Our #1 daughter had dinner with a friend who has a garden, and brought us half of the cabbage her friend gave her. This is almost as big as the cabbageshead of cabbage my Uncle Elmore used to grow, and I never thought to see cabbage this big again. It’s good, too. Not candy-sweet, like some cabbage, but not bitter like our cabbage always is, either. Just good and juicy and crispy.

We had some raw with supper last night, with some blue cheese dressing:


  • equal amounts of mayonnaise and sour cream
  • crumbled blue cheese, some finely crumbled and some chunky
  • buttermilk to thin it

Mix it all together. If you don’t want it any thinner, don’t thin it.


roast veg and cabI also smoked some vegetables, and they were SO good! Red potatoes, gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery, carrots, green beans, red peppers, zucchini, yellow squash and a big green onion. And aren’t they pretty? We had lots left over, too, which we’ll have for lunch in a flour tortilla with blue cheese for a sauce.


I went to the farmers’ market today. Mom didn’t want to get up that early, but you have to go as soon as they open. As it was, I barely got any beets (for Mom–beets–ICK!). No turnips today, alas.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could record smells? Our place smells SO GOOD in the mornings these days! I don’t know what it is–Must be the hostas, since they’re the only thing blooming up by the house. In the cool of the mornings, you could get dizzy from the sweetness.

Mom and I have been reading Wilkie Collins’ THE DEAD SECRET. We read THE MOONSTONE, also by Wilkie Collins, and loved it. This one, not so much. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t nearly as good. If we come across anything else he’s written, we’ll definitely read it. THE WOMAN IN WHITE is his other famous book, besides THE MOONSTONE, so we’ll keep an eye out for that.

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writing prompt: Is there a smell that makes you really really happy? write about it.