Monthly Archives: May 2010

More in the ground

Annuals: better than bare ground.

Tera and I took a trip to Freddy’s today and picked up some annuals and herbs for the garden and our pots.  It was a very successful trip as everything is fully loaded with little flowers.  Now, the real question is will they survive?  And maybe, just maybe thrive?   I’d like to hope that we are out of the realm that we will get another frost, but who knows here in Central Oregon.  It’s supposed to be rainy and somewhere between 40-60 degrees all week.  Let’s hope it stays above 40 for the sake of my plants.

Tera planted an herb garden in a pot we stole from our previous residence.  Well, actually less planted and more like stuffed herb plants into the pot.  It was a wee bit of a tight fit, but I believe the plants will do just fine.  They’ll figure it out.  Plants are smarter than some humans out there, I swear.

stuffed pot and my not good looking tomato plants

Also in the ground today were lettuce, broccoli and the few summer squash plants that have germinated.  The only things left in trays are tomatoes and peppers, both of which make me really nervous about putting outdoors just yet.  I think they will wait until we’re hitting 70 degrees consistently.

The lettuce hopefully will perk up a bit.  If not, I riddled the rows with fresh lettuce seeds so we should at least have something happening in a few weeks.
Also the onion plants are just starting to kick butt.  They  kind of withered away the week after I planted them (cold temps), but I saw some of them showing off some extremely healthy looking new shoots today.  That’s good news.  I guess we’ll be eating peas and onions all summer.

Everything got fertilized today.  Some of the pea plants got some string to grow up and we’re still waiting for the hop plants to pop.   Let’s hope everything gets jump started from the warmer weather and fertilizer and gets growing quickly!  I want to harvest some stuff before I take off!

Over planted, you think?

Also, Tera guerrilla gardened the front of the house along the street.  She planted all the millions of bulbs I pulled up when I installed the new veg garden.  I hope the next tenants will enjoy the bulbs next spring.  If anyone happens to walk along our street next year, keep a look out for the bulbs.  I would be surprised if any do make it, but you never know.

guerrilla gardener deserves a phone break

It was a great Memorial Day.  I hope yours was as nice.  Cheers!

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Sprouts in the frost


Cold snow clouds


This should be a picture of lovely Broken Top golf course, with mountains gleaming with snow in the distance and perhaps a few cirrus cloud wisps floating in the sky.  Instead it’s a picture of a mammoth cloud dumping snow in the mountains and attempting to dump snow in Bend.  This is not a scene which should be viewed at the end of May.  This is February type stuff.  But this is the reality of 2010.  We got some snow flakes in the air on Friday but that’s about it.  We shouldn’t be freezing at the end of May!  Why is my heat on in my house!??!  Ugh.

For my little indoor sprouts, my vacations were a saving grace.  It meant they didn’t get put in the ground and didn’t get frost damage from the cold spell from the last week (this week’s forecast is not much better).  My plants that are in the ground are doing pretty well, the peas doing the best.  I think one of the varieties of carrots and some of the onions may have been damaged by frost, but everything else is doing fine.


mmmm peas


This week’s goal for the garden is to get some string for the peas to grow up.  The germination rate for the peas was about 90%, so we’ll be making a lot of pea dishes in another month or so.  The other plants doing well are the radishes.  I’m most excited about those as I am on a huge radish eating kick right now.  The organic radishes I buy are tres pricey, so to get some free ones will be fantastic.  I’ll replant the row of them once these ones finish.

I spent a good couple hours in the yard today.  Our turf was OOC!  It was somewhere between 6-12″ high.  Apparently it should be mowed more than every month and a half.  Oops.  But it’s all cleaned up now.  I also fertilized and sprayed all the turf weeds.  We’ve got a bit of a dandelion infestation and I hope it will now be cleared up with my healthy dose of 2,4-d spraying.

It’s all watered and clean and tidy.  Let’s see how long I can keep it this way.  And let’s hope for some warm weather soon!

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#25 The Map that Changed the World

Remember the new years goal of mine to read 50 books this year?  Bet you thought I forgot about it with all that traveling I’ve been doing the last few weeks.  Well, I didn’t, but it did take me 3 weeks to read one book.  I don’t blame the book.  I blame the lack of routine reading time.  And of course it had to happen on book 25, the half way point.  So The Map that Changed the World by Simon Winchester was interesting.  It was the story of William Smith and how he became the father of geology.  He made this map of the geologic make up of England back in the late 1700s/early 1800s and it was pretty groundbreaking.  Obvs.  I’ve apparently been on an unconscious kick to read books about England, but  I imagine the more knowledge I have about my soon to be home country, the better.  Now on to the 2nd half of my reading goal!!!!  Woot.

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Travel madness!

Current view

My feet are aching.  It’s most likely wearing vibram fivefingers all day for the first time, but I think it’s partially pounding the pavement for the last week and a half.

I’m in San Francisco right now if you didn’t already know.  I got back in from London on Tuesday.  I worked 4 days and was off once again.  It is fun and I love traveling but I wish I would have had a couple more days to unwind before taking off on this trip.  I know, poor me, right?  🙂

Nikki, my niece, will be arriving here in San Francisco in a couple hours.  We’re going to be traveling south to enjoy the California coast for the next few days.  I hope it stays kind of dry so camping won’t be miserable.  Nikki and I don’t get to hang out that much since I’ve moved to Bend, so it will be a blast to spend a whole week traveling with her.  Our last trip together was to NYC and Boston way back in 2002.  I was 20 and she was a wee little babe of 16.  Now we’re all grown up.

I’ve got my little macbook pro with me, so I hope to keep you guys updated.  I also brought my camera upload cord, so you might even get some pictures!  I’m going to continue to relax here in the hostel as I don’t think my feet can take anything else right now.  Cheers friends.

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My life at the precipice

My problem in life is living outside of London.  For some reason anything I do outside these borders, just doesn’t add up to what I do inside it all.  Tonight was so good hanging out with Tera and Ben at my favorite pub, Royal Oak.   I think Tera really liked it as she was snapping a lot of pictures.  Being at that pub with two of my favorite people in the world….well yeah….I loved it.  Nothing in my life seems to compare to  whate  I feel in London.  And that’s alright.  It’s not a bad thing.  It just fuels my desire to live here ever more.  And maybe I move back and it’s not all it was cracked up to be.  At least I lived out the dream I’ ve had.  That’s it.   We all need to be living out our dreams.  If we aren’t, what’s the point of it all?  Why settle for less?  That’s what it is for me.  Why settle for something you aren’t happy with in life?  I wouldn’t want to do anything else.  My tattoo doesn’t just represent my committment to live in the LDN.  It’s a committment to f0llow through with my dreams and goals.  And in the next year and a half I’ll be making true a goal I’ve had for the last 10+ years.  Pretty sweet.  I wonder at this point what is next?  What will I want to do next and where will I want to live?

I just want love and I’m going to do my best to keep on loving and getting love.  Peace everyone.  🙂

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