The First Summery Weekend

Living all of summer in one weekend. In Chicago, where we have had an extremely cold and wet spring, these last three days have been a welcoming sign of summer approaching.   And I filled every moment possible with family, friends, and fun.   And projects that will hopefully pay us back this summer. It is amazing …

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Pic on TribLocal

One of my photos was just selected to be a top pic on the ChicagoTribune Local website!  I already posted it in an earlier blog, but here it is again.  If you scroll down, it's mid page ,the lead pic on 2011 photos.  Puts a little bounce in the step when you work really hard …

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Up to My Knees in X#@$%

It has been a wet, wet spring, raining three weekends in a row and many days in between.  No planting has been done, between rain, sports, work, and more rain. Greens are coming up in the garden, but it needs a lot of grooming.  Hot, sunny yesterday was the perfect day for the annual run …

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Things come in….Fours?

It was the BAD quadruple hit in the garden.  I just went to pick any ripe tomatoes before my "greenface" dog Zoe found them tonight, and I shortly felt like I had several rotten ones tossed at me: 1.Only three measly red tomatoes?  There are piles of green ones, very few ready to eat. So …

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The First Frost

So sad, decimating the gardens after two mornings of hard frost.  In early October, no less.  Basil, so fragrant in pesto last week, now rubbery black leaves, the tomato vines collapsed and shriveled with a few lingering green ones oozing seeds, the cucumbers withered in the dirt, peppers wilting. I yanked everything but a couple …

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