Summer Hanging On
The last day of September 2022 means another month has passed by. Time does not stand still. No freeze yet so lots of canning when I am not travelling. The highlight of the month was a road trip to Pierre, South Dakota for a Zonta International District 12 seminar. Weather was delightful but offered another glimpse of a changing climate. The highs were in the 80s and I never needed at jacket. Not even at night.
Skirting the Badlands
Last weekend I saw my first glimpse of the Badlands as I returned from Pierre/North Pierre, South Dakota. A distant glimpse as I was travelling south on South Dakota Highway 73 from Kadoka, South Dakota to Merriman, Nebraska.
The topography to the west was incredible. The canyons and bluffs created by rains as well as drainage from the White River, are stark in their beauty. I wish I had pictures to share but alas I was driving and there was no really good place to pull over. Driving down this road encountered little traffic. Not surprising since the area is not conducive to vegetation or habitation. Just incredible views of nature.
The Heartland of America is vast. Even numbered interstates crossing east/west begin with I-10 to the south culminating with I-94 to the north. I-90 intersects South Dakota, and the speed limit is 80 m.p.h. and at this speed I only noted one lawbreaker. On my trip out to Pierre, I only drove 19 miles of interstate. The rest of the trip involved U.S. and state highways.
Positives of using the backroads are less traffic and a greater chance to notice the surroundings. Negatives can include difficulty passing local drivers and occasionally roads in poor condition. Fortunately, we had no troubles on this trip. Only positives.
September 2022- Endless Cucumbers
Cucumbers are the star of the 2022 garden. Almost October and they are still flowering. Of course, the days are getting shorter, so I expect the vines to start slowing down. Pickles will certainly be in Christmas gift baskets. But many other goodies that are cucumber based will be included. The Indian Cucumber Relish recipe from The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving filled the house with wonderful aroma and both the sweet and savory jam recipes are great.
The tomatoes are struggling to turn red. So only one batch of family secret salsa recipe has been whipped up. I believe that will change in the coming weeks. Long-term forecast shows no freeze into the first ten days of October. So, canning will continue.
September 2022- In the Library
Reading is not on the front burner with everything else vying for attention. I am currently reading Lilac Girls picked up on my visit to Mackinac Island. Set in the Second World War, the book is gripping. My To Be Read list keeps growing, so I know how much of my winter will be spent. Dividing my time between reading and quilting is once again, just around the corner.