Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Scallops with Blueberry Sauce

Remember this recipe from two years ago, Scallops with Blueberry Sauce? I definitely never forgot it. Scallops are so expensive but the cost is much less than if we both went out to dinner. Last week I decided to splurge on some scallops for a combination birthday and anniversary dinner. Serve them over a bed of mixed greens, romaine, or spinach.  The warm blueberry sauce makes a slightly wilted salad. So delicious; perfect for a summer treat. If you have leftover blueberry sauce you can use the sauce on pancakes, crepes, or blintzes. Follow the link above to find the recipe. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

New Blooms

 First hardy gardenia blooms of the season.
Their fragrance permeates the humid air.

 I had no idea there were hardy gardenias till I moved here.
They have a narrower leaf than the not so hardy ones.

 Gladiolas I planted last year are blooming.
Last year they just produced leaves.

In all these years this is the first time I've grown gladiolas.
This was a mixed group, can't wait to see what colors the others are.
Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Methane Gas Can Kill You

Over the last several weeks Gary had a slight headache in the morning. He attributed it to stress because of my ER visits. We had been keeping the windows open at night and closing them during the day. Recently it became too humid and hot to keep the windows open so we decided to start using the air conditioning for the season.

The next day we both had headaches AND the bathroom smelled like sewer gas. Gary uses the lower shower and I use the middle shower. It seems the bathtub on the upper level was allowing methane gas into our home. When we turned on the air conditioner it must have evaporated the last bit of water in the P trap in the bathtub. The P trap is used in plumbing to prevent methane gas and other toxic sewer gases from entering your home through the sewer pipes from a sewer or septic tank.

Please, if you don't use a bathroom in your home, perhaps on an upper or lower level, make sure you run a little water in the sink and shower or bathtub at least once a week. Perhaps you have a second home or a cabin you only use occasionally. Run water in the drains when you arrive. They do make methane gas detectors fairly inexpensively. We now have one installed. The detector should be replaced every ten years.

A side note - Barney, our cat, was trying like crazy to get us up that night and wouldn't give up. When your cat tries to wake you up to go out, there may be a good reason to pay attention to them. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.