It looks like I somehow missed the month of May, hmm, wonder where I put it? Ah well, I guess I needed a break from my ever so busy life of loafing around reading the internet. That's not entirely true, I've also been reading a big stack of library books. And working out at the gym. And making trips to California to visit friends. So yeah, pretty busy. Much too busy to check in with my blog. So how about that eclipse? That was something right? Yeah, couldn't look at it. I started thinking about the viewing possibilities about two hours ahead of time. Evidently most people planned better and bought up all the special glasses. We improvised and did the pinhole thing to project it onto a piece of poster-board. I tried to take some pics with my pinhole camera but have yet to drop them in chemicals to see if I got anything. Probably not, I think I left the shutter open for too long.
Our gardens are going gangbusters. I'm getting at least a dozen cherry tomatoes every day, usually much more. The biggest issue with them is that I didn't cage them so I had to leave the chicken wire up around the garden to keep them upright. Which means I am either reaching over the top or scrounging around underneath with my face pressed into the wire. It's a look.
Here's a picture of the first real day of cherry tomato harvesting:
The strawberries finally started producing as well and when I can get them ahead of the birds they are quite good. We've gotten two (tiny) raspberries that Mister C said were "okay". The lone blackberry wasn't as good. I have eight sugar babies (mini watermelons) that are about the size of softballs and several smaller ones. I'm really excited about those, cannot wait for them to be ready! The cantaloupe vines are taking over more than their half of the garden they're in. I have to keep untangling their spindly runners from my strawberries to prevent strangulation. I am finally starting to see little bulb like things that I think are future cantaloupe. Another one I am really excited about. The cucumbers have four little (about two inches) babies starting to grow. And the grapevine is all the way up the trellis and heading for the overhang. So, gardens are going pretty well and we've learned a ton. Next year the tomatoes will be caged and the cantaloupe will have their own garden.
On other healthy fronts (see how my segues have improved in my absence?) I've been working out. I work out no less than five times a week, usually at the gym, but sometimes I do it at home. Mostly I do it at the gym though. And I've been logging everything I eat for the last month. That was sort of eye opening. Not in a good way either. Anyway, through the magical pill of diet and exercise I've managed to lose nine pounds since May 5th. So, about 19% of my total goal and just under 5% lost off my starting weight. And I'm starting to look a little better in my Jeep, so that's a positive.
So speaking of the Jeep (damn these segues just keep coming!) I still have the doors and hard top off and am driving around with just the bikini top on. It was 111 degrees today. Sitting at stop lights is kind of like sitting in a convection oven, the heat comes from all sides. But you know what? I don't even mind for the most part. So long as I'm moving, it's fine. And, I don't have to deal with it being 150 degrees when I get back to my car and it's been sitting in a parking lot for an hour. Whatever the temp is outside, it is inside. I also think it makes me more appreciative of air conditioning when I am in it. And also, the disbelieving look on people's faces when I pull up next to them is awesome. So for today, the doors and hard top stay off and I'll put up with the heat.
I'm all out of segues. And I'm all out of updates. I'll try really hard to be more on top of this blog in the future. And I promise I'll get some more pictures in the next post.