I’ve been canning (or “putting up,” as the quaint term goes) a lot these days. I’ve done several jars of refrigerator pickles, some dill and garlic dill, sweet pickle chips, pickled jalapenos, and two types of tomatoes. I’ve been trying to keep the San Marzano Roma type separate from the mixed garden varieties of tomatoes to see if there is a noticable difference when we use them this year. It’s a bit of work, yes, especially since I’ve been doing maybe half a dozen jars a day, but it will pay off this winter when we are using all that good stuff!
The nights are getting colder. If it wasn’t noticable because I’ve had to pull the down comforter up on a few, I would know by the look of the basil plants on the porch. Basil does not like cool weather, and it is starting to look a bit pale. Some of the tomato plants are beginning to look a bit worse for wear, as well. We are slowly winding down to the end of the gardening season, I am afraid.
I will need to do some different planning this winter for the garden. If we continue with the CSA we bought this year, I will need to adjust some of what I plant. It was a very good CSA, with things we use and we were very happy. I just want to avoid planting things we got a lot of from that, and concentrate more on the things we don’t. Always tomatoes, of course. Not only is it nice to pick a fresh, ripe tomato for eating right out there in the yard, but I can always use the extras for canning. And peppers, since we do like a variety of hot peppers. I’m going to turn one whole section of the raised beds to asparagus. It is only half now. So we will see how the plan works out over the winter.
On a completely different front, I had been trying out the Chrome app Scriptito for writing. It was a nice little app, at first. I liked the way it worked. I used it for the expansion of my novelette to novel length. It let me add all the chapter outlines in one place, and they were readily available for review. And it was pretty much out of the way when I was actually writing. So, what happened? Well, last week, on Thursday, I believe, I tried to log in to my account, and got an error page. That had happened once before, and waiting a bit was all that was needed. As of this morning, I still cannot get into my account. That just annoys me. I did decide about a week or so ago that I should copy the chapters I had written to files and save them in another location, just in case. Precognition? Perhaps. Of course, the night before the thing disappeared, I did not copy out that day’s work. So I lost about a chapter and a half. Better than ten, but a disappointment. I did email their support address, twice, and have gotten no response so far. It seems it will still allow you to create an account, but I would advise against it. Oh, well, at least I had the foresight to back up most of the work. Remember- back up all your work! Often!
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