Sunday, June 1, 2014

You Can All Thank Leah

I was all set to do a riveting post today all about the joys of chive blossoms*, but Leah saved you. She tagged me for a meme. A meme that I read her answers to and thought, "I might just steal this and do it myself." Then I got to the end of her post and there I was, tagged for it.

Not that that necessarily means I'll do it. There are plenty of things I've passed on despite being specifically singled out. I can be a real pisser like that sometimes. If I don't feel like it, I won't do it.

But I felt like it. And I really like Leah--she is, among other things, a really wonderful writer who still writes just about herself and her life, which is all I'm really looking for in a blog--so here we go.

1) What is your favorite type of cheese? On a daily basis, it's sharp cheddar or cream cheese. But if it smells or has purposeful mold on it? No. Never.

2) What are you excited about? My sister and niece are coming to visit in a couple of weeks, and it's always exciting when my family makes the long and arduous trek to Blackrock for a visit. Also, the real watermelons--that is, the monster ones with seeds--have started to appear at the grocery store. Righteous.

3) How did you celebrate your last birthday? In Tucson with my children and husband, plus my parents and my brother, sister-in-law, and two nieces. It was the best birthday I've had in a long time. As I recall, A. took Cubby to the Desert Museum for the morning and Charlie took something like a three-hour nap at the same time, so I essentially had a child-free morning far from the chores of home. My mother's wise choice of a Cold Stone Creamery peanut butter ice cream cake also contributed significantly to the joy.

4) What is on your bedside table? Nothing. Literally. Not even a clock. I can't stand how they glare in the dark, so I just look at the one on A.'s bedside table. It's a Thing I have.

5) What do you order from the movie theater concession stand? I never go to the movie theater, so this is a hypothetical question for me. But when I used to go, I never got anything, both because of the outrageous cost and because if I eat anything, I want to drink something, and then I have to get up to go to the bathroom and I can't take the stress of missing part of the movie while I race to the bathroom. That sounds really weird, doesn't it? But true.

6) Do you have a garden? Do we have a garden? HAAAAA. Yes. A very large one. What's growing? So glad you asked, since I've been meaning to do a garden update for the spring and haven't gotten around to it yet. The asparagus has been growing for awhile, but not well and I've given up on it in favor of heavy mulching to quash the weeds. We're also eating a lot of lettuce and radishes right now. The enormous Red Russian Kale plant that I left in self-seeded prolifically. I do love volunteers. The garlic is looking very nice, as are the onions the MiL put it. The snow peas came up nicely, as did the chard. The long row of Dragon Tongue beans--a new variety for me--came up perfectly. Most of the tomato plants are in. So are potatoes, basil, broccoli, turnips, kohlrabi, carrots, beets, and corn, all thanks to the MiL's labors. That leaves cucumbers, zucchini, and squash to go in, probably this week. Oh, and the blackberries have lots of nice flowers on them. And the mulberry tree has a lot of tiny green mulberries.

7) Any summer plans? We always have a lot of visitors in the summer, which is inevitable if you live on a lake, so we rarely go anywhere. Not that we could--who would take care of the garden?

8) What TV couples are you rooting for? I don't watch TV, so pass.

9) What's the last thing you bought? Groceries. The last non-grocery thing was a pair of sandals for Cubby.

10) What's one thing you are passionate about? Food. Eating it, growing it, people's attitudes about it . . . food fascinates me like nothing else. But never call me a foodie, please. Because that, I am not.

11) What are you grateful for this week? Finally not being sick, after more than a month of feeling like shit. Also the spectacular weather that has made it so easy to be outside with the kids, which makes my whole life easier as a consequence. Children's winter apparel is not my friend.

Okay! Done! Anyone still reading? Anyone want to do this, too? I'm not into tagging, so if you want to, go for it and let me know.

* Seriously. They're better than the actual chives. I might still wax rhapsodic about them later, so there's that to look forward to.


Sister’s Sailor said...

"What TV couple are you rooting for?" and you pass....Come on that is an easy one-Homer and Marge!

Anonymous said...

OK, I will answer one. It seems that I seldom celebrate my birthday on the actual day--it comes at the end of the semester when I am overwhelmed with grading. But we do have dinner at Tria on a night close to my birthday; Tria gives a free bottle of wine during your birthday week comparable in price to your age. The only reward to getting older. Mary in MN

tu mere said...

I'm still trying to figure out what a "meme" is. Never heard the word, but that's not at all unusual in my world. I'm assuming your question/answer blog and the whole tagging thing is what it's about, but the definition I immediately looked up made the whole concept even more obtuse.

Having spent so much time trying to figure the word out, I'm going to pass on answering the questions. However, I did love reading your answers.

Lindsey @ Half Dime Homestead said...

I love this!! And since I'm a loyal reader of your blog, I even knew some of the answers. A+ for both of us.
Two questions in particular - what was the last thing you bought and what tv couples are you rooting for. I had the same answers as you. That is hilarious. But sub out sandals for pink Crocs bc the Tot won't be caught dead in anything other than pink Crocs.
Post some pictures of your garden! I want to see all of the abundance.

FinnyKnits said...

Yay! A pseudo-garden post!

I've been wondering about your garden out there and I'm interested to hear about how these Dragon Tongue beans work out. I'm trying the Rattlesnake beans for the first time this year and, so far, they're beautiful, but I have yet to taste them.