My day began when I woke up at 8:00 a.m. to take my antibiotic. Unlike yesterday, however, I went back to sleep and had one of my weird, convoluted dreams, in which I was riding in a bus in Australia (I've never been to Australia in real life, but in my dream, that's where I was, with cousins who live there), trying to buy fried fish for my mother's lunch! It was a frustrating sort of dream because I couldn't get the fried fish! Then, suddenly, I woke up with a start, and it was 10:00 a.m., already!
I spent a fairly relaxed morning, having a cup of coffee, replying to comments on my blog, and reading and commenting on other blogs. Brunch was a scrambled egg and hash browns. I was tempted to have a waffle, but it seemed a lot of work. I don't know why peeling and cutting a potato into small cubes and finely dicing some onion for hash browns seemed less work than mixing up batter for waffles, but, there you are, that seems to be how I think! Maybe it is because I would have had to make a strawberry syrup, with frozen strawberries, to go with the waffles, since I still don't like the taste of the regular bottled pancake syrup (not pure maple syrup) I buy from the grocery store. While the potato was cooking, I also sliced up the rest of the onion and froze it for future use. Weekday meal preparations go faster for me when I have already peeled and sliced onions in the freezer.
After brunch, I stripped the bed and washed the bed sheets and a few other things to make a load. It has been hung to dry. If the sheets dry by tonight, I will make the bed with them, to avoid having to fold them! If not, I will make the bed with the other set of cotton sheets (I've two sets of cotton sheets and one set of flannel sheets for my bed).
While the sheets were washing, I went to water the vegetable seeds I had planted. Some of them are germinating!
The patty pan squash: there were eight seeds and so far, one has germinated!
|Patty Pan Squash Seedling|
The zucchini squash: there were five seeds and one has germinated! On Friday, it looked how the patty pan seedling is looking like in the picture, above, but today, it has grown to seedling status!
The bean seeds are starting to germinate, too:
And I've at least one okra seedling!
And then, I started on what turned out to be an exercise in frustration!
|Chicken Wire Mesh|
|This One Sort of Worked|
|The Mesh Hooked on to the Nail|
Then, I tried to dig the holes for the "posts". Keep in mind that I am doing this all backwards, because the seeds have been planted and some are starting to germinate, so I am trying to dig the holes without disturbing the seeds!
|The First Post in Place!|
The second post kept falling over when I tried to wrap the mesh around it! So I propped a cinder block against it to hold it in place! Well, sort of!
|Cinder Block to the Rescue!|
The cinder block tends to topple over and it did just that, several times, to the detriment of the poor bean seeds that are trying to sprout!
|Flattened by the Cinder Block!|
By this time, it was almost 4:00 p.m. and the afternoon sun was getting too strong for me. I have "sun sensitivity" due to my medications. I had started out hammering the nails in the shade of the back roof overhang. I had thought I'd stay in the shade throughout my project and hadn't put on any sun screen and I wasn't wearing a long sleeved top, either. I felt my face and arms getting hot and tingly, which is my sign that I've had too much sun. And I was getting thirsty (I had already gone indoors to drink water once or twice before). And frustrated. It was becoming apparent to me that putting in the make-shift posts and stretching the wire mesh around them was a two-person job! One to hold the post in place while the other stretched the mesh. So, I "downed my tools" and came inside to wash my face and apply some cream to my arms!
Later, after I had my tea and the sun went down, a bit, and I had rested, I went back and finished covering the plot!
|All Fenced In!|
Not the best job as the posts are too wobbly and the wire mesh has a tendency to curl after being rolled up in the package. I am not sure how well it will hold up against a determined cat, but I am hoping it will hold up well enough, at least until Friday, when my gardener friend can help me better secure the posts and mesh. I also threw another piece of mesh over the top to thwart any birds from pecking the seedlings! Last time I planted beans, the mourning doves ate off all the seedlings! I might hammer in two more pieces of wood, tomorrow, to help support the weight of the mesh I put on the top. I then watered the poor seedlings - maybe the bean sprouts that got crushed will recover and come back up!
|Need more support - the chicken wire is bending over for the weight of the mesh thrown on top|
I also placed some additional cinder blocks and edging stones to anchor the bottom of the chicken mesh in order to deter any animals from creeping under it. I used to have possums in the garden, and, occasionally, I've seen raccoons! Of course, the raccoons will probably just knock the fence down without any problem! I am just hoping that the cats won't. By the time I did that and came in, it was almost 8 o'clock! I was too tired to do anything else!
But I took a picture of the grape vines I bought yesterday:
|Lemon Grass and Parsley|
In the evening, I called a couple of my friends and my neighbor S, across the street, to wish them for Easter and one of my aunts called, too. Later, my neighbor S brought over dinner for me:
|Dinner from Neighbor|
Clockwise from top left: Lavash (flat bread), dyed eggs and herbs (flat leaf parsley, basil, tarragon, spring onion), yogurt with grated cucumber, fried fish fillets, cheesy bread and puff pastry dough filled with spinach and cheese!
I had some of it for dinner and kept the rest in the fridge.
Basil and tarragon are not herbs I usually use when cooking, but I put some of the stems in water to see if they will root (although I read that tarragon is grown from either seeds or root divisions). Well, if nothing else, the water will keep them fresh, longer.
|Basil and Tarragon|
Today, I am grateful for:
- Little seedlings emerging from the seeds I planted
- Playing with the fencing material (even if it was frustrating at times!)
- My neighbor bringing me dinner
- Chatting with friends
- A sunny, warm day
Weekend (and Beyond!) To Do List:
- Tidy the house - STARTED; Did the living room
- Change bed sheets - DONE
- Load of laundry - DONE
- Office work - DONE
- Daily tasks (dishes, litter box, etc.) - DONE
- Plant some of the new succulents
- Buy wire mesh
- Fence off the vegetable planting bed - DONE
- Library to return book - DONE
Monday's To Do List:
- Go to the office
- Continue to tidy the house
- Plant some of the new succulents
- Empty the waste baskets/kitchen trash
- Take trash cans to the curb
- Water the seedlings/calendula, etc.
How was your Sunday? Do you have a holiday tomorrow? What are your plans for Monday?