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.

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Onions seem to be loving the rain!

 



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!

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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.

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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.



January Dry
January 13, 2014, Monday,11:58 am
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Wow. Losing your password and changing your email service makes for a long retrieval process. Happy to be back. I’m coming up on my 5-year survival anniversary. Just a bit nervous if truth be known.

This California girl has never been so cold for so long. I do hope that this isn’t going to be the way it is from now on. On top of the cold, we haven’t had the rain we need and may soon be declared in an official drought. That means watching our water use even more than usual. Come on rain! Everyone at work is struggling with colds and coughs. Our homes are not insulated nearly as well as they could be. The next project will be cleaning out our attic and adding new insulation. Our stove/oven is giving little hints that it is time to look for a replacement. Oh the joys of home ownership,eh?

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2013
December 29, 2012, Saturday,1:29 pm
Filed under: Gardening, health

Happy New Year!

I am so far behind in so many ways. Once Thanksgiving was underway, it has been cooking and cleaning and shopping between regular work hours. Whooee. I’m tired and can’t seem to “do it all” as fast or as well as in previous years. The one piece I have been doing well on is keeping my diet under control. This means not over-eating and watching portions. Getting past Thanksgiving and other holidays without too many sweets and other carbs is a big deal, so “yeah!” me. I’ll be checking in with my doctor soon, so that has been an incentive to do better. I’m expecting good results.

A new CA-125 test is upcoming as well. I’m actually more nervous about my tumor check than at other times of the year as April is surgery anniversary– 4 years!

I’m making plans for my spring garden and want to purchase a raised bed system that looks promising. The squirrels and underground gremlin (gopher?) ate everything in my regular raised beds last year. The new patio bed is off the ground so at least one critter will be foiled.

So much rain and cold this year! Brrr. Summer sounds good about now. TTFN.



Countdown
November 20, 2012, Tuesday,10:40 am
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Well, the windows are in and the crew is working on the trim. My sense is that the trim has to be painted. That is not going to happen before Thanksgiving I fear. The guys hands are dirty and it rubs off on to the frame. Ugh. Another chore to be done before we gather to gather.

The cornbread (for dressing) is made and I think the shopping is done. Later today I’ll begin the pies–pumpkin and pecan and may do something frozen which the kids always like. Generally a very traditional feast is planned.

The menu:

  • Turkey about 25 lbs, plenty for 10, plus leftovers!
  • Cornbread dressing-my Mother’s recipe (in other words, no recipe!)
  • Yams, sliced and roasted
  • Roasted Italian (flat) Green beans with mushroom glaze
  • Mashed potatoes with parsnip/horseradish
  • Homemade turkey gravy
  • Citrus/pear/pecan/spinach salad
  • Pecan and pumpkin, traditional
  • Appetizers: Dips/crackers or chips/bread sticks; picked okra, olives, tapenades
  • Drinks: assortment of wine, lemonade, teas, etc.

Now, I’m hungry! Lots more work to do but it will be worth it!

Note to self–need more baggies!