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Winter Garden

At the end of the Summer, when our vegetable garden was popping-off, I felt inspired to transition to Autumn crops.  I bought the very last six-pack of sugar snap pea starts from Pierson’s.  I know it was the very last one because I went back a couple of times looking for more, and they didn’t have them.  A friend had told us that he grows peas year-round (near-by, but a little more inland that we are here).  So I thought I would give it a shot.

sugar snap peas growing on a string trellis along the fence

Here they are looking good, eh? But it is not that simple. It never is, is it? They are growing, flowering, and producing peas. But the peas are smaller than Summer peas and they don’t taste as sweet. Altogether disappointing.

broccoli harvested from the garden and one medium sized cucumber

I found this Surprise Cucumber in the garden yesterday. Probably was there for weeks, I just noticed it. It ’twas a bit sour, but the boys devoured it anyway; they love cucumber. We do get about a meals worth of broccoli about once a week from the little shoots that are still growing out from the broccoli plants. The issue I’m having right now with the broccoli is caterpillars. They are all over the broccoli and no matter how hard I try to pick them all off, some of them end up cooked on the plate. Always on Young Son’s plate, too, somehow. Well, he is just a really good noticer. I suspect we all get one, but the rest of us just eat our without noticing.

Interesting side note, the caterpillars are only on the broccoli growing in the lower section of the garden. The broccoli plants in the upper section of the garden have snails which eat the leaves. So are the caterpillars not there because of the snails presence? Or is it more of micro-location thing? I do not know.

I also planted carrot seeds back in September. They are are growing well and I’m trying to keep them weeded. Other than that, I gave up on Autumn crops. Fall only lasted for one month this year: September. Then we went straight into winter. Heavy rains and cold, but not freezing yet. I couldn’t bring myself to do much gardening in that. I still have summer sweetpeas and pole bean plants to pull out and clear away. One day.

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First Day of School

Better late than never. Here they are, first day of school.  August 29, 2016

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Wrestle




Merry Go Round











Sprung

Spring has sprung. Time to hack out the weeds and get this garden back into production. Feeling very stoked on taking what I learned in the last few years and making this year even better. The first plant to fruition this spring was amazingly last years strawberries. Who would have guessed? Not I…

bright lights chard sprouts

drop of water on a broccoli leaf

potted spearmint in front of big leafed artichoke

ripening and unripe strawberries hanging over the edge of the redwood planter box

raspberry canes with blossoms and green fruit

baby artichoke growing within the artichoke leaves


Babs and the Aloe Plant






Babs resting under the rocking chair

This is the sweet and innocent-looking terror of our household, Babs. In the past month, she has bitten through the cords of three keyboards, one set of computer speakers, and the cord connecting the computer to the screen. She is really keeping us on our toes.

Babs on top of the coffee table

We think we’ve finally blocked her access to the delightful destruction of computer equipment. So that leaves her with the other pastimes of climbing on stuff, nibbling houseplants, and ripping up all the newspaper in her box.

Babs flopped over sleeping under the table

Clearly, all these rascally rabbit antics and can be quite exhausting. Everyone quiet down please, the destroyer of electrical cords needs a nap.

Young Son petting Babs with Pac the fish in the background

Jokes aside, this little sweetie has been warming our hearts lately. She has just gotten friendlier since the passing of her buddy Mr. Buns a year and half ago. She loves to be petted, especially on her forehead.

Babs resting under the rocking chair

And she seeks out our attention everyday. Lucky for her, the kids are often right down on her level.



Soccer for the win

Last weekend we wrapped up the soccer season with a couple of wins. It has been a lot of fun. We saw a lot of improvement from both Young Son and Brother out on the field. It has been exciting and rewarding to watch their progress and cheer them on.

Young Son in action on the soccer field

Young Son had the chance to try out all positions over the course of the season. He played aggressively as a forward and showed patience and strength as a defender. He even played goalie for one half, mid-season, and made several critical saves for his team.

Brother in action on the soccer field

Brother played primarily midfield for his team. Being one of the strongest runners, he had the hustle to get up and down the field in a hurry, supporting his team both defensively and offensively.


Go Team!


Zombie Soccer, Death, and Link

Young Son and Brother dressed up in their costumes for school

This was the kids on our way to school on Friday morning. Young Son is Death (sans scythe, because no toy weapons allowed at school, and no face paint, because that would have been uncomfortable for the whole day). Brother is Link, the main character from the Legend of Zelda video game.

Zombies listening to coach before the game

Brother’s soccer team chose to dress up as ZOMBIES for their soccer game on Halloween day. It was an absolute blast. Family Man let me go to that game, because Young Son had a game at the same time and we had to split up. The boys all played hard and well as zombies.

Zombie player ready for action with coach in the background

They were on fire and scored three goals in the first half and didn’t let the other team score one. During the second half the opposing team picked their jaws up off the floor and scored on the Zombies twice.

Brother Zombie getting ready to receive the soccer ball

So Zombies ended up with the win by one point. It was exciting and fun.

whole Zombie soccer team with coaches lined up in front of the goal

After chilling out at home after soccer, we rallied again to carve pumpkins and then dress up for trick-or-treating.

Brother with face painted and dressed as Death holding scythe

Death face makeup by our resident expert, Family Man.

Brother in pose dressed as Link from Legend of Zelda video game

Link costume design by not-so-humbly Yours Truly, Beautiful Day Mama.