Wednesday, September 21, 2011

This and that

The week is progressing quickly.  I can't believe it's already Wednesday night.  And I can't believe that it is almost Autumn!  Where has the year gone?!  Of course, I'm not really too sorry to see this garden season end.  It has been pretty dismal.
A garden update:  I'm only getting a few tomatoes at a time now.  Except for the yellow cherry ones... those are trying to take over the world. But there are quite a few big green tomatoes out there.  If only they will ripen before frost.   The peppers are having another flush of production so we'll have plenty.  The scarlet runner beans are finally ramping up production.
A Magnus update:  First, thanks to all who commented on my post about rooster woes.  Magnus has been his usual sweet self all week. I was even able to pet him this afternoon, as was J17 when she went out to gather eggs.  Who knows,  maybe he was just having a huge testosterone rush on Saturday.   My theory for that is that there was too much testosterone in the air drifting North from the football stadium since the Hawkeyes staged an epic comeback to stomp Pitt.  We'll still keep an eye on him and won't put up with any nonsense.  From the hens:  We're still getting 4 to 5 eggs a day.  I'm waiting for the day we get our first half a dozen at a time!!  I'm definitely going to have to start incorporating more egg dishes into the weekly menu.
Otherwise, not much is going on here. Work has been a little slow this week- mainly because many of the patients on my unit are so ill that they're not even appropriate for treatment yet.  But that's OK.  It is giving me some time to get caught up on other stuff.
I've been looking up some recipes... Some culinary lavender recipes.  I really want to make a chocolate lavender cake sometime.  But what I really want to try (maybe this weekend) are Honey-Lavender Biscotti.  Mmmm... biscotti and tea on the deck.
I've only got one more day of work this week.  I've got Friday off as a comp for working Saturday.  We've got big plans for this three day weekend.  Friday, we're finishing the rumpus room in the basement (and deploying the new entertainment center as a surprise for the children!)  Then we'll be working on the permanent run for the chickens.  We figured out that we can repurpose some fence posts from when we removed the old fence so we don't have to purchase any support posts.  Of course, before we can finish the run, we are planning to install gutters on the side of the shop to divert water away from falling into the run.  And we'll be deploying rain barrels once we have downspouts- maybe not this fall yet but definitely in the spring.  We got the gutters this summer when there was a huge sale on them at the home center and we had a bunch of rebate checks from the kitchen remodel supplies.  They've been stored in the shop for a while waiting for us to have time and weather to put them up.  It was so hot for a while that working up on a roof wasn't too appealing.  The weather is to be lovely this weekend.
Don't worry- I'll keep you posted.


  1. The weather here in WV has been so nice, I'm afraid it will end too soon. I put my fall wreaths up last weekend hoping to keep the fallish weather around. Glad to hear Mangus is being a good boy and hope he continues to be. You'll have more eggs than you know what to do with soon! lol The kids will kiss your feet upon learning of their surprise!! Great idea for downstairs!! Hope you have good weather so you can finish all your outside chores. I need to mow AND week...yuk...debbie

  2. Sounds like you have plenty to keep you busy on your long weekend! And what a great surprise for the kids ~ and your lucky chickens! I, too, am glad to see the end of this lousy gardening year. I am SURE next year will be better.

  3. I'm happy that Magnus is behaving again:)
    You are a busy lady. I hope the weather holds up for you.

  4. Don't forget to take pictures along the way when doing all your lined up projects. It might seem hum-drum to you but it's interesting to all of us!

  5. Sounds like you have plenty to keep you busy this weekend! Can't wait for pics of the new rumpus room!


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