Successful weekend

We had a fantastic weekend!  The older I get, the more I feel like I measure a successful weekend by how much I got done–which is ok, I guess! Saturday morning we  did our weeding, trimming, and deadheading.  Trevor was kind enough to weed the vegetable garden, which I was dreading, and by the time I finished the rest of the beds he was done with that.  And it was before noon on Saturday!  I couldn’t believe it–I figured we’d be doing yard chores all weekend.

I have to to say, I love the way the yard looks this time of the summer–the lilies are in full force and everything is so colorful!

Yard, July 15

So, since we were done with yard chores, we pitted the lug of cherries we’d gotten on Friday at the grocery store. . . something we always do outside on the patio, because it’s SO messy.

And then we had to do something with all those cherries!  We made (and canned) two batches of Black Forest Macaroon Sauce (cocoa, cherries, coconut, and Kirsch) and two batches of Summer Solstice Preserves (cherries, blueberries, and Kirsch–do you sense a theme here??).

Then we took care of the two pounds or so of radishes we had and made, for the first time, radish pickles.  I’m anxious to try them, since I’ve never made them before, but I figured I’d better wait until they’ve had a chance to sit a while and “pickle” a bit.

Canning, July 15

It was good to be so productive–it makes me feel like I got enough accomplished that I don’t feel too bad about being back at work for the week. :)

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2 Responses to Successful weekend

  1. Janet Jones says:

    Hi — I am a follower of your blog and am intrigued with your post yesterday (8/16) about Rudbeckia – Herbstsonne. I have done a little Internet research about it and notice that it is a zone 5 or above. I know you are colder than zone 5 in Moorhead so it is apparently hardier than zone 5. I am near Rochester, MN (but from Grand Forks!) and we are zone 4. I would like to try this one, too. I enjoy your blog. Thanks.

    • Sandi says:

      Hi! I have had this plant for quite a few years–and I never buy plants that are tagged for higher than zone 3 or 4. . . of course, my tags for this plant are long gone. :) But I did look on the internet also, and I found some sites that rated it for zones 5 and above and some that rated it for zone 4 and above. That said, we are right on the edge of zone 3, so I try to buy plants that are rated for zone 3. This Rudbeckia has proven (so far, at least) to be very hardy–it comes back if we have lots of snow or no snow (like last winter). So I would think you wouldn’t have any trouble where you are–you should give it a try! :)

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