Thursday, April 23, 2020

Radish Harvest on Wednesday

Radish Harvest

I found this radish growing under the orange tree, a week or so ago, and decided to harvest it, today!  I think it grew from a seed from the rather large radish plant that was there, last year, which set seed pods.  I picked a few of those seed pods for a stir-fry or two, but, I allowed others to mature on the plant and I scattered them around to see if they grow.  However, so far, only this one radish has shown up and I think the birds may have eaten the other seeds.  Anyway, I now have a radish to add to a salad!

It has been a sunny and warm day, today.  When I woke up, mid-morning, outside was already warmer than inside the house!  So, I opened several windows and the front door to warm up the house!  I closed the windows at 6:30 p.m., because, once the sun goes down, it tends to cool off very quickly.

Today, I watered the peach tree, again, and watered these little seedlings that are coming up:

Tomato Seedling?

I don't have a proper compost heap, anymore.  Instead, I bury kitchen scraps here and there in the garden beds and leave them to compost.  I remember I put some parts of a tomato that had started to go bad in this general area, and it looks like a couple of seeds have germinated.  This one is the biggest seedling with the first set of true leaves.  I will be watching this area, closely!

Cantaloupe Seedlings?
I also threw out some cantaloupe seeds in the same general area, and I hope that these are cantaloupe seedlings!  It would be lovely if they are!  But, first, they need to be able to survive tomorrow's forecast for 90F temperatures!

The other seeds I tossed out were papaya seeds, but, so far, I haven't seen any papaya seedlings. 

Today, I set my timer for 20 minutes and walked up and down my driveway and in front of my house and neighbor T's house.  First, up and down my driveway, then to the end of the front garden and turn around; back up and down my driveway and to the end of T's driveway and turn around; then, repeat!  While I walked, I prayed.  It is an adaptation of what we call walking meditation.  Except, walking meditation involves being mindful and aware of each step being taken.  In my situation, I simply walked and prayed as I walked.  It was still a form of meditation, as far as I am concerned because I was focusing on my prayers.  I had texted my daughter to let her know I was setting out to walk and she said it inspired her to do a cardio-dance workout (her workout lasted one hour, compared to my 20 minutes of walking).

When I came back inside after my walk, there was a message from neighbor T, so I called her back and chatted with her.  Then, I called friend R to chat with her.  While I chatted with her, I cooked some spaghetti for dinner.  I had made some pasta sauce, last night, with half a can of pasta sauce that I had frozen and half a packet of previously browned ground beef that I had in the freezer.  The packet of ground beef had been half of a pound of ground beef I had bought and cooked just before the stay at home order went into effect.  I had used half of the ground beef for spaghetti sauce then, and frozen the rest.  Since that was all the ground beef I had in the freezer, I didn't want to use it all up, so I took just half of that and bulked up the sauce with a grated carrot and some frozen broccoli florets.  I wasn't quite sure how the sauce would turn out, but, I was very pleasantly surprised that it was so tasty.  I had it with spaghetti last night, had leftovers for my lunch today, and the last bit of the sauce with more freshly cooked pasta, for tonight's dinner, as well!  LOL.  I have no problem eating the same thing for several meals in a row! 

Aunt T called, too, and I had a nice chat with her.  I spoke with her, yesterday, too, but she calls often because she is feeling bored.  Her mind is as sharp as ever, but, at 91, her eyesight is failing and she is unable to read or do any of the things she used to do. 

Later in the evening, I video chatted with my daughter.

Today, I am grateful for:
- A radish to harvest!
- New seedlings
- An evening walk
- A warm and sunny day
- Chatting with family and friends

Today's joyful activity was video chatting with my daughter.

Plans for tomorrow include video chatting with a friend and sewing a few more face masks for a friend.

How was your Wednesday?  What do you think of my radish harvest?  What are your plans for Thursday?


  1. I love your radishes. Ive just been given a little kit, including a pot with radish seeds. I shall do my best...

    1. I hope you have better luck with your radishes than I've had with mine, Angela. :)

  2. I can't believe I am writing this but I am rather envious of your solitary radish ... there weren't any available on my last food order 😂

    Well done on your meditative walking. Do you find it calms you?

    1. LOL. I'd give you the radish if you lived closer, Eileen. :)

      Thank you; I think praying during walking helps me by giving me something to focus on while walking. I don't have an ipod, etc. to listen to while I walk and the prayers keep my mind from straying onto more negative thoughts like worrying about things beyond my control, although, I still have those thoughts, too. More than anything else, it is something to keep my mind occupied while I walk a very limited circuit. :)

  3. I like the idea of walking meditation/prayer. Yesterday for some reason I felt compelled to count my steps to and from the mailbox at the end of our lane, 224 steps to it, 219 steps back. I guess as I got limbered up I took longer strides. It is raining today so no walking for me. But it seems like a good day for spaghetti here, I have frozen meatballs that I need to use.

    1. Counting steps is good, too! Maybe, the next time I walk, I will count how many steps I take (no, I don't have one of those step-counter things people wear) and maybe when you next walk to the mailbox and back, you can pray or meditate. :) Enjoy your spaghetti and meatballs! :)

  4. How cool is that radish? I love it. Growing my for the first time this year. Will you grow more this year as well?

    Ohhh, peach tree. Very nice. I had them at my old house. So dang yummy.

    I do the burry into the ground as well as toss out into the forest, but that into the garden I got from my grandma. She called it, “Feeding the earth.” I love that and so I still say that today. Wow, 90F there already. Wow, wow.

    How cool that you inspired your daughter. Love that.

    All wonderful things to be grateful for. Excellent outlook. Wishing you a yummy day.

    PS: You asked about our Wednesday and mine was excellent. I ripped apart and old big clunky monkey of a couch and walked all the parts down to the dump. It was a BIG job but a GOOOOOOD job. I slept a great night of sleep and today, I turn what was our living room, into a temporary wood shoppe.

    Cheers and boogie boogie, Ivy.

    1. Thank you, Ivy. :) I am hoping to grow more vegetables this year, although I have to find a way to buy some seeds. I haven't had a lot of success growing vegetables, recently, however, because it gets too hot too soon and the seedlings wither (my forgetting to water them might have something to do with it, too!)

      This is just the second year for this little peach tree - last year, it dropped all its fruit while still tiny, shortly after a heatwave. This year, I am hoping to get at least a few fruits. We shall see. I need to keep watering it.

      Sounds like you are in the middle of a big project! I'll be by to check things out. Have a lovely day.

    2. How about growing more hot weather plants like tomatoes and peppers and things that love heat?

    3. I have tried growing tomatoes and peppers, etc., but, they still get scorched and wilt! My garden is mostly sunny and the summer temperatures go above 100F quite regularly. Plus, watering becomes a problem, especially in drought years when we are under water restrictions. But, I keep trying. :)

  5. Hooray for your early harvest ... I like the young leaves from radishes torn into salad along with the root itself sliced ... the leaves are nice and peppery-I think it's safe to say that this will be the year I don't get to plant and enjoy a vegetable garden- we have plenty of room, and I have the time, but getting a place ready is a different thing- right now I am just delighted with the prospect of getting this yard mowed and trimmed-
    Yes, I have rooted cuttings from the roses and the jasmine that I brought from my own mother's gardens- they all go back even further though ... my mom rooted them from her mother's plants, and she in turn took them from her mother's in south Georgia- they have a definite history-since both Paige and Dana have daughters, I hope they will continue ... and I will return as an annoyed 'haunt' if they don't!
    We were surrounded by major tornado issues here last night- we were in the path but mercifully escaped problems- a very few miles south of us had horrible damage with several fatalities, many injuries, and a lot of destruction of properties- our weather warnings went off steadily for a long time, but about all one can do is stay alert and hope for the best-for those directly affected, this is a dreadful time to try to mount recovery work with everyone having to stay aware of distancing etc-
    Today's agenda might include working on doll clothes ... Kailyn has sent me a list of what she thinks her dolls need...umm, it seems they need quite a lot, and she knows very well that I was designed to cater to her whims ... and that suits me too-
    Take care ... enjoy your beautiful yard-
    As always, fondest wishes-

    1. Barb, I am so thankful that you didn't suffer any damage from the tornadoes! Tornadoes are bad at any time, but this is an especially bad time for them, what with the worries about the virus and distancing, etc. :(

      Ooh, those are heirloom roses and jasmines! How lovely! Hope your daughters continue with the tradition.

      Sounds like Kailyn has helped you plan your day's activities. Enjoy!

      Take care and may all be well with you and yours.

  6. You are very disciplined Bless. I would have just eaten that radish. It looks so good. :)

    All my papaya trees sprouted from the compost. :) Now they have tiny fruits. Last week I added some compost to a raised bed, and now there are tiny tomato and squash looking seedlings are popping up.

    1. I will be eating the radish very soon. In the meantime, Dancer appreciated the small piece of one leaf which I let him have. :)

      I think you have the type of weather and soil that encourage these seedlings to grow. I meant to water my seedlings, today, and forgot!

  7. What a splendid radish - it is untouched by the little larvae that often attack mine. I hope you find more and that your other "volunteers" produce edible plants.

    Well, I certainly bundled up yesterday to go out and it wasn't too bad at all and I was glad of the fresh air and exercise. Today started out around freezing but warmed up a bit and the sun has been out so another walk to the mailbox was pleasant. I often pray the rosary while walking there and back, counting on my fingers, a different king of meditative walk. Sometimes it becomes a little disjointed if I get distracted by a neighbour's dog or a passerby!
    This afternoon I made some lemonade syrup and I have six bottles in the fridge. It is concentrated so it is diluted when used. I never made it before and DH was quite surprised and was happy to try some.

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. I shall continue to see what else might be growing!

      I think that saying the rosary while walking to the mail box and back is quite similar to what I do, except, I say different prayers. I don't think it matters that much what prayers we say, though, does it? Today, I recited one that is called "loving-kindness" or "metta", wishing all beings well, good health, a long life, and relief from fear.

      Your lemonade syrup sounds good! I need to at least juice and freeze the juice of my lemons!

  8. I have some radishes coming up in my strawberry bed! I just noticed them, and am hoping they make radishes. It's so fun to get volunteers.

    I do have a few lettuces and about 100 cilantros that have just sprung up. I transplanted some of the cilantro and all of the lettuce, but some of the cilantro will be tilled under because they are in the way of where the tomatoes will go. But, they can grow until then. Who knows, maybe I'll get enough for pico de Gallo.

    I'm glad you are doing well, and that I've finally fixed my computer so I can comment again. I've been unable to do so on many, many blogs I like for quite some time now.

    1. Becky, it's lovely to hear from you, again. You have a marvelous garden and I know you put in a lot of hard work to keep it so. Enjoy those volunteer plants and stay safe. :)

  9. I love your radish story. And it will be interesting to follow along and see what those little seedlings become.
    The other day I saved the seeds from a red bell pepper and have left them to dry. I will plant them and see what happens.
    I don't have much sun in my yard but I will find a spot.

    1. Thank you, Debra. I enjoyed my radish in a salad, last night, and it was just right! Dancer got to enjoy a piece of a radish leaf, too, much to his delight. That cat likes his greens!

      I hope your bell pepper seeds grow and produce lots of bell peppers for you! I have some really old packets of seeds I had bought years ago, but, didn't plant for some reason - I think I will prepare a spot and plant them to see if anything happens!

  10. Does Aunt T have a library card? If so she might be able to listen to audio book on the overdrive or libby app if her library participates. It might be worthwhile to check if she enjoys reading.


    1. Hi Saryn, I don't think Aunt T has a library card. I know she used to enjoy reading magazines, etc., but, I don't think she's that fond of reading books. However, the next time she does call, I will suggest the library audio books to her, even though I can guess what her answer will be! What she really wants is company, people to entertain her. Which we can no longer do! Not that she is alone in a room somewhere - she lives with extended family who look after her and her daughters visit her almost daily. She's not alone and, often, when she calls me, I can hear voices in the background, and if I ask her who is there, she'll say, oh, so and so is here and mention my cousins' names. She just wants lots of people to chat with her! LOL. Thank you so much for commenting.


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