We’ve been busy. Busy with work, extra work, travels, The Plan, dog(s), friends, and all the other joys that life has to offer. And in case you hadn’t noticed, we haven’t been that great about updating. But since we had time to put in our garden on Sunday, we thought we’d share. It doesn’t look like much now, but there’s here’s a huge batch of garlic, some broccoli, two types of lettuce, chard, cucumbers, tomatoes, and a variety of herbs. The only thing missing is the peppers section, which will be put in place in a few weeks, after it warms up. We’re hoping the garden won’t take too much supervision this year….as long as we can keep Haley out of it.
We’ve confessed our addiction to DIY television shows in the past. One of the projects that inspired us was a bit on Gardening by the Yard about making your own trellis out of copper pipe. We thought copper would be a great garden accent for our craftsman-style bungalow. So, we whipped out the graph paper, got all the supplies for cutting and soldering pipe, and after carefully cutting out the pieces, we spent the better part of Sunday welding everything together.
Now our peas will have something to cling to!
The weather was so nice this afternoon that we decide to take a risk and kick-off the porch settin’ season a little early. Well, earlier than last year, since we arrived in June—arguably prime porch settin’ season. However, before we could porch set proper we needed to do all our chores. But after we went grocery shopping, had our supper, put away the dishes, and grabbed us a few beers, we were gonna porch set! Besides, the house was kinda stinky. Not that it was our fault. The window fellers used some sort of stuff that stunk somethin’ awful. Honestly, the porch seemed kinda like the smart place to get away from all the fumes. But, once we were ready, I grabbed a porter, the wife got herself a Tecate—which she says is more like a “beer soda”—and we headed for the front door!
Last year we got a ton of snow, and believe me, we enjoyed it. But I still remember saying to Sarah that it would be the last time we would be able to stand by and watch other people shovel it for us.
So last night while we cuddled up in front of the fire, I couldn’t help but think about the snow I was going to have to move the next day. It didn’t worry me, and it certainly didn’t keep me from enjoying our first fire, but it was at the back of my mind.
Luckily, we bought a house that doesn’t have much of a walkway—and no driveway at all, yet—so it wasn’t too much effort to shovel our walk and the sidewalk in front of the house. In fact, it was so easy, I shoveled our next door neighbor’s walk as well.
My reward? Not that I needed one, but Sarah had delicious pancakes and coffee waiting for me.
End of summer? No. Beginning of autumn? Nope.
Bug season. More specifically, cricket season.
I am sure many of you are thinking “What the heck is cricket season, you mad freak?” Well, cricket season is that time of year when crickets who live outside start to wiggle their way inside. Once inside, they proceed to rub their wings together at the most inopportune times—such as when you are trying to sleep!
Last night we were taunted by one particularly loud bugger who was well protected by the radiator. After about 10 minutes of trying to find him we gave up and dragged our cranky asses to the futon, defeated and exhausted.
It is hard to blame the stupid little insects though. Apparently they are able to tune themselves out!
Wish we could the same.
However, since we can’t, we are going to make the cricket a little cocktail.