Saturday...the end of the week. I just realized I've been on vacation all week and haven't done much of anything. Usually I have a list of things that need to get done but, with the weather the way its been (day #10 of a heatwave in central NJ), who wants to even move. So, here I am, with only the weekend left, reviewing all the unnecessary things I did do...
#1 - Rediscovered my grandparents' grave site...I hadn't been there in about 45-50 years. The cemetery was not easy to find but the grave was even harder. The tombstone is written in Russian but somehow I recalled the area where they were and was successful. I managed to copy the lettering for translating later. This stone was set in 1933, the year my grandfather died.
#2 - I did manage to get in some walking early one morning with a friend and did 4 miles along with several errands and also got the tombstone lettering translated. My girlfriend's mother is Russian so we stopped for a visit and her translation services. I would not have missed this for the world...it was like stepping into the past. First off, her home is an older home complete with a massive garden, grape arbors, and a summer kitchen. That's where we found her...frying bacon and eggs in the kitchen in the basement...a summer kitchen. Every house should have one! I also got to pick a ton of mint she had growing in the garden. Years and years ago, we had a neighbor who grew mint and we would sneak into the yard and sit under a tree and munch on the mint leaves. They're still just as minty and refreshing as they were back then. I'm going to try and root some for planting and also dry some out for tea.
#3 - Did lots of gardening and watering...well, mostly watering. My clematis has finally taken off. In fact, the one plant looks so good, I planted another. It's always amazing to me that, in extreme heat, most things are slow to grow; most things except weeds. Along with a few weeds I discovered mushrooms this morning. At first, I always think they are so pretty or unique and then I realize what they really are...fungus. Too bad these are not edible.
Stay hydrated, stay cool, and enjoy the weekend!