Friday, September 30

pond lady

Last weekend I was doing some yard work when I saw our neighbor walking down the street with a friend and their respective dogs. We briefly exchanged pleasantries and they continued to walk down the street. Once they got a few steps away from the house, I heard the friend say the phrase "pond lady". He was obviously talking about me because I'm the only "lady" in the neighborhood with a pond in her yard. I guess I've been called worse. Though it is interesting that we (Brian and I) used to call another neighbor "the crazy gardener". What goes around comes around.

Monday, September 26

mother earth news fair

Brian, Jacob, and I went to the Mother Earth News Fair on Saturday. It took place at Seven Springs. We were hoping to hit up some of the seminars they had going on, but the one we wanted to attend the most was jam-packed, so we opted out. There were quite a lot of vendor booths to visit, so we did that instead. I was hoping some of the booths would have the info I was after, but they did not. I guess we shouldn't have been so quick to dismiss the seminars. Though, they did have a nice bookstore set up inside and there were animals on display outside (including alpacas!), so that was all good.

Just as we were about to leave, Jake got caught up in some kids' activity (against his will). Let's just say that 350 did not help further their cause on Saturday.

Overall, it was worth attending, but I probably won't go back for a few years (maybe when we're closer to the goal of building our new house).

Wednesday, September 21

neglect

I've been neglecting the blog a little lately. I've been watching season 5 of Dexter, so I don't have movies to force me to blog. That will be remedied soon enough. Maybe I'll even read a book (if I can ever finish this book of zombie short stories I started reading on vacation).

Gardening note: I decided to remove the herb garden as it always turns into a mass of weeds by the end of the summer. I try to keep up with it, but there's only so much time to do weeding tasks. So, it's on its way out. I'm just going to plant grass in that area. I'll still grow some herbs, but they'll be in pots. There are so many things growing out there that I hardly ever use, so it doesn't seem worth the effort.

There are still some things growing in the garden, but the tomatoes have been removed. September has been a bit rainy so I haven't had a lot of time to work outside. Plus, it gets dark at 7:30, so that cuts into my gardening time even more.

The good news is that soon I will have time to do some things in the house. I need to beef up my Everyone Drinks inventory as well as work on some home-improvement type things. I guess that's one good thing about fall/winter.

Monday, September 12

hmm

Nothing much going on here. I'm just trying to use up all of the daylight hours before they are gone. We spent all of Saturday at our rental property, wrapping up some projects that needed to be completed before winter. That was an exhausting day. I'm not used to doing anything but sitting on my butt for 8 hours. But, at least everything has been completed and we don't have any work to do there until next year (emergencies excepted).

I had to remove the tomatoes from the garden as they were spent. I did plant a few things for fall, but it's starting to look a little barren out there. I spent this evening working on the pond. The pond pump quit working a while ago. I replaced it, but didn't manage to bury the new piping until this evening. But, it's all good to go now.

Sunday, September 4

shutter island

It has been a while since we've watched a really good movie. I thought this one was going to be one, but it wasn't. Don't get me wrong, the movie was ok, but I was expecting a little more from Scorsese. The movie had a crazy twist at the end, which was good. But, clocking in at 2 hours and 18 minutes, it was a little long (I found myself glancing at my watch several times in the first hour). Overall, worth watching, but not quite what I expected.

Saturday, September 3

behold!

The world's most expen- sive fruit! Consid- ering the fact that I pur- chased three fruit trees (apple, peach, and cherries) and then some fruit sox to keep the bugs away, I didn't get much of a harvest for my money. Note: the entire harvest is shown in the photo.

I'm blaming it on the birds--I don't know what else would have done such a thing. All of the trees had fruit on them at the beginning of the season. It wasn't long after I put the fruit sox on the apples and peaches that the fruit disappeared. So, I guess I'll be spending even more money next year on bird netting.

I will say, that the peach was the most delicious I have ever eaten. Probably not worth the money, though.