July Slice of Life and Perhaps History in the Making

While we here in Pennsylvania watch our tomato plants flower and even produce some small green tomatoes by mid-July, we ( or at least I do! ) anxiously watch the stores or fruit markets for the first Arkansas tomatoes to arrive.

Ours will not be ready for awhile but for as long as I can remember, Arkansas tomatoes are my first taste of real tomato-summer :)

Along with slicing them up to accompany a sandwich, or a scrambled eggs and toast breakfast, or in a salad, I cut up one to go over a tray of roasted vegetables one morning.  ( I would not eat it in the morning but just wanted to beat the heat by cooking early. )

This combo was various colored sweet peppers, zucchini, cauliflower and tomatoes.

At the time, my youngest was off to a music festival and I had Koopa here. My dogs love cooked veggies but are not interested in raw ones. Koopa is different. As I was chopping up the cauliflower to roast he was at my feet enjoying cauliflower bits as if he were a human enjoying potato chips. He will eat anything…bananas, strawberries, the kids swing outside, the crabapple tree branches as he jumps…there is no limit :)

Meanwhile, while Koopa is back home with his daddy now, I am making trips down to my oldest sons house to feed fish and let cats in and out. Merle was to be at my DIL’s twin sisters house for the duration while they are camping at the beach, but they may be returning him a bit early…

I love this photo that she posted on Facebook of the children when they arrived for their first morning there.

Meanwhile as to weather and gardening and outside work it seems impossible to plan anything, such as finishing up the painting on my back porch.  The forecast will say 20% chance of rain in the morning and then change over to 80% within hours.

My Rose of Sharon bushes came in to bloom the other day, right around the time that we had one of the worst storms in years…totally unpredicted. It was like a typhoon of sorts hit us out of the blue…a deluge of high winds and rain and this shot ( Bottom right ) is of my neighbor’s yard…and many more were like it. Top right is my tomato bed.

We had thunderstorms yesterday and as I type this, thunder is rumbling all around and the wind is kicking up and that grass that I just mowed is going to be growing some more :)

Meanwhile today may have been a historical day so I want to briefly mention this.

  • The New York Times has been running a story, day by day ( were they drawing it out intentionally or was the party providing the information doing so…..who knows ) about a meeting.
  • In the second story, emails were mentioned. But it sounded as if people were just describing them…a he said / she said sort of thing where we’d never see the actual mails if they still existed.
  • Then today, Donald Trump Jr. released the emails on Twitter, because he knew that the New York Times were going to show the mails.
  • The mails to DT Jr. were also forwarded to Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort.
  • Donald Trump Sr. was in the Trump Tower that day and after this meeting or during it ( that he supposedly knew nothing about ) he first mentioned Hillary Clinton’s 33,ooo emails. That figure had never been mentioned before as far as I know or have seen in the news stories.
  • In all of the articles that I read today this was summed up in a short statement that works for me and this blog post :

This is clear black-and-white evidence that there was, based on the email, a Russian government effort that the Trump campaign welcomed to try to discredit Hillary Clinton,” Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

  • Today may have been a “history in the making day”.   Time will tell. One thing that I do know is that it will be quite hard to holler FAKE NEWS by Trump Sr. since his own son had to provide the news.

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17 Responses to July Slice of Life and Perhaps History in the Making

  1. Karen says:

    I would share an Arkansas tomato with you if you lived near by – but then you would be picking your own Arkansas tomatoes! I have tomato sauce simmering on the stove right now for this evening meal fresh from the garden!

    • debralynnpugh says:

      I was thinking of you in Arkansas, Karen, when I sliced up that first wonderful *REAL* tomato of the summer :)

  2. Kim says:

    I remember my dad’s garden growing up. I used to sneak in there and grab a ripe tomato and eat it on the run. I miss those days!

  3. Joyce says:

    I just ate some grape tomatoes from the store that didn’t even taste human (so to speak!). I’ll have to try the Farmer’s Market and hope for something similar to what you grow!
    The current situation reminds me of Watergate – but much worse. Nixon was involved with a bunch of bumbling domestic fools; this guy is dealing with a dangerous murderer and someone very cagey and up to no good – a potential threat to our democracy. What on earth are they thinking?

  4. Lorrie says:

    It seems like we have to wait for such a long time for tomatoes. But when they come, the taste is worth it! It will be August here – we’ve had a cool spring and summer.
    Roasted vegetables are delicious! What a great idea to prepare them early in the day.

  5. Margie Miller says:

    Shades of Watergate….

  6. As far as the news go-You can’t make this stuff up. The news is like watching a movie, but not a fun one. It’s scary.
    I haven’t ever had Arkansas tomatoes. I stopped buying tomatoes here because they are watery and the skin is like leather. I didn’t plant anymore after my meager spring ones. I too cook in the mornings due to the heat if I’m home. Great post! thanks.

  7. Chris K in Wisconsin says:

    So hot here, as well. It is a stormy day and the humidity is horrid. I have a corned beef in my crock pot. Just added some carrots and will add potatoes and then cabbage. One pot and no steam in the house by using the crock pot. I LOVE roasted veggies. I am presently getting zucchini & cukes in my garden. The tomatoes are growing but all remain green for the time being. They are a couple of weeks away, I think. The peppers are setting on as well.

    The news is beyond belief. There is no author in the world, I think, who could have written this narrative we are living. No one would have bought this book as there appears to be no reality to it. Yet, it is what our country has become. I am so sad.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      LOL Chris I was thinking that when Don Jr released the emails. I was not thinking about a book, though….rather a movie. I was thinking that if this was in a movie or series that I’d turn it off since it was too far-fetched. Then recently I checked the news and saw that Trump Sr. was telling Pat Robertson that Putin would have preferred Hillary and the spin and lies and craziness just never stops! Everytime that I think ‘ok it can’t get any crazier’ I go onto the Internet and my head explodes again.

  8. BillieBee says:

    We were pet sitting last week….grin.

  9. Deb says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice to be a weather forecaster – you can always get your job wrong and yet you still have a job! Fresh tomato’s….. perfect on a slice of home made white bread with mayo. Yummy.
    Love roast veggies…. I get to plan and make ‘cool weather’ meals very soon! Looks like nice temps in the 70’s with lows into the 50’s in Vermont for me this weekend. I know… I am WAY too excited to be wearing jeans =).
    Must have been a corned beef thinking this week – we had one in the crock pot a couple of days ago – my kids love that meal and I eat all the cabbage by myself =).

  10. Dewena says:

    Oh, to be a child again on the first day of vacation at the beach! True freedom!

  11. The grandkids look like they are having a blast. It is so nice that all five get to have such a wonderful time together at the beach. Hope the rest of their summer is as much fun. :-) Love your Rose of Sharon.

  12. Nanette says:

    I will withdraw from this blog as I love my President Trump. If you want to spue hatred and disgust on politics, then you need to start a new blog.

    I had to eat Obama for 8 years ! And HILLARY? She sucked off the American people for her entire life! Give me a break. This man is making our country safer.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Nanette it was a newsworthy day and for the most part I was just noting that in bullet points. I most certainly do not need to start a new blog. If I wish to report what has happened in the weather, politics or anything else on here I shall do so :)

  13. Wow, what a rainstorm, Deb! We have a flash flood warning in effect here until 9 pm tonight, it’s been pouring for quite a while….I guess I don’t have to water the garden!

  14. Susan Nixon says:

    That is a LOT of rain! I thought we were getting a lot, but I haven’t had water standing like that. Of course, I live on the side of a steep hill. LOL Maybe my neighbor at the bottom has that part. Tell Koopa he can have my share of cauliflower forever. =)

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