09-07-2015 Journal–Burgers, Sausage, & Lobsters!   Leave a comment

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With Summer slowly fading away our daily routine changes once again. The nights have been cold enough recently to require a little help from my electric blanket. I rolled over the other morning and found my cat snuggling up against me, something he almost never does unless his fur coat isn’t getting the job done.  I touched his back and it was ice cold so I threw a blanket over the little dummy and went back to sleep. Another real indicator of Winter like caterpillars with extra thick fur.

I’m forever raving about how great I think Maine is but I’ve never shown any photographs of it’s main export.  While I’m not a lobster lover my better-half is.  We had a family cook-out yesterday with all the normal grilling food, burgers, dogs, sausages, and as extra added bonus . . . lobsters. As you can see these poor fellows look pretty contented in the first photo but not so much in the second.  They are now just a memory but left my better-half, her daughter, and son-in-law with dribbles of melted butter on their chins and a smile on their faces.

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‘Before’

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‘After”

Our menial tasks continued this week with the canning of more pickles, the making of more zucchini bread, and the drying of more herbs.  Over the next few days I’ll be harvesting and drying batches of tarragon, basil, parsley, and chives.  I have so many damn chives growing everywhere it’s getting ridiculous. If I dry too many I’ll just have to package them up and give them to friends and family members.

I hope to begin removing plants from the garden next week. I have a lot of work ahead but would like to get it done as soon as possible.  Once the plants are removed I can begin making a few changes to the garden. I’m expanding the rhubarb area because it’s growing so fast I can’t contain it. I’m also adding on two additional frames, one abutting each large frame, to help expand the sunflower areas. We both love having as many sunflowers as possible in the garden and the birds will be thrilled with all of the extra food.  I thought it best to do this construction now rather than in the Spring.

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Life in Maine continues.

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