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.


Onions seem to be loving the rain!


Seed Stash
January 27, 2017, Friday,10:49 am
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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 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.


Rain for a Day
March 11, 2015, Wednesday,7:09 am
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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.

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.

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!


Thanksgiving process begins, or not.
November 17, 2012, Saturday,9:45 am
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Well, I’m taking the few days before Thanksgiving off. That is a wonderful thing, since, “Surprise!”, I’m hosting. This was unexpected as we usually go off to a relative’s house. Perhaps I was prescient or something since I asked for the days before I knew this fact.

Yesterday, the window people installed all new windows throughout the house. I spent the previous weekend moving furniture and cleaning the areas so they could easily work. I was planning to use this weekend to put everything back in place, however, the windows are in but not the casing or trim so everything is all jumbled and everywhere. All Over The House. Ugh.

Okay so instead, me thought, I’ll do my grocery shopping and running around today instead of moving furniture… not so fast. My husband needed my car and so I’m left with his car. Those of you with keyless entry can appreciate that when my hand goes into the door and the lock doesn’t move, I’m not going anyway, eh? There is no real key to open the door so I’m not going any where with this car. Grrrrr. Texting my husband isn’t doing any good, a. because he probably can’t hear the chirp that he has text and b. he wouldn’t leave what he is doing even if he received it.

Funny, huh? So, is it too early to bake pies for Thursday? I would prefer doing that on Wednesday. I’ve mentioned that the whole house is upside down, so getting to other projects (sewing, etc.) is also difficult. I don’t really want to add to the complete clutter. Perhaps a nice book and another cup of coffee.

I forgot to say that I’m supremely happy to have new windows. The old ones were from 1972, so, yes, they definitely needed to be redone and the energy saving should be noticeable. Plus I have clean windows! No crappy decals from 25 years ago that my husband put up so he wouldn’t accidentally walk through a closed door. Now, you would think a PHD would be able to figure that out, wouldn’t you? Anyway, I will do great bodily harm I fear if someone sticks anything on these windows. Just saying.

Gobble, gobble.

Third Anniversary
March 17, 2012, Saturday,2:37 pm
Filed under: ovarian cancer, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

My third anniversary surviving ovarian cancer is coming up. Grateful that I am still showing low CA125 numbers. A three-month test is needed now. Whenever it is time to test again I become very anxious. I don’t trust my body. There is double anxiety this time. At my recent dental cleaning,the dental assistant spotted something on my tongue that she wanted the dentist to look at. The dentist will do a biopsy in a week and I will find out if I need laser surgery to remove whatever it is. Do you have chemo for cancer of the tongue? I have been afraid to look at the medical info. Guess that makes me a coward. I haven’t told my husband yet. There is no sense in haven’t the two of us worry and I think he would rather not know. At least not yet. I will share once the biopsy report is in. Wish me luck.

March 4, 2012, Sunday,8:11 am
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It has been a while since a post. The new format on WordPress needs getting use to, yes? It doesn’t seem as intuitive as previous versions.

Work has been extremely busy in mostly a good way. Because my work necessitates computer work for 8 hours, I am very reluctant to go home and start working on my own computer. 

My garden is a real work in progress. I’ve planted fennel, onions, lettuces, cauliflower etc. Mostly cool weather veggies. It isn’t spring and the weather has been so unpredictable this and last year that having a frost is not out of the possibility even now.

For flowers, I bought a forsythia and put it in a large container. The plant is just starting to bloom in bright yellow. Lovely.

I received my first kiss from my grandson on Friday! This is a bigger event than it might seem. He is 10 months and just doesn’t want me to hold him at all. He will smile and wave, but he needs to stay with mom or his other grandmother (who lives with my son and daughter-in-law). It was a day to remember.

Winter Garden
November 13, 2011, Sunday,12:17 pm
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Year-round gardening is not so unusual here in Northern California. I now have spinach, collards, swiss chard, leeks, sweet peas, and scarlett-runner beans. So much better than weeds! I added several bags of chicken droppings before planting and it seemed to help the growth. The carrots were from a past years so the seeds may be too old. Ah well.

I am babysitting today for my son and wife. My grandson is 7 months old now. And darling, of course.