Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Notice the honey bee in the bloom in the above photo. She's just one of the hundreds of honey bees that I have to contend with each time I go out to the garden. Tough problem to have!!!(wink wink) This is why we currently have around 30 melons growing all over the place.
I always read that it's good to put terra cotta tiles under the melons. The warmth helps them to grow faster and it protects the bottom side from getting too rotted, etc. I happened to have a broken pot and I've been using the pieces for this instead of buying something new. Hence the pretty blue broken pottery pieces you see sticking out.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Nonetheless, we really lived it up and enjoyed the U.S.'s biggest game in US soccer in 80 years. I had a blast and I think Alain and my dear friend, Barb, did as well. I was very excited and nervous and so drank cinco margaritas. Yes, that is uno margarita too much for me, my lovelies. I am still not feeling like myself. But who cares. This was a very special occasion. Here are some of the photos to prove it. These were WAY TOO GOOD not to share. They all make me smile.
Yes, I actually got Alain to wear U.S. gear....and, I must say, he wears it well!!!
Like I said, cinco margaritas....
Sophie stopped in for the last 10-15 minutes or action....or rather inaction.
My favorite photo from the weekend World Cup festivities? This one. Me, dressed as "Memo", the Mexican player with the crazy hair (something I can relate to), and Jean, our dear Mexican friend. He was kind enough to invite fans for the opposing team over to watch the game.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
As for me, I have about 8 basil plants and I can spare a few. I am planning to make pesto this weekend. JUST IN CASE.....
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
No, I am not expecting a child. Just planning for the future.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I feel for you. Because you missed the most excruciating and, at the same time, most exhilarating game of US soccer that I have ever seen. I went to a pub BY MYSELF and watched the game this morning (everyone else was either working or at home with their kids). It was the coolest experience I've had watching a sports match. I hugged and gave high fives to total strangers. I hooted and hollered like a mad woman. I became hoarse from all the screaming. It was so much fun. And, after I'd actually given up all hope (it was already past 90 minutes!!!), I was so caught off guard by Donovan's goal, that I started crying. I was really embarrassed but I couldn't help myself. And I wasn't the only one. People were standing on tables and chairs. Others were running around the room. Pandemonium. A real moment to remember. I've rarely seen such grit and determination and, well, staying power that the US athletes exhibited in this game. I hope that remains true. In the meantime, I will continue to be inspired by the US team and today's match. And I'm already gearing up for Saturday.
And I am damn proud to be an American today. Way to go, team!!!
*(No, Tim Howard, I didn't forget about you. You were also amazing today, as I would expect!)
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
1.) US Wins against Algeria - we would advance. God Willing and The Creek Don't Rise! This is obviously the most optimal situation!!! Fingers and toes and eyelashes crossed.... I will be a basketcase next Wednesday morning. Anyone care to watch with me? No kids allowed ~ too distracting. And I would terrify them with all my hootin' and hollerin'.
2.) US ties with Algeria. This is a little more tricky. England would have to lose for the US to advance. I won't bet money on this scenario though (although Slovenia is doing quite well). If both the US and England tie, both teams would have the same number of points and the outcome will come down to scores. Yikes. Don't want this to happen. If England wins, well, you can figure it out. I will delete my entire post about all the things I love and adore about England (not really but I'm sure I'll be tempted!!!).
But then again, I've been watching World Cup news worldwide ALL DAY and not one person I've seen or read about has agreed with that call from today's game. The US should have won today 3-2. And then we wouldn't even be having this discussion!!! I won't be getting past this anytime soon. And the coward ref won't even explain his call or who it was against. What an idiot. How is this kind of stuff even allowed? What if he was paid off or something??? (Yes, I am a conspiracy theorist.)
The real reason for this post is to express my absolute admiration for this guy, Tim Howard. Every once in a while a soccer player comes along and steals my soccer-loving heart away. I used to love Batistuta (I am a loyal USA fan but I recognize good players when I see them!). This World Cup it's Howard. I feel the US defense is lacking and so my new saying is "Leave It To Howard". He is super confident and owns the game. The commentators (whom I cannot stand!!!!) said today, "Howard has the courage of a lion". If even those bastards can cough up a compliment, you know he has to be good. I love when he gets super-frustrated at his own team for leaving him exposed and he responds by screaming and throwing his hands up at them. I do love a player with true passion. However, if this didn't happen, we wouldn't be able to recognize the pure soccer genius that is Tim Howard. Howie, love you baby.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
This article also got me thinking about how Charlotte doesn't have a teahouse. Man, that would be so nice. Dreaming, as usual....
Monday, June 14, 2010
Last night I was so excited to bring these babies home with me that I was carrying them around from room to room. They were the first thing I saw when I opened my eyes this morning. Yes, it's a good day. Thank you, Les. And just for the record.....I would have loved you forever anyway. (wink wink)
Saturday, June 12, 2010
This Wednesday, June 9th, we had a little ceremony in the morning.....Sophie tucked the remaining four into an envelope and we walked her out to put them in the mailbox. It's done. And her first three nights without them have been uneventful. And I am overcome with pride at how well she's done. I know it's been hard for her. She'll mention that she doesn't want to grow up and she wants to still be a baby. Don't we all? She wants to give at least ten extra hugs and kisses at bedtime. We're reading extra books. Yet she proceeds with no tears and no tantrums. It's really quite impressive.
Guess what? I have shed more tears than she has. I am surprised at how emotional I've been at this whole thing. For me, I think it's the last major step in leaving true babyhood. I am sure that she was more ready for this step than I was. I think part of it has been our inability (so far) to have a second child and my fear that I'll never get to experience another baby of my own. Maybe Tuesday night was my last night putting one of my own beautiful babies to bed. I don't know that I'll have another. Because now I am putting a very big and brave girl to bed. Yet no matter how big she gets, I will always, always, always picture her just like this.
I don't know about Soph but I know that I already miss that BiBi so much.
And, I have to say, Alain and I did it the right way....at least for our family. I never wanted to go through all the drama involved with taking it away from her before she was ready. Nights full of screaming and crying and insecurity. This was the right way. And I am so proud of us. I see how proud Soph is of herself and I know that we helped her get there. Only a parent can know what's best for their own child. Parenting is hard but it's nice to have a moment here and there when you can pat yourself on the back for doing the best thing for your child.....Bye Bye, BiBi.
Friday, June 11, 2010
1. At home - laundry, ironing, making beds, emptying the dishwasher, etc. MISERABLE. Also, spending hours on the phone with Verizon, etc to work out billing and technology issues. Fun week for me. Ugh. I've been having a lot of fun lately.....meeting friends, party planning (smile!), etc. and all this domestic (read horrible) work has been piling up. So I'm paying the price this week.
2.) Hitting the pavement - I am now training for a ten miler in late September. Please stop laughing. I CAN HEAR YOU!!!
3.) In the garden - you know, weeding and obsessing over issues. Oh, and happily, now harvesting little bits...
4.) At the pool - my girlie and I have been hanging at the pool quite a bit lately. I am NOT a pool person but I have to say that we've been having a lot of fun. Sophie's confidence in the water is impressive. I've seen drastic improvements in a week and a half. AND our gym has the coolest pool (actually Waterpark) that I've ever been to.....so much fun. We're even getting tanned. And my friend Connie and I came up with this equation......TAN = SKINNY. Ha ha ha. I wish that were true!!!
Anyway, hopefully I will be able to blog more next week because I do miss it.....
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Ciao.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I also spoke to her about planting more cabbage and broccoli in the Fall. What, come again? I know, I know. With all the looper issues, I said I was done with the brassica family. Well.......I had to harvest the cabbage head at the end of last week. I went out one morning and found a MASS (and I mean large MASS!) of green, gobby, gooey, LARGE eggs of some type. It was DISGUSTING. I hadn't seen anything like it before. I don't know about you but I had no interest in finding out what was going to hatch out of those suckers. So, like any brave woman, I had my husband harvest the cabbage head and remove the plant and put it directly into the garbage. Shew. Crisis averted! I knew there were loopers in the head so we gave it a nice, long salt water bath. Only one worm floated to the surface but lots of tiny white eggs were floating in the dish afterwards. Anyhoo (I am long winded).....we started using the cabbage this weekend.
WOW!!! In my lifetime, I have never tasted cabbage like this. I didn't even know I liked cabbage this much. It is DIVINE. We've been adding shredded cabbage to our salads every night. Not only is the color GORGEOUS but the taste is simply out of this world. I can honestly say that it was worth every damn worm I pulled off that plant. Worth all of my obsessing. I would otherwise never have known how good cabbage can actually be.
The good news? The Renfrow lady told me that I won't have those looper issues in the Fall. Oh happy day!!! I am seriously ready to pop open champagne to celebrate the very thought of growing this ridiculously delicious cabbage without all the looper issues.
AND, I just have to say.......I know you've heard it all before....but I love veggie gardening. I LOVE IT.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
You'd think this was good news. But I'm not sure it is. They're beautifully red as you can see from the above picture. But they're still hard as rocks. I am new to this. I love to believe I'm a Farmer Jane but let's be real. The knowledge that true farmers have is acquired over decades of experience. This is my second year of gardening and I inherited the peach tree from our home's previous owners. I am totally out of my element. We have baskets full of peaches inside hoping that they will continue to ripen before they go bad.
On a recent trip down to Fort Mill, SC, we passed the thousands of peach trees that line the roads and highways. You know what? Not a peach in sight. How can those trees be so different from our own? So I keep getting this sneaky feeling that something is not quite right with our tree/peaches.Our Mama tree has really been suffering. I thin the peaches almost daily but she is still crippled under the weight of all the fruit she's produced. After one storm, we lost a large branch. I think the additional weight of all the rain took her over the edge.
Note to Self: We really need to take better care of Mama Peachtree.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
This is one of my three cantaloupe plants. Lookin' damn good if I do say so myself.
The scarlet runner beans are slowly making their way up the trellis. There are a few nice red blooms but no beans that I can see yet. When I look at the garden from a distance, for me, this is the highlight. It provides a nice aesthetic that would otherwise be missing.
A peak at the red cabbage head. And, unfortunately, more examples of looper damage. Yes, I am still picking off worms every single day. Although, I do have less work now that I've removed the two broccoli plants. (silent cheering going on here behind the keyboard!)
The bad news? Two of my tomato plants have blight. I don't exactly know what this means yet but you know for sure that I will be researching this most of the evening. The two affected tomato plants are in the first bed that is the carry over from last year. I feel sure that it's something that I didn't do after last year's growing season. This year I will know better what to do with the bed once the season ends. For now, my fingers are tightly crossed that I won't have to remove the entire plants. More to come....