I have been swamped. Now, why should that term apply here where it is 102º F in the shade, dry, with high fire danger? The only turning I have been able to do is watch the mixer drum revolve as I mix another batch of earthen plaster. Then it is time to trowel it onto the wall. This continues until the day gets so hot that the plaster starts drying too fast.
Then it is time to work in the garden. I keep the beds weeded and watered. I find and repair the holes where the yellow bellied marmot gets in. He just made jam of the strawberries: jam them into the mouth as quickly as possible. Hence we have nicknamed the marmot “marmalade.”
In spite of Marmalade, the beets (better call them beagles since they are a beet-mangel cross) and the mangeets (a mangel beet cross) are looking good. Squash and corn are growing. Green beans are starting to bloom. Carrots are a bit thin but looking good. And the turnips will soon need pulling.
So the summer, which has only just started, is turning out to be very busy. Now, I have gotten an order. Someone wants me to turn a vegetable pounder!