On Sundays, I Write Letters

Dear Readers,

It’s been some time, hasn’t it? I’ve been keeping busy with this and that–everyday chores and occasions. Today, the temperature has been warm and the sun is out. Ah! Spring, finally. In celebration, I’ll share with you my garden plans for this year. Just yesterday, I pulled some compost out of the bin and incorporated it into my beds. It will probably be a few more weeks before I actually plant any seedlings.

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Raised Bed #1

The okra goes in the back as it grows tall. At the end last summer, I was up on my tippy toes harvesting the last of the okra. I’m doubling my okra (I only had two plants last year) in hopes that can pickle more homegrown okra as opposed to that from local farms. (It was still delicious, though.) Pickled okra was a big hit with my family.

I should be able to fit in more pickling cucumber plants (at least four, maybe six). Again, I hope we can pickle more of these. Last year, we ate them fresh as we harvested them. (Not a bad thing.)

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Raised Bed #2

In my second bed, I’ll have tomatoes in the back (once again, a tall crop) and zucchini in the front. I’m increasing my zucchini plants by one. This year they’ll have more space than last. Who knew zucchini plants grew so big? There are three things I like to do with zucchini. 1) Grill it. 2) Make it into chocolate zucchini bread. 3) Freeze it to be tossed into spaghetti sauce.

In addition to these two beds, there will be two quasi-hydroponic containers into which four tomato plants will go. This is a decrease of two tomato plants. But, last summer we had two dud plants that only produced 2-4 tomatoes. And, half of my plants were started from seed very late and thus didn’t produce much.

Also, I’ll plant 2-3 basil plants into each bed. I read that they help keep the pests off of tomatoes. I did it last year and I didn’t see any significant issues.

Right now, in my “greenhouse” (a former resident’s dark room in our basement now outfitted with a grow-light ) I have more than enough seedlings. It has been keeping me busy–watering and repotting–but these are chores I love.

Have a good week!

Best,

T-Bud

On Sundays, I Write Letters

Dear Readers,

Last Wednesday was a treat–it was a snow day. I remember the spring breaks of my youth in Alaska when snow was all but a requirement (and spring break was always in March). So, it was fun to have a heavy late-winter storm.

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The day started with coffee in a “for here” mug with frothed milk.

 

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Then, I went to tackle the driveway.

 

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You have to put your back into it.

 

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Truly, nothing is more satisfying. Granted, if I had waited a day, Mother Nature would have taken care of it herself with warmer temperatures.

 

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I took Rasputin out to make some snow rat angels.

 

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And, when I came back inside, I sat down with a cup of hot chocolate to do some good ol’ fashioned writing.

If you got snow in your area, I hope you made the best of it. Now, let’s get on to the comments left this week!

Best,

T-Bud

 

RE: Thirty Before 30 Update: Number 25

Dear Emily,

In all of my time perusing thrift stores, I haven’t seen a broken keyboard (or a working one, for that matter) or a kneeboard. But then, I don’t think I’ve ever been looking. When I acquire one of these items, you will be the first to know.

Best,

T-Bud

 

Dear Alice,

I have yet to patronize the Snooty Fox. I’ve been into a curated Goodwill, though. (Perhaps you have too–the one on Montgomery Road?) I was disappointed. Part of the joy of purchasing secondhand is discovering a deal. When the business knows what they’re selling (designer labels), they tend to charge more. This makes me hesitant to visit the Snooty Fox. But, who knows? Maybe one day I’ll duck in to see what they have to offer!

Best,

T. Bud

On Sundays, I Write Letters

Dear Readers,

As the meandrous snow falls here in the Sweetheart of Ohio, I’ve managed to get caught up on writing. Yes, indeed. So, this week I have a trifecta of posts for you. On Monday, you’ll read about another goal being crossed off the Thirty Before 30 list. Thursday will bring–gasp!–the announcement of a new list! And, Saturday, you’ll get yet another doodle from one of my notebooks.

For now, I leave you with a picture I snapped on my hike at Yellow Springs last weekend:

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John Bryan State Park

There’s only so much winter left–my favorite season for hiking–so get out while you can.

Best,

T-Bud

On Sundays, I Write Letters

Dear Readers,

I still haven’t gotten around to writing a final post about my Thirty Before 30 list. I had some volunteer writing to do this weekend, so perhaps next weekend.

Another thing on my to-do list is to go through my seeds and plan my garden. So, today I’ll share with you pictures of my 2012 garden. Most of these pictures were posted on Instagram. Feel free to follow me. I’m @tbudco. Enjoy the photos and let’s all do a little dreaming of warm temps, shall we?

Best,

T-Bud

Things started out like this.
Things started out like this.

 

And this.
And this.

 

Baby pickling cucumbers.
Baby pickling cucumbers.

 

Adult pickling cucumber.
Adult pickling cucumber.

 

Slice adult pickling cucumbers tossed in Italian dressing. Truly the taste of summer.
Sliced adult pickling cucumbers tossed in Italian dressing. Truly the taste of summer.

 

Tomato in hiding.
Tomato in hiding.

 

Tomato in a Caprese salad (with homegrown basil).
Tomato in a Caprese salad (with homegrown basil).

 

Ginormous zucchini discovered in the depths of the garden.
Ginormous zucchini discovered in the depths of the garden.

 

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It became Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (and mini loaves).

On Sundays, I Write Letters

Dear Readers,

It’s been too long. My birthday was weekend spent watching my alma mater hockey team woefully lose to my husband’s alma mater and going to a Super Bowl party. The next weekend I drove out to Illinois to attend my grandma’s funeral. So, after two memorable and activity-packed weekends, I find myself tardy in replying to comments. I’m also late on wrapping up my Thirty Before 30 series.

Such is life and I appreciate your patience.

Best,

T-Bud

 

RE: Thirty Before 30 Update: Number 9

Dear Alice,

You hit the nail on the head. I attended a LA Fitness yoga class that didn’t have any indication of whether it was for beginners or experts. I can only assume that the instructor was teaching somewhere in the middle.

Yoga doesn’t intrigue me so much that I will regularly attend classes, but rest assured that if I do, I will seek your council first.

Best,

T-Bud