I was "put out to the pasture" all day today (off and on anyway).
I finally got all the YARD grasses cut, so now was the day to get started on the horse pasture... not that I have horses. But it was a mess since it was the FIRST time in 2015 I've cut it! UGH!! See... weeds 6 - 8 feet tall... over the tractor in places!
And as I closed out my last trip around for today, I paused for this picture looking back from the barn....even got a little of the waning sunshine on the treetops... nice. I think I might just finish this one up on Saturday!
Today was a busy day... cutting grass most all day!
Sometimes with the push mower, sometimes with the riding mower, and sometimes on the tractor.
But when the little one comes wanting a ride, well... it is a wonderful DELIGHT to have him climb up there with me!
And then.... on my way back to the barn, I walked under the gazebo. (Yesterday there was "tall" grass growing around the posts, and one of the hens had layed an egg there twice.) I cut the grass yesterday afternoon, so today, as I walked through, this is what I found..... DELIGHTFUL .... (LOL)
First, you have to get enough okra to completely cover a large frying pan. If working with FRESH okra, cut it into 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch pieces. Frozen works just fine as well.
Next, mix about a 1/2 cup corn meal, and a 1/2 cup of flour in a bowl. Add to the mix about 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder.
Place the frying pan on the heat, adding in enough cooking oil to cover the bottom all over. THIS IS NOT DEEP FRYING, so do not put any more oil than that. Bring up to temperature for frying.
Place the okra pieces in the bowl of meal/flour mix, and stir around to ensure all pieces are coated. Once that is done, take out the okra and place it into the hot oil. Go ahead and continue adding okra until the entire bottom is covered. Let cook slowly, turning the pieces over so all sides get fried. Once most are golden brown (some may even seemed blackened and "overdone", but that's ok) then they should be done and ready to serve. A large frying pan serves about six.
1. Spent a good hour taking down the protective "fence" I had put up around the garden just to keep the chickens out. Got it all rolled up and put away!
2. Now that this year's garden is all but done, the chickens quickly took the hint with the fence being down, and they headed out in single file to peck at the old tomatoes, and scratch in the debris beneath the plants.
3. With two days of rain--and me not doing anything but sitting at my computer--the grass in the garden was a pain to try and cut. It didn't help that it was still WET from last night's rain, but I'm glad I got started on getting it cleaned up.
4. My SECOND selfie of all time. Here I am resting under the maple tree in the shade after two hours of sweat and exertion. What you see is what you get... sorry!
If you've paid any attention to my sidebar, you have noticed one of my "interests" is Genealogy--researching my families of the past. And occasionally I'll run across some little known stories that are just precious jewels in this old man's heart. Here's one.
(The young lady that is the subject of this story is my Grandfather's SECOND cousin....)
May 22, 1927Augusta’s Aviatrix “Just as the news reached Augusta
yesterday afternoon that ‘Lucky Charles’ Lindbergh had safely reached Paris on
his epochal and history making flight, Mrs. Agnes Holliman, 19 years old, was
completing her aerial performance, which to her, and to many Augustans, was as
daring and difficult as the New York to Paris trip of the ‘Flying Fool.’When Sig Smith advertised in The Chronicle
some days ago for an Augusta girl to show her nerve by performing this stunt,
most Augustans laughed at the advertisement and the idea of an Augustan doing
it…. He heard from 15 applicants who wanted to swing from the plane and
selected one of the lightest in the group since, it is stated, Mrs. Holliman
weighs less than 100 pounds. As the afternoon drew on yesterday,
and the plane was late in appearing many thought that the Augusta girl had
‘backed out.’But, she had not.And when she was seen swinging from the light
but speedy airplane piloted by Mac Johnson, staking her life on a pair of sheer
silk stockings, many thought that her death was only a matter of minutes.But the feat was successful and Mrs. Holliman
will never forget that thrill of speeding through space at 100 miles an hour,
One more bed of veggies has completed its work. This morning, in the cool of the early morning breezes, I pulled up and picked the last of the LIMA BEANS. The spent plants now lie in wait of mulching and tilling back into the dirt that has been their "bed" since early May. You did good, my little beans. You did good!
I finally woke up to a beautiful morning, lower temps, lower humidity, and a slight breeze. It made the morning chore of picking OKRA all the more pleasant. And that was after I fed the chickens, of course...they think they have to come first!
I enjoy tinkering around with tools and stuff. It's when I absolutely HAVE to repair something that is totally and completely dead that I have a real irritation. And this riding lawn mower has been a real big source of irritation for about 2 or 3 years now!! UGH!!! And I've worked on it from right after lunch until 8:30... think it cranked? NOPE!!! Now what?? LOL...yeah, I know it would have been a better picture with me lying underneath it like I was all day long!