Suddenly the spambots have found us! Don’t know what we are saying or doing to make it happen, but we’ve quadrupled our normal spam traffic. Could it be that they found us when we bought our domain name? If so, we are not happy.
While we’re here, we should mention some recent events. It’s all due to foundations poured over the past few months. For example, while in our garden this weekend, we harvested more tomatoes, more onions, and some rosemary and lavender. While in the garden, we noticed a few volunteer parsley plants. We dug them up and put them next to the cottage’s eastside door. They were pretty bedraggled. This morning when we went out to look at them, they were upright and healthy looking!
We just got a ticket in the mail for free entrance to the piano dress rehearsal of the Portland Opera‘s production of The Marriage of Figaro. Is that cool, or what? Free is a great price.
This will be good preparation for the real performance the following Sunday, for the matinee. We have season tickets to the PO this year, so no more expenses except the price of gasoline for a year’s worth of opera!
Also, we’re looking forward to our second year of the Florence Melton classes, also in Portland, also pre-paid. Melton classes offer “a curriculum designed for adults by scholars and educators at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.” The first year was great, the second year should be even more interesting.
We finally got our garage built! It’s not perfect, but is adequate. Now we are able to protect our 2000 Nissan Altima, which has nearly reached antique status. And there is room for our garden tools.
We are still making tomato sauce. We’ve frozen two batches of plain sauce already and another, more flavorful sauce is on top of the stove right now. We have developed an easy recipe, too. Wash, quarter, put in large pot. Simmer until tomatoes are soft. Put through a food mill, return to smaller pot. Simmer until the mixture reaches sauce texture. Refrigerate, then put in small containers. When cold, move containers to freezer.
What do we learn from these experiences? That early investments pay off . Sometimes in a few months, sometimes in a day, sometimes in years.