I had electricity, do I am not sure about before then, but we kept large box fans to move the air. In fact, at school, we had to take turns bringing them for the classrooms.

    I seriously do not want to go back to that part of it! Love my air conditioner!

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    1. The houses are mainly built to block the winter wind. For instance, our garage is on the northwest side of the house so it takes the brunt of the wind. The cold is our main concern but I get building houses for the weather.

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  2. I miss having a garden like yours, though I never really enjoyed the maintenance of it. I know what you mean about smothering heat.. No AC here and it was scorching for a week. Hope you had a fun time at the party

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    1. My garden is actually so relaxing to me. When I have a taxing day, I love to go weed or do some meaningless activity that clears my mind. If it was work to me, I probably wouldn't do it.

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  3. I grew up in Alabama and we had no a/c until I was about 12. Like Jennifer said, the houses were built to permit breezes, everyone we knew had attic fans to draw cooler air through the house, many homes had sleeping porches, you rolled the rugs up for the summer and only had hardwoods which were cooler, and you knew that a lot of times you would just be hot. Mom cooked fresh vegetables in the morning which only had to be reheated quickly for dinner, plus we ate a ton of raw fresh vegetables (tomatoes, cukes and bell peppers). We only ate meat in the summer if we grilled it outside.
    Mostly though, you just knew summer was hot and adjusted to it. Consequently I wore only cotton clothes and my hair up all summer.Summer nights all the kids played hide and go seek or kick the can while the adults sat outside with their iced beverage of choice and visited in lawn chairs. I am still in Alabama, but I sip my iced beverage of choice either on a screened porch with an overhead fan or inside enjoying the a/c.

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    1. This sounds hot but also very nice. When in lived in Tennessee, we mainly went outside after dark because it was the only time it was cool enough.

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  4. My friend just went thru and picked me a ton of stuff from her garden today! Enjoy your pig roast, hopefully it cools off in the evening for you guys

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    1. The pig roast was fun, not too terribly hot. Garden goodies are meant to share :)

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  5. That all just sounds delish! It's so lovely that you can grow some of your own food, and share it with others too. Some of my favourite memories from growing up are helping in my grandmother's garden.

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    1. I love having my kids help me and someday I hope they cherish those memories :)

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