Grandma always made the best Christmas cookies. Almond cookies and brazil nut cookies, cut out into different shapes and sprinkled with colored sugar.
It has been raining a lot here lately. On one hand, that is a good thing, because it means that we have had to turn on the weeper hose to water the vegetable garden exactly once since we planted everything. And on the other hand, it is annoying because lots of rain has caused high humidity, which in turn has caused us to turn on the a/c a lot earlier and a lot more frequently then I normally like to.
The garden is doing great. All of the tomato plants have green tomatoes. (Rather disappointingly, the early girl tomatoes didn’t flower and start to fruit any earlier then the rest of them.) The bell peppers all have several one-quarter to half-ripe peppers. The zucchini and eggplants are flowering. The banana peppers have some just-about-ripe looking peppers. We have already started to use the fresh herbs. The cats love the fresh catnip. And two fresh jalapeno peppers have made their way into a stir fry.
The berry bushes on the other hand look kind of sickly. And today while I was weeding I spotted just one half-ripe raspberry. Maybe they just need a year or so to grow bigger and they will produce well next year? Or maybe they will just all die before next year? Or maybe it just isn’t even close to berry season yet and I should stop wondering. Who knows. Only time will tell.
If you were to watch me working in the gardens in the summer, you will observe that for someone who professes to hate weeding and to prefer “the wild look” (for the flowerbeds at least) that I seem to actually do a lot of weeding. Well, I do do a lot of weeding, and I do generally dislike it, and tend to not do it as much as possible. However, there are some things that I will always pull out of the ground:
Usually I just throw the weeds on the middle of the lawn, where they will be chopped up by the lawn mower.
Usually I weed just once a week (or so) for about an hour at a time, so I guess that I can’t complain about it too much.