Sunday, May 25, 2008

First Harvest from the Garden

I picked the first vegetables from our garden today:

Radishes! They looked great, and I soon had them cleaned up.

We had one radish casualty - This radish was slightly above ground and it looks like an animal or bugs got into it.

Otherwise, we had 8 great looking radishes, one of which ended up on tonight's salad.

Saturday, May 10, 2008


Chad caught the furry aliens that live in our house fighting over the blanket by the door. We keep this blanket there, by the way, to keep the drafts from coming through the door. You can see how effective this is when the cats pull it out of the way.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Sunny Day

aka time to spend some time working outside. We got some tomato seedlings and added them to the plot. Also in this picture you can see the basil that seems to be popping up quite nicely

The beans are doing great - I had to thin them down around the poles.

Also thinned: lettuce, spinach, radishes. The zucchini and cucumbers are also looking good, but we planted those few enough and far enough between to not really need thinning.

Check out our new sunflowers:

Ok, they're not much to look at yet. Hopefully by the end of the summer they will be big and beautiful, and you know I will keep you updated on their progress.

Also the garden on the side of the patio is doing very nicely. The mums are perking up, we're seeing lots of leaves on the lilies, and one of the azaleas is almost blooming!
Time to do some work outside!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Which of these books is not like the others?

Which of these books is not like the others?

To the untrained eye, they may all look like boring books about unintelligible subjects. But in fact, one of these unintelligible books is written by Ruby on Rails superstars Chad Pytel and Jon Yurek (and some other guy I don't know, so I'll feel free to totally discount him here). Here is Chad, posing with his book.

In Barnes and Noble, actually. How cool is that? He wrote a book that you can buy anywhere! And then learn all about active record! And then do.... stuff! In Active Record!

**Disclaimer: There may be people who actually use this thing called Active Record, and I hope they like the book. :) **

Friday, May 2, 2008

Hello, old friends (and other signs of summer coming)

I mowed the lawn the other day, for the first time of the season. It was a jungle out there, but now that I know how to use the mower it's just great compared to the last time. Other fun things going on in the back yard: the beans are growing like crazy!

We have enough sun to make some delicious sun tea:

And everything is just getting greener. Yay springtime!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

today's cute cat fix

Will come in the form of feet. Which I saw peeking out at me, while sweeping the living room.

Apparently the cats were interested enough to watch the sweeping, but wanted to be well out of the way of the broom.