It has been so hot! No air conditioning off grid! Well, honestly we do have a portable unit but unless you stand in front of it you don't get cool. The house stays a toasty 86 to 95 degrees when the highs of the day are over 105. So in order to sleep at night we do not cook or bake in the evenings unless it is outside. Today called for rain and winds so that was out. So the schedule must be rearranged to make dinner in the morning with the cooler temps and windows open. I started out baking a cake and making fried chicken while I ate hard boiled eggs for breakfast. I embarrassingly ran into some old Bisquick in the back of a cabinet that had weevils. ugh! So I added that to the leftover chicken batter and baked the chickens a treat. We also go through a pitcher of tea a day, today I added sprigs of Holy Basil from the garden to the black tea for a nice refreshing twist. Cleaned up a little of the dining room table that looks more like a desk / workstation and did dishes. Finished this all before 7am.
I have a lot of bookkeeping to catch up so that is taking up some of my day. I also posted some items on our ebay store: https://www.ebay.com/str/theprehistoriccollector
Today was mostly listing the duplicate books from my reference library, titles such as "Medicinal Plants of the American Southwest", "Back to Basics", "The Dehydrator Cookbook", and "Herbs" to name a few. I also added some posts to our Patreon account showing some really cool Maricopa and Papago Pottery. Then it started raining! This is a big thing, HUGE! Our monsoon rains have been late this year and while I was away, Dan was unable to keep up with the watering. Many plants where lost including my artichokes, luffa, and tree kale. I am so bummed but feeling refreshed with the wonderful wet ground soaked from the 1.25" that fell in a few hours. With the generator off during the rain, I sorted some of Dan's hunting equipment then when the electricity was back on I made labels while downloading two months of his video camera......he needs a new one. Isn't it always something go out? Need to research what to get him. When I make burgers I fill the pan, so I fry 4 at a time, we had leftover patties for today and I did splurge and make some french fries in canola oil on the stove top.
In the late afternoon, I gave Dan a haircut..........not only does this save money but also saves a trip to town. I take a relaxing bath and put on a prairie skirt, breezy and comfy but then remember I didn't take care of the chickens and ducks.....oh and it rained! yuck.......We have one pair of mud boots that are Dan's so I slopped down to the coop to gather eggs and feed everyone. They loved their cooled baked bisquick/batter cake and clucked with excitement. Dinner was heating up the fried chicken and serving it with warmed tortillas and cabbage slaw with fire cider vinaigrette. Rounded out the evening with a rerun of "Cheers" and fell asleep researching those darn camcorders on my iphone.