Some Days I Don’t Have What It Takes

I decided to skip Song Lyric Sunday today. It was a great prompt, musicals or operas. The choices were just too numerous for me to narrow down. I did not have the energy today to do the research to make it a worthwhile read, so I decided to pause until next week. I will, however, post some videos to some of the songs I was considering below for you to enjoy if you so desire. Some days I just don’t have what it takes.

Yesterday hubby replaced some of the landscape cloth and improved the drainage in our large raised garden and amended the soil. I planted kale, Bibb lettuce, butter-crunch lettuce, chives, cabbage, broccoli, arugula, and still have spinach to plant. Our peppers are now producing like crazy and we still have a few green tomatoes that we hope will ripen enough to pick. Last night we had a hearty salad with lots of fresh dill and a baked potatoes with chives from the garden.

We woke to temperatures of 61° F this morning. We have the doors open, the sun is shining and although the temperature has risen to 75° F, the humidity is 73% which is a long way from the 99% we have had for weeks now! I feel like I can breathe again. It would not break my heart if it stayed like this for a while.

We have a bunch of limes we need to use. Hubby is our hummus maker, so I challenged him to find a hummus recipe he can make using limes instead of lemons. I think he may try one that also incorporates some of the plentiful cilantro we have growing in one of our gardens.

Blueberry peach pieSaturday I made Elizabeth Slaughter’s blueberry peach pie. My first disclaimer is that I am a pie neophyte, finding it easier to buy a mini-pie in the grocery store than make a full sized pie. But, since we had fresh peaches and plenty of fresh blueberries I thought, why not? The first problem is that I only had 12” pie pans. Those are huge especially when Elizabeth’s recipe called for a 9” pie pan. I made an emergency trip to the Dollar store and bought a 9” glass pie pan. I used the classic pie crust recipe from King Arthur’s website. Well, the crust was a bit of a crumbly mess, but I persevered. I did not add enough water for fear I was adding too much. I did not think to pierce the bottom crust and after baking it was obvious there was much too much liquid in the pie. The bottom crust was a bit of a weepy mess. But, the pie was delicious and we are eating it anyway!

Later today I will write the next in my series about the Swimmin’ Holes of my youth. Life got a bit in the way. Tomorrow is our anniversary and I will be writing the crazy story of our wedding adventure. It is a wonder it even happened, but here we are 24 years later!

Now for those songs I mentioned:

How do you top Gene Kelly singing and dancing in the rain?

What do you call the wind? From “Paint Your Wagon”.

Care for a little rap from the talented Bernadette Peters?

A little more Gene Kelly with the beautiful Cyd Charisse dancing to Heather on the Hill from “Brigadoon”.

I had an amazing art teacher,  Marie Orban, who lost her fight with breast cancer recently. What a kind and generous instructor she was. She immigrated from Budapest around the time of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. She was a dancer and I remember her reminiscing about dancing on Broadway in Sweet Charity. I do not know what year, but I wanted to share this clip of the beautiful Juliet Prowse and Chita Rivera in a number from “Sweet Charity” in her honor.


30 thoughts on “Some Days I Don’t Have What It Takes”

  1. It sounds to me like you got a lot done, and small wonder you didn’t want to write up a post. It is our anniversary next Thursday, one of the reasons why we are going away for the short holiday.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Early Happy Anniversary, Pete. It will be nice to get away. We talked about it, but decided against going to places where a lot of tourists are frequenting. We will settle for grass-fed filet mignon cooked on the grill and a special bottle of Patz and Hall Pinot Noir we have been saving for a special occasion.

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    1. There were too many to choose from. And there were even more than that. Songs from Cats!, Phantom, Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, West Side Story, Oklahoma, and on and on and on…

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    1. I think we may have one more ‘picking’ of blueberries on our bushes, Don, then they will be gone for the season. I am glad you enjoyed And They Called the Wind Maria. It is such a powerful song.


    1. I did not want to burden all the hard work you put into your Sunday group. Each of the songs I posted have such rich history that deserve some spotlight. Thank you for reading, Jim.

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  2. This is a great post worthy of an SLS any day. The garden sounds great the pie looks fantastic… The meal you are planning sound delicious.
    Happy Anniversary! I live all the musical clips 💜💜🌸🌸

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  3. How wonderful that you made the pie. I guess depending on how ripe everything is the pie can get kind of runny. I never thought of that as a problem, and it certainly doesn’t take away from the taste. True confession–I use Pillsbury pie crust. Just roll it out. I never mastered pie crust either. For years I wouldn’t tell my neighbor what recipe I used since he kept praising the crust. One day he said “do you use Pillsbury?” Found out, I breathed a sigh of relief no longer having to hem and haw when asked.

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    1. Ha, ha! Now that is funny! I was measuring myself by your superior abilities! I am not giving up, though. It cannot be THAT difficult, but next time, I might just use Pillsbury. 😂

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