I have been enjoying the yard and garden a lot this year. There are many reasons but overall the work I do outside does not seem like a chore but is a lot of fun. One of the most enjoyable things is to just sit on the patio after doing all that work. Today I had to do some cleaning in the house and while it needed to be done all I could think about is sitting outside.
I did get to do a little bit of work on the front yard mowing and getting the lawn watered. I dug out a soaker hose from last year and tried watering from the normal irrigation water thinking the soaker hose would do a bit better under pressure compared to using the rain barrels. Even under pressure the soaker hose did not spray out water it just did a faster soak compared to the barrels. This is good news, I can lay down the soaker hose on the edible front yard garden beds and then cover it with some straw mulch. That should water the front beds using the rain barrel water exclusivly! It won’t quite be a drip irrigation system but I hope to see similar results.
I moved back indoors and got a wheat beer started. I think the German style wheat beer is my favorite for summer. I’m getting better at cooling the wort. A good trick is add ice on the outside of the pot once you get below 100 degree F. using a wort chiller. At a higher temp the ice bath is sort of wasted effort for me. My Amber lager is still bubbling away and I hope within the next few days to get it bottled. The outdoor kitchen is now a high priority job. The new exhaust fan helped a lot to keep the kitchen temp down but brewing beer will increase the house temp. noticibly. Electric costs doing a brew job is darn noticible if done during a week day. I’m no fan of ” smart meters” but I have to say being able to call up my electric useage has helped me reduce my costs.
The big indoor cleanup was changing out all the curtains, blankets and linens and washing them up. I checked the weather forecast and it was clear as a bell until Thursday and then today the clouds started rolling in along with a forecast of rain. I would not mind the rain but the cloud cover prevents it cooling off at night. I may have to run the A/C unit tonight and I was hoping to put it off using the A/C a bit longer. Of course my mindset has changed radically about what is an acceptable monthly electric bill. I do seem to handle the summer heat much better this year.
Quite a lot got done this weekend. I’m working smarter not harder but I think the new vitamins are helping a lot with recovery. I have a good tired, rather than being completely wiped out and down for a day or two for recovery.