Laundry Day

I did a HUGE amount of laundry today. Almost the entire time I was home I had a load in. I got myself some 7th Generation laundry soap that smells like lavender. I also line dried almost all of it. While our line was in the sun the laundry would dry faster then it would have in the dryer. Lavender detergent and line drying means my clothes smell very nice.

July 21st Already?

I think I’ve been absent for too long. I haven’t been feeling too stellar, but I’m back in action now. I have been spinning for the tour de fleece and sewed up a pair of shorts for myself. I just took a quick peek at the bees and they are working on building out bar 10. They have even started to store nectar in it already.

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They really don’t have much honey stored and I’m a bit worried that they won’t have enough stores for winter. I will just have to cross my fingers and hope.

Bee Update

In the preserving pandemonium of the past few days I completely forgot about the hive inspection I did on Friday. They are building comb like crazy and there is a ton of capped brood. It seems like the queen has made herself quite busy laying in every available cell. I don’t know if its a direct result of that or not but there was very little honey and pollen in the hive. I know that Italians are egg laying machines, but I was hoping that they would eventually store some honey for the winter. I’ve got my fingers crossed and will check in again in a few weeks.

I recently cut somewhere between 15 and 20 inches of hair off. Previously when I wore my big full space man bee suit I would wear a baseball cap under it to keep the brim of the veil where I like it… otherwise it slides down and obstructs my view. I would put my hair in a bun and it would anchor my baseball cap in place. Now I have no bun and no anchoring device and it was quite annoying. from now on we are going back to wearing jeans and my jacket.

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Picture recycled to provide some contrast on the jacket vs suit.

Last night around dusk I went out to check on my hive and noticed there was a fair bit of bearding going on. I suppose the bees are sick of the heat too.

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P is for Pickle

That’s good enough for me. Oh pickle pickle pickle starts with P.

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Did you know cucumbers where spiky? Luckily the spikes wash right off.

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I made Alton Browns Ab’s B and B’s and Kinda Sorta Sours refrigerator pickles. I’m not big on processing the home preserving stuff without my mother watching out for me. I’ve also made the carrot pickles from that episode.

Pickles and Beans

Today I was tasked with getting ingredients so my mom could make pickles. I went to two stop and shops, price right, and walmart. No pickling salt to be had. We called a few places and no one had any. Some of these places didn’t have any because its a fall seasonal item. Now the reason my mother is making pickles is because the cucumbers are ripe; in the fall there will be no cucumbers left to pickle. Finally we called a few Agways and they do carry it during the summer. IN the end it didn’t matter because they where closing before we could get there and my mom decided to just use kosher salt. Alton Brown says that they are chemically identical, but you need to adjust your measurements because the pickling salt has a smaller crystal and packs more tightly into a measuring cup. The pickles will be ready in three days, I think that I will take another shot of all the jam and pickles once we get them jarred up.

While I was out I decided to check out the re-opened seed store. The oldest seed store in the country closed last August and was purchased by the Baker Seed Company a few weeks ago. They opened up selling old stalk almost immediately selling old stock. Now their own brand seeds in stock. It was fun to look at all the strange shapes and colors of the heirloom plants and I would love to buy all of them. Next spring I will have to battle my parents to get some of them in the garden. (They prefer conventional plants)

I got a packet of Dragon Tongue beans to put in the bed that was supposed to have peas. Most of the peas got eaten by something, so I took the few that where left and put them in a pot. I snagged a few very young pods off the plants… they are nice and sweet and tender.