Summer Slump
Are you feeling the summer slump?
I am! The news continues to scream doom and gloom; vacations are fizzling as more entertainment venues delay opening or limit their offerings; baseball is going fanless and home dishwashers are overworked.
Apparently the publishers are in the slumps too. The books being offered at great prices have been pretty slim pickings the last few weeks.
Several years ago publishers tried to make $2.99 and $3.99 their best offerings. That campaign must have failed miserably because price came down after about six weeks. They have revived that strategy and we may have a summer of fewer choices at great prices.
I’m hoping for the best and will let you know all the great books that are going for value pricing when the publishers come to their senses.

The Garden Overflows

Love the garden but when the produce starts coming in simultaneously, but there are days it’s a bit overwhelming.
In another 3-4 days, the raspberries will be done for the year. For more than two weeks I’ve been picking them 2-3 times a day.
We grew broccoli for the first time this year and the beef and broccoli stir fry was divine. Food does taste better when you grow it.
The peas came ready at the same time even though I planted them two weeks apart. I’m convinced peas are why God made gardens. Don’t even try to prove me wrong. You will fail.
The cucumber vines suddenly burst forth. This evening I picked nine wonderful, long English cukes. From the looks of the plant, I’ll have that many more in a couple of days.
The yellow squash vines are putting out 3-4 a day. The zucchini plants are bearing fruit but the little guys aren’t growing yet. One day soon I’ll check under the big leaves and find 15 squashes about 3′ long – it’s the zucchini way.
The onions are fat and juicy and should be pulled in a couple of weeks. The green beans are blooming; a few tomatoes are starting to turn red and several green peppers are ready to harvest.
Five cakes and three happy neighbors later, the rhubarb still produces.
This is the time of the year I love carrots and beets. They don’t need attention for a couple of months.


Packaging Overload
I’ve read of Amazon customers who have received orders from Amazon in oversized boxes. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve gotten two oversized envelopes.
The pair of tweezers was nearly lost in this envelope. At first I thought a tired Amazon warehouse worker had forgotten to put in the product.