Saturday, December 07, 2013
Hi, Sparkling friends! Today was one of those perfect Florida days - a cool morning and high 80's by 1:00 pm.
After coffee this morning, I headed out to the garden. First, I got another row of broccoli started by transplanting some of the first row. Next, I planted two rows of Yukon Gold potatoes. Next, I planted organic garlic called "Music" - very fragrant! If they all grow, I'll definitely be selling some at the local farmer's market. I planted two large rows - about 40 cloves. Then, new to the cilanto, I planted some taragon - I've never planted this before, so we'll see what it does. And in one of the sunniest spots in the herb garden, I planted dill. If the weather is good tomorrow, I'll plant some cabbage.
Now, remember those pitiful little blueberry bushes I planted? I hope this is a good thing - My little wonders are forming flower buds! Hopefully, this isn't too early for this climate zone. Since this is my first rodeo with blueberry bushes, I have no idea! Guess if it gets cold, I'm going to have to really cover these guys!
You really have to enlarge this picture, but this little bush has a pink bud starting to bloom!
And bush no. 2 was the one that looked like it was dead when I got it. It's not quite as tall as the other two, but it's leafed out nicely and now covered in little pink buds.
Bush no. 3 - you can see how tall it's gotten in the picture of bush no.2 - it's in the upper right corner. All three of these plants are quite green and vibrant. Hopefully, I can keep them that way!
The rest of my day was spent putzing about the yard, running my son to the Flea Market and picking him up, and getting the laundry done.
And while the northern part of our fine country is freezing, I grilled steaks on the patio for supper, and am enjoying my evening. It's a beautiful 70 degrees out right now - almost cool enough for a fire in the chimnea!
Tomorrow - Grocery shopping and the rest of the laundry. Tonight - I'm taking a bath and relaxing!
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
No, I'm not going to avail you of my horrendously stressful day in my legal lala land. I'm much too relaxed right now and winding down for bed.
I do, however, want to let you all know that I'm not ignoring you - I'm just in the middle of some rather time-consuming projects, one being my garden, of course, and for the last couple of days, learning about backyard chicken-keeping, or "micro-flocks." There's a lot to research and retain - building a coop and run, what accessories are needed, feed, nesting boxes and materials - like I said, a lot. I have to know all of this so I can write a proposed city ordinance to present and argue to the City Counsel so that the ordinance against raising chickens in the city limits can be changed.
I spent the evening writing the first draft, and when I'm happy with it, I'll send a copy to my friend, who is also a former mayor, to "tweak" it and give me some pointers on presenting this idea.
Like I need another project, right? Well, I'd better be off to bed. Tomorrow should be almost as insane as today was......
Monday, December 02, 2013
Oh, boy, did I ever not want to leave my house today! After three days of grey overcast, today was warm and sunny - One of those days that makes staying inside feel much like a prison.....
And then, I come home for lunch to find my seed potatoes and garlic waiting for me! I spent some time preparing my seed potatoes - They should be ready to plant in a few days - and will prepare my seed garlic for planting later this week.
If I could have stayed home, I would have planted some cabbage, and another row of spinach, but when my hour was up, it was back to work (and that IS a four-letter word!), and the occasional day-dream of my garden. Sometimes it sucks to realize just how unfair life is, but sucks it does, that's the reality, and it's back to work I go.
I've got to stop and get a lottery ticket tomorrow - "There ain't no senior prom looming on my horizon," but you never know about that lottery. I have as much chance to win as anyone else that buys a ticket!
And with that, I'm off to get my tea, and slide into bed....
Sunday, December 01, 2013
It's been overcast all day today, and I've been very, very lazy. And I'm enjoying every minute of that! I've spent most of the day in my room watching movies and petting my dogs.
I did mange to get out to the garden for a little while to do some weeding. The sky keeps threatening rain, so I couldn't do much more than that. So now, I'm back in the house, doing some laundry and watching a little TV. Perhaps I should find something more constructive to do......But not today. Today, I'm going to enjoy being home with my son and my fur-babies!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
For some reason, I slept like the dead last night! I'm usually up a couple of times during the night, but last night I only got up once, and instead of waking at 7:00 a.m., I woke up at 8:45 a.m.!
I had rendered down the remains of our Thanksgiving turkey yesterday, and picked as much meat off of it as I could. This morning, I set the broth on the stove and let it cook down a bit.
While the turkey broth was cooking, I made a quick breakfast, and then went outside to the garden. I got two rows of cauliflower planted today, and hoed the small weeds that were coming up where I had planted lettuce, spinach, beets and broccoli. Here are a couple of pictures:
The lettuce is doing fairly well - definitely coming in full!
The spinach is a little harder to see, but there are two rows:
Four rows of beets - these seedlings are tiny - Green leaves atop ruby red stems:
And the broccoli is sprouting up here:
I took these with my iPhone, so they're a little hard to see. I'll have to take my camera out to the garden tomorrow if the weather permits and take some closeups of the seedlings. If you've never planted these things, they are fascinating!
So, after that, I took my son and his friend up to the Flea Market (it's about 10 minutes away), and when I came back, got out some quart jars, lids and my canning stuff. I got the canner set up, the jars washed and sterilized, and proceeded to can up the turkey stock. I now have 6 quart jars full, all ready to go whenever I want to make some vegetable soup, or use as a base for a rice dish.
Yesterday, I had made an orange-cranberry torte, so I made a light dinner for all of us: NY strip steaks on the grill, baked potato, salad, and a small slice of that torte with some whipped cream - Nothing better!
Now, I'm starting to get sleepy - It's been a really good, productive day! Now, it the weather will cooperate, maybe I can get some cabbage planted tomorrow!
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