Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall/Winter Garden Log -- September 17, 2017

Finished up the garden this past week, although I'm still doing some mulching and, of course, weeding already. Sigh...

→The lettuces are in:
Little Gem - Seedsnow.com
Yugoslavian Red Butterhead - Seed Savers Exchange
Green Ice - Seedsnow.com
Salad Bowl Red - Seedsnow.com
→The choys:
Shanghai Green - Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds 
Extra Dwarf Pak Choy - Saved Seeds (orig. Baker Creek)
→The kales:
Tronchuda - Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Lacinato - Seedsnow.com
Halbhoher Gruner Krauser - Seed Savers Exchange
→The beans:
Tendergreen Improved - Ferry Morse
Calima - Pinetree Garden Seeds

I went ahead and bought nursery plants to get these in - mine are not ANYWHERE near big enough to plant, and I'm not even sure they ever will be. These are all from Bonnie Plants and they cost $3.78 a pack of 6, so they are 63 cents each. No tax because Vegetables! Yea!

Savoy Cabbage
Ruby Red Perfection Cabbage

Artwork Broccoli
Lieutenant Broccoli

Next up, potting up some vegetables for the greenhouse this winter.

More things to remember.....

2) Everyone around you is going to die.

Hug your mom and dad and tell your sister you love her. They won’t be there someday when you finally look up from that smartphone. Tell people that matter to you that they matter.

--- "20 Brutal Truths"

Monday, September 18, 2017

Things to remember.....

You’ll stop living some day.

We all want to think we are invincible, but we aren’t. Stop wishing away your days and start enjoying what is going on right now.
--- "20 Brutal Truths"

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fall/Winter Garden Log -- September 12, 2017

Fall garden planting has been progressing.  I'm planting one bed a day -- NOT a race, not a race! ha! John's following behind me and putting in the water system.  (Full disclosure, he's helping with a lot of the prep too.) Love him!

Here's what we have planted so far:

Does anyone know how to post an Excel file in Blogger and have it save the formatting? I can't figure it out, so I too a picture of the file instead. I feel so dumb right now. There has to be a way to do it.

I listed the carrots in the last post, so here's what's in Row 2:

Pink Plume Celery - Seed Savers Exchange
Golden Celery - Seedsnow.com
Palco Spinach - Territorial Seed
Matador Viking Spinach - Seedsnow.com
American Spinach - Seed Savers Exchange
Red Kitten Spinach - Johnny's Select Seeds
Golden Beets - Seedsnow.com
White Beets - Seedsnow.com
Rainbow Chard - Ferry Morse

Today we planted green beans (I had a few seeds left over from the spring garden, so decided to use those up.) I hope we have time to get a crop before any freezes.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fall/Winter Garden Log -- September 7, 2017

I'm finally feeling good enough to venture outside a bit.  I've been anxious to get started on our Fall and Winter garden! John has been such a great help in getting the garden tilled and ready for me to plant.  He was out there today helping me along, too, and is hooking up the automatic water sprinklers as we go. 

Today we prepped and planted the carrots. There are 5 different varieties of carrots in this bed - Amarillo, Dragon, Sugar Snax, St. Valery, and Chantenay Red Core.

I also potted up one of the banana trees that we got back in April.  That little tiny plant (I think it was all of about 6 inches tall when it came in the mail) has grown to about 3 foot! I'll be moving all three of them into bigger pots in the next few days and they will spend the winter in the greenhouse.
This is the Dwarf Orinoco banana. It's looking very healthy -- hoping for good things next spring.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Where I've Been

I recently had surgery on my eye-lids and have been hiding out at home ever since. It's been 6 days now, and I go back to see the surgeon tomorrow.  I'd like to say it went smoothly and was "no trouble at all" but that wouldn't be true.  

I've been bothered for years by a very droopy eyelid on my right side, so much so that I have trouble driving and seeing anything on my right peripheral side. I've had a few scary events that made me decide to get this looked at to see if there was anything we could do about it, otherwise I may not be able to drive well.  

Well, of course, I found out its a fairly common problem and I was referred to a surgeon.  She did a bilateral direct eyebrow lift on both eyes, since she said my left was starting to do the same thing and I'd just have to come back for that one in the future.

Don't quite know what I was expecting, but the recovery has been a LOT harder then I thought it was going to be - for one thing I look a real FRIGHT! Not only the stitches which cover the entire length of my eyebrows, but the swelling and bruising that came along with it.  My whole face has been puffy and my eye sockets have turned a sickly greenish hue. My eyelids have also been very puffy, but they are starting to get better.  I've been using ice packs and saline washes and lots of pain killer. It's getting better, but slowly.

So, if you don't see me in the next month or so, that's why.  I hope it won't take that long, but the way its going, it just might. 
Picture below, but turn away if you're squeamish.

Mimi's Summer Day Camp, Day Nineteen -- Kid Cooks!

August 24, 2017

Today is the last day of summer camp! Boo!  We're making a meal for the Koenig's for their supper tonight.  First off we're going shopping at the HEB!  KT made our shopping list first before we left the house.  

 KT monitored the shopping list!

After shopping, we stopped at Chili's in Boerne for lunch!

When we got home we practiced setting a proper table.  The girls had paper plates and plastic utensils to practice with.  
 Then we started making our meal.  Joss started making the dessert so that it would have time to set up before supper time.  John and KT went on a bike ride while Joss and I worked in the kitchen.

We're making Vanilla Strawberry Whip - and from the samples I tried this one is going to be a big hit! She got this all whipped up and in the fridge.

 Mimi helped just a little by holding the containers for her.
 Joss helped by licking the beaters! ha!
 I got both of the girls one of these kid friendly knives - they do a fine job on 
things like fruit and vegetables.

Then KT came in and we started on the main dish.  We chose an Italian Pasta dish, since both of the girls will eat that with no coaxing! Gotta be practical!  KT did a really good job - frying the meat, and boiling the pasta.  

 Mixing in the pasta sauce.
 The girls got a cute little kitty timer for their future cooking endeavors!

KT cut and buttered the French bread, and Joss helped pack it in to the box for delivery.

 That's it. We finished just in time to pack it all in the car and deliver to their house.  The girls set the table before we left, and I wish I had gotten a picture of that, but I didn't.  They did a great job and the table looked very pretty all made up with the placemats, silverware and napkins.  

Summer camp is over for 2017.  I hope they had as good a time as we did!

Love you, girls!