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21 May 2010 @ 08:33 am
Things I've been doing...  
 ~ Writing.  Not as much as I should, but enough to still make my June 30th deadline for finishing this third rewrite.

~ Gardening.  Anyone who knows me IRL would probably gape in shock, but for some reason this year, finally, I'm tired of my yard being...well, blah.  Last weekend, I planted eight candy tuft plants, an equal number of phlox with purple flowers, some snap dragons, two blue berry bushes, four tomato plants, two lilacs (one of them a transplant start from my current lilac), three raspberry bushes, and a wisteria.  I still have a bunch of strawberries to plant, but the weather turned to rain, and I haven't done it yet.  

I've also decided I'd like to put two or three raised garden boxes in my back yard, over the section we've never gotten to really grow well.  Unfortunately, the cost of materials is a little higher than I anticipated, so we'll see if it gets done this year, or next.  But I really, REALLY want a garden.  With cucumbers and lettuce, rhubarb, onions, radishes, carrots, zucchini, green beans....

Yes, I have gone garden crazy.  It baffles me, too.  I blame last year's discovery of canning.  

Speaking of which:

~ making jam!  My m-in-law and I bought two flats of fresh picked strawberries from a Saturday market-esque street vendor, splitting the cost.  She made strawberry shortcake and gave the rest to me.  I begged some rhubarb off her very nice neighbor, and made two batches of some fantastic strawberry-rhubarb jam from the Blue Ball book, and then a low sugar batch of strawberry from the same book (5 1/2 C of sugar instead of the 7 the recipe wanted - 7 is just too much for already sweet strawberries!)  Both are excellent.

The rhubarb version turned out so awesome, I want to plant my own rhubarb now.  I gave my m-in-law's neighbor two jars as a thank you, and split the rest between my m-in-law and me.

I was shocked when I looked in my cupboards in preparation for this, and realized we were almost out of all the jam I made last year.  Good timing!  In the meantime, my plans for canning this year are much more ambitious than last year's efforts.  More pears, more peaches, and hopefully some new things.  We'll see as the summer progresses.

(How sad is it when I stop during commercials to watch a gardening-related Home Depot commercial??  This is so weird.)
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Patron Saint of Pessimism: Cheerful (Daisy)woodrunner on May 21st, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Hey! I've been wondering where you were!

We both have a June 30 deadline -- I am revising BTR...