Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Unraveled Wednesday, 8/25/21

 Good Morning,

I hope your week is going well.  As I had planned, yesterday I was able to get to the office, take care of some printing and scanning, participate in the conference call at 10, stop at the State Store for wine and make it home just before Noon.  I would call that a good morning!  And I only saw 3 other people while at the office!

My plans do not include another office visit until next week.  My boss Bill's birthday is the 2nd of September, so I will at least go in and leave a card and bottle of wine for him.

But today is Wednesday.  It is most likely going to be another hot one, but the sun is shining and the sky is blue.  It's a little later than usual for me to be writing a post - I slept in till 7 this morning (usually I am up by 5:30 or so)!  Such a luxury.  And it's Unraveled Wednesday, so as usual I am linking up with Kat and the merry unravelers to talk about making and reading.

Once again I do not have a lot to show.  I did not do much knitting in the past two weeks, but I am finally on the foot - and about half way down it - of Damon's 2nd Out of This World sock.

The yarn continues to please me - I like the different tones of blue and it is an easy yarn with which to knit (Static by KnitPicks in the colorway "Neptune").  I'm hoping to finish this up in a day or so and move on to something else!  But the heat and the humidity have not been making it fun to either knit or stitch.

On the reading side I did finish a few books.  First up Bonny had mentioned a book I had never heard of:  "Miss Buncle's Book" and I was intrigued.  It was an enjoyable read, but I was plenty bored in places.  I gave it 3.5 stars.

Next up I read another in the Cork OConnor series by William Kent Krueger.  This one was "Blood Hollow" and was very good.  I gave this 4.5 stars and highly recommend this series.

Lastly I read "Off the Wild Coast of Brittany" by Juliet Blackwell.  I was hoping for recipes and there were none.  The story was just ok for me - a bit trite.  I gave this 3 stars.

Last night I started the most recent book in the Elly Griffiths series about Ruth Galloway.  This one is called "The Night Hawks."  The series is fun (archaeoalogy and crimes and England) and the books are quick reads.

Our garden has been a disappointment in some ways this year.  We did have rhubarb (we have rhubarb every year which is a very good thing), but our sugar snap peas were a bust (thank you voles).  Our green beans have produced, but not as strongly as usual and tomatoes are slow to ripen.  There will be no beef steak tomatoes this year (thank you deer) and the Early Girl ones are all still green.  Fletch did pick about a dozen jalapenos the other day and then last evening went out to look at our fig and voila!!

We had been averaging one or two per day and sharing them at dinner time, but yesterday's haul was just lovely.  I need/want to think of something special to do with these beauties.

Well, that's a wrap for me today.  Have a good one!


  1. Okay. So I'm thinking the figs might make up for the other garden disappointments. . . (And you've described exactly why I stopped growing vegetables in my garden. It can be so heartbreaking.) I love your socks, Vera. The colors are so soothing. They're going to be such a great gift. XO

  2. The socks are looking good-a nice yarn to work with indeed. The figs look great--enjoy!

  3. I'm always glad that we garden for fun and aren't forced to grow food to feed our family. We might have starved long ago! But those figs look both beautiful and delicious. Enjoy whatever you end up doing with them.

  4. Like Bonny, I'm glad I'm not relying on my garden to feed my family! We didn't even attempt to grow much this year because the roofing project made the yard a mess. It looks like I'll have a small handful of radishes and a few peas for my trouble. I'm missing the tomatoes.

    I think you need to find a good dessert to make with those figs! Or get some fancy cheese and honey to have with them.

  5. I've heard it said that tomatoes do best when they have hot days and cool nights, so this HOT all the time is probably slowing things up.

  6. Those figs look delicious.

    A little goat cheese, a bit of fig, and a "good" cracker! YUM!

  7. Those figs do look good. I'll have to see if I can grow them here next summer.
    I had to smile when I read "state store." I'd forgotten all about those. In Wisconsin, you can buy alcohol anywhere -- and that's not really a good thing!

  8. I just remembered a lovely dessert I had at a restaurant a few years ago -- Grilled Figs on Honey Mascarpone. I even took a pic, you can find it in this VERY long post about a trip to LA ( -- it was so good! I hope you share what you end up doing with your nice haul!

  9. Those are beautiful figs! I miss my fig tree so much this time of year. So many folks have them around here and I am tempted to sneak out at night a get me some
    My sister's tomatoes are not ripening either but I am happy to say I got a nice pile of them for fried green tomatoes the other day. I taught her how to make them in her air fryer. They were so good.

  10. I’m listening to All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and just finished The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. Both are good reads.

  11. Hello,
    The sock is pretty, I love all the different shades of blue. I am reading the latest Louse Penny mystery, The Madness of Crowds. We are still waiting for our cherry tomatoes to turn red, the figs look good. Take care, have a great day!

  12. Yay for figs! They look wonderful. I love them with bleu cheese and a drizzle of honey with baguette. I've also sauteed them with onions and then added maple syrup once the onions are caramelized. It's wonderful for brie en croute, or even just poured over a slice of brie. Try it with a nice pinot noir.

    Something has been stealing our jalapenos as soon as they become near picking size. They get taken right off the stalk. I've yet to get a single one! It's very mysterious and disheartening. Have you ever experienced such a thing?

  13. Hello!
    Great post. I really like your blog, it's interesting and inspiring! I will be happy to come to read more entries :)
    I wish you all the best!
    Greetings from Poland!

  14. I hear you on the Great Year of Garden Failure! But your figs! Wow! I got some lovely figs from TJ's last week and I used some of them to make a figgy/jammy sauce to go on a pork tenderloin. It was so easy and delicious. (No recipe, but I simmer the figs in a bit of chicken broth, added in a bit of balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and a little bit of honey) Super easy and it was excellent drizzled over the pork.

  15. That blue is stunning! And I am a little jealous of your face. We used to have two beautiful fig trees and we brought them with us when we moved to the desert side of our state, but our climate killed them both.

  16. I look forward to reading about how you use those figs. They are certainly pretty. The heat and humidity make for low energy and less knitting. I did plenty of casting on though. I really enjoy the Ruth Galloway series too.