weekend

Aug. 21st, 2006 12:34 am
cassidyrose: (busy bee on sunflower)
We've had a good weekend, though I will admit waiting for this baby to show up is torture.

On Friday night we had a nice dinner out then went and saw "Little Miss Sunshine" which we both found to be marvelous. Everyone was great in it, but Steve Carell was quite the standout. I read that his part was originally written for Bill Murray and I can really see that looking back on it. While it is a very funny movie, there are parts of it that were painful to watch. I highly recommend this movie and I strongly advise against reading any spoilers before doing so.

Saturday we slept late, cuddled with each other and Harlie and did some errands. We got a new toaster oven as our old one decided to up and die a small flaming death a couple of weeks ago. We worked on getting some more stuff taken care of around the house and fielded a bunch of calls from family wanting to know when the baby was coming. If I knew the answer to that I'd be a lot more relaxed right now. I will also say I am tired of getting stared at by strangers in stores and restaurants. Yes, I know I am very pregnant and have a very big baby belly. I can assure everyone that no one is more aware of my advanced state of pregnancy than I am.

Today (Sunday) we slept some more and were hassled by Harlie who wanted us to be up already, damnit! I rolled over in bed and seriously tweaked the left side of my neck and back. Not fun. We piddled around the house and finished up organizing stuff in the baby's room and completed other baby things. We got the changing pad secured to the changing table, [livejournal.com profile] ptor fixed the old rocking chair that will live in the baby's room (we have a new glider in the living room, [livejournal.com profile] ptor put together the baby swing, we installed the car seat in the car and we hung curtains in the baby room. We had dinner out and discovered at 8:15 that OSH closes at 8:00 on Sundays. Rats. We did a little bit of yard work which included rescuing one of our very large sunflowers from tipping over due to squirrels with the munchies. I did Big Moves stuff early today and late tonight. I am stressed to the gills about Big Moves--mostly it is just my fears that I haven't done enough pre-baby and there will be some huge hole in what needs to be done for the show in October. I don't really think this is the case, but it stresses me all the same. I am practicing the art of letting go. Really.

That was our weekend. I am tired and so is [livejournal.com profile] ptor so I guess bed soon.
cassidyrose: (garden goodies)
Our garden is turning into a tomato jungle. I did not anticipate some of the plants getting five feet tall. Yikes. Some have gotten so big already they've tipped their cages. [livejournal.com profile] ptor just helped me with some emergency staking and the plants are much more stable now.

And, damn, there is a lot of fruit out there. I wish it would hurry up and rippen.

The tomatillo plants are getting ready to set fruit as well which is great. I wish I'd gotten more of them going. I probably also did not need this many tomato plants and could have had a more diverse garden, but oh well--I have serious moderation issues when it comes to tomatoes. At least I have many, many different kinds of tomatoes--it is fascinating to see all the different shapes, colors and sizes of the fruit. I am very glad we got that canning book and some canning supplies.

The sunflowers are blooming up a storm and a few are reaching the eight foot mark. Quite gorgeous and large, which makes me very happy.
cassidyrose: (garden goodies)
A few weeks ago I planted my first tomato seeds in their little start-greenhouse.  I got 12 starts, which dwindled to 9 and I didn't get as much variety as I wanted (I bought 14 varieties of heirloom seeds this year).  I had used the lid on the container which turned out to be a mistake as it got too humid and that retarded the start process.  So, I cleaned out the non-used slots and replanted some seeds and didn't place the lid on.

Holy crap.

I now have 43 starts all of which look viable.  And they are still sprouting.  Yes, we have a yard, but it's not that big.  I am going to thin them soon to get the numbers down and so that those sharing slots will have a better chance. 

But, crap, I didn't except this many. I mean, I love tomatoes and all and wish I could have forty plus plants, but that just seems a bit excessive.

We will probably invest in some containers to put on the deck so we can have even more tomato-planting space, but we will still probably have many plants that can go to good homes in a few weeks.

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cassidyrose: (busy bee on sunflower)
I have twelve tomato sprouts of seven different varieties so far. Luckily, I have a good mix in terms of what has sprouted--one green variety, a yellow, red beefsteak, a black/purple variety and a small red. I am hoping for a few more in the next day or so, and if not I will re-plant a few. I had a minor mishap with my tomato mini-greenhouse thing as it got, and stayed, too damp and I lost a few sprouts before I recognized the problem and took the damned lid off. The sprouts are much happier now.

I planted sunflower seeds in the back today, along with a couple of basil plants. I have some pepper plants that need to go in the ground maybe tomorrow or Monday. We also need to start some pepper, onion and lettuce seeds.

I planted marigolds in the front flower bed and acquired some other flowering plants that I still need to get in the ground such as blue delphiniums (one of our wedding flowers), yellow dahlias and some others whose names escape me at the moment.

[livejournal.com profile] ptor mowed our hay lawns today. Mowing has become too difficult on my back so I am very grateful he was able to get it done today as the lawns were really overgrown. He also edged the lawns and bushes and it all looks much beter. I pulled about a million weeds in the backyard flower/herb/pepper bed as well which made that look a lot better.

Our artichoke plant continues to produce and grow, which is very cool.

We still have lots to do, but we are getting there.
cassidyrose: (garden goodies)
We braved Home Despot on a Saturday afternoon because we needed to rent a tiller. We also needed a garden cart and they had a model we really like there. Renting the tiller was easy. Getting the damned garden cart was a ridculously complicated experience. Let's just say if you are too lazy/stupid/hungover/stoned, or any combination thereof, to handle your job as one of the many random clerks in the garden department (which was way overstaffed, even for a very busy Saturday), then maybe you should just quit and save us all the trouble. So damned obnoxious and tiring. But get the cart we did. Then we went to the San Leandro dump where there was a line (it didn't occur to me there would be a line at the dump) and we got a truckload of compost for the garden. Then home and [livejournal.com profile] ptor assembled the garden cart and I pulled the remaining onions out of the garden bed that was to be tilled, and started on my tomato seed planting while visiting with [livejournal.com profile] catzen. I got the seeds all planted and labeled in their start containers and [livejournal.com profile] ptor poured the compost and tilled the garden area (tilling at this point in the pregnancy was determined to not be the wisest thing). Now we have a nice garden area all turned over and filled with compost. Yay! Tomato seeds are in their mini-greenhouse thing in the window box and tomorrow we will plant sunflowers and a few other things out in the garden.

I felt well enough this evening to actually make a full dinner and we both were happy with it. We had salad of red leaf lettuce and baby spinach with gorgonzola crumbles and homemade balsamic vinaigrette, mashed potatoes made with fingerling and russet potatoes with spring garlic and onions (from the garden), sunburst squash and snow peas stir fried with olive oil, garlic and lemon, and some veggie buffalo wings. It was all very good, but I made way too much of the potatoes, so we will be eating those for a few days. The sunburst squash was particularly good. I had dessert of a kiwi fruit and [livejournal.com profile] ptor had some port.

[livejournal.com profile] ptor is resting on the couch and I am going to take a bath, then bed, then rehearsal in the morning and more garden and house chores throughout the day. Lots to do, lots to do.

yard love

Apr. 26th, 2006 03:51 pm
cassidyrose: (sunflowers against sky in garden)
I love our backyard.

I love that we grow things in it and there are lovely blooming flowers and thistles and soon there will be tomatoes and sunflowers. And basil, oregano, okra, tomatillos and peppers.

I love looking out the window and seeing the sparrows, finches, mourning doves and the occasional cranky scrub jays on the feeder and on the deck. I love seeing the doves resting on the deck and hearing them coo. I love the random hummingbirds that zip past when I am sitting out on the deck. I love the funny squirrels, scrounging for food, even though their insistence on messing with the bird feeders drives me bonkers. I even love the ever-cranky crows, squawking overhead.

I love listening to the windchimes either from inside the house with the windows open or while working in the yard. I love wathcing the birds at the feeder when I am outside and they decide I am not a threat. I love listening to all the random bird noises that I cannot even identify. I love hearing the rustling of birds hiding in the photinia.

I feel very forunate to be able to enjoy all this.

This weekend we will hopefully be getting some compost and reting a tiller to prep the main garden plot. I am very much looking forward to it.

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