2018

I’m ready.  It is still a couple of weeks away and there is a lot that will happen in that two weeks, that being said I am ready.  2017 really really sucks and I thought 2016 was bad.

In the next couple weeks I am traveling to Seattle for work.  Three days of which I work 7pm to 7am, but there is a slim possibility I might get to see some friends.

Then that buts up right to the Christmas holiday at a cabin in Big Bear which although I am on call, I am hoping I wont have to work much while up there.

We are already lining stuff up for 2018 however.  This morning we talked about taking a pottery class in January.  Its been YEARS since I have done any so that should be amusing.  We are also going to be painting the house, both inside and out, during the school break (so all of Jan).

My peak at work where I am not allowed any time off starts on Feb 1st and goes through the middle of May.  Seems like a perfect time to double up and try to become a Master Gardener.  Lori and I both filled out the app last year and we were not picked.  This year I alone am filling one out as Lori is going in another direction.  If I get accepted, I will be in class EVERY Saturday from Feb 17th to May 12th.  Fingers crossed.

 

Weekday Weeding

It was the perfect morning for weeding.  Lori was up early and working on a presentation for tomorrow.

I wondered out to the back yard to get some weeding done before work.  It was a beautiful sunny 74 degree day.

I swept up cedar needles from the tree removal last week.  It is sad that the tree is gone and I still am unsure what to do with the space.  However the needle litter on the ground and roof I will not miss.  I have to climb up on the roof and get the debris off but after that it should stay clear.

I also pulled a half a bin full of weeds.  It is a never ending task but they get out of hand over the Summer because it’s just to hot to be out there.  But like I said, today was perfect and I made visible headway.

All of a sudden it was almost noon and Lori was leaving for school.  I wrapped it up and called it a day.

Fall is LA is like Summer in the NW.

Sadly we had the Tree removed

The drought caught up with our cedar tree.  This tree was here thirty years ago when Lori was renting the house next door.  We have tried trimming back the dying branches and hoping last years rain would save it but it did not.  Before the poor thing died completely and posed a risk to people or property we had it removed today.

There are a lot of things and projects we tackle on our own. This is never one of them.  I found a local vendor with good reviews.  I was amazed as not a single branch landed in our garden or the neighbor’s yard.

Lori called to have me move my car as they were here early 7:30 and I was sleeping.  By the time I left at 12:30, the entire tree was almost gone and all that was left was the bottom 15 feet of trunk, lots of clean up and the grinding of the stump.  Guess I’ll see it all at midnight when I get home.

Botany Boot Camp

Lori and I went to a Botany Boot Camp Saturday morning at the LA Arboretum.

It was a six hour class studying the terminology, concepts and structures needed to identify the 7 most common plant families at the Arboretum.

Five and a half hours in class going over the plant structures.  Leaves, stems, flowers, roots and other identifying parts.  We also went over lots of plant families.  My brain could not absorb everything, but it was lots of fun.

We ended up walking for the last two hours and looking at plants and trying to identify them from what we had gone over.  There was just too much information but then again it was called boot camp.

A cool side note was the woman who is in charge of the LA County Master Gardeners was also in the class.  Lori and I both signed up last year and were not chosen to take the training, but she remembered our applications and said they had so many and encouraged us to re-apply.

 

 

Sauce on the vine

Did I mention the heat last week?  It was friggen HOT!  Upper 90’s and into the 100’s for days on end.  Today was only 92, and a relief.

The weather did my tomatoes in.  Although I water them and had been eating them this last week turned a lot of them to mush.  It was just too hot outside for them.

I could have tried to pick them all but my there were to many to do anything with except can them.  My canner is at the house in Calimesa and honestly it was just too damn hot to think about canning.

So this one single tomato plant will need to be pulled out.  Guess I’ll start planning the fall garden.  I have carrot, lettuce and spinach seeds on the kitchen counter ready to go!

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Goings On

I went looking through my photos to see if there was anything blog worthy.  Most are of my great-niece as I still request daily photos of that little peanut.

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IMG_2440There were also some pictures of Air Force One that is housed as the Ronald Regan Presidential Museum.  My niece Taylor and I drove up last Saturday to take in the Titanic exhibit that is currently there.  We spent a couple of hours going through it and then rushed through the Presidential part.  I was interested in seeing more but it was crowded and just seemed more like propaganda than a museum.

Besides baby pictures I have food pictures so I guess I have done some cooking.  I made a peach crostata because the peaches were magnificent.  I also have this picture of chicken wings I made on the same day, trying to use up some panko I had opened and also bake in the convection oven and not heat the house too much because it is in the 90’s.  Saturday before Taylor and I drove up to museum I made biscuits for breakfast as well.

It may be Summer but that doesn’t mean that Lori is not crazy busy getting ready for fall classes.  Her office shows her dedication to the upcoming school year.

What we should both be working on is the yard, but I did mention the 90+ degrees and that coupled with hot flashes has meant that we have gotten started a couple of times, but boy oh boy are we behind.  I am sensing a pattern here.  I keep thinking, If I could just caught up then I could maintain it.  However the last time we had help to get caught up then peak happened, or travel, or finals or a myriad of things that got us way behind again on the weeding.  It is on the list for this upcoming weekend.

Tomato, tomato

That title doesn’t translate well when you are going for pronunciation.

TomAto, Tomauto.   Anyway……..

This morning is a blur, I got home super late, not leaving work until 12:30 and then hitting crazy road crew traffic.  I then had to be up and out of the house to go for a massage.  So even tired, you know I made that appointment.

Really the only thing I did before leaving was make Lori some cream of wheat and then take the watering can that catches the kitchen sink drip out to put on my tomato plant.

Most of the garden is now pulled,  I have this one lonely roma tomato plant and my herbs.  There are a ton of green tomatoes.  I am sure they will all start to ripen at the same time and will be fantastic for pico or sauce.

I chose a roma this year.  I usually do cherry tomatoes because they are so easy to just eat right off the bush.  Romas are my favorite and I think for more than just cooking.

I had been pinching the suckers for a while and was getting a nice shaped plant but it has not officially gotten out of control.

I wonder how fried green romas would be?

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