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The Royal Wedding

Where do you find these things??? I laughed myself silly! Thanks you, Hayfa!

April 17, 2011 Posted by | Events, Humor | Leave a comment

Why I Love My Daughter-in-Law

“Can I come by?” she asked on a Saturday morning. “I have something for you.”

“Now? Sure! I’ve been working outside and I’m just cleaning up a little in the kitchen. It’s a great time.”

Moments later she was there, empty-handed. We hugged, but she laughed when she saw my puzzled face and said “it’s outside by your back gate.”

We walked back together, and there it was, just what I wanted:

She bought me a compost-maker!

I’ve got diamonds. I’ve got pearls. I’ve got everything I need to decorate myself and my house, too much even. But what I don’t have – or I didn’t until now – was a compost maker. This girl knows how to thrill my heart.

We spent a few minutes reading the instructions and putting it together. Wooo HOOOOO!

Don’t you hate to waste? I’ve been throwing out carrot peelings, and onion skins, and salad mix that’s gone a little gooey in my refrigerator, my coffee grounds, my newspapers – they are all fodder for making good compost, and good compost is desperately needed when your yard is greatly sand. Wooo HOOOO! Now, I can make my own compost!

I totally love it.

I decided to cut back this year, not to try to grow so many tomatoes and so many peppers. I don’t know what happened, but I had ordered some seeds, and I couldn’t let them go to waste, and I bought a couple tomatoes that are supposed to do well in this area, and we still have many nights with temperatures lower than 70 degrees (F) so I can still hope to have good tomatoes before the great heat sets in for the summer. Some people tell me that if I can keep the tomatoes going through the summer, just green, not setting tomatoes, some of them will start setting tomatoes again once the weather starts cooling once again. I also learned that the time to start your seedlings in Florida is like January or February, to get good tomato crops before the heat starts, so I got started about a month too late. On the other hand, they are doing great. We shall see.

This is what ‘cutting back’ looks like:

I found the Black Krims at the 14th Annual Emerald Coast Garden Show at the PSC Campus in MIlton last weekend. Mr. B’s Tomatoes was right where I bought them last year, and it was my first stop. I also bought one he said would also produce well for me, called Tommy Toe. It’s a weird name. Tomato people often give their tomatoes weird names.

My roses are growing like crazy, unfortunately, a week before Easter. I wonder if I will have any left to give to the church for the Easter services?

I planted tulips and Iris in the fall; the tulips are coming up but I have yet to see a real tulip bloom. The irises look good – I am thinking they may do well here, and that is a really good thing because I love iris. (I pulled the weed)

Three of my tomato plants have tomatoes on them!

April 17, 2011 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Environment, Exercise, ExPat Life, Experiment, Florida, Gardens, Home Improvements, Living Conditions, Pensacola | 4 Comments