This kind of day saps all my energy, my appetite, and my inclination to move off the couch. It is 95F at 5pm, and going up to 99. Tomorrow will be 106! I knew this was coming when I joined all the folks crying about the cold winter we had, but I promise to not complain about cold ever again.
The morning was peaceful and cool, as most mornings in Sacramento are. The hummingbird entertained me, and tried his best to move to where I could get a fairly decent photograph, but with the patio overhang and the tall wooden fence, plus the shade trees, there just isn’t enough light. I tried to stand by the gate and get a better shot, but he kept getting spooked by something, and I realized it must have been my camera reflecting flashes of sunlight on the beams of the patio cover. I will just give up on photographing him and enjoy his visits. It is uncanny how he responds to what I say to him, and no, I don’t think I’m certifiable, as yet. If plants respond to love, then why shouldn’t animals and birds.
I’m not sure what happened, but I started an entirely new post and uploaded the photo, then copied/pasted the html into this entry. It worked so I won’t complain anymore about it, but I’m hanging by a thread with Blogger!
I just read Pidge’s blog for today about the lack of taste and quality of produce, and would like to relate an experience I’ve had.
Two Sundays ago I went to the local farmers’ market and bought quite a bit of squash, of several different varieties. I was digging through the produce drawers of my fridge this morning and found a single small zucchini that I’d forgotten all about. I chopped it up along with a tomato that has been sitting there for at least a week, and threw them into a dish I was preparing for my lunch. I was stunned at how fresh the zucchini looked and felt and tasted. Even when buying organic zucchini in the grocery, it starts to get soft spots within a few days, which indicates they are picked days if not weeks before appearing on the grocers’ shelves. My advice to Pidge and everyone else is to buy organic, and buy from a local farmer where possible. As I mentioned in my comment to her, they don’t put chemicals into the soil and in and on our food to improve the taste.