Sunday, June 24, 2012

the green thumb club

Dearest David, Emily and Graham...

Since you all worked so hard on the Cornwell family garden plot, I thought the least I could do was give you a little update on the fruits of your labors, so to speak.

Bad news first...we've had a badger invasion.  No, none of my family has been to visit, I'm talking real badgers.  Those wide-assed little critters ate all of the beautifully growing lettuce...except two. 

I'm not quite sure why they left those two plants completely untouched but I'm going to assume that it was because they were just full and not because there's anything wrong with them.

In addition, our lettuce-gorging friends dug up all the zucs.  They weren't destroyed, just moved about a bit.  This morning I got them back in place and they seem to be happy again.

While I was doing this (and building the tomato trellises) neighbor Franco stopped by to see how our gardens grows.   He brought with him the good news that I have to share...

Remember that cucumber plant that we so carefully planted by the wall so that it could climb? 

Well, damn if that isn't actually a melon plant!  The non-cuc-but-rather-melon-who-will-soon-be-too-heavy-to-climb is growing like gang busters around the cilantro patch.

And speaking of melons, remember those melons we so carefully planted by the short fence so they could wind around it? 

Well, damn if Franco didn't convince me that they are actually zucs.  And boy are they happy and healthy zucs!  They should be taking over the pepper patch any day now. 

And speaking of the peppers, Franco taught me today how to take the tops off the plants so that more BROCCOLI will grow.

Who knew that peppers seeds made broccoli?  I sure didn't.

Maybe you're wondering if I'm going to be lacking cucumbers since the one cuc we thought we had was really a melon....well, don't you guys worry your pretty little heads!  Remember the zucs? 

Yep!  They're actually cucumbers!  I suppose I could have figured this out myself given that one of them produced the first fruit of the season and it looked like this...

However, until Franco told me they were cucumber plants I was thinking it was just a funny looking zuc.

The watermelons?  They are still watermelons.

So, all and all everything is happy and healthy and not at all where we thought we put it.

Do you guys want to come back for the harvest?

yours forever, with green thumbs,


Friday, June 22, 2012

I hope this goes well...

So, we're having a little work done to the house.  I haven't mentioned it before now because there is so much to do to prepare for this, I've been pretending that it's a long way off.  Well, Augusto is coming on Monday....that's not so far off. 

So the upstairs looks like this...again

You can't really tell in that photo but the floor of this room has a little dip in it.  Actually it's more than a little.  If you were walking through this photo from right to left  (or left to right), the decline in the floor on the first half of the trip provides exactly the momentum that you need to climb the other half of the floor.  There's that, AND this dip is resting on the vault that is a.k.a. the ceiling in the kitchen.  This job needs to be done.

So, as I was cleaning out this room which has been my studio for the past few years I came across these two post-it notes. 

Augusto drew those, I don't know how many years or projects ago.  I do know that they are notes to himself about how to do a bit of electrical work for one of the jobs he's done here.  Should I be worried that in 3 days he's going to be dismantling the entire center of my house and rebuilding it? 

Whatever.  There are other things to worry about and besides, the lights come on every time I hit the switch...for the most part.

So, it's one room living for me for the foreseeable future.  It looks likes this

from left to, studio, Lynn bed, dog bed, kitchen.

It's pretty doable given that this is my living and dinning room

And for some reason, living in a 10' x 12' room with two dogs in 100 degree summer weather makes paper mache seem like a good idea.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I think I will have this tattooed somewhere on my body...somewhere I can read it all the time