It is 90.1 degrees here in Groton, and for us, that is HOT.  This is NH in the summertime, so along with that heat is the humidity.  I’m convinced it’s part of the divine plan to make us appreciate the long winters.  Those of us that are not heat-lovers are already beginning to long for fall, and it will be here before we know it.  It’s amazing how fast time passes.  It seems I just barely planted the garden and here it is almost August.

Speaking of the garden, I was out today in the scorching heat, picking beans, tomatoes, and 9 cups of blueberries.  It really stings when sweat drips into your eye, doesn’t it?   Hot?!  Oh my word!

Lots more blueberries to come, but so far I have 8 packages in the freezer.  I actually still have a few in there from last year so I see blueberry muffins and blueberry cake in my future.  Maybe some sort of individual pies would be nice, or something hand-held.  In this heat, something that doesn’t need to be cooked in the oven would probably be much smarter.  Cook’s Corner on WMUR today featured a blueberry pie that consisted of a pre-baked or crumb crust with 2 cups of fresh blueberries poured into it. Another 2 cups of berries were cooked down on the stove with maple syrup and cornstarch, cooled a bit, then poured over the fresh berries and the whole thing was set in the fridge to cool.  Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

I can’t wait till the chicks have their coop ready to move into.  They are big enough now that they do a lot of scratching and kicking shavings around.  That means I have to open their food dish and clear away shavings several times per day, and keeping their water clean is a constant battle.  I empty and refill it about every two hours.  Much of my day currently is spent either feeding the parrotlet babies or tending to the chicks.  This weekend I am due to open the nestboxes for the greys, so I also know what else is in my near future.  This is not meant as complaining!  I love the beasties and don’t mind the work they require.  The thought of grey babies to feed puts a smile on my face.  Maybe this will be the time that the congos get it right…