What Hurricane????

Hermine was truly a non-event for us. Over the three day period when it was in our “vicinity” we had 3” cumulative in the rain gauge. For us that’s not even a good thunderstorm total. We were concerned that our labor day party would be a washout but it came off without a hitch. I think the total head count was 20.

I have about 18 seedlings, a combination of green peppers and tomatoes, nearly ready for the garden but I’m going to hold off as long as possible. It’s just too hot and dry to try to do the transplant – always a chancy operation. That plus the fact that there is a hurricane like storm heading in this general direction. It’s too far away to accurately predict but if I put the seedlings in, that will be a storm magnet for sure. I hope to plant half a dozen tomatoes plus pole beans and summer squash right after Labor Day. That is if I can find room in the watermelon patch.
Pulled out the sweet potatoes – disappointing crop. Got a few edible tubers but considering the rigorous growth of the vine, I had expected a much larger crop. I did get about half a load of material for the compost pile so it wasn’t a total loss. I think we’re a few days from the first watermelon harvest. The stems connecting the melon to the vine are starting to turn brown which I believe is the signal. The field of melons is loaded with honey bees and I keep spotting more tiny melons so this season could go on for quite a long while. Right now the total of large melons that I can see is 10. I was hoping to highlight the party with a home grown melon or two but they’re not quite ready.

Big week on the construction project – installed all the door frames, completed all the external foam sheeting, and installed the concrete siding on three sides so the exterior is essentially complete. The last side is mostly sliding glass doors so not much work to finish those when the time is right. I was afraid the hurricane would slow us down but that turned out to be a large yawn. We had several nice overcast days which made for a cool working environment. The foam sheeting is aluminum clad so when it’s sunny, the heat is magnified such that you can really only work on the shady side – a moving target. Next job is building the inside stairwell. Before that, the only way to get upstairs is via the outside stairs.

Joe 1, kidney stone/jagged boulder 0. No rematches please.

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