• gardens,  jack

    Thieves in the Night

    What’s Jack up to? Just being Jack and enjoying his Labor Day. Not that he’s ever laboring. He leaves all that for me. Jack is a master of chilling. He’ll be spending today crafting ways to coax someone into giving him some Labor Day BBQ. I’m sure he’ll prevail.

    Speaking of labor, check out what happened to all my labor. There has been a thief in my backyard. I woke the other day to find all my collard greens gone. Stripped off the stalk just when they were about ready to be picked. This is what I have left from my little leaflings from the beginning of summer.

    How sad is that?

    I wonder what terrible night creature got to them. He’d better not let me see him. Of course I’d probably run like a little girl, but I like to think I’d give who or whatever it was a real butt kicking.

    Later in the week. I’ll show some happier pics of finer veggies.

    In the meantime I’ll enjoy a glass of Labor Day wine and some BBQ to soothe the pain. Have a wonderful day and Happy September!
  • gardens,  jack,  motherhood

    Summer Monday

    What’s Jack up to? He’s gearing up for a week of fun in the sun, well knowing Jack he’ll be hiding out from it while he plans his newest delivery man attack. That sly Jack.
    I’ve got tons on my mind this Monday morning. Just because it’s summer it doesn’t mean the work slows down for Dear Mom. My to-do list for the week kind of makes me want to… to-don’t. But being the adult in the house, that is not an option. Rather than list things here I’d like to think of more pleasant things so I’m posting some progress pics of my garden. You can see the old pics here and I think you’ll agree there has been some major progress.

    It’s slightly slow going in the tomato area and I could be tending things better than I am, but all in all I think it’s progressing nicely. Check out the collard greens.

    Look squash blossoms.

    Check out these string beans. Aren’t they pretty!?

    What’s on tap for your week?


  • gardens,  jack,  motherhood,  teens

    Weekend Wonderer

    What’s Jack up to? Chilling out after a long and really hot weekend. Not too much jumping around today eh, Jack?

    This Really has been a particularly hot weekend in New York. Especially for June and especially in my house and I don’t see any relief any time soon. I’m really busy with writing work and end of the school year things for the Dear Teens. Mom stress is at the same high level as the outside thermometer. These are the times that no one warned you about when it was all smiles and congratulations over you having babies. Teens are not babies.
    So of course as a writer, when I get stressed I turn to books. Romance, Self-help, The bible. etc.

    I picked up this one book in B&N because the title was just was calling my name THE WORN OUT WOMAN. Check out this anonymous quote at the beginning of the first chapter:

    “Don’t ask me to relax; it’s my tension that’s holding me together.”

    It just made me smile in it’s perfection.

    In between working on my new proposal I did a little work in the garden to give my eyes a break. I thought I share some pics here of the Collards I planted. Thanks to PVE for coming through and finding these at Carlson’s.

    I’m a girl that likes to feel the dirt in her hands when planting. Guess it’s time for a new mani huh? Boy do my hands look old! UGH.
    Here is a freshly cut bouquet of roses that the DH cut for me right before a flash thunderstorm on Saturday. It’s so nice to have flowers from your own garden on your table.
    Now to get a little peace of mind at said table…
    So how was your weekned?
  • gardens,  jack

    The Secret Garden

    What’s Jack up to? He’s having a happy Saturday just being Jack. His newest thing is ripping up any napkins or paper towels that he can find. Oh the joy for me! More to clean up. Nice.

    Today I thought I’d post some pictures of my not-so-secret back garden. Last weekend the DH, DD, DS and I planted a few vegetables. I wanted to plant tomatoes for the longest time but with a only a front yard (I’ll show photos of that later) and not much back with this stone wall I had no clue where to put the veggies.

    Well, Nana came over and being the Southern woman that she is she knew just where to put it. After being merciless with one of my plants that she said just “had to go” she had the bright idea of planting the veggies in front of the stone wall. We now have tomatoes, cucumbers, string beans, squash and peppers planted. We’ll see what takes. I’m looking for collard greens to put up the hill in that barren spot but can’t find them. Our local place was all out last weekend. Who know they would be so popular in Scarsdale?

    Are you The Mole? The new season starts Monday night on abc. I’m going to give it a go. I like trying to figure out stuff like that. See these rocks covering that big hole. We don’t have mole but we’ve got a pretty big and scary groundhog that’s driving me and the DH crazy. Ugh! I hope he or the deer don’t eat my veggies.