Saturday, March 30, 2013

Garden, finally

Thursday, I left work a couple hours early to take advantage of the sunshine. I planted beets, lettuce, kale, spinach, carrots, peas, radishes and swiss chard. I meant to also plant onions, garlic and shallots, but forgot...

Then it rained Thursday night, and the garden is now too wet to enter! Good for germination though.

Saturday, March 23, 2013


One of two Burgess orders arrived today. I love mail ordering plants; it's like Christmas in springtime. This order was blueberries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, creeping phlox, a mini lime tree and asparagus.

Friday, March 22, 2013


Somebody (named Freddy) gave us a pretty good scare on Wednesday night. 

About 8 pm, the Hubs and I had just sat down for dinner when I got a frantic phone call from my brother. "Something's wrong with Freddy". He was trembling/shivering uncontrollably, even though it really wasn't that chilly out (about 40), and he wasn't walking very well due to the trembling. I decided to finish eating dinner and then head to the farm. But then I got a text message that Freddy seemed to be getting worse. I told my brother to call the vet and then I left for the farm. 

I met my brother and Dad at the Vet. I've never seen a dog shiver so much. The vet took his temperature, which was elevated. He said for dogs, their normal temperature is 101, but Freddy's was 103 and change. He thought with the elevated temperature, Freddy probably had an infection. So he gave him an antibiotic shot and a shot to help calm his nerves (so he wouldn't shake so bad). Then he asked to keep Freddy overnight. That was nerve-wrecking. 

I left his stuffed raccoon squeaky toy for company. Usually when his toys squeak, his ears perk up and he starts wagging his tail. That night, he didn't even move to acknowledge the squeaking.  

I missed the Vet's call yesterday morning and was so scared to listen to the message he left, afraid he was going to say we had a deceased family member. But that wasn't the case - he said Freddy was back to normal and could come home. 
Victory Lap "See if you can catch me!"

Freddy came home from the vet yesterday and he had his regular spunk back. My brother and I played fetch with him and snuggled with him for a while.  
"I brought you the tire to throw for me again!"

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pepper update

This weekend we went on a 3-day trip to Indianapolis to a Corvair event. There were some cool cars there, and we got to see some friends from the Kansas City club, but mostly the event involved tech sessions. Different Corvair owners discussed how to do certain things like rebuild a fuel pump, which I'm sure would be more interesting to me if I was the Corvair owner in the family and needed to do this task. I took my Nook and read.

While we were there, our friends Tracy and Michael got married. It was a simple ceremony with a Mexifest themed reception. Delicious nachos, burrito fixins and, of course, Tracy-ritas.

When I returned home, the new tomatoes (Red Zebra and Dinnerplate) had sprouted, so I moved them under the grow light. The purple coneflower also sprouted. Last night I noticed some of the banana peppers finally sprouted. While we were gone, I finally received the Poblano pepper seeds I ordered and planted them Sunday evening.

Speaking of Poblano peppers... they are some of our favorite peppers. We remove the seeds and then stuff them with cheese or rice or beef and bake them. They were the hardest seeds to find this year. None of the local garden store carry the seeds. I wanted to plant a lot of seeds so we could freeze extra peppers and was told by one garden center that I should just wait for when they receive the plants. Excuse me, but $1.50 for a packet of seeds is a lot more appealing to me than buying a dozen plants at $3 each... And it's more exciting to see the seeds sprout. (This whole miracle of life thing gets me everytime - how many dozens of peppers will that one small seed produce?)

Anyway, I was going to order seeds from Burpee but they were completely sold out of Poblano seeds. Baker Creek didn't have any listed in their catalog. I did an internet search and found some on Check out this website - there are tons of seeds, flower bulbs, honey, homemade goods, etc - all from small farms. I ordered Poblano seeds and the Red Zebra and Dinnerplate tomato seeds from the website and received information about the farms  as well - both located in Tennessee.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Last Pair

Those, my friends, would be the last pair of contacts I will ever wear. They went in my eyes this morning and I will wear them until March 28. Then three weeks after that, I have my Lasik procedure. 

I'm looking forward to not wearing contacts at night and still being able to see when I get out of bed, swimming, traveling without contacts gear and backup glasses, and riding water rides at Six Flags. (!!!)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Noteworthy salad

So here's the salad I ate for lunch today: mixed greens with mozzarella, capers, kidney beans, bell pepper, salt & peper, with homemade bread croutons and a Greek yogurt. For snacks today I brought a banana, kiwi and pear. 

I get really burnt out when I eat the same meal multiple times each week. I don't do leftovers very well. And recently I've been pretty bad about taking my lunch to work. I've been running a lot of lunch time errands lately, which often means I eat out. Not good on my wallet or on my waistline. Definitely put 10 pounds back on during the holiday season. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013


Today I planted Roma, San Marzano, Yellow Pear, Black Cherry, Thessaloniki and Amish Paste. I also replanted sweet banana peppers, and started purple coneflower.

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