Crazy Good Weather
If I had to say which was my least favorite month of the year, I would have to say July. What? you ask - c’mon, January in Iowa? What could be worse than that? Well here is how I look at it. Sure, January is cold and nasty, and so you stay inside, look out the window at the snow and ice and endless gray skies, and feel grateful to be in a warm, cozy house. But looking out the same window in July I see gorgeous flowers, leafy shrubs and trees, and vegetables up the wazoo. But … between the ungodly heat and wicked humidity, not to mention swarms of biting bugs - this year the buffalo gnats made their debut in May and haven’t budged since - our cozy house now seems more like a prison. It’s so frustrating to have all these fabulous summer foods coming on - sweet corn, tomatoes, basil, zukes and cukes, and all sorts of berries - you name it, but it’s so darn beastly outside, that as inviting as it looks out there, you simply can’t force yourself to leave the kind-of cool, kind-of dry air from the sputtering, over-worked window A/C unit. With temperatures in the nineties and matching humidity, I don’t even feel like eating, much less cooking! But today, and yesterday, and tomorrow, and for several days to come our daytime temps have been in the mid-seventies, with virtually no humidity. The nights? Like early September - low sixties, even a few high fifties - incredible! And the bugs seem to have magically disappeared, too. Our windows are wide open, I’ve even turned on the oven to bake bread and blueberry muffins - something I rarely do in July. We have so many delicious cooking ingredients right out our door, there aren’t enough hours in the day or empty room in our bellies to use them all. Tonight I plan on making zucchini bravas with a cantaloupe/feta/basil salad on the side. Dessert? Stone fruit! Tomorrow I’m going to make chicken stock and then a corn chowder recipe I saw in the newspaper. Soup! In July!! A girl could really get use to this.
Note: I know, I know … all this talk about food, and photos of flowers? They also are have a spectacular summer, plus these flower shots help get me through those frigid Iowa Januaries!