Things have been trucking along here in the days of a non-functional blog platform. Mostly, I've been canning beef. They had a massive sale on chuck roast, $2.99 a pound, at Fred Meyer on the last ad flyer and no limit. I went in 3 times and ended up with a total of 34 roasts. I did check with the meat guy and he said people just weren't stocking up and to take what I wanted because if it didn’t sell they’d grind it into hamburger. I always made sure there were plenty left. I will never clear a bin or shelf of anything except the particular type of chili DS likes. It is hard to find so I grab it when I do. I will be canning 14 jars today and putting the rest through the meat grinder for hamburger. It is far cheaper at the roast price than at the burger price right now.
DH dug up the last of the potatoes. It was a little over 4 pounds of baby reds. So that is done. I harvested all of the peppers and pulled them because I want to plant garlic in that bed, assuming I can find any to plant. I’m checking the feed store today. I cut off the side shoots on the broccoli and pulled them, too. I still need to finish that bed and then we will be using it for strawberries.
I picked the dried out snow pea pods and harvested the seeds for next year. With the way things are going seeds may sell out faster than they did this year because of the pandemic. I’m saving bean seeds, too even though I still have a big packet left. Thankfully, I’ve got quite a bit of corn seed. And if I can’t get seed potatoes in the spring, I can do the organic grocery store potatoes again. Maybe some of the ones I harvested will keep until March and I won’t have to worry about it. I have tomato seeds and zucchini seeds and sweet meat squash seeds that I harvested a couple years ago. And I have copra keeping onion seeds. I am most concerned about finding an open pollinated carrot seed so I can start saving carrot seeds in the future, too. There are a lot of seed packets in my bin of some older seeds so maybe some of those will germinate, too. I’ll be starting a lot of my own seeds in the spring. I’m going to do a full set up, no playing around this time. It was hard to find all the starts I wanted last spring. I need to be better prepared this time around.
I just want to be ready for whatever is going to be thrown at us next. I really dread what the next three weeks are going to bring for this county. If riots come to my city, I don’t know if we can protect ourselves. We should be far enough away from Seattle, but we do have about 100 or so of that sort who like to cause trouble here downtown. Mostly college students and university professors. Usually armed citizens come out to deal with it and protect the shops, though, just as a presence that keeps things from getting out of hand, so who knows? There’s three months to go after that before we see if things will even go back to some kind of normal.
Hopefully, it’ll just be bad for a week. We have to go to Virginia Mason in Seattle two weeks post-election to the liver specialist to see if my daughter’s liver tumor has grown, although we should have the MRI results back in her patient portal sometime this week. I still like things interpreted by a doctor. The day before that she will be meeting with the new endocrinologist who specializes in adrenal insufficiency, so there will be an overnight down there which makes me even more nervous. Most of the rioting has been going on a half mile away from the hospital, but that is not very far. The talk is that they will riot no matter who is elected. Fun times. /sarcasm Remember the days when people accepted the results with dignity and grace?
This afternoon I have to take DD to the rheumatologist and remake the appointment I cancelled for myself because I was sick while we’re there. I think I’ll just make mine a telemedicine visit, though. This time of year I tend to get sick a lot. I really need to make an appointment to get my eyes checked for new glasses, too so I can get them and some contacts. I am sick of my glasses fogging up every time I put on a mask so I want contacts for the days I have to go out in public.
I made a very good loaf of gluten free bread last night, in the bread machine, using Jovial gluten free bread flour. I tweaked it from the last time I made it and it was far less dense and the crust was amazing. It was almost as big as regular sandwich bread. I think with a bit more yeast, honey, and salt I can get it to be a fantastic loaf, but this one was enjoyable. The one before was too dense for my liking. I am getting this thing down. And once I do I’m going to try to find a way to make a crispy crust gluten free pizza. I can make a soft crust, but I want to get that crunch I like so much from the gluten pizzas. I think this bread flour will help. Jovial’s been in the business of gluten free since way before it came a thing and just belonged to celiacs. They have the best pasta and I am looking forward to trying their pastry flour, too.
Well, I’ve wasted enough time on here, I best get back to real life for the day.