Monday, July 31, 2006
Today I made Banana Nut bread for the very first time. It's funny, I never thought about it much, but it's so easy to make, I guess I just never bothered before. I know that all those over ripe banana's are going into freezer bags from now on. No more compost for them.
Tonight's dinner was composed of mostly home grown veggies and that in and of itself was very gratifying. I sauted onions and zucchini with Kosher salt and black pepper, finished off with a fat dose of parmagiano-reggiano. Yummy! Especially those carmallized onions....soo sweet and flavorful.
I think that I have fully enjoyed my new raised beds now...even though I have yet to eat my first tomato (picked them today). I'm savoring that moment for another day or so, letting it finish off on the counter. I dug another hill of red potatoes this afternoon. Only 3 left. All and all, it's been pretty bountiful and worth all that labor to haul in those yards and yards of soil. I still have pole beans and cucumbers coming (soon). Other than that, it's all on the tomatoes to get started and they usually do here around the end of August and the first of September. I hope we can manage to get more warmth between now and then.
One of my goals in the garden here from the time we moved in, was to entice Hummingbirds to the yard. Growing up, my grandmothers garden was always filled with the sharp chirp of male hummers dive bombing rivals. Hummingbirds really add a sense of wonder and magic to my garden and for the last two summers I've managed to have one lone female as a visitor. Well, this summer I got my wish, I had 3 of them outside my office window on the clothes line battling it out. I feel like I've achieved something huge. I know to some of you it may seem odd, but trust me, it's like a kind of acceptance, that my garden is worthy. When I see them, I can feel my heart slow, my mind relax...they make you stop moving so that you can just take them in for their brief moments of hover and dash. Right now, their favorite plants are the Monarda (Bee Balm), Phygelius (Cape Fuchsia) Crocosmia, Abutilon (Dennis, Jackie O's Lipstick, Red Gumdrop), Agapanthus (Storm Cloud) and the Clarodenderon tree. It's also fun to watch them bathe in the fountain, dip, dip, dip.
Also today, Lucy got her stitches out. She's got a bit of irritation where the some of the stitches were, but other than that, she's healing up well. Vet wants to keep the cone on for a few more days, keep her from licking. She's still going to be on restricted activity for another 10 days or so, she's still healing on the inside too. I'm just glad to have the worst behind us.
I guess that's all I have to say for now. Greenie out!