My Friends are my RoseBouquet
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Bits of Personal News

My neighbour/friend, Rita, and I did go to pick Saskatoons last Saturday, but the heat wave we've had made the picking more limited. It took us two hours to each fill just one pail.

Fortunately, I'd checked my freezer and discovered that I still have about 4-5 1-litre tubs of berries in the freezer from last year. Now I've added 5 more.

I'm making progress and fresh hope is born in me that I might get the 4 e-books done by the end of next week. Now that will be a milestone worth celebrating!

I've come to a book that my sister Elsie left to me when she moved to B.C. some years ago, which is about doing reflexology on yourself. I've been trying some things out just before bedtime the last couple of evenings, and I do think I am experiencing some improvements. Looking forward to see where this will lead me.

Our heat wave seems to have disapated and we now have cloudy and cooler weather. That makes working out in the garden much easier. I'm still working down that list of projects. This week it is the alley side of my fence - I'm at war against the weeds!

Also, I can keep a window open now to let the cooler outside air in.

Hey, how are you coping this summer? Finding ways to keep comfortable?


Elsie's Final Answer to Weeds

My sister Elsie gave me her recipe on the phone a couple of weeks ago when I complained about the weeds in the alley outside my gate. I've poured two big soup pots full of this recipe out there already. I'm aiming to do one a day for the rest of the week. Then I look forward to seeing if this really will deter them long-term.

She said to boil up a large pot of water.
Add some vinegar (I pour in about a cup worth)
Add some salt (I put in about 5 large spoons full of epsom salts)
I also had a large jar of whey that was not smelling suitable for humans any more - in it went!

Yesterday I needed oven mitts to hold the handles of the pot, then I put it down at the gate so that I could unlock it. When the gate was open I poured this hot mixture over any weeds that were showing up after I thought I'd pulled them all up.

I have high hopes that this will save me weeding time later this summer - maybe even next summer!

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