Look Up: Clouds Over Akron

M and I went to Akron yesterday evening to meet up with a friend.  On our walk from the car to the bar I spotted some rather cool looking clouds.  I would have expected the clouds to produce a storm but they didn’t.  Too bad.  We could use the rain.

Bonus photo:  The full moon.  I took this on our way home last night.  It’s not too bad when you consider I didn’t have a tripod with me and I was shooting through the car window.  I did not Photoshop this photo.  The moon really was that color.

In other news…

Project Patio continues.  M and I went shopping for stones on Thursday.  We found some beautiful Vermont slate that is cut in 12″x12″ squares.  He’ll be using that as wall caps on the brick wall he’s building around the patio.

M has just about finished digging the trench for the wall foundation and we’ll probably be mixing and pouring concrete tomorrow.

Bella (above) and Izzy (below) have already been enjoying the flagstone that will eventually be moved from a tall pile to become the patio.  It’s a nice perch for them as well as a good place to roll around and shed some fur.

(Izzy, looking up.)

I did some work in the garden this morning and found that I have a new resident:

Garden notes: Spent a few hours out in the garden today, weeding and shoveling mulch.  Put down an “anti-weed carpet” (basically sheets of black plastic) between the rows of asparagus in hopes that will keep down the weeds.  I don’t want to use herbacides (going organic out there) so I need another solution for the weed problem.

The asparagus is growing so fast now that we can almost harvest twice a day.  We’re not yet sick of eating it.  It’s yummy and much sweeter than the grocery store stuff.

The spinach is so overrun by weeds (mostly grass — it looks like I planted a lawn out there!) that I may let it go.  Other than the sweat-equity investment, all I’ll lose is a dollar and a few cents.  The lettuces are tall/big enough that I should be able to get in there and weed without harming them.

I planted Greek oregano (in a pot) and pineapple mint (near the barn where it can spread as much as it likes).  M bought a variety of tomato plants as well as some petunias.  We’ll get those planted tomorrow or Monday.

We need rain.  It might be time to start doing a rain dance.