Well, folks, my little writing experiment for 2013 has gone fairly well. I have written every day as I promised myself. And I’m definitely grabbing 2013 by the horns (perhaps 2013 is a longhorn) and doing as much as I can to make this year awesome, inspiring, educational, and fun.
NOTE: I want to reassure readers Kate and Fransi, as well as my grandma, that I am not killing myself. And I’m not heading for a nervous breakdown. I do sleep. And I have a lot of down time. I just seem very busy because I’m telling you about the exciting parts. Or at least the stuff I find exciting. Or that the Gs find exciting. Sleeping, watching tv, reading magazines, and sitting on the patio eating chocolate does not make interesting reading in my opinion.
So yay! 100 posts under my belt! Thanks for reading! I figured that Bruce, my far-flung friends, maybe my parents, and a couple of curious co-workers might check out the blog occasionally. Most would be from Canada and the U.S of A. But no, folks from Ireland, France, the UK, the Fareo Islands, Croatia, Australia, and a bunch of other places are reading. Thank you! And please comment since it’s fun to know what your growing seasons are like, what your dog’s names are, your trials with your sewing projects, what you do for a living, where you like to travel, etc.
On with today’s post:
Today was an amazing day. Bruce and I finished the construction of the office desk area feature wall:
We’ll move on to another similar trim job in the office later this week. Today, we needed to finish up work by 11:30 since we had human and canine guests coming for Sunday lunch. Our friends Christine and Fred with their three dogs Polly (chihuahua), MJ (Boston Terrier), and Bandit (a tiny little guy with lots of attitude) and Chris with his new puppy Mayhem came by for a playdate for the dogs and lunch and a little NASCAR watching for the humans.
Since we haven’t gotten together for a while, we used the time as an excuse to have a dog birthday cake for Polly’s and Guinness’s birthdays.
Can you say spoiled animals? Thank goodness for The Three Dog Bakery and their cakes which are a nice healthy treat (seriously!) for a big group of spoiled dogs like ours. And of course, each dog went home with a chunk to eat later. It freezes well too.
While today was all about partying for the dogs, today was about dirt for me. The soaked okra seeds were planted. Fingers crossed that the plants will grow and thrive since I’ve never grown okra before. More beet seeds were planted. Radishes were harvested — 10 today and more will be ready later this week. I will definitely replant as soon as I can since the French Breakfast radishes are fast growing and delicious.
Today was the day when all of the fall arugula and almost all of the kale got pulled out. It’s a little sad to say goodbye to plants that produced so well and kept us in salad greens for so long, but it’s time to move on to more spring crops. And I will definitely plant Nero kale again. So pretty and so productive. Arugula was a treat since a small packet of seeds gave us so much. It’s also neat to taste it at various points in its lifecycle. Today’s batch is almost too peppery. But it’s a taste to remember until cool weather comes again.
Spring is definitely here with warm weather (70°s this weekend) and cool breezes. It’s the time when day-to-day, the urban farm changes dramatically. The tomatoes, peas, and beans are remarkable right now and it seems like they are gaining inches every day. The lettuce and bok choi are cranking away. There are ladybugs and bees hanging out.
It’s exciting because every day is a surprise in the urban farm.
But it’s the same with “real life” as well. It’s a series of surprises and delights filled with daily shock and awe. As long as I choose to look for them.
Wishing you a good week and again, thank you for reading.
Happy 100th post! Your posts are always great, not sure how you fit the ‘boring’ bits like sleeping, watching tv, reading and eating chocolate into your life too.,.
LOL. Thank you for the vote of confidence. I do need to make more time for chocolate, however.
Congratulations! Can’t believe it’s 100 already. I am in LOVE with Mayhem and those ears. What a fabulous character face. I love that you have dogs over, as well as your friends. And I love that they all get cake on their birthday. Those are great shots. The desk area is AMAZING!!! Can’t wait to see it painted.
Thank you. Mayhem was a hoot. He’s quite a pup. I’m sure we’ll have more pictures of the office this weekend since we’ll need to keep working on it. Bruce spent some time tonight caulking and doing painting prep.
Excellent! I’m standing by …
Good on you Julie – bless your energy – you too inspire, not forgetting Bruce and the 3G’s
HA! Not this week. It’s been a slow haul.
When you reach the top of the hill it’s free wheel all the way to the bottom.
Settling in now to watch the golf – life has some drawbacks but they have to be accepted.
Congrats on #100!!!
I like your light colored desk. I find dark colored paint or stained wood to be depressing and I always have to add several lights to make it suitable for my use.