Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Stick A Fork In Me, I Think I'm Done

Apologies first to those of you that I've not gotten back to in a timely manner in regard to one thing or another. We were without electricity for much of the day today due to the on-going remodeling and so, of course, I had no computer availability even if I could have squeaked in here once or twice during the day. Then we got caught up in a lively debate (argument?) of the pros and cons as to whether or not we should add to our time, trouble and expense this summer to remove the part of the roof that has a slight visual sag in it. It's in a spot where I doubt anyone notices it but us and hours after the discussion I still shudder to think of the agony that little job would have added to the work load this summer. So now I'm scrambling to catch up while falling asleep in my chair.

'Twas a go-go kinda day without much let up. But that's okay 'cause it's all in the name of progress.

I did have time this afternoon to slip out for about an hour to get some annual flowers stuck in the flower beds and thin my radishes.

This is a shot taken before I thinned them. Not bad germination for seeds purchased in 2006, huh? I never throw away seeds unless I can't get any more germination from them. The above are three different varieties: Easter Egg, French Breakfast and Cherry Belle, all five year old seeds.

After having a couple of days of extraordinarily high temps and humidity, today was down right . . . chilly. I worked outside in a zipped up sweatshirt over my t-shirt. The main reason I dashed outside and did what I could when I had a few spare minutes was because the wind was blowing with gusto and I though it would keep the bugs away. And it did for the most part. I only got one mosquito bite, right in the center of the palm of my right hand. How does one get bit on their palm? Beats me, but I saw the bugger do it. However, he did not live to tell about it. Muuwahahaha!

Minneapolis/St. Paul is about 350 miles south of us and they are in the midst of a recording breaking June heat wave. Their temps have been over 100 degrees for several days running. Ridiculous. I'll take my hooded sweatshirt and leaded boots to keep me from being blown away any day.

Our temperature is 52 right now at almost 8:30 p.m. and Papa Pea just told me he heard we're supposed to go down to 38 degrees over night. This is why we don't have a heckuva lot of luck growing tomatoes and corn but root crops thrive up here.

Here's to a good day comin' up tomorrow!


The Apple Pie Gal said...

So it was a foreplay day ;)

That is good germination and info on the older seeds. I can not believe your temps forecasted for tonight! That is so crazy!

Well, here's to good sleeping weather at least!

ps, did you actually decide on the roof then?

Mama Pea said...

APG - Yes, and thank gawd we are not going to be tearing off part of the roof and rebuilding it . . . this year!

Erin said...

The roof? Yikes, yeah, that might be better if revisited at a later date LOL! Glad you got out and some some flowers planted, that weather sounds lovely to me! Sweatshirts during the day and woodstove at night sound perfect!

MamaTea said...

Bug bites in the palm of your hand are the worst! I have never figured out how they manage to bite there.

I would take your chilly temps. 100 here yesterday was way too hot way too early for me. But you should see how my garden exploded!!

Sparkless said...

I leave roofs for the professionals as I don't trust my husband not to kill himself falling off. Glad you decided not to add that to you plate! You two have enough to do without adding more.

I was thinking of thinning our radishes too but the rain wouldn't let up long enough for me to do it. It's supposed to be nice later in the week.

The weather is on the crazy side this year. If it's not unseasonably cold it's unseasonably hot. We have the cold and lots of rain.

I don't throw out seeds either and they seem to grow just as well being a couple of years old as they did when I first bought them.
Now I just need to make a cage and plant the catnip. We have to put a cage around it or the cats will kill the poor plant before it gets a chance to grow. LOL!

Jane said...

I dont know, all this time, money, tears we put into our homes. It makes that Yurt look even more attractive Plus if you dont like your neighbors, you pack it up and move ;)

Freedom Acres Farm said...

This is weird weather we're having for sure!! I'd rather garden in a sweatshirt too! Even keel temps would be good about now. My plants can't decide what to do with the temps going from 98 to 48!! I'm sure it's confusing the helpless little things!

Here's to your roof holding out for another year!!

Susan said...

Figured you'd be running around trying to cram too much in. A slight sag in the roof ain't nuttin, honey. There's lots more important stuff to do. We had some humdinger storms last night, with more to come today. Then we're supposed to be back to the old normal. For a while.

Mama Pea said...

Mama Tea - Only problem with the garden at those ungodly temps is keeping it from drying out! (If it ain't one thing . . . )

Sparkless - Good luck with that catnip. I can see the cats talking with one another, "So, when do you think she's gonna plant the catnip this year? I can hardly wait since we found those wire cutters."

Mama Pea said...

Jane - Now don't you go giving my husband any ideas. He thinks he'd be happy with a canoe, a tent and a warm sleeping bag. Summer or winter!!

Freedom - I know! I can't help but think the wide extreme in temps don't stress our garden plants! Geesh.

Susan - The sag in the roof is NOT a bad one. But isn't it strange what bugs the heck out of one person (hubby) and what the other person (me) doesn't even see?

Hang in there through those storms. And pray for "normal!"