Almost

So…we forgot to set the DVR for Heroes Reborn. After spending the summer getting ourselves refreshed, and Jessica’s mom through her first viewing…

Thrilling

We’re at Cedar Point for Jessica’s company picnic weekend! I love amusement parks. Ate at an overpriced TGI Fridays for dinner then made a Walmart run for a few things we needed for tomorrow (I’m pretty sure that People of Walmart was there casting new talent).

I’m probably going to try to Periscope some tomorrow. If you have an iPhone/Android, download the app and follow me @jgns.

Going to catch some sleep so I can get up and order an iPhone 6S.

jgns.

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Another birthday has come…and gone.

My mom and aunt came to spend this past weekend with us and celebrate my birthday. I made it public for this year on Facebook. (I was bitter last year and made it private so no one knew, after inviting a lot of people, getting RSVP’s, and spending a lot of money on a big party for my 30th… and no one showed.)

Today was ok. Jess was at work and I mowed an entire lawn for the first time in probably 15 years. And my allergies didn’t make this evening absolutely miserable! I may have finally outgrown my seasonal allergies? (as I knock on wood)

Jess got home at 5, and I was still on the mower until about 5:45. Jess began the process of making me sweet pickles. Then we made some awesome mashed potatoes (Jess cut and boiled, I mashed them) to go along with the fried chicken leftovers from Saturday night. We ate our dinner, watched a movie, and a little tv while we each worked on our laptops. I tweaked the theme/layout of this site and checked in on the t-shirt booster I’m running in memory of K.C. Hysel (which ends Wednesday, August 26) while Jess worked on getting more orders for her thirty-one book party that ends this Saturday, August 29.

I might be heading back to Wilmington sometime this week for a day or two to work on some stuff for Mom and Dad’s annual summer bash since I won’t get to actually be there for the party.

Until next time…

jgns

 

PS – Apple announced a recall on the iPhone 6 Plus for the rear iSight camera

Garden

This year, I decided to really get going on this whole garden thing. Jeremy and I have discovered that we do enjoy some good tomatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower, and thought we’d give it a go (sometimes when I say “we”, I mean, “me, and Jeremy went along with it”, because, well, he supports my creative side).

A family friend volunteered to bring his tractor over to plow our garden and we made it a wee bit bigger than we probably needed. We put up a little fence just to help discourage bunnies and other critters from entering. After several good rains, we sprinkled some Preen on it.

We started several plants from seed. That didn’t really turn out too well. So, we went to a couple greenhouses. Got some really healthy plants and put them in the garden too. We ended up with a ton of plants, because those seeds I mentioned before, well, some of them took off too (two clusters of broccoli, cauliflower, etc.). We also ended up with several varieties of tomatoes. My sister thinks she is going to do some canning this year…I’m not holding my breath. BUT she does make some great salsa. Anyway, we’ve got grape and cherry tomatoes, Marglobe, Beef Steak, Big Boy, Better Boy and a couple of unknowns. We will overflow with tomatoes…I hope. We also got some cucumbers, both slicing and pickling. My mom planted 3 rows of potatoes, and none of them were coming up, to her great disappointment. Rather than leave it empty, we planted green beans, in addition to the pole grean beans that we had originally planted. We also have some Buttercrunch lettuce, Spanish Chard and Arugala.

There are about 25 strawberry plants as well. I don’t think these guys are going to make it. They ended up being quite close to the edge of the garden and seem to be getting strangled out by some grass that I haven’t been able to take care of.

After several rains, and more rains, the plants are growing! Lovely, delicious plants. I’ve had multiple salads, and pickled some cucumbers. I’ve had some delicious broccoli and some sugar snap peas. It has all been very cool.

Lessons learned: Use straw around established plants early to help prevent weed growth. Use Sevin early so that bugs don’t continue to eat all my leaves (Sevin is just a powder and is effective. To each their own regarding non-organic substances; I decided to use it on a few of my plants.) Watering is essential. Sunlight is essential. And it is important to keep an eye on it, because the veggies and the weeds grow really quickly!

Our first haul:

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“It’s a single cell protein combined with synthetic aminos, vitamins, and minerals. Everything the body needs.” –The Matrix

Pickles

The house smells like great steak… and dill pickles.

We have friends family coming to town this weekend. So, we’re gonna feast like kings. The biggest dish is a great carne asada recipe. Can’t divulge what’s in the marinade but man is it delicious.

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Jess wanted to try her hand at pickling cucumbers. When we started the garden she also planted some dill. (did I mention the house currently reeks of dill pickles?) The first test jar is on the counter and will be “edible” in 3 days. I only like sweet pickles so I’ll be passing on the homemade pickles.

 

#cucumbers #pickles #pickling #kosherdill #dill we will see how it turns out!!!

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That’s that. Don’t have much else to update about. It’s rained a LOT. The garden is flourishing (as are the weeds). The pool is full. We’re still battling some stuck on dirt on the bottom. But, at least the water is crystal clear. Oh, we’ve also completely cleaned our bedroom which has been a disaster since I moved in because we ran out of steam on deciding where to put stuff.

The other delay in updates is that we’ve had little to no internet for a while. Being out in the country, certain companies aren’t available. (Actually, Comcast comes close, but they refuse to put in a split and run down our road. So we’re stuck with Fourway (a radio antenna that barely gets a signal.) It’s pissed me off because the cell service also absolutely sucks out here too.

Enough for now. Love to everyone back home. Miss you. We’ll come visit again soon-ish.

jgns