Friday, July 5, 2013

4th of July fun...

I am hoping this post finds all of my reading public (that small crowd of incredibly patient, smart individuals who know a good thing to read when they spot it) safe, well, and unburned by fireworks. Instead of being the scorcher everyone expected, the fickle side of weather came out again here in washington. We had a pleasant cloudy day. If you've ever watched a movie (I only watched it because my wife wanted to, and I can't remember the actress or title - or maybe it is only what Freud would call self respect preserving memory blockage and under hypnosis there would be dark secrets revealed) where in one of the miss america thingy's when asked "describe your perfect date" the contestant replied "I'd have to say April [something or other (more blockage?)]. It's not to hot and not too cold, all you need is a light sweater." That was our 4th. Not too hot and not too cold, all you need is a light sweater until about 9:30, then you need pants because the mosquitos come out in force and look for all the blood they can suck. So, as you can tell, the Barbecue, family get together, and fireworks were a hit. It was a good 4th and even better is next year it will be on a friday. Three day weekend!
We also had an addition to the family. Well, about 100-200 additions. Our preying mantis egg hatched, well not ours exactly, but more ours by adoption, let forth its minions and we let them go. Isn't that a proverb or something? If you love something, let it go. If it doesn't come back, you know it's hunting down aphids in your garden. Well, some may think the anglo saxon or greek translated a little differently, but that's a rough translation.
On to gardening news. We are having a little get together of friends at the end of july, so this weekend will be planting, pruning, weeding etc in hopes that the tomatoes, radishes, beans, peas, beets, lettuce, spinach, and what not will all be ready for picking. Some of them, the guests, not vegetables, are vegetarians (would a vegetarian vegetable be a cannibal?) so I want to have the pick of the lot ready for them. Everything is on track, so we'll see how it goes.
I hope you all had a great 4th and an even better weekend. In the words of Shakespeare, "If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly" As much to say, "Cry havoc, and let loose the dogs of war!" Which we all know loosely translated means "Sally Forth into your garden and get dirty!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful 4th! Ours was very hot, so we even ended up BBQ-ing inside. I was shocked to learn that in Massachusetts where I am now, all fireworks are banned - even sparklers and pop-its! Since the kids remembered how much they loved them, thankfully my husband saved the day by buying some sparklers in Rhode Island. It is also rather shocking how quickly two small kids can go through 60 sparklers :)

    1. That sounds like great fun! It is always a little hard getting used to a new environment like yours, but since you have your family, that is what really matters, and it also sounds like you have a good husband who thinks outside state lines! I don't think we ever understand value as children, but when their children go through 60 sparklers, they'll come to you and talk about this new generation of children, then you can have a story or two ;)