Watermelon Woman


Rain, rain, go…
February 17, 2017, Friday,10:58 am
Filed under: Uncategorized, weather

Have we had enough rain yet? It doesn’t matter since the forecast says more is coming. Added to that is the wind, which with the soaked ground, means the possibility of trees going down. This is scary. There is a huge pine tree in the front of the house. It already leans a bit toward the house. The tree is huge, about 4 feet around and 100 ft tall, so falling on the house would spilt it into two pieces. The bedroom is right in the path. One ear is always listening for a cracking noise.

There hasn’t been a bunch of weekends to work on the garden or prune trees. Yes, I know I could do this in the rain, but that’s not really going to happen. I would easily catch a cold or cough. If there is a break in the rain this weekend, I’ll make the effort. I need to dump all the water in various containers around to prevent any mosquito growth. If I can upload the video, you’ll see my wind chimes blowing in the wind. They hang in a fairly protected area. I can hear them when I’m inside the house too.

rainwater

Onions seem to be loving the rain!

 

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Seed Stash
January 27, 2017, Friday,10:49 am
Filed under: Uncategorized, Vegetables | Tags: , ,

My seed order from rareseeds.com has arrived! As usual, I ordered way too much. Here is a snapshot of the variety. I planted sweet peas already but I think the latest round of rain may have did them in. The onions (red) are thriving though. Anxious to start planting!

Seeds

Seeds for 2017



Rain and such
December 7, 2016, Wednesday,1:52 pm
Filed under: Gardening, health, Uncategorized

It looks like we are set for 3 or 4 days of rain starting tonight. Always good news for California. I’ve been sick with something or other since Thanksgiving. Just when it seems I’m on the mend, something new comes along. This would be a signal if I was of a mind to pay attention, no?

I planted only one golden cauliflower and snapped a picture before plucking it up and sauteing it. Yum!  Should have planted much more! The red onions are still growing, despite squirrels digging in the ground and hiding their nuts. Next, the sweet peas were planted for next Spring with a trellis for support. Plans to prune the very old apple tree is on hold until I’m well enough.

It has been a year and a half since my last confession, er, blog post. Looking forward to my 8-year anniversary of surviving ovarian cancer. Life is sweet.

cauliflower



Rain for a Day
March 11, 2015, Wednesday,7:09 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

It is raining out, which is a very good thing. We are in desperate need of water. My water system will raise rates yet again as much as 20%. Ironically, the raise in rates comes because we are conserving so much, that the water district isn’t making enough money. Go figure.

Work is keeping me very busy and tired. My cancer is stable still after 6 years. I’m quite lucky.



Happy Valentine’s Day
February 14, 2015, Saturday,11:56 am
Filed under: Family, seeds | Tags: , ,

Received flowers and candy from my love. Not bad for 37 years!

I ordered a ton of seeds from Baker Creek last night. Before starting seeds though, there is a whole lot of weeding to do. A few days of rain have increased the volume of growth exponentially.

The ordered seeds were mostly melons and tomatoes. One okra variety and a couple of carrots in orange, yellow and red.

Come on Spring Time!



Procrastination
February 21, 2014, Friday,10:09 pm
Filed under: Misc.

Time is slowly going toward my 5-year anniversary of my cancer diagnosis in April 2009. I am happy that I’ve survived this long with Stage 3b ovarian cancer. So, why am I so very reluctant to have my latest blood test? Am I worried about a relapse when all my tests have been great so far? In a word, yes. I’m fighting depression, anxiety etc. etc. I will have the test and deal with whatever comes, but for now, it is hard.

Work has also been difficult as well. I’m feeling ostracized by upper management and insulted by some decision regarding my work. I’ve even started taking my personal items home in anticipation of leaving sooner than expected.

Family life, thankfully, is good. Great spouse, grown kids and grandson. I couldn’t ask for better and it allows me to keep a space between work, cancer and the homelike.  I had to buy a inexpensive sewing machine this week to replace the one that has stopped working and an even older one that also has bit the dust. I just need basic stitches so I decided not to buy a digital model. I haven’t yet got it out of the box. That’s for tomorrow. I want to sew some pillow cases for the husband as well as some co-workers. Hopefully, a early start on holiday gifts!

The prospect of more rain was not as reliable as hoped but next week we may see some more. Finger’s crossed.



The Rain Door
February 6, 2014, Thursday,12:31 pm
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The Rain Door is finally opened. We had a nice rain overnight and into this morning. More will come during the weekend, but we are so in need, that not too many are complaining. Droughts are hard on everyone. I don’t care about my lawn, in fact, would prefer not to have them at all. Save the water for the veggies and fruit trees, I say. Cutting back is hard because we already conserve water. Cutting another 20% will be difficult. So, the more rain the better.