A couple of firsts

Dave started his first job at Java.net today!

Dave on the way to work

I made Dave stop for the standard "first day of" photo.

And, we have our first tomatoes of the 2011 gardening season.


These are Celebrity hybrids. Up next, the heirlooms!

It stopped raining long enough…

to start the wood fired oven!

setting the form

This is Mark, who works for Kevin the builder, drilling into the rock to set the form.

Kevin multitasking

This is Kevin the builder. He and Mark had to use wheelbarrows to get the concrete from the truck to the form on the rocks. Fortunately it was downhill all the way. Yes, Kevin was on the phone while he was navigating a wheelbarrow full of wet concrete down a hill.

Gary in on the action

Gary helped too! All I did was take pictures and boss people around. Somebody had to do it.

The longest spring

It’s Memorial Day weekend and it hasn’t been above 65 degrees in 3 days! It’s supposed to warm up today. At least the plants seem to be enjoying the wet and cool weather.

Happy Clematis

I planted this clematis 2 years ago and it seems to really like this spot.


The garden on May 28, 2011

We’ve got peppers, tomatoes, cucks, fennel, garlic, kale, chard, collard greens, potatoes, berries, herbs, asparagus and some other stuff I have forgotten.

Our natural patio

We are going to build the wood fired oven at the far end, if it ever stops raining long enough.

A hail of a spring so far

Yesterday around 5:30 I was sitting on the screened porch with a friend while a thunderstorm passed over. All of the sudden, the rain became very LOUD. Turns out it was the biggest hail I’ve ever seen. It was a little bigger than marble size, but hey, I’ve only lived in the midwest for 3 years.

Hail on the Lime tree

This little lime tree was on the deck and we opened the door and Gary pulled it under the eave. No limes were harmed!

At least it was big enough to get a picture of while it was falling!

As you can see, there was quite bit, but it melted right away. After the storm passed, the weather alarm went off. The weather alarm has been going off a lot lately. In fact, today is the first day in a while that it hasn’t gone off. But it is pouring down rain right now.

Spring at last

Gary recently built a trail to this ephemeral creek on the north side of our property.

The dogwoods and the redbuds are beautiful. Flowers are blooming everywhere. But this is my favorite part of spring. Leaves. Lots of leaves. Specifically, oak leaves. Hello green!