Archive for April, 2006


garden update

for those who care…

we now have:

-tiny baby beans coming on
-a few little green tomatoes showing up among the blossoms
-blooming eggplant
-blooming peppers
-budding potato plants
-lots of kinds of lettuce, spinach, and collards ready to eat
-basil about ready to eat
-budding squash and zucchini

I’m having trouble getting any of the melons to germinate. I re-planted the hills and out of five hills only one seedling came up out of two plantings. Not sure what’s going on.

I don’t actually know many people who garden, so I kinda doubt I’m going to get a response to this, but I guess it’s worth a shot…

Does anyone know of a good website or other way to swap flower bulbs? I’m planning on digging up and dividing daffodils later in the week. There are TONS of them and I know I’m not going to be able to find places to plant them in our yard. Also, in the late summer I’ll be digging up and dividing glads. Again, there are TONS of them.

All the flowers are in desparate need of division. I have no idea how long it’s been since anything has been done with them, but I would guess at least ten years.

I could probably sell them on ebay or just give them away, but I would like to trade with someone instead. We have lots of flowers in our yard, but only a few varieties and I would really like to add some more colors and types.

I’m not looking for crocuses, tulips, or hyacinths since we live too far south–they’re basically annuals this far south–but I would like to get pretty much anything else. I would especially like to get some lilies and cannas, or even glads if they’re not pink.

Also, if anyone’s interested in some monkey grass…I think I’m going to have to launch an all-out war on it before long. It’s taking over.

It seems that no one ever gets rid of bookshelves. They get rid of china cabinets, tables and chairs, coffee tables. They get rid of mattresses and lamps and couches. They get rid of microwave carts, computer desks, and entertainment centers. But they do not get rid of bookshelves.

We’ve been looking for bookshelves for months now. Garage sales every weekend. (Isn’t it wierd that down here they can have garage sales year round?) Looking through the classifieds every weekend. I was looking on Craig’s List, but finally gave up on that because it took too much time and never had any affordable results.

Our house has lots and lots of furniture in it. We’ve been slowly getting rid of things and moving things out. But the only bookshelves we have are the wall of built-ins in Autumn’s room and a small one in the office that has crafting supplies on it. Obviously not enough space for any two PHC alumni to hold their books (even after selling all the duplicates). Not to mention the fact that I have always been a book collector and have literally hundreds of volumes back home in Indiana that I have yet to move down here.

I wonder why no one gets rid of bookshelves?

Flip-Flops

These are my favorite shoes. When I lived in Indiana, I would wear sandals and flip-flops until it snowed. No matter how cold it got. Then, I would wear them again as soon as I could in the spring. Now, living in GA, I can wear them pretty much year round.

I’ve been wearing flip-flops all the time lately. I got pink ones in my Easter basket this year. 🙂 Yesterday, for safety reasons, I had to wear regular shoes to build tomato cages. And they gave me a nasty bloody blister. Ouch.

Last couple days…

Gardening, gardening, gardening.
Weeding.
Lowe’s–shopping for gardening things.
Building tomato cages all evening until it was too dark to see anymore. And scratching myself up with the wires, though not as bad as last time.
Mulching the rest of the front garden.
Garage sales this morning. Still no bookshelves.
Finished a couple more layouts for Autumn’s baby book–it’s something to do when Matt’s working late and I can’t sleep. (Midnight tonight-ugh! And then he has to be back there again at 8 in the morning–double ugh!)
Housework.
Lunch yesterday with Matt’s family.
Blocks around the potatoes to hold extra soil and manure.
Planted some more basil (the one herb that really really likes growing down here).
Today I’ve got a lot of running around to do.
Autumn couldn’t sleep last night. I don’t know if it was an upset stomach or what, but she (and I) finally got back to bed a little after 3:00. I need a nap.

Nothing New Under the Sun

A thought.

Are things in the world actually getting worse? Not that there aren’t bad things happening, not that there isn’t a lack of morality and character which should cause concern…but are things really any worse now than they have been in the past?

Are things really so different now than they have been?

Why are so many people (especially Evangelical Christians) so worried and seem to go about wringing their hands over the state of things? I’m not saying that we shouldn’t try to change things for the better. But isn’t this the natural state of a fallen world?

Why are we so surprised and shocked by the fact that there is evil?

Several times over the last few weeks there have been days when Matt is at work and I have to make myself something for lunch. But I feel completely uninspired. So I’ll often put it off till about 2:30 and then I’m so hungry I have to eat something. So I’ve found myself pulling out the peanut butter and jelly and making myself a sandwich. I haven’t had PB&J in an incredibly long time. And every time I do have one, I take a bite and find myself with the same picture in my head.

Jessica and I and some of the girls my mom used to babysit, playing in the backyard in the treehouse or sandbox or naming all of the chickens in the chicken coop (not really realizing that they were going to become meat in the freezer later in the year) and my mom calling us for lunch. She would have brought out a big plate of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches all cut in half and put it on the old wood picnic table. And we would sit there and eat till we were full, with the backdrop of the huge old red “garage” barn and what I remember as massive amounts of wild lilies growing all around it.

And then lots of other memories crowd in. Playing under the grape arbor and tasting the grapes that grew on it (sour). The daffodils coming up all over the place in rows and old beds that no longer made sense. How there were so many that Daddy would have to mow them down in spots.

The miniature orchard in the far back yard that only grew wormy apples and the pretty wild pear tree on the edge of the woods that would drop the most delicious sweet brown pears on the ground.

The trumpet vine that had completely taken over the back screened in porch. It was climbing all over the house and my mom would fight with it every year, trying to get it cut back, but it always won.

Climbing back through the dust and cobwebs to the back part of the “garage” (I don’t think we were supposed to be there) and finding all sorts of treasures. An old typewriter with keys missing. An old metal typing stool (which my parents still have) which we pulled out and painted white. Old furniture of all shapes and sizes. Everything coated with years of dust. I remember rabbit cages all up one wall.

Our fort under a very low-growing pine and how you would have to climb through the lower branches and get scratched up to get inside.

Big fat neglected dark red roses growing in the side yard on a small crumbling wood trellis.

Honeysuckle all over the grape vines that divided our yard from the neighbors’.

Climbing in the lilac tree when it was in bloom. The trunk was very thick and forked a few feet up, so it was great to climb in and the lilacs smelled awesome.

And more and more and more…

Every single time I eat peanut butter and jelly.

about Tony Snow.

Names

The same for Autumn

1. YOUR ROCKSTAR NAME: (first pet and current
street name)

Rhenquist Draper

2. YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME: (grandfather/
grandmother on your mom’s side, your favorite candy)

Jennifer (no candy yet)

3. YOUR “FLY GIRL/GUY” NAME: (first initial of
first name, first two or three letters of your last name)

Atho

4. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name,
city where you were born)

Elizabeth Macon

5. JEDI NAME: (middle name spelled backwards,
your mom’s maiden name spelled backwards)

htebazile htims

6. SUPERHERO NAME: (“The”, your favorite
color, the automobile you drive)

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Taken from Aaron’s blog…

1. YOUR ROCKSTAR NAME: (first pet and current
street name)

Shandy Draper

2. YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME: (grandfather/
grandmother on your mom’s side, your favorite candy)

Kathryn Reese

3. YOUR “FLY GIRL/GUY” NAME: (first initial of
first name, first two or three letters of your last name)

Ktho

4. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name,
city where you were born)

Margaret Ravenna

5. JEDI NAME: (middle name spelled backwards,
your mom’s maiden name spelled backwards)

teragram sivad

6. SUPERHERO NAME: (“The”, your favorite
color, the automobile you drive)

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i was thinking about old memories a few days ago. but i forgot what i was thinking. sort of.

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it was something like nostalgia. as much for memories of things that didn\’t really happen, i just made them up somehow. the presbyterian authors i used to read (maybe it was other people besides presbyterians too, or maybe other people altogether) really denigrated sentimentality. but i\’m not sure they were right in doing so. i don\’t like much anything the presbyterians have to say really. i think sentimentality can be good. especially a present, living sentimentality.

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it seems innocence is highly valued among the more conservative people. since that\’s the case, i wonder why they destroy it in their own children. they\’re not very smart i guess. or maybe they\’re too smart for their own good.

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