Busy Week

(Izzy & Bella after a hard day.  Photo by Robin.  September 2007)

It’s been a busy week here in the Bogs.

Izzy and Bella went for their first visit to the vet on Wednesday.  They were purring machines while the vet looked them over.  He had a little trouble listening to their hearts because of all the purring.  The vet declared them healthy and happy.

What really surprised me was how they didn’t react at all to the shots when the vet was sticking them with a needle.  He tried distracting them with cat treats, but neither Izzy nor Bella were interested in the treats.  They were more interested in checking everything out.

They did react to the shots shortly after we arrived home.  Or perhaps their reaction was to the stress of the car ride, the vet visit, and the shots.  Whatever the case, they slept through the afternoon, evening, and as far as I know, most of the night.  Both were their usual perky selves by morning.

M the Younger bought a car on Thursday.  M the Elder went with him on various look-see trips.  They finally decided on one and had it inspected by a mechanic.  It more or less passed inspection (considering the price, it was good enough).  The car was dropped off at our mechanic’s after the purchase so he could take care of some repairs.  Those repairs brought the purchase price down.  All in all, I think M the Younger ended up paying the asking price if you include repairs, taxes, title, etc.

The fun part about his new car is that it’s a manual transmission.  M and I stood outside yesterday and watched him drive it on his own for the first time yesterday evening.  We had a good laugh as he stalled out several times trying to back up in the driveway.  M the Elder had taken him out earlier in the evening to teach him how to drive with a clutch and stick shift.  If it had been up to me I’d have made him take a few more driving lessons before going out on his own, but he’s an adult and it really isn’t up to me anymore.

Still, it was funny watching him stall out.

I learned to drive in a car with a standard/manual transmission.  A little red VW Bug.  I know the trials and tribulations of trying to balance the clutch and the gas, especially while at a stop on a hill, knowing that if I didn’t get it right I’d end up rolling into the car that pulled up too close behind me.

In other news…

M the Elder and I went to the Hartville Market early this morning.  We loaded up on more veggies.  We bought:

  • 1/2 bushel roma tomatoes
  • 1 peck green peppers
  • 1 peck jalapeno peppers
  • 1 peck hot cherry peppers
  • 1/2 peck of mixed peppers (red, yellow, orange, and purple)
  • 1 large head of cabbage
  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 dozen ears of corn
  • 3 zucchini
  • 1 lb. mushrooms
  • 2 turnips
  • 1 parsnip
  • 3 lbs. new potatoes
  • 2 lovely yellow tomatoes
  • 2 lovely red tomatoes
  • 6 bulbs of garlic
  • 3 mini-pumpkins and 4 gourds to make a centerpiece
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 acorn squash
  • 6 pears
  • 1 peck green beans
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 small round of baby swiss cheese

It was a gorgeous day.  Perfect for walking around the outside portion of the market where the farmers display and sell their wares.  After we loaded up on food, we wandered around the outer areas of the parking lot where folks set up tables to sell a variety of things.  We bought a retro (60’s) clock that fits in well in our basement ($8.00) and a bag for storing plastic grocery bags that I use when cleaning out the litter boxes.

I’m pretty sure we spent less than $50 on all that stuff.

I’m also pretty sure that I’m going to be spending the next few days chopping, slicing, dicing, pickling, canning, and freezing.  Today I froze 7 quarts of green beans and 3 quarts of chopped peppers.  I hope to get started on pickling the jalapenos and cherry peppers first thing tomorrow morning.

Well, that’s about it from the Bogs for now.  I’ll get back to Harpers Ferry as soon as I can.  In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a photo of the salad we had with dinner tonight.   Enjoy.  🙂

(Avocado, tomatoes, and peppers with cilantro, lime juice, and olive oil.  Photo by Robin.  September 2007)

4 Comments on “Busy Week”

  1. Alto2 says:

    That vegetable plate is a work of art! However, all I could think of when I read your market list was “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickeled peppers.” Etc. Have fun canning.

  2. Robin says:

    That’s ok, Alto2. That little tongue twister keeps running through my head too.

  3. Marcia says:

    Mmmmmm, what time should I be there for dinner when we’re in Ohio next weekend 🙂 ??

  4. Robin says:

    We eat sometime between 6:00-8:00pm. Come on over. 🙂

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