Heat Wave Preservation

We’ve been at the farm all weekend, fighting the heat wave. In order to fight the heat, we broke down and bought new air conditioners for the farm. The main air conditioner has been here since the beginning of time, hasn’t worked in a few years and was pretty much permanently attached to the house. We were using two window ac units to at least try to tame the heat inside. Not so much. We bit the bullet and went out to buy another big guy. So Saturday afternoon was spent with me in the garden for the sole purpose of not being in the house while my husband tried to pry the old unit away from its decades-old home. As I would come in and out with vegetables or to get a drink, hubby would comment “I’m going to start saying bad words”. That soon became threats of getting the truck and a chain. But with perserverance, he was victorious. He was able to wrestle that big ol’ thing out of the wall (that happens to be in a cubby at floor level), get the new unit in place and seal it up. We’ve already decided that when it’s time to replace this one, we’ll “call a guy”.






I also pickled some purslane that I yanked while weeding. This is the first time that I’m attempting any type of preservation for the purslane. I wanted to give that a try so that we can perhaps enjoy some of its yumminess well beyond the season.






I’m finally starting to feel normal after my surgery and got out with some friends for lunch and a movie today.  It’s probably just in time too. There’s so much to do in the garden, it’s hard to know where to start. I was able to schedule a friendly photo shoot for this week as well, so all is slowly returning to the way it was. I couldn’t be happier!


About finefrugality

I am a wife, mother, business owner, farmer, foster parent, retired probation officer and so much more. :-) I love to save money any way I can. I just don’t see the sense in handing my cash over to someone else when I don’t have to. I coupon, I grow and can food, I reuse and repurpose items, I scour thrift stores and during the warmer months, my Saturday mornings consist of yard sales and our local farmer’s market with my husband. I have organized local meetings which include coupon swaps, barter clubs and swap meets. Here is where I begin to share this life with the rest of the world. This is Fine Frugality. Because being frugal is not only fine. It is FINE.
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7 Responses to Heat Wave Preservation

  1. Good to hear that you ate on the mend. I’m now going to look up purslane. I don’t know what it is..

  2. Just looked it up – its that weed that I can’t seem to get rid of! Who knew? I might have to give it a try in a salad some day.

  3. Stacey says:

    Purslane, thats a new one to me — what is it??

    • Stacey…purslane is a common garden “weed” that is edible, delicious and so nutritious. Scroll down a few posts to “Weeds Anyone” and take a peek at some of the nutritional benefits. It grows like crazy here at the farm. I’m actually making some more purslane pesto tonight. Sooo good!

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