Something to admire

(Romaine lettuce still firmly planted in the garden)

Isn’t that one of the prettiest vegetables you’ve ever seen? It’s a head of romaine lettuce that I grew. Or planted so it would grow. Or something like that.

Because the weather has warmed up considerably, I picked it yesterday. I wanted to be sure to get it before it bolted. Does romaine bolt? I should have looked that up. At any rate, it’s getting too hot for the poor lettuces. I think our salad days for this season are almost over. In terms of lettuces, that is.

I used this head of romaine in a salad for dinner last night. Tastiest. Salad. Ever. I served it with some of the red romaine lettuce (not pictured), orange bell pepper, slivers of parmigiano-reggiano cheese, and a lemon-garlic dressing that I made. Very yummy and refreshing. I’ll post the picture tomorrow. I like to keep one on stand-by in case I don’t get around to photographing food every day.

On the good news front: M the Younger has landed a job in Colorado. Yay!!! With the date of the move quickly approaching, it was beginning to be more than a worry. How in the world were M the Younger and his fiancee going to be able to pay the rent? Utilities? Buy food? Fill up their gas tanks?

The job acquisition is a big load off of the minds of those of us involved, especially those of us who have agreed to cosign on their lease (that would be M the Elder and myself).

On the bad news front: The problem with the fish in our pond is now officially a fish kill. M the Elder found 18 dead fish this morning. We’ve decided the only thing we can do is wait it out.

The problem stems from too much dead vegetation decomposing in the pond. The decomposition process sucks up most of the oxygen in the water, oxygen the fish need to survive. We’re hoping the heat will speed up the process so that the water will clear and all the fish won’t die off. There are thousands of fish in that pond so hopefully once nature takes its course we’ll still be left with more than a few.

M the Elder and I had lunch today at the Erie Station Grill.  It was ok. The service was good, and our waitress was friendly. The food was just ok. In all fairness to them, I ordered a just-ok type of sandwich — a BLT. M had the veggie wrap which was also ok.  Both were served with french fries.  M ordered their homemade chips, but they were out of them.

We may or may not go back.  It was one of those places that neither impressed nor overly (or overtly) disappointed.  Very appropriate, I suppose, for someone who said they’d likely be a mediocre superhero.  😉

A row of lettuces

This is the row of mesclun mix. Pretty, isn’t it? (What you can’t see, but only get a glimpse of, is the row of weeds to the left of the lettuces. I need to get out there and do something about that.)

I keep waiting for it to bolt, but the nights have been cool enough to deter that from happening. All in all, it’s been an unusually cool summer. Very nice for lettuces.

Today’s view of the pond

(The 3:00pm view)

Did I mention that gardening is hard work?

Yes, I think I did, somewhere in my last post.

The problem, of course, is that I neglected the garden for about two weeks. We were gone for five days. It was hot when we returned. Then it rained. I had all sorts of excuses. And good ones too, so I thought.

The weeds practically took over the garden. The good news is that they mostly grew between the rows of vegetables and not in with the vegetables themselves. I work on keeping the weeds away from the veggies every time I go out to the garden, then attack the stuff growing prolifically between and around the rows. A garden hoe would be an excellent tool for this purpose. However, I’ve found that my lower back does not respond well to the stance and movements necessary to do a good job with the hoe.

Instead, I’ve been using a cultivator, that little hand-held tool with three prongs. I squat or get down on my hands and knees, and cultivate like crazy. My back is happy, my arms and legs get a good workout, but it’s taking a very long time to make any sort of progress.

I’m going to have to suck it up and ask M to hoe between the rows for me. It will probably take him all of ten minutes to have it all finished. Then I can do what I should have done earlier in the growing season: mulch. That will help keep down the weeds. It will also make the veggies happy, especially if we hit a dry spell.

The weather is unseasonably cool today. I’m enjoying it. I had originally intended to work in the garden for the usual 30-45 minutes, but ended up out there for over two hours. It’s amazing how fast time flies while I’m weeding.

I brought in some lettuces and a few radishes to put in a salad for tonight’s dinner. Yummy. M and I also took a ride up to Hilgert’s (the farm up the road from us) to pick up some strawberries. They had some spinach, green onions, and a few other local goodies in the market.

I ought to stop being so lazy and go out to the strawberry fields to do some picking. They’re much cheaper if you pick your own. Today would have been a good day for it. It’s cool, cloudy, and breezy. Those three conditions do a good job of keeping the bugs away.

M the Younger is still searching for a job in Colorado. If you know of anyone looking for a guy with a degree in Geology in Colorado, give me a holler. A few leads would be nice.

The wedding date has been set for June 13, 2009. M the Younger and his fiancee have found a church. They’ve been looking for a place to have the reception. As far as I know, they haven’t decided on that yet. Then there’s the cake, the food, the DJ, etc., etc.

I think I’m lucky I had sons instead of daughters. 🙂

Sunny Sunday

(Longwood Gardens. April 2008. © Robin)

Surprise! Surprise! My Week 18 Move 2008 update:

  • This week’s mileage: 26.61 miles
  • Total for 2008: 377.37 miles
  • Strength/weight training: x 2
  • Yoga: x5

It was an extremely good week. 🙂  So good that I decided to post my stats on time for a change.

Spring is going full force here in the Bogs. The lawn is looking pretty with the green, green grass interspersed with purple violets and bright yellow dandelions. Most of the trees are fully decked out in either leaves or flowers.

Yesterday evening I sat outside for a while just listening to the sounds around me. The red-winged blackbirds win the prize for making the most noise, calling back and forth to each other. I know there are several nests up in what used to be the hay field. There was a mourning dove cooing in the background. We didn’t have mourning doves nearby until we planted the evergreen trees a few years ago.

It rained for most of the day yesterday, clearing out in the late afternoon/early evening. One of the sounds that surprised me was the sound of the ground soaking up the rainwater. I don’t think I’ve ever taken the time to listen after a good soaking rain before, to hear the bubbling sounds the ground makes as the water is absorbed.

I’m having a lazy day today. Tomorrow I’ll get back to work on the garden. I have some weeding to do as well as some seeds to plant.  Anyone want to volunteer to help?