Today I got up early, around 6:30 AM to let the dogs out and got a bit of a scare when I saw that the greenhouse door had blown open sometime during the night. Fortunately, the temperature didn't get too low last night and all the plants looked OK, although goodness knows how hard the poor little heater had to work- - or what our electric bill will look like as a result of trying to heat the entire back yard! I did notice that the heating cables in the seed box didn't seem to be working well- the temperature was just below 60°F in the box. It's a good thing lettuce germinates in lower temps! I'll have to buy new cables before starting more seeds.
As I stepped back up on the deck I looked up at the western sky and saw the moon still hanging in the pale blue morning sky. It was a very nice boost to the day, especially after the greenhouse door mishap. The sky got bluer as the day wore on and the temperature climbed to 69°F. We drove across town mid morning and had to turn the air conditioner on in the car as the sun beating down on it all morning had made it uncomfortably warm. And to think that last week we had to keep the heater running to keep from freezing! Our trip was a search for some local honey. Our usual source, a small store up the road a piece, has been closed for some time, and most of the local beekeepers are out of honey at this time of year.Luckily we found some and bought a big jar. Hopefully it will last us for awhile. We also bought some lovely local eggs from free range chickens, so it was a worthwhile trip.
After lunch we took the dogs out for a walk . They sniffed and investigated every tree, every pole, every blade of grass and every clump of pine straw along the way, and Agatha marked her trip every five feet it seemed. There was a big dog we'd never seen before wandering the neighborhood a day or so ago and I'm pretty sure the girls sniffed out his entire life history during our walk! If he comes back any time soon I'm sure he'll sniff out a lot of information on Agatha and Victoria. I just hope they didn't leave him a message to come visit them next time he comes around.
All the activity today tired me out so I took a nap and woke up much later than I'd planned. I needed to come up with something fast for supper, so I turned to one of the recipes on this week's list from Jacques Pépin's More Fast Food My Way: seafood chowder.