I have a recipe for French bread. Toward the end of the cooking time, it suggests opening the oven and misting the bread with water from a spray bottle, which will give the top of the bread a nice golden crust.
I have a pet peeve. I'd like to share it.
It drives me nuts when people water their lawns in the heat of the day. Just like squirting water onto the French bread to make it crispy, all they're doing is toasting their lawn. The ideal time to water your lawn is at night, when it can seep into the soil all night long and fortify the grass against the heat of the sun the next day. If you're watering during the day, all you're doing is wasting water, and in heat like this (we hit 100 today) some of it's evaporating before it ever hits the grass.
What I really think is extra sad is when people go outside to hand water during the afternoon. They're standing there with a hose for twenty minutes at a time, wasting water, wasting their time, at once! Is that supposed to be efficient? "I don't want to waste water and time separately -- I'll combine them. Isn't that efficient?" First off, have they never heard of a sprinkler, and secondly, water after the sun goes down!
If people all over the world would unite in this one simple cause, not only would our lawns be happier, but so would I. And isn't that what it's all about, folks? Making Tristi happy?