Thursday, June 25, 2015

Early, very early, and more on the yard long beans

What it's like here at 4:30 a.m. when the lights are turned on and a moth flies under the lamp shade.



Do you have to use that flash so early in the morning??


The same routine day in and day out...lights on and animals come from every direction. Bickett meowing at the laundry room door. Smokey wanting a new can of food and Dumperoo chasing a bug through the house. As soon as my feet hit the floor, jobs begin piling up. Taking Eli and Weetie outside is absolutely first. Then start the coffee, pack Poppy's lunch, then on and on we go. Gosh! How did everything get to be my job? Would I have it any other way? Probably not. Wouldn't mind trying it another way once though to see how it feels. :) That first cup of coffee sure is good !

Late yesterday in the teeny tiny garden I picked a handful, four to be exact, of the yard long green beans. The longest here is 27".



Reading about these beans, why, they sound fun to grow and really good to eat. These yard long beans are also known as Chinese long beans and are delicious, so I've read, stir fried in olive oil with garlic. I'm going to try, try mind you, seeing as how I don't do anything really good, to stir fry some of these beans for supper tonight. Crisp, crunchy, and bright green instead of the southern, cooked to a mush and seasoned with a little fat back grease. 



Also read that these beans are aggressive climbers, which I am finding out, and should be harvested daily, and best picked before getting a yard long...like at 12-18", oops! These in the teeny tiny garden are getting on up near a yard! Probably should carry a laundry basket with me to the garden this morning.

I simply must get busy. Good grief! This day is flying! See you back here soon or over at your place. :)

Love,
Henny











20 comments:

  1. Girl, you got a lot to do already. Adding picking beans everyday just seems to be excessive. Will the animals eat the beans? Can you can them? I don't think I could handle eating them everyday.

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    1. Poppy says I make a lot of work that I really don't have to do. :) I read that the beans are easy to freeze.

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  2. One bean is practically a meal! We used to do the 4 AM thing...I didn't mind it in the summer because I could get so much done before the rest of the house awakened! Now adays I like sleeping in..but then I am a nightowl:)

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    1. We only have two days a week of getting up at 4:30. Most days it's 5:30. I don't sleep much anyway. :)

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  3. One bean per person? One thing I love about my garden is the excitement of trying something new every year. I've always liked being the first one up in the morning, just me and the animals to start the day. It's funny how they get into a routine and expect the same every day.

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    1. Me too! I love being the first one up. That few minutes to fix a cup of coffee. I love trying to grow new and unusual vegetables too. That makes gardening fun.

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  4. Goodness, surely you don't get up at 4:30 every morning???? I always feel like 7:00 is practically the middle of the night! Actually it "looked" like the middle of the night this morning when a heavy thunderstorm came though with thunder, lightening, and a drenching rain for about half an hour.

    Those flying insects surely do grab a cat's attention, don't they, and flying around the lamps like that they (the lamps) are greatly in danger.

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    1. No, two mornings a week we get up at 4:30. :) We had one of those thunderstorms last night...in the middle of the night! A loud pop of thunder scared me so bad I jumped and shook the bed. Poppy didn't even remember it this morning. Must be nice. Oh yes. That newest lamp has been knocked over twice already!

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  5. So, you're telling me that there are TWO four thirtys in a day?!!
    Jane x

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    1. Dear sweet Jane! I miss you! Wish I had sense enough to look at your blog! :) I had to read your comment twice to catch on. Yes, there are two four thirtys in a day! You are so funny! Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. Hello Henny, I am so happy that you visited my blog and that you are my newest follower:) After reading your profile, I can tell that we will become the best of friends, or blogging sisters as I like to say. You dog is adorable I love that photo of him waking up. Stir fry is our favorite way to cook vegetables. We are not into over cooked, although that is the best way for veggies like potatoes. You get up at 4:30 every morning . . . wow. Before retirement I used to get up at 5:00, but not any more. I am so happy to meet you and have just become your newest follower, too:)
    Have a marvelous weekend.
    Your new blogging sister, Connie :)

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    1. Connie, thank you for such a nice friendly comment, and thank you for following my blog. I am excited about seeing more of your blog.

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  8. Hey, it's light here at 4:30 AM!

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    1. Is it really! Now that's where I need to live.

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  9. That is way to early to be up!! I can not wait to hear about how the green beans taste. I love stir fry beans. I cooked the bush green beans in the oven with olive oil, with garlic salt and parmesan cheese. Yummy. Love you !

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    1. Hey Vicki. Guess I am way behind in cooking healthy. I do cook asparagus in the oven with olive oil. The beans are delicious and I will grow them again next year...I the Lord is willing. Love you too!

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  10. A friend of mine used to grow purple beans. They were gorgeous but unfortunately they turned regular green when cooked. My bush beans are blooming now so soon....

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    1. Purple beans sound fun. I love to try something new in the garden.

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  11. Gasp!! Those beans! Ha ha. Everything looks so good. You are such an inspiration to me, and I am so glad you are my mama! Lynn

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