Yesterday was spent in the garden again although I don't feel as if I got a lot done. (I told hubby a couple of weeks ago I was not going to panic -- my usual mode of operation this time of year -- until the first of June. Hmmm, methinks that date is drawing close purdy darn fast.) Because our soil and air temp is never consistently warm enough for some transplants and seeds to go into the ground until the first part of June, I never planned on having everything done in the garden by June 1st, but I wanted to feel at least "on top" of it by then.
So what did I accomplish yesterday? Got our red and green cabbages set out and 75' of potatoes planted. And that took ALL DAY? Yep. But I did come in a smidge before 11 a.m. to make a nice lunch as B was here helping Papa Pea with a special project, and it was 1 p.m. before I got back outside again.
Speaking of our friend B, she gave me an amaryllis bulb last fall with instructions to let it sleep all winter in our basement. I've never had one before and had no idea how to handle it. 'Round about the end of March, she said it was time to bring it upstairs and put it in a sunny window.
It was very slow to bloom, and just finally popped out the first flower this past Monday perhaps because it didn't get quite as much sun as it would have liked through the window where I had it.
Sure does make an impressive plant (over two feet tall) in a relatively short time. Now to see if I can (with B's help and guidance) do what needs to be done to keep it going to bloom again next year.
We polished off the pan of Rhubarb Crunch I made in short order, and being the crazy rhubarb-craving gal I am, I made a Rhubarb Upsidedown Cake last night before bed. Recipe is here if you're interested.
After getting the cake in the oven (and me in the shower), I was too pooped to process the rest I had harvested, but I'll make more rhubarb pie filling for the freezer with the remaining stalks today.
Sending congratulations out to my brother and sister-in-law on the birth of their second little granddaughter yesterday. My nephew is proud as punch and his wife and 8 pound-plus little babe are doing fine. This baby has a "big" sister, just two years older than she, to grow up with.
I know it's hard to believe after having our massive snow melt this spring, but our conditions here are now dry and the fire danger is listed as high. But rain is a possibility (our ever-accurate [ahem] weather forecasters say) for both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Let's hope moisture does fall down upon us and soak everything so the threatening fire danger will be no more. Plus, if it does rain, I'll be forced to spend time inside to clean and catch up on many other tasks which have fallen by the wayside while I've been concentrating my efforts outside. Isn't it amazing how quickly a household can fall apart if no one is available to keep it all under control? Yep, just amazing.
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