I went out to the garden first thing yesterday morning to see what was out there, since I had not been able to visit for a couple of days because of either lack of time or heavy rains.
Among other things, I found one small zucchini and another couple of baby ones on the way (the zucchini plant seems to be on qualuudes or something -- it's been extremely sluggish all summer long); a Portugese hot pepper; many greens; a nice little serving of broccoli; carrots that are ready to be pulled; late-planted beets that are going great guns; and many more tomatoes, both green and ripe. Blight has hit me a bit, but many of the plants are still strong and green. I have a theory that the red tomato mulch must make the plants so healthy that they can fight off disease better. I might just be cracked, but it does seem like a strange coincidence that a) the blight came to me so late when it has all but decimated everyone else's crops, and b) even as it's here, the plants are still seemingly able to fight it off with no intervention, and they are still producing very well despite all the rains and the cold nights we've been having.
But the best little gift of all was to find these:
I planted some French green bean seeds (left over from my seeds from the season of 2008) on August 1st, and sadly I got very sparse germination. But from those few plants, we had a most delicious meal of steamed haricots verts yesterday, and there are more to come. After I lost most of my crop of yellow bush beans when the heat wave while we were in NYC made them go all big and tough, and this being so late in the season, these were especially welcome -- and soooooo delicious! I can see another meal coming from these plants, and I can't wait.
Having so much produce at the ready has made it very easy to stay focused on the diet. I feel great, and I've been working out regularly. I love the FitDay site for being able to record everything I eat, to be able to plan my meals and make them fit into the parameters I have set up for myself with regards to calories, protein, fat, carbs, and fiber intake, as well as my calorie expenditures. Progress: I've lost 2.5 pounds.