June 17, 2009

Some photos

A volunteer borage plant that came up in the garden

A heavy crop of side shoots that came out after I harvested the main head.

The resulting dinner - Broccoli frittata on a bed of steamed kale. Except for the dash of cheese on top of the frittata, every ingredient came from here. Joe and I are hoping to launch an experiment for the months of July, August and September to see if we can eat only from our garden, the chickens and wild food. The only store-bought exceptions will be olive oil, salt and flour (to continue with bread baking). Exceptions also apply to pizza parties and meals with friends and family. If the garden continues with it's current level of production, this should not be a difficult venture. Plus, wild berry season is just around the corner. :)

June 16, 2009

Missing Joe

Okay, so I may have lied a little. I'm not subsisting entirely on a diet of broccoli and lettuce. I have replaced Joe with chocolate. If I gain any weight while he's gone, that'll be the culprit. :)

I have been making up for the extra calories, though, with extra exercise. I went to the Floyd Contradance on Saturday and had a blast!! It was one of the best ones I've been to in a long time. The band was so good (a local family band) you couldn't sit still even if you were about to pass out and really wanted to take a break! While I was out having fun, Lily got bored and went to meet yet another neighbor. Luckily, this neighbor did not tie Lily up, so she was home when I got back from the dance. Unluckily, the neighbor did feed Lily ("She was hungry!" - Of COURSE she was hungry. She is a dog!! No dog has EVER turned down food, no matter how well cared for or neglected they are!) and play with her for over an hour. Apparently this neighbor loves Lily and said she can come over for play-dates any time. This is good because considering the royal treatment Lily got while over there, she will most likely be back for a visit.

Yesterday, little sister Jenny came a callin' with all the nieces and nephew. We had a blast and Jenny even got a surprise massage from Lisa out of it. :) You are most welcome, Jenny. Thanks for the visit!

June 11, 2009

Too Much Food!

If I were to make a "Pros and Cons" list for Joe being gone for two weeks, part of the list would look like this:

Pro: I actually have leftovers when I cook.
Con: Without refrigeration, I can't eat the leftovers in time.

Who knew that too much food would be a complaint! In the spirit of not being wasteful, I feel morally obligated to eat as much as I can as fast as I can. The garden is cranking out more broccoli, peas and lettuce than you can shake a stick at. If it is even possible to gain weight on a diet of only green vegetables, then Joe might return to find a chubbier version of me than when he left. We have a very eccentric friend who has a theory that the government is controlling the weather through the exhaust trails left by airplanes. According to him, airplanes fly over spewing out "chem-trails" which then cause it to rain the next day, pouring chemicals on the earth. I'm quite dubious of this idea, but I have my own theory that someone has mixed Miracle-Gro in with the rain. My potatoes got a little over ambitious in their attempt to become a forest and are now falling over under their own weight, and the peas grew twice as tall as their support system and are suffering the same fate as the potatoes.

Please invite yourself over to my house for dinner. We'll be having stir-fry and salad.

June 09, 2009

Hot Hot Hot!

It's days like these that make me really happy I rode the moped to work. It has been a very productive, but hot and sweaty, day at the farm. I'll never understand how time flies when I'm working at home but seems to crawl when I'm doing the same work only somewhere else. I am looking very forward to the moped ride home, though. Of course, mopeding means Lily and Wilson have to stay at home. This is a picture of them patiently awaiting my return. ;)

Joe is on the bus to Massachusetts right now for a 10-day silent meditation course. He'll be gone a total of two weeks, but we will get to talk during his LONG bus ride there and back. Sure will miss him!

This blog post would be far more interesting and inspiring except that the sun exposure has bleached away some of my intelligence. I'm thinking the moped ride and a long bout in the hammock should restore my mental faculties.

June 04, 2009

Sorry Jenny

Jenny has requested more frequent postings on this blog, and I was going to attempt to oblige, but the stars are stacked against me. It appears our computer has died. :( Not having internet access at home was enough of a slow down, but no computer at all puts an even bigger obstacle in the road. I may have to revert to the old-fashioned method of hand-writing blog entries and then transcribing them when I have a few moments at a computer. Pictures may be even fewer and far between. Oh well, you've all seen enough pictures of Wilson to last a life time. :)