August broke onto the scene here in WNC yesterday by finally starting to feel a little like summer. (That image is just a little wishful thinking on my part.) Still not sure if it’s broken 90F here yet, but it does get warm in the sunshine before the breeze cuts through, and if you’re out running errands, you will come home desiring a shower. Still not complaining, just interesting to me how this summer has played out, weather-wise…
I ran the aforementioned errands yesterday – a quick hop down to the mall area of Asheville, where I managed for the first frickin’ time since moving here, to navigate Tunnel Road without needing to turn myself around at least twice. I visited Barnes & Noble™, because I’d been investigating Rand McNally® atlases online in preparation for our PA trip next month, and thought, why pay the shipping when I could explore a new B&N? Plus I’d grabbed a coupon! I also wanted to explore the mall; we haven’t been inside it yet and it’s the only decent one in town.
I’m learning not to torture myself, it turns out…since I went in there only desiring to purchase the atlas, I didn’t end up exploring beyond the downstairs of the B&N. Why do that to myself when I can’t spend money? The B&N itself is grand, with double escalators greeting you when you walk in the front. I wandered the bargain books just a bit, then searched for the travel section and was delighted to find a fresh stock of the 2014 atlases. I comparison-shopped, made my choice, decided against a mall wander, and got the heck outta there. Still had grocery shopping to do, and websites to edit upon arriving home.
We have 5 heirloom tomatoes and 3 green peppers ripening on the vines. The second pepper plant is proving to be tall and monumentally stubborn about bearing fruit, but there’s still flowers showing up so I have hope. I have 4 more pepper plants and 2 tomato plants that are just above seedling stage and will be my winter crop experiments. They will get transplanted this weekend, and I’m brainstorming about moving things around in the 2nd bedroom so that the plants will have good access to light when the frost hits.
The shift in produce at the farmer’s markets is fascinating to this first-timer, seeing what comes into play during what point of the seasons. We went to the Weaverville Market this past Wednesday to grab fresh lettuce, only to discover that we’ve made it past the light greens stage of the harvest, and not a single farmer had any. But potatoes and other root veggies are picking up instead, tomatoes and squash are starting in earnest, and greenhoused heavier greens are still in play (this being NC, we tend to find chard and collards almost year-round, which is nifty…now to just figure out how to cook the damn things!). I put potatoes and onions on the grocery list for today, and then stuck them in parentheses, because I should be able to find what I need at the North Asheville Market tomorrow morning. And yesterday at Whole Foods, I bought 3 different kinds of beef from Hickory Nut Gap. I’m so in love with the local food sitch here!
I desperately want to write an essay for Taproot’s Breathe issue. Deadline is September 1st for entries, and I’ve been enjoying (read: sarcasm) some significant writer’s block for the last week or so. I can feel the words coming back though, and sitting outside for longer periods during the day just witnessing all the nature around me, is helping.
Camera still on the fritz. Need to pull out the manual.
Happened upon some new-to-me nomad blogs this morning, and it has me thinking. I was going to hit the bank today, to sign up for a secured credit card and get rolling finally on improving the ole credit, only to recognize that we can’t spare the deposit dough right now. I hope to be able to do it before the trip, as I hate traveling that far without some emergency funds at hand; but it’s a wait-and-see proposition right now. We’re living quite paycheck-to-paycheck. But reading the travels and adventures of folks who choose to be nomads gets my juices flowing, which is a little funny since I want to tie us down with a small farm eventually. These next 10 years are going to contain some interesting choices for Les and I…children vs. animals, investing in a home vs. building one ourselves. I’m looking forward with anticipation.
I’m in a really good place right now, which is the delight of cyclothymia…just a week ago, I was something stuck to the bottom of my shoe. But this week has been better. I’m keeping the kitchen clean, cooking and baking a bit more, and looking forward to autumn and all that it brings.
Image from here.