... almost. It was predicted to frost so Wednesday evening, I went from plant to plant picking anything that could be saved
for consumption. Then on to my container plants and get them moved to a protected area close to the house. The Basil plants were the more important containers because I still have some use for Basil.
That done, it was time to find recipes for the sudden and unexpected quantity of produce.
I have banana, jalapenos, pimento, green bell, hot cherry, sport, Hungarian and an unknown pepper. I have six pounds of unripe tomatoes (green to bright pink) and twelve pounds of ripe tomatoes. I wanted to have all of the tomatoes ripened for salsa
and most of the peppers in various stages of redness. It didn’t turn out that way. So, I had to quickly find new recipes for what I wound up with.
As it turned out, the frost missed us. There was cloud cover that hung around just long enough to keep us warm enough to
avoid the frost. Maybe, I’ll get a little more from the plants. The weather prediction is for a return to normal fall weather with a frost expected in mid-October.
The peppers I dehydrated to a brittle state and will blend them together into a single taste treat. My son and I did this
many years ago and it was phenomenal.
I changed my mind about making salsa. There are many very good commercial ones that are not loaded with salt, sugar and preservatives
that I will buy as needed. I did make a green tomato salsa, though. I found it to be somewhat bland although the flavors were discernible. Instead, I opted to make a chili sauce. (I have never had a good commercial chili sauce.) The recipe I have for chili
sauce is from too many years ago and is very close to the recipe my mother used. I finished eight 12oz jars of it.
I’m using 12oz jars as much as possible because they have a slightly smaller footprint which is very nice in the refrigerator.
Besides, they have a neat diamond pattern and a place without the pattern to apply the furnished labels. And they’ll make neat wine glasses like Mother Ann wrote about.
I was able to break the 4 mph barrier in my walks. When I finally accomplished it, I discovered the next day that I had injured
my good leg at the knee joint. I was laid up for a few days but returned to the walking after four days. I was able to quickly reach that barrier, again and I am now walking 3.9 mph to 4.2 mph each time I have a walk. I have to press myself to get that leg
with the P.A.D. exercised correctly. I have to bring on the pain to make the blood vessels re-route. When I walk at a slower pace there is no longer any pain. So, the doctor is right. I can fix it myself!
Microsoft has a very useable site for keeping track of your health records. You can also link seamlessly to other sites to log activities and other health
related subjects. I have been using it for only a few days but I have already been impressed seeing all the information neatly organized in one concise area that I had filed away in paper form and rather difficult to look at objectively. Also, your doctors
will be able to look at your information if you want them to, but they must belong to the site, too. There are blood glucose meters, blood pressure monitors and pedometers that have software compatible with the site that you can use to upload your statistics
to the site. Or, you can manually enter the statistics. Explore it. You’ll be impressed, I’m sure.
Microsoft Health Vault.
I have spent about nine hours finding information and entering it on the site. Tedious? YUP! But the more information I entered,
the happier I was to see it all accumulating in one handy spot. Will this replace paper? I hope not. Hard copy still has its place.
The cost of this membership? Brace yourself… it- is- free!