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2009 Earthbox Garden and a Future Home Improvement Project

My mom planted our Earthbox garden a few weeks ago, but I only just went out to snap some photos today. Everything has already grown so much since we bought them! It's amazing!

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As you can see, we're only using four of our five boxes this year, and we've given the two tomato plants their very own box. The hope is that the plants will do better and produce more if they're not so crowded together. We'll see!

Our Early Girl tomato already have some blossoms on it:

Earlygirltoms


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The Big Boy plant looks great, too:

Tomatoes

We have three bell pepper plants this year. Two of them are in one box:

Peppers


And the other is sharing a box with the zucchini. It's already got some little baby bumps:

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Pepperbuds

So far everything looks great! I'm hoping the heat and our next project (painting the house) won't ruin everything. Speaking of house painting, here's the colours we're considering:

Housecolour

 

We don't have the name or company of the original house colours, so mom and I picked up a few paint chips at Home Depot to see if we could find something similar. On this particular paint chip, the lightest blue, Stargazer, is really close to the colour the house already is, and the slightly darker colour, Casual Blue, is what I'd like for the accent colour. Our neighbour will be doing the painting (the same neighbour who built our awesome fence last year) and he might be able to find the original paint colours and match them even better than the samples mom and I picked up. I don't really care so long as the house gets a nice new coat of paint!


Friday Finds

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Friday Finds is sponsored by MisB at Should be Reading. This week I have four finds to share:



Firstplace Profandmanman Writeyourself


I bought first place 4 health by Carole Lewis some time ago, set it on my bedside table and have basically been ingoring it ever since, but after getting my blood test results back, I think I really need to open it up and read it so I can get myself back in shape! Diet and fitness is also the point of The Writing Diet by Julia Cameron, which I just picked up at the bookstore today. I read about it on a blog I no longer visit very often becuause it is way too negative and angry for my taste. Anyway, before I stopped reading it, I caught a post about the book (they didn't like it, no siree, bob, they did not! one commenter even went so far as to call it "evil"! harsh!) and while the commenters were slamming it into the ground like a rotton tomato, I found it intriguing, and I'm excited to start reading it. The last book (which is actually in the middle) is The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester, and is the story of how the Oxford English Dictionary came to be. One of my co-workers read it and said it was really good, so maybe after I'm done reading all the books I've purchased recently, I'll borrow it from her and check it out.

Cheers, and happy Friday!


Teaser Tuesday: B is for Beer by Tom Robbins

Ttue

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  1. Grab your current read

  2. Open to a random page

  3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

  4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

  5. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week comes from B is for Beer by Tom Robbins. I can't believe I'm following up the brilliant Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin for this, but since it's the book I shoved in my backpack last night, I guess I'm stuck with it.

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From page 12: Gracie turned toward Uncle Moe, who grinned and beckoned her over, as she had suspected he might. Uncle Moe extended his can - and just like that, behind her daddy's back, little Gracie Perkel took her first sip of beer.


Happy Mother's Day!!

Well, I tried to make a pretty Mother's Day card for my grandma, but it really didn't turn out too well:

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For one thing, the picture of the rose itself (one of our Midas Touch blossoms) would be too difficult for someone with poor vision to see, and for another, I printed it incorrectly on the tabbed photo paper and you can clearly see the perforated line up the left hand side. *sigh* I have ended up using an old handstamped Mother's Day card that I think my grandmother will enjoy more:

Mothersdaycard2

We're planning a picnik-style midday meal up at my grandparents house, but they've got some kid working on the top of their pergola, so I'm not sure that will be too good. (Why he didn't work yesterday and get it done so we could have brunch outside I'll never know.) Maybe I'll just go get them and bring them down here. *sigh* Why is this so dang difficult??


Friday Finds

Fridayfinds.jpg Friday Finds is sponsored by MisB of Should be Reading. Each week she askes "What books have you discovered over the past week?"

Well, all my Finds this week were total impulse buys which I will probably regret later. I really need to go on a book-buying-hiatus, as I've been really bad the past few weeks!

Anyway, here's what I found this week:

Exodus Pandpandxombies Bisforbeer

1.  Exodus by Julie Bertagna is a YA novel about global warming = the end of the world. Could be interesting.

2.  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Graham-Smith. I don't know why I bought this book - I've already read P&P EONS ago, and honestly found it really boring. I guess I'll just skim though it and read the zombie parts.

3.  B is for Beer by Tom Robbins. I haven't read a Tom Robbins books in forever. I tried to read Still Life with Woodpecker when I was in Jr. High, but gave up because I was just lost. I followed it up with Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and eventually Jitterbug Perfume. I didn't finish either of those books - they were just too weird for me (and I was reading Douglas Adams books at the time!). More recently I tried Still Asleep in Frog Pajamas, but eventually gave up on that one, too. As hard as I have tried all my reading life, I just don't "get" Tom Robbins. Still, how could I resist "A Children's Book for Grown-ups" as this book claims to be? Maybe if I can get throrugh this one, I can try another of his books again.

Cheers, and TGIF!!


National Day of Prayer

NDP09_logo Today is the National Day of Prayer. This country needs God more than ever, so please find time today to ask the Lord for His guidance and mercy for the country and in your own life. Pray for our leaders to guide this country back to God, and pray for God's protection against those who would do us harm. You can find an event near you where fellow Americans will be lifting their hearts and voices in prayer (I will be here at noon today), or just pray quietly on your own. It's important - The United States of America is in deep, deep need of God's love and grace. God bless you all!


Teaser Tuesday: Powers, pt. 3

Ttue

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  1. Grab your current read

  2. Open to a random page

  3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

  4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

  5. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Powers  

Okay, so I'm STILL reading Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin. It is such a good book and I don't know when (or even if) the next intallment of the Annals of the Western Shore series will come out, so I'm kinda savoring this one. I'm cheating a little today and posting three sentences instead of two. From page 294:

Belief in the lie is the life of the lie. That line from Caspro's book came back to me, and cut like a razor.

Honor can exist anywhere, love can exist anywhere, but justice can exist only among people who found their relationships upon it.