Octo๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ 7, 2020

When we took vacation several weeks ago, we were joined on the second night by our gardener friends.  Rather than the containers that I use they grow their garden in beds in the ground.  Like me, they had concentrated on varieties of tomatoes and hot peppers.  Their tomato plants were huge, growing to a height of over eight feet with lavish foliage.  The leaves were so thick that the peppers could not get enough sun to produce fruit.  The tomato plants have begun to thin out and the preppers are finally beginning to bear.  To our delight, they brought some of the produce with them.

When my gardenโ€™s peppers came in, they all produced at about the same time.  I had harvested and made a couple of different batches of my Pico.  I cut the rest into small pieces for quick use, keeping some fresh but putting another bag in the freezer.   I learned a valuable lesson that day.  I have always been wary about cutting peppers and touching my eyes or face.  The oil is just as potent as the pepper.  What I did not realize was the oil would infuse into my hands.   After chopping for nearly an hour my hands were burning and continued to do so the rest of the day.  The lesson will not be forgotten. 

Our friends arrived with three plastic sacks filled with varieties of tomatoes and peppers.  We enjoyed them that night in a salad.  When they were leaving the next day, she asked Melissa if she would like some of the vegetables.  Melissa immediately said we would be happy to take them all!  That meant I could make another big batch of Pico de Gallo (I still have some cilantro) and looked forward to enjoying the peppers in most of the dishes I make.   We have been enjoying them for the last two weeks.  Now it was time to prepare them before they went bad.  This time I was ready and got a pair of nitryl gloves from the garage.  I have used for painting in the past.  When I used the proper protection, it went much better.

๐—ง๐—›๐—ข๐—จ๐—š๐—›๐—ง๐—ฆ:  When the virus outbreak hit Italy, it was met with skepticism and many politicians refused to listen to the health experts.  The government then issued a series of decrees gradually increasing restrictions within lockdown areas which expanded to the entire country.  This ultimately led to a country-wide quarantine and over 36,000 deaths.  After observing the carnage in Italy, the United States followed the same protocol, minus declaring a country-wide quarantine.  This resulted in over 210,000 deaths (to date) and nearly 7.5 million (21%) of the 35.5 million cases world-wide.  We still say it is our constitutional right to not wear a mask and social distance.  If I can learn to wear gloves, I do not know why others cannot learn to wear a mask.  Follow the science.  Change is coming and it starts with you.

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