Yep, it’s definitely summer and it’s been a fine one. Had some hot days (Salt Lake City officially hit 100 the other day although it was a touch cooler here) but we still marvel at the difference the low humidity makes in keeping things comfortable. Many days we don’t even turn on the air conditioner until late morning or even early afternoon.
At our elevation, the sun is pretty fierce, though, so David’s dog walking in the National Forest behind our house takes place early in the morning, before the sun has popped over the mountain-tops to keep the dogs (and him!) cooler. And we’ve finally learned that Yankee is a much happier pooch in the heat with a short haircut (and we’re much happier since he goes in the river most days and he dries out a LOT faster with short hair!) so he gets a clip a couple of times in the summer. He’ll be all grown out again before he wants his fur coat back for winter.
We know it must be summer because we have apricots coming out our ears! It’s only one tree, but it produces plenty—I’ve been freezing them by the plateful so they’ll stay “individual” rather than turn into huge apricot-flavored ice blocks (which was our previous experience) and then put them in ziplocs so we can use them later in the year. And we eat a lot of them just as they are. And Chris and Louise dry some in their dehydrator. And we make apricot smoothies and apricot ice cream. And… well, you get the idea. Good thing I love apricots!
It’s also corn season and Avila loves corn on the cob. After she’d eaten 2/3 of an ear the other day, she declared she wanted the final third for dessert! Amazingly enough, we just discovered cooking corn still IN its husk which is transforming our corn experience. It’s great on the grill, but we also found that you can just throw them into the microwave, cook for 2 minutes per ear (4 minutes, in other words, for 2 ears), leave them to hang out a few minutes afterwards, and not only are they cooked perfectly but the husks AND all the silk comes right off. It’s incredible! I generally try to stay away from the microwave, but now that I’ve discovered this, I think it’s the only way I’ll do it from now on, at least when I’m doing small batches. How do you cook your corn?
I’m finally getting tomatoes this year, so more success on the gardening scene. And the apple tree is so laden with apples it’s amazing. Since we don’t spray, and I missed the magic window to try out my bagging experiment, we’ll see how much usable fruit we get come fall. With that many apples currently out there, I have a feeling we’ll have plenty, even after sharing some with the worms.
And what is summer without swimming? Avila’s blow-up pool from last year mysteriously ripped a couple of weeks ago so we ventured forth to buy a new one. It’s already considered “late” in the season for pool purchases so selection was limited, but we ended up finding a monstrously large one for less money than her elephant-slide pool last year was (plus we can still use the elephant slide), so we felt okay about that. As you can see, even grandma gets into the action sometimes—although usually only at Avila’s insistence! When full it’s big enough for Avila to actually swim around with her floaties, so other than the fact that we’re killing off more and more of the grass, it’s a winner.
For the 4th of July we had friends from Costa Rica who have also moved back visiting in their new 5th wheel, so we played tourist one day and went out to Antelope island to look for bison, antelope, and owls and float in the Great Salt Lake. It was fun to catch up with them and a little shocking to realize it had been 8 years (almost to the day) since we’d met in Costa Rica. How time flies!
As usual, I’ll close with some more Avila pix for those of you who only endure my ramblings in order to get to the good stuff. And don’t be alarmed at what looks like Avila at the hospital. We’d just gone in for the 1-year follow-up for David’s valve replacement so she’s just goofing around, waiting for the doc. (Oh, and yes, the surgeon’s report was that David’s heart looks great! And he gave us two great pieces of advice—one was that chasing after Avila was the best cardiac rehab David could ever wish for and two was to stay away from doctors. He said the more you go to the doctor, the more chance you give ‘em to break something! My kind of doc!)
Okay, enough out of me! How’s your summer going?