Weeding was always my favorite garden chore. My second is pruning. What’s yours? I always had tons to weed since I didn’t use herbicides of any kind. Only Organic gardening for me. Other than a few times where I did make up a Fels-Naptha soap and garlic wash or just hand-picked the insects off to dispose of them.
Some love their riding lawnmowers and I get that. I used to use my mother-in-laws years ago. She had a lot to mow so I would do it for her cause it was kind of like riding a go-cart. Depending on how many acres or your physical condition, makes sense. My mower of choice many years later was a manual lawnmower. It worked out fine for me.
At this time of year, end of June, I would have planted everything by the end of May, I would have had some harvesting of perennial herbs, lettuce, peas, radishes. I would have had strawberries if I planted them as well as Black and Red Raspberries.
I would be busy weeding, mowing, watering and daily walk through looking for signs of harvest or trouble. I always had lots to do if I wanted to. Sometimes I would mulch a lot to keep the weeds down, other times, I just pull weeds by hand or use the tool I had for the large single root like dandelions. There was always something very fulfilling about “rooting” through my garden and improving the appearance like that. Great exercise too.
I have not done much in the way of fine arts in the last 20 years or more. I am sadly out of practice. Ever since I began taking more photographs and purchased my first Graphics Software, Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000 version 2, I have gotten very lazy. I have given up on the idea of spending many hours concentrating with pastel or paintbrush when I can receive the same results in a few minutes with my original photographs, a computer and decent software. In fact I can do much more with less effort. I am so spoiled that I thank God this was NOT around during the time of Rembrandt & Leonardo Da Vinci or we would have missed out on so many great works. I do think that Da Vinci would have come up with better software ideas than all of them!
I have really enjoyed the years I just experimented and piddled in all kinds of mediums just for the heck of it. I posted the “Fish Curtain” I did with transfers and free hand painting on a muslin panel last year.
Please view the video I created presenting a few computer graphics followed by brief instructions for each. If you have any questions feel free to post them in the comments.
I have revised Po’ Girl’s Chocolate Chip Cookies for the third and probably not last time. I am still striving for something a little healthier than the original Toll House Recipe but lighter and tastier than my previous recipe posted 5 1/2 years ago. I cannot believe it has been that long! This newest revision still has half the sugar of the Toll House but a little more fat than last time. Using much less flour makes a more tender, light cookie, even with most of it being whole wheat flour.
Place on parchment covered baking sheet by heaping teaspoons and bake at 350° for 7-8 minutes for soft baked, a little longer for darker crispier cookies if you prefer.
Our apartment shuts off the heat completely after May so it was down in the low 40’s out here this morning. I wanted to heat my apartment up a little so I decided it would be a great time to bake and store some in the freezer for later. Hot weather prevents me from using the oven all summer.