Saturday, August 8, 2009

Flower Power



Gazanias with violas.

The garden soil was nice and wet after a 24-hour rain, so the weeds I pulled by hand in the muggy heat for about three hours today came up willingly. But my body is complaining a little tonight. Poor old woman.
The flowers, though, are looking pretty damn good. (If you don’t notice the remaining weeds, and there are plenty.) I've broadcast hollyhock seeds in some parts of the garden where there aren't any and they've come up amidst weeds that have gotten away on me and gotten tall, thus my trusty horseshoe hoe could not be called into service.

Tomorrow will be a busy day. My aunts Reta and Shirley are coming in the morning to pick raspberries, and I assume will stay for lunch. In the afternoon Scott would like to make a trip to Kelvington, where his family is gathering for a meal (his sister and great-nephew are visiting from Calgary), and I'll take the opportunity to go see Grandma for a while. In the evening we're off to a barbecue for which I'm in charge of dessert, so I've decided on a recipe shared by my friend Helen. I love it but haven’t made it since we were neighbours – it's called Pink Lady Dessert. I went to town with Scott late this afternoon for the sole purpose of picking up sweetened condensed milk, red food colouring (the icing calls for some of the juice in a jar of maraschino cherries, which I have no need for; but the food colouring will come in handy for icing the sugar cookies at Christmas) and graham wafer crumbs so I could make it. Helen kept the squares in her freezer and took a couple out for me when I’d drop over. They’ll make a good treat.
I very seriously considered trying peanut butter pie, something fantastic that I've tasted and have the recipe for but have never made. Decided I'd try my hand at it first, before I need to take it somewhere.

Everett is watching The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and just came upstairs for a freshly baked (by him, the Cookie Meister) chocolate chip cookie, announcing, "This is the best movie I have ever seen!" Maybe I should go down and see what all the excitement is about.