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It’s a hard life.

While I was trying to make progress in the seed-starting department, Isaac distracted Josie.  He fashioned a magical nap-summoning hammock from a sheet.  It works really, really well.

Usually, i start my seeds in pots with starting mix but, this year, I’ve changed it up.  I’m pre-sprouting all of the tomatoes and peppers in coffee filters, then will transfer to pots.  I’m hoping to waste less starting mix & space.

Started today:


  • Arkansas Traveler
  • Aunt Ruby’s German Green
  • Azoychka
  • Baby Beefsteak
  • Beefmaster
  • Black & Red Boar
  • Black Brandywine
  • Black Cherry
  • Black from Tula
  • Black Krim
  • Bloody Butcher
  • Brandy Boy
  • Brandywine
  • Burning Spear
  • Carbon
  • Cherokee Purple
  • Chiapas Wild cherry
  • Cuostralee
  • Dana’s Dusky Rose
  • Dix Doights de Naples
  • Dora
  • Eslter’s Mortgage Lifter
  • Eva Purple Ball
  • Fish Lake Oxheart
  • Gary’O Sena
  • German
  • German Johnson
  • Giant Belgium
  • Goji Faranji
  • Hungarian Italian Paste
  • Italian Tree
  • JD’s Special C-Tex
  • Japanese Trifele Black
  • Jet Star
  • Juane Flammee
  • Kellogg’s Breakfast
  • Large Red Cherry
  • Livingston’s Paragon
  • Ludmilla’s Red Plum
  • Marglobe
  • Marianna’s Peace
  • Matt’s Wild cherry
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Neves Azorean Red
  • New Yorker
  • OSU Blue
  • Pink Brandymaster
  • Pink Floyd (mix)
  • Pruden’s Purple
  • Prue
  • Rose
  • Royal Hillbilly
  • Rutger’s Select
  • San Marzano Redorta
  • Sara’s Galapagos
  • Sun Cherry
  • Sungold
  • Super Boy 785
  • Sweet Treats
  • Tommy Toes Red
  • Wisconsin 55
  • Woodle Orange
  • WOW cherry

Chile Peppers

  • Anaheim, Joe E Parker NuMex
  • Cascabella
  • Cayenne
  • Cayenne x Jalapeno
  • Ixtapa Jalapeno
  • Mulato
  • NuMex Conquistador
  • NuMex Heritage 6-4
  • NuMex Heritage Big Jim
  • NuMex Jalmundo
  • NuMex Pinata
  • NuMex Primavera
  • NuMex Suave Orange
  • NuMex Suave Red
  • NuMex Sunrise, Sunset, & Eclipse mix
  • NuMex Vaquero
  • Poblano

Sweet Peppers

  • Alma Paprika
  • Banana Supreme
  • California Wonder
  • Cubanelle
  • Giant Marconi
  • Golden Bell
  • Grand Bell mix
  • Jimmy Nardello
  • Kaleidoscope mix
  • Orange Bell
  • Pepperoncini
  • Purple Beauty
  • Red Beauty
  • Roumaninan Rainbow
  • Sweet Banana
  • Valencia Orange
  • Yellow Bell


Kick Me!

Garden update:  Forgot to list the elderberry, wild plum, hazelnut, persimmon, and pecan trees, 200-ish in total, that were planted last week.  Today, got more humped rows done, a drainage “slump” next to the chicken house, drainage paths started in the garden, a few more raised wheel beds filled with dirt, and one of those planted in transplanted wild onions.

Spring has sprung

It started with the world’s largest flock of birds, taking up residence in our trees a week or so ago, incessantly screaming at the top of their lungs.  That apparently awakened a ginormous army of frogs who immediately challenged the birds as The Loudest Animal in the Universe.  A sudden explosion of flies, a smattering of bees, and a sudden freshness to everything… Yep, spring is arriving.  We celebrated today by lazing around this afternoon and, after planting a dozen or so pecan trees, I just lounged & lazed and played with my new camera.


Children of the Corn

Garden  update:  47 elderberries planted today.  Mammoth dill and cilantro, wintersown February 6th, up today.  Gathered soil samples, will submit for testing tomorrow.

Create Your Own Miracle! (bragging on a friend)

I’d like you to meet my friend, Lisa Wolfe.  I have absolutely no concept of time but….

A few years back, Lisa started on a path to a new career.  She worked hard and became a fitness & nutrition guru.  How cool is that?  She’s had her business going for quite a while now and I’ve loved watching her success from way over here on the sidelines.

Now, however, I see she’s doing online coaching so I wanted to get the word out.  She knows her stuff.  She’s been through it herself — check out her before & after.

Amazing, right?  And she’s not only good at the weight loss and fitness stuff, but she teaches cooking!  She’ll also whip your posture into shape.  She did mine.  (I now have a mental Lisa permanently residing in my brain, warning me when my posture is not up to snuff.  Seriously.)

I warn you, though:  She’s mean.  Ooh, she’s mean!

What??  I’m kidding, of course!  She’s incredibly cool on so many levels.  And friendly.  And down-to-earth.  And just the person you want in your corner when you’re trying to make some changes.  THIS is the type of person who should be teaching the country about health, not some fame- and money-hungry moron like Jillian Michaels (or whoever is popular right now).  Do not get me started.

So go on, check out her site: http://miracleoffitness.com/ and shoot her an email & tell her I said howdy! I’ve put her link in my sidebar as well so you’ll be able to find her again later.

Moon, Mama!

Garden Update:  Oregano vulgare and Barletta spring onions wintersown on February 6th were up yesterday.

Wordless Wednesday

I’m going to try to join the rest of the blogging world in Wordless Wednesdays.  Obviously, I’m not so good with the wordless part.


Need help choosing a new camera

My beloved Canon A520 kicked the bucket.

*moment of silence*

David gave it to me several years ago and it’s put up with a lot of crap.  I loved that camera.  And now it’s no more.

I need a new one.  What do you all recommend?  I’d love to have one of those fancy, high-end ones but I’m not paying several hundred dollars for it.  If needed to stick within the budget, I’ll be happy once again with a point & shoot but I’d be even happier if it has several settings for me to tinker with.

So do you have any specific ones to recommend?  Or good learning links?  I’m stuck with my iPhone camera until I decide.


First sprouts!

Brown mustard seed, wintersown on Februray 6th.

The red wigglers arrived on Friday so we plopped ‘em in their new home.  Shipping took five days so they had a bit of jet lag and are still recovering.  Looks like a healthy wad of worms, though, so we’re hopeful that they’ll settle in and do their thing quickly.  They’ve already made themselves at home and are spreading throughout the goop.

Appetizing, don’t you think?  Actually, I think I’ve lived in apartments that look and smell about the same.

After dumping in new scraps, we topped it off with torn up cardboard and moistened it.  (Yes, they’re living in the master bathtub.  That sucker is huge and takes too long to run a bath in so we use the normal tub in the other room or the shower in the master.)

Remember me whining about my finger being infected for the past month?  And it was impossible for me to do much of anything related to gardening and too painful and slow to type?  It’s finally healing over enough for things to get back to normal.  Yay!  Of course, that means I have to tackle the built-up laundry pile.  Boo!  Pic from today, getting all better now (and this is all from a hangnail, it goes clear around the other side of my finger!):

Happy Gravity Day!

One year ago today, Steve did his thing.  What a year it’s been, huh?

I tried to find the pic of him crumpled in the hospital bed but it’s hiding from me.  Oh, wait.  Just found it.

Ah, yeah.  Memories (and photographic evidence) of Steve wasted on morphine.  Good times.

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