I went to bed last night and watched flickers and flashes of light in the northern sky for the longest time. I heard not one rumble of thunder--although I do have to admit that the windows were closed because the air conditioner was on. It was hot and it was humid so I was thinking "heat lightning."
I understand that heat lightning is just a regular old electrical storm that is so far away that you just cannot hear the thunder. Still, those flashes were persistent and lasted for quite a long time. Someone was getting a hell of a storm.
It was hot again today, but the humidity was not so bad. I did my library volunteer gig and then went for a short walk. I even turned the oven on and baked a cheese cake that I topped with blueberries. I used my adaptation of a recipe from Moosewood Cookbook by Molly Katzen. My copy is a 15 year anniversary edition--printed in 1992. It all of a sudden occurred to me that that makes it a pretty old book--almost an antique. I still love it, though, and use it a lot. For one thing, you can really fiddle around with the recipes and they still come out fine. I used half the ricotta called for and filled in the rest with yogurt cheese, because that is what I had. No problem. I like recipes that are mere suggestions rather than hard and fast rules. I don't always succeed, but, hey, I have fun.
Speaking of food--I actually have some bean plants that survived the onslaught of the woodchuck! I may have some green beans in a few weeks. There are even a few intrepid leaves of lettuce in my garden, although the recent hot weather has not been friendly to them. My tomatoes are starting to ripen. We had grape tomatoes today and they were so incredibly sweet. The Italian peppers are coming on strong. All is not as bleak as I had thought a month ago. I have even harvested a bunch of herbs before they bolted. Now I think I won't give up on the garden after all.
Hey! My old dashboard and post page are back!!! I don't know why Blogger was choosing to toy with me like that, but all is forgiven now. I could not go directly to my Blogger account from that interim dashboard and it made it so much harder to navigate around reader and Gmail. I'm happier now.