August garden & other life stuff.
The kitchen floors are scheduled.
We are mixing floor stain.
The kitchen and addition were two different floors.
Both of which were different than the rest of the first floor.
We are making it all uniform.
Here is the before/after on the addition.
Here is the last time Paul and I chose floor stain— spoiler alert: it did not go well.
We’ve had a phenomenal amount of rain.
We have frozen endless amounts of kale and basil.
Peas are over.
Cucumbers are coming to their end.
We are not yet in peak tomato season, but very soon.
Here is how we freeze the kale and other green stuff.
I am bad about doing basil.
You aren’t supposed to let it get a flower.
So once I SEE the flower starting– then I am like oh, I definitely cannot wait ANY longer.
Then I wait at least another week.
Doing THIS MUCH BASIL?
Literally, ANYTHING else is more appealing.
It would be intolerable without Paul.
The man is a machine.
We make giant batches in the food processor and freeze it.
You can use ice cube trays. I go bigger.
It’s our garlic. I don’t peel it.
Just slice off the roots and rinse.
Frozen greens are NOT something you’d want to unthaw and eat plain.
I add them to the pan with olive oil, more garlic, tomatoes, zucchini, butternut squash, carrots, whatever’s in the fridge… or skip the tomatoes and do ginger and cabbage… also: mixing fresh veg with frozen I think tastes better.
Our last three winters, I have regretted digging— we had very mild winters, and whatever-percent of tubers I would’ve lost would have been WORTH IT– to skip the task.
Then, last fall, life was crazy.
Paul wasn’t home much.
We didn’t dig.
So we had ALL THE WINTER.
So my Dahlia-return-rate is not great.
I took cuttings of the ones that came up early… (here is how to take and grow cuttings) I stuck them right into the dirt— not bothering to baby and transplant, the ROI is not great, but the simplicity is unbeatable.
I still have plenty of bare spots… But the sunflowers chose this year to REALLY re-seed themselves, so that sort of distracts from the haphazard places of nothing.
We have simplified our method of composting.
We use a 5-gallon bucket.
During garden season, it gets filled almost daily.
We used to transfer that bucket into a “real“ compost pile.
Now we just dump it directly in the garden.
It does not look nice.
But the garden LOVES it– tomatoes especially!
AND SO MUCH SIMPLER.
I bought a new water wand. The kind I’ve had in the past were just the rainshower kind… but this one– you can also select the spray, and the head is articulated so you can position it in different angles, AND the water-pressure adjuster thing actually works so you can set it for a fine setting that won’t smash seedlings.
I have been using it since spring and I really like it.
Paul likes to DO things.
I like my husband to not be reminded every minute of the day how his wife is utterly unsuitable for him and literally any other one would have been better.
My brothers are coming home in September for a parent-milestone-birthday… we are not an omg birthday family– it’s just an excuse to force the boys to come home.
I think I might get to see my bff around the same time.
I really wish the floor mess was not ALSO happening. But I am trying to just focus on the good parts and not let the stress of the other ruin the rest.
Reading: Happens Every Day, by Isabel Gillies.
It’s a good memoir.
A great beach read.
What a terrible thing to say about the disintegration of someone’s life.
Life tip gleaned:
If your husband is a writer.
And he leaves you for a writer.
Definitely write a NYT bestseller.
August 3, 2018 @ 10:27 am
Your garden looks lovely. I wish mine looked as good, but I’m trying to be serious about water conservation. Because of the drought we had for quite a few years, we are still in recovery mode, and we’re experiencing many fires, as I’m sure you are already aware of. Thank you for the post, Victoria.
P.S. How is Webster doing?
August 3, 2018 @ 12:25 pm
Love the garden and Oh my gosh the flowers-you surround yourself with beauty and you have such a knack for it. My small glimpses into your lovely calm seeming rooms and the immaculate floors(how do you manage that?) makes me get up and run the @#$% vacuum over the tumbling tumbleweed hair masses(yes masses) of 175 lb Rottweiler and 20 lb small doggie . Life in these the golden years me -78 spouse 81 with Alzheimer’s-are not quite as golden as reported in the nursing home ads but we are still on the right side of the dirt so there is that. Anyhoo all of this to say endless thanks for all your wonderful wit,humor ,GFThingys.
I don’t think you are aware of how many people you make happy,turn tears into smiles and rain into sunshine. Thank You.
August 3, 2018 @ 1:19 pm
I planted Giant Zinnas on your recommendation and I get so many compliments just from people walking in the neighborhood!
August 3, 2018 @ 1:21 pm
I love, love, love Hollyhocks — beautiful! They don’t do well in Texas, but when I retire back to the Northwest, I’ll definitely have them!
August 4, 2018 @ 7:48 am
Your gardens are gorgeous! I love veggies and flowers, but not heat and humidity. So since I moved from PA to NC, I am a hermit in the summer. Good luck with the flooring and stain. And regarding all of that basil… I’m coming to dinner!
August 4, 2018 @ 2:17 pm
My cucumber plants have not grown more than an inch all summer. Something harvested my tomatoes.
August 4, 2018 @ 6:18 pm
Is that a bat box in your sunflowers? We had one on our chimney that’s about to take a tumble into the shrubs. Has the freestanding hobby been successful?
September 17, 2018 @ 5:21 pm
Just discovered your wonderful site. Love your projects and sense of humor (and watching you two dance). You are Magical! I do think you should work on your Jackie O. accent! It would go great with your vintage dresses!:)
September 23, 2018 @ 5:57 pm
Holy cow, you aren’t kidding, that is a LOT of basil. I don’t even know how you’ll ever use it all. Hopefully your family really likes pesto? 😂