it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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coffeeem asked how the garden is doing, and the answer is: transitional. The radish greens are knee-high: the radishes themselves are not yet fat enough to eat. The carrots and beets seem to be working away down there, and so are the leeks and onions. They'll be ready when they're ready.

The arugula is going to flower, but--for the nonce--still tasty if you like sharp greens, which I do. The lettuces are lovely, and I plan to make the first cooked collards tonight to go with a meatloaf. Mmm, meatloaf. Squirrels or birds seem to have gotten the first planting of corn, with the exception of one lone sad plant, so I tried a second planting. The various squashes and cucumbers are squashing, and one pea plant has flowered. (The rest have not, yet.) The sunflowers are up.

I have added a Green Zebra and a Black Klim tomato plant to the Amish Paste and Reisentraube, and two Cherokee Purples in a hanging basket, so with luck we will have an embarrassment of tomatoes soon. I planted a bunch of marigolds in among them yesterday.

Only two musk melons came up and the sprouts were a little bug-riddled, but they are hanging on. I'm hoping they will make me some melons anyway.

Also, black mint, lemon balm, dill, and cilantro are all working away, and I bought some basil and thyme in containers.

The rosemary is not very happy, alas. Maybe it will pull it out, but I historically have bad luck with rosemary.

In other news, I have a delicious cup of tea this morning--Mokalbari Estate East assam from Upton Tea, brewed for four minutes. I bought it with a gift certificate from a friend (thank you, friend!) and I am enormously pleased at the result.

Soon there will be revision notes from my editor for Chill. The ones from my agent appeared yesterday (yay!), which means that my mini-vacation is coming to an end. (Funny how much work is entailed in a mini-vacation.) But as for now, I'm off to yoga, and then there will be pushups (starting Week Two), and then tomorrow there will be a trail cleanup at Ragged Mountain, and then Sunday there will be a herding instinct test for the GRD and possibly rock climbing in Massachusetts if we have time...

...and of course, still working on all this research and reading...

...the days are just packed!!!
Tags: dreams and bones, drop and give me twenty, giant ridiculous dog, grow your own, loose tea for loose women, suburban peasantry

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