I’ve returned from vacation. All-in-all, it wasn’t a good one. Great people, but no activities that really interested me and shabby accommodations. And worst of all: I got there and realized I’d brought myself with me, which is a sure recipe for disaster. I also forgot my stomach medicine, then drank a lot of vodka anyway, and ended up with acute gastritis, to the point that I thought I might have to go to the hospital. It took me three days to recover, but I’m feeling chipper now and am glad to be home. * * * * * * * Another great list from Listverse: Top 10 Shocking Historical Beliefs and Practices. The list includes wife selling, opium for babies, and using human skin for commercial purposes. * * * * * * * Gardening note: If you’re looking to plant some stuff late in the game: “For mid-summer planting . . . Bush Beans and short-vine Peas, Swiss Chard, Broccoli, Kale, Scallions and some heat-resistant Lettuce varieties such as Tintin Baby Romaine, Rouge Grenoblois Batavian and Danyelle Red Oakleaf.” From John Scheeper Kitchen Garden Seeds e-newsletter. * * * * * * * I planted mustard spinach (grows well in the South), Little Gem lettuce, Australian Yellow lettuce, bush beans, and push peas yesterday. Since most of my garden is now in containers, I have the luxury of moving heat-intolerant varieties into the shade.