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SFH Journal: 2018-07-19

Highlight: There is still some semblance of normalcy to our overly hectic life. Thursday, at 11:30 AM, like almost every Thursday during the growing season, we went to collect our half share of vegetables at Waterpenny Farm, our local community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm. This ritual includes an exchange of gardening information with Rachel. She has the insight and experience to advise on how to improve our garden and avoid common mistakes. There is also small talk about the community and updates on what our families are doing. It is an altogether enjoyable and satisfying ritual.

Rachel also grows an array of flowers and makes up bouquets for those who might want them. Today, we splurged and bought a bouquet for Daughter No. 1 and Granddaughter No. 1. So, count this as a peaceful and rewarding Thursday.

Weather: The good weather pattern featuring low humidity and moderate temperatures continues.  2018-07-18: High – 82º (Detailed Summary – click here.)

Plantings: Nothing to report

Harvest: Beautiful spouse picked about nine okra pods and at least four cherry tomatoes. We now have an overabundance of basil. So, we’re looking for some good pesto recipes. We’ll keep you posted on what we find.

SFH Journal: 2018-07-01 through 03

Highlight: The new (used) Class C RV, work, and some other items are all competing for our time. Nevertheless, we have set to the task of outfitting Monte’s bug out bag (the RV). His Royal Highness has demanded a new set of Corelle dishes, new knives, decorative pillows, and, of course, new bowls for his food and water. Mr. Monte also indicated where he wants his portrait to hang – obviously, in the most conspicuous place.

As you cat owners (or you who are owned by cats) well know, there was no need to buy new sheets, pillows, or spreads. Cats prefer to be surrounded by bedding that has already been used and accepted by the cat. Smell is important to a cat, especially when it comes to selecting a place to sleep.

There was one other alternative on the table for bedding. I suggested that we just throw sleeping bags on the bed. That would save all the hassle of making a bed in cramped spaces. Wonderful, adorable spouse quickly put a damper on that idea. She emphatically stated that we are “glamping” not camping. – – – So much for the sleeping bag idea.

Weather: Yes, it’s a heat wave. Yes, we’re hot and miserable. Yes, we’re complaining. No, we don’t feel guilty. If we’re living the way grandma did, then we can understand why she was so crabby in the summer time.

2018-07-01: High – 91º (Detailed Summary – click here.)

2018-07-02: High – 95º (Detailed Summary – click here.)

2018-07-03: High – 91º (Detailed Summary – click here.)

Plantings: Nothing to report.

Harvest: On July 2nd, beautiful wife braved the heat and picked enough green beans for two meals. Perhaps begrudgingly, but certainly wisely she de-stringed this batch. The result was much more palatable.

SFH Journal: 2018-06-30

Highlight: The highly accurate, official Serendipity Farmhouse Critter Cam Surveillance Station #1 (CCSS #1) noted Miss Tiffany Turkey at 11:58:25 AM on June 25th. This is the last recorded sighting of our SFH visitor.

Mr. Monte has reviewed the photographic evidence and has given us his professional assessment. According to him, Miss Tiffany has likely moved on to another foraging area. Based on her direction of movement, he speculates that she was headed towards the eastern side of the North Fork of the Thornton River.

As a personal addendum to his report, Mr. Monte hopes for her return because, as you might suspect, she really knows how to “talk turkey”.*

* Discuss something frankly and straightforwardly


Weather: The anticipated July heat wave is here. Evening temperatures inside our non-air conditioned farmhouse are now in the mid- to high-80s. (Yep, we get to live just like Grandma did.) (Detailed Summary – click here.)

Plantings: Nothing to report.

Harvest: Nothing to report.

SFH Journal: 2018-06-28 & 29

Highlight: Despite the hectic rush of events, beautiful spouse and I took time to grill a New York strip steak for supper. Beets from our vegetable garden were sliced, seasoned, and thrown on the grill in an aluminum foil packet. Everything was cooked to perfection. I can say that because adorable spouse gave her thumbs up. Also, Mr. Monte gave a claws up on small morsels of steak provided to him.

It is, indeed, a happy day when wife and cat are pleased with my cooking.

Weather: We are now entering an extended July heat wave. Both the temperature and humidity will rise placing stress on the gardens and the residents of SFH.

2018-06-28 (Detailed Summary – click here.)

2018-06-29 (Detailed Summary – click here.)

Plantings: We are on alert and watching the gardens closely as the heat wave begins.

Harvest: Nothing to report.

SFH Journal: 2018-06-16 & 17

Highlight: Many things are coming together all at once here at Serendipity Farmhouse. Rather than give you skimpy, watered down posts because of lack of time, we will save the information and write the posts in the proper manner.

So, for the next week or two, all we’ll be reporting is the weather. Come the early part of July, we will get back into the swing of things – perhaps from our new mobile, soon to be world famous test kitchen aboard our new RV El Camino Del Monte.


2018-06-16  (Detailed Summary – click here.)

2018-06-17  (Detailed Summary – click here.)

Plantings: Nothing to report.

Harvest: Nothing to report.

SFH Journal: 2018-06-04

Highlight: Sunshine, finally!!

All children and grand children are safe and secure after the storms. One of the children has a basement that leaks and floods. This is never a happy thing.

Weather:  It started off foggy, damp, and cool this morning. This afternoon brought the first sunshine we’ve seen in days. (Detailed Summary – click here.)

Plantings: The vegetable gardens made it through the storm. Mr. Stripey looks a little out of sorts and some leaves don’t appear to be happy. We’ll keep an eye on him.

Harvest: Nothing to report.