Rain!

We had such a wet few weeks and everything here is so green. In right at 4 years, we’ve never seen this area so green. Just passing through here, you wouldn’t even think we’ve had such a horrible drought. On our little road trip yesterday, we both said over and over “Can you believe how green everything is?” We get used to seeing everything dead and brown and then when I go to Missouri, the first thing I notice is how lush and green everything looks. It’s funny how we’ve always taken “green” for granted and never thought much about it til we don’t have it. I guess it’s that way with so many things.

The first year we were here, I think we cut the grass 3 times the entire year and we’ve already cut it 10 or 12 times just this spring. There are wildflowers blooming everywhere and central Texas seems so alive and vibrant after our wet weather.

Storms Brewing

Storms Brewing

But, it was getting dry. I’ve been having to water the garden and the fruit trees. We’ve had a chance of rain and storms predicted and they get close but we had not had any rain for several weeks.

Storm Clouds

Storm Clouds

The weather radio alarm would go off, it would look like we were certainly going to get a storm, but the clouds would pass right by us and we would get no rain. Sunday night we had so much thunder, lightning and wind, I was kinda scared and Rita was in a panic. It all passed right over us and we got nothing. I’m kinda glad that it all passed over us because areas to the north and east of us had huge hail and flooding.

I thought the last of our chances of rain had ended yesterday and there was no more in the forecast til next week but I was pleasantly surprised to awaken this morning to rain on the metal roof. It’s a gentle, steady rain but it has gotten cold. Felt like 39 when I woke up and the low tonight is going to be 43.

This slow, gentle rain is great for the garden and really great for my knitting. I can’t do anything outside so I might as well sit and knit, right?  :)

 

A Good Hamburger

You know how you crave the things you cannot have. For me, it’s a good, greasy hamburger. Cotton’s in Lake Charles, LA makes the best! White Grill in Nevada, MO had very similar hamburgers. It was only after about 6 or 7 trips to the ER that I was able to connect ever incident to having eating a hamburger, even once after eating a greasy burger at home, that I was diagnosed with Alpha-Gal Allergy. It’s a weird one (who would expect less from me!) but if you’re interested, you can read more about it here.

Some folks who have the reactions cannot eat any mammal meat at all so I am lucky that it seems to be only the fat that causes problems for me. There’s not a lot known about the allergy and even my doctors here look at me like I’m from Mars when I tell them about it. I always take a handout to a new doctor so he doesn’t think I’m making it up.

We can make burgers at home and use 93/7 meat but you know you need more fat to make a good burger. Mostly we eat pork burgers and so far, I’ve not had any problems with those.

Yesterday about an hour before Vince came home for lunch, I was sitting and knitting and he called and said “Let’s go to Diamond R for lunch.” Fine with me . . 

Diamond R is a little hole in the wall type place that you would never stop if you didn’t know about them from someone else. On Friday and Saturday they have fried fish and that’s when I like to go but they also have amazing onion rings!

Diamond R Onion Rings

Diamond R Onion Rings

They also have good burgers and since yesterday was Monday and there was no fried fish, I couldn’t decide what to get. Their meat is 81/19 and that’s pretty risky for me to eat but I said . . what the heck? It takes about 6 or 7 hours for me to have a reaction and weighing out my options I figured (1) we’d be back home by then — we were headed to the next county to look at deer blinds and (2)  I have an epi-pen with me all the time, and (3) Monday is probably not a bad day to go to the ER. Weekends, it’s a zoo but who would be drunk and fighting or doing crazy things on a Monday?

So, I got a burger on a jalapeno bun.

Diamond R Burger

Diamond R Burger

I keep Benadryl with me so about an hour after eating the burger, I took two of them and then 4 hours later, I took two more and . . no reaction.

Reading some of the info on Alpha-Gal, I’ve read that some people “outgrow” the allergy and after a few years, can go back to eating whatever it was that caused their reactions. For some, it gets worse and they go from not being able to eat fatty meat to not being able to eat any meat from mammals. I would like to think that since nothing happened yesterday, I can go back to eating hamburgers but I’m probably not brave enough to have another one for a very long time. It was probably just taking the Benadryl, or maybe enough of the fat cooked and drained out of the meat that I didn’t get enough to cause a reaction.

Whatever the reason, the burger was delicious and I enjoyed it tremendously!

 

Turmeric and Ginger

You’re probably all familiar with ginger and most of us have used it ground or fresh. We use a lot of fresh ginger, especially since I’ve been on my wonton binge. A while back, I think I mentioned that I had ordered some edible ginger plants. They arrived recently and have been planted and are already showing signs of new growth.

Ginger

Ginger

It isn’t real clear in the picture but there’s new growth shooting up from the dirt and in just several weeks that these plants have been growing, they have quite a bit of new growth.

Greenhouse

Ginger

I’m going to continue growing them in pots so I can put them in the greenhouse during winter. From what I’ve read, I believe the roots will continue to multiply and when I need fresh ginger, I’ll just dig down, grab a piece of the root, break it off and the plant just continues to grow.

Then I got to thinking . . why can’t I plant storebought ginger roots? I googled it and yes, I can! So, I did.

Ginger

Ginger

It’s been over a week and I can barely see a few puffy spots that I think are soon going to be shoots coming out. We’ll see. 

Can you imagine how yummy freshly harvested ginger must taste?

The other day I was in a whole foods type store and they had fresh turmeric. I’m not going to go into it here but turmeric is supposed to have so many health benefits. There are at least two types of turmerics. One is curcuma zedoaria, which has more of a white rhizome, is closer to ginger than the turmeric most of us are familiar with in spices. There’s also curcuma longa, which is dried and ground and sold as the common spice, turmeric, most of us are familiar with. The rhizomes of this one are more of an orange color. I’m pretty sure the ones I bought are the curcuma longa variety but I didn’t want to cut into them.

Turmeric

Turmeric

I didn’t want to cut into them because I wanted to plant them! When I saw them at the store, I thought . . these look like ginger. I’m betting I should be able to plant them just like I did the ginger and they should grow. I bought just these two. They were $19/pound so I didn’t want to get much, though I wish I had bought 4 or 5 instead of 2.

Turmeric

Turmeric

After a quick google search, I learned that yes . . I can plant them exactly as I did the ginger so . . I did. We’ll see what happens with these. My luck, some critter is going to ea them I have them sitting on a table with all my other potted experiments. It could be quite intriguing for a squirrel but I hope not.

Soon, hopefully I’ll have sprouting ginger and turmeric!