Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Some Mid Week Humor

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Monday, July 21, 2008

In Which We Unearth A Surprise.....

My garden has been doing fabulously this year. The plants are lush and green. There have been blooms all over the place. Bees are buzzing around pollinating plants and baby veggies were abound when we left for camping. I actually harvested a zucchini the day we left, because it grew so fast the last few days it was on the plant, I was worried it would be too big and bitter by the time we came home. I only planted one zucchini plant this year, due to space constraints, and then later read that you need to have two plants for cross pollination to get any decent kind of harvest. Well, I've had plenty of male blossoms, and unfertilized zukes, but there appears to be 2 more of those suckers out on my plant now, so I'm not too worried about it. I was going to try a new Zucchini-Orange bread recipe with it, but we're going to have it grilled with some summer squash to go along with a dinner this week, and we'll save the bread making for when it's not so stinking HOT!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Stimulate This

I don't discuss politics on this blog, and I am not about to start now.. in the middle of an election year. I will say however that I wholeheartedly disagree with George Bush's Economic Stimulus plan. If the Federal Gov't really had THAT MUCH extra cash kicking around, I can think of about eleventy billion BETTER things they could've done with it, than to get people to buy more crap.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Friends Are God's Apology For Relations

So Ms. Thang is turning 11 next Friday, and on Saturday (the 26th) various members of both of our families will get together to celebrate her birthday. A few years ago we declared that we were hosting family birthday parties until the age of 12, and while it caused some uproar with my MIL, I secretly am thrilled to death that I only have to suffer through 2 more of these craptacular occasions.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Homeward Bound

Some Things I Learned While Camping (In no particular order):

1. No matter when we go camping, it will either rain or be cold. This time we got rain half of Monday, and cold nights. The Boy says it's his fault. Any time in his life he's ever been camping, it's rained. I think next time we will leave him home.

2. The only reason men (and boys) go camping, is to start fires. The bigger the fire, the happier the men-folk. In order to have a fire, you must have a large stick. The only purpose of the stick, is to poke the fire. The poking makes the fire bigger and therefore better. The fire is not there to provide you warmth, no matter what you may think. It's just there to entertain the men-folk.

Friday, July 11, 2008

In Which We Find a Much Needed Vacation

The ole' blog is going to be quiet for a bit. After a steel drum gig up north early tomorrow.. we will be taking off for a much needed family vacation. We're headed off to our favorite local campground where we will un-plug, un-wind and recharge. The weather looks pretty decent, with only a chance of rain on Monday. The first time we ever went was a wash (click here,), so I'll settle for one possibly rainy day.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Hot Summer Streets

Whoah baby.... is it hot out there today. The heat index is 95, which pales in comparison to that REALLY HOT week we had before school got over, but it's still toasty! One of those days where the air quality is bad, and they've issued warnings and blah blah blah. I still managed to get in a 2 mile walk early this morning, and I'm doing things that maybe only crazy people do when it's hot.. but I'm not at that "too hot to move" stage yet. The sky is clouding up and I'd bet my money on some thunder storms later. I love summer thunder storms. The kids are off swimming, the gardens are looking a little wilty, and the dog is moping around drooling all over the floor. (sigh). I finished a book earlier and may even work on some knitting later. If it's too hot for yarn I'll probably take a book outside and sit under the trees at the table with a cold drink. I love summer vacation.

p.s. I cut those daisies from my garden. Aren't they gorgeous?

Monday, July 07, 2008

In Which We Find Some Knitting

I'm currently involved in a Knit-a-long for the Knit and Tonic Dream Swatch Head Wrap. (pdf, be warned!) I won this lovely yarn that is a mix of merino wool and silk. It's fingering weight, but I didn't feel like starting socks (my last pair isn't finished yet)... and I was dying to knit it NOW, so here we are. Besides, I wear my hair up a lot, especially at school. Nothing worse than your hair hanging in your face while you try to work. This yarn and pattern were a perfect marriage. The yarn brings out the long stitches beautifully, and the pattern allows long runs of each color instead of the smaller stripes socks would show.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Just Another Random Sunday....

Few things:

1. My SIL is pregnant again, and I'm sooooooooo excited and happy for them. They have been through so much, and have been trying for so long to have a family. If you could keep them in your good thoughts over these next 7 months, we would all greatly appreciate it. I can't imagine the fear and anxiety she must be feeling along with the excitement and happiness. I have to say, I was worried enough for her after they lost my nephew Max, but she's been battling depression since her miscarriage last year and really has been struggling. Max's death was a freak accident, but to be safe they are going to take the baby early (I'm guessing 2 weeks?) and so he/she will be born sometime in the middle-ish of January. Just in time to need lots of hand-knit items.

Friday, July 04, 2008

The Bombs Bursting In Air....




*photos taken by me at the Fisher Cat game on 6/21/08

Thursday, July 03, 2008

A Weed Is a Flower That Hasn't Met It's Potential

It has rained almost every day since ... I dunno, it seems like ever. Each day we've had a shower, even if it was brief. Some days we've had a quick light rain. Some days, like today, we had a heavy pouring rain. We've had hail. We've had major thunder/lightning. It's been very wet, and as a result.. my gardens are doing fabulously!! I'll be posting photos over the next few posts to show you how big some of my plants are. I have tomatoes that come up as high as my.. er.. ladies. I have some purple cone flowers that are almost as tall as I am. Everything is green and lush, and as is such, even the weeds are thriving.