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Unnervingly Cold Spring, our Friend River, and an Awesome Fruit Haul
We got a nice handful of lilacs from our
baby lilac tree this weekend. Here they are in an Ikebana arrangement under the
Meal Gatha in our kitchen.
seemed to be moving along toward summer until yesterday, when temperatures
suddenly dropped into the 50s during the day and the winds picked up. Last night
was freezing, and we woke up swaddled in the down comforter, nearly refusing to
get out of bed.
this morning, I checked the pot of organic basil I bought last week. The overnight cold
pretty much killed it. I almost cried. This is turning out to be a brutal
spring, and it’s going to adversely affect our food production this year. Last
year at this time, all our vegetable plants were in the garden and on their
way. We planted everything on May 2 in 2015, and May continued to be a
wonderfully warm, dry month. Today is windy and cool again. More rain is
predicted this week.
happier news, we got a nice handful of lilacs from our baby lilac tree this
weekend (see photo above): I placed them in an Ikebana arrangement under our
Meal Gatha. My husband and I also did a really nice fruit haul Sunday –
mangoes, avocados, navel oranges, mandarin oranges, starfruit, apples, limes,
lemons, and bananas. I bought a market watermelon that tastes like it’s from
the market, blech. Can’t wait to be growing our own, but now I’m wondering if
our growing season is going to be long enough this year for melon production.
spruce is not my favorite tree, but it does make a great topiary. My husband
bought me a beautiful Albertus spruce topiary tree yesterday. The shape is
called the ‘poodle topiary’ and as you may guess, is shaped of several ‘balls’
that have been neatly clipped. It will need some maintenance, but will be
completely worth it. I just love how it looks.
were going to buy two green (serrated) leaf, weeping Japanese maples for my
birthday, but the plan changed when we contacted the tree farmer who cultivates
them and leaned that they cost about 400 to 500 dollars each. As lovely as
those trees would be in the Zen garden, those are outrageous prices that we
just can’t afford. The topiary is a gorgeous consolation prize.
greens beds are exploding, and there’s plenty of lettuce to share. Today’s
lunch is a homemade hummus sandwich (with our garden parsley) on wheat pita
with a fistful of our garden arugula. This crop of arugula is super spicy and
crisp, and I love it.
River is getting sicker right now. His cancer has appeared in three lymph nodes
in his lower back. I’m really depressed about this. River is the coolest dude
you’d ever want to know. I talked with his wife yesterday, and she said he’s bummed,
won’t eat, won’t see anyone, and won’t get out of bed. The new chemotherapy is
treating his body harshly.
my husband is going to bring River a cinnamon crumb cake I made last night. My
husband asked me yesterday, “Why bring him food if he’s not eating?” Well, I
said, his wife may be hungry, and it’s nice to just send some love River’s way.
There’s nothing lonelier than illness. Please send River some healing, loving
vibes. We love him, he’s an awesome spirit, and he is much needed on this Earth. Live in peace.