Saturday, July 30, 2011

July Mayhem Ends in Disaster

The day started great. Emily and I did our own private garden tours today and saw each other's gardens for the first time since we met last year. These are the photos of Emily and Jason's feudal garden near my house. It is such a pretty and inviting space. I could have spent hours there.
If only the day could have ended up here.
It was so pretty. We did more garden sneaks including Emily's and I am embarrassed to say I was too shy to photograph and then got so caught up in the tour that I forgot. Andy the dog was also a show stealer. He is so cute. Emily has so many different tomatoes, herbs, eggplants, all tucked in every nook of her yard. When you walk into the yard, at first, you'd never know there was a huge vegetable production at first glance. I had a great afternoon.

Who knew what disaster would strike later in the night...

Moving on to evening, Sadie had her first date in ages. I think I was more nervous than she was. Tonight Kyle and I took Sadie over to J and S's house to meet Rufus-their brand new prison puppy. He is a Manchester Tiger Hound. 
Super dog butt :)
We had the best date EVAR!

Then we came home to disaster. Things could have been far worse, far far worse, but dang! Why?
Yup, our neighbor's tree that has been dropping widow makers since we moved in during each late summer wind storm dropped a big one that brought a line down. It also brought down the tomatillos, a brandy wine, and who knows what else. It's about 11:24 PM and we are waiting for Idaho Power to do whatever it is that they do (yes we have power amazingly). The tree pulled the conduit right out of the house and yanked our back porch light out. 
We can't use the back door or back light right now.
Who knows when Idaho Power will show. They had 47 emergency calls tonight. This late summer wind storm thing is typical for this area. The wildfires also flourish this time of year. We don't get tornadoes, hurricanes, or tsunamis, but we do get the late summer electrical wind storms that result in downed lines and fires. Luckily we didn't have a fire. Also luckily, I had such a great day that I don't mind too much right now. I may bitch about the lost plants tomorrow though. 

Follow up: Idaho Power responded in about an hour and told us that if we flipped the breaker for the garage power the lines would be safe. I still have yet to hear from the property management company since we called  three days ago. Figures.

Follow up Follow up: The homeowner finally called me and was really concerned that we and the house are O.K. I have a feeling a certain property management company may be loosing a client. 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Red Sky at Night

This was the amazing summer sunset light show from the southeast from our house. Maybe the grass fires are putting up enough particulate for the spectacular show.  

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Best Post Ever

I haven't seen this doc yet, its not on Netflix. I will start a search immediately after I post. I HAVE to see it. This fits exactly in with one of mine and my friend's new projects.  Watch the video. Wow.

My 2011 Haunt Soundtrack

Click on the photo to get to the link.

Monday, July 11, 2011


I'm handing out invites to the first 479 folks that respond to this with their gmail account. Nice thing is that I can put you into either garden, haunt, or weirdo categories!

Oh, and we don't have to be face to face real friends, there is even an acquaintance option which I consider perfect for my Blogger buddies- so we don't have to be up in each other's Bizness.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Harvest Monday

Yes, the big day has arrived. This is the first tomato of 2011. I hope many more will grace my kitchen windowsill.  I won't sit long, but I need to show the rest of the tiny harvest.
We keep getting more yellow wonder alpine strawberries and the ground cherries are ripening.
This was the fate of the first black krim of the year. 
Stack them any way you want and add just a couple drops of the truffle oil. Summer has finally arrived.
We also hauled in about 25 lbs of peas. Some will be shelled and others will be cooked in a pan with oil and salt to sear them and eat like edamame. I found that the shells soften up nicely, I just pull off the string and poop the whole thing in my mouth. Very tasty.

On the Halloween front, I scored some 1x2's from my friend Sue. They'll be great cemetery fence materials. 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy Fourth!

I got this baby for half off. I figured it was a dud.
Apparently, it worked.
The grand finale.
Burnt out aftermath. Thank you China for the fireworks.
Why does the 4th have to be so violent? I must admit, having four "adults" with boxes of snaps was a real treat. The whole show: 4 boxes of snaps, four small fountains, and "the laptop" Best $20 I've spent this summer. Also being able to bring Sadie over to J and S's house for a night of socializing made my day.