Rich & Cisco gently horsing around with the tug toy, waiting for Cisco to wear himself out.

On 6/30, we had a tremendous thunderstorm. I’d just raced down to the solar shed to disconnect the electrical system. That’s why I’m out of breath in the beginning of the video. I was soaked to the skin and dripping wet. But we sure as heck don’t want to lose our inverter. A neighbor lost their internet. The storm lasted for a good 20-30 minutes. We got more than a half inch in that short time.

For a short window of time every year, a wild strawberry patch near our house produces fruit. Since I could only pick a small number at a time, I brought them home and saved them in the freezer with some sugar. When the patch was finished producing, I took my spoils and made preserves. Here’s the collected strawberries macerating in sugar:

Look at how little they are. But B-I-G flavor!

Look at how little they are. But B-I-G flavor!

And the final product. I think my friends Tim & Alex might have to get the small jar.

The larger one looks a different color because the glass jar is blue-colored.

The larger one looks a different color because the glass jar is blue-colored.