Well, yesterday I came so close! I began to write my blog after morning chores. Simple enough, right? Well, not so much. When I went to transfer my Montana trip photos from my camera so I could shoot some pictures for the blog, nothing would work. Not my camera. Not the USB cord. Not the Picasa 3 program my photos are on. After an hour I discovered my computer memory was full. Okay, so I began going through my files and photos (hundreds of them!), deleting what was not necessary or poor quality photos. Still wouldn’t work after six hours!
On to plan B. I figured I’d just transfer big blocks of photos to a flash drive. Simple, right? Well not so simple when you’re computer illiterate, like me. David’s ex-girlfriend, Ashley, had shown me how to do it months ago and I even wrote down instructions. Just in case… But I couldn’t find them! Yep, my desk is a disaster. So I spent an hour cleaning it. No directions sheet. Maybe in a drawer? Another hour turned up nothing. I tried this and that on the computer. No go. Finally at 4 o’clock, David came home from work and saved me.
Not only did he show me how to do the transfer but while I made dinner, he sat and transferred photos onto a flash drive. Three hundred fifty of them! And when I again tried to transfer them to Picasa 3, they actually showed up. Thank God, I was close to losing my sanity. And I did lose a whole day that I could have used to harvest before the hard freeze hits us on Sunday.
So today I began harvesting like mad. I pulled in a whole bucket of beautiful pink popcorn. This gorgeous popcorn not only pops up white and fluffy with a nutty flavor but it’s so pretty. It has various shades of pink from deep mauve to light pink. A few kernels on some ears are lighter or white so you are always surprised at what you open. So nice!
Then I picked another basket of Scarlet Runner beans and part of a basket of Succotash beans. Even with the frosts, those beans are drying down nicely and the beans are plump and shiny. This afternoon I’m opening up the hoop house that holds our sweet peppers and will be harvesting those peppers for both seed and to dehydrate and can up. Our peppers were outstanding this year! Back to normal homesteading tasks lets my fried mind get back to normal — it’s my Zen.
I promised to take photos of my handy/dandy plastic bucket seat, so here it is. I couldn’t garden without it! Thanks Pyro. While taking the photo, I couldn’t resist taking a picture of our pretty kale. It’s so gorgeous and brings fall color to our gardens.