Friday, April 8, 2011

Thoughts for today

1. We went on our bike ride last night and it was great! This is the third time we have done this particular ride and the first time and I didn't nearly collapse and vomit after the hill at the halfway point. I also didn't have to stop and walk at all. Yay!! I think the peanut butter I ate before the ride helped. And the promise of a cherry-limeade helped me do it without walking. Here's my favorite part of the ride though.
Here's the set-up:
Nate always rides behind me unless he needs to pass me on a hill, which happens on most hills, but I think he's trying not too. He tells me when cars are coming and is able to see when I fall or have a problem. He also gives me pointers. There is no telling from pointer to pointer whether it will be well received by the recipient. A more regular flow of oxygen to my brain will surely help with my attitude.
I am woefully out of shape.
Nate's riding behind me and I hear: Babe, you are really toning up already!
Me: (gasp, wheeze, struggling for air) What?!
Nate: Yeah, I can tell already!
Isn't he sweet? I'm still skeptical, I think he was just trying to make me feel better. He maintains that the calves are the first to go.

2. I (think I) am having my first cello lesson since June of 2005, today! I found out I was having it today, yesterday! I could be more prepared! Boy am I nervous!

3. Nate spent the evening last night realigning my wheels and adjusting my gear shifts on the bike, with whom I always argue (the gear shifts, not Nate, I'm too out of breath to argue with Nate). Isn't that nice? I can't wait to try it! My back brake was rubbing up agin my wheel last night and I got jipped of some serious coasting that should have been coming my way.

4. There will be lots of work outside and gardening this weekend!! I will weed the herb garden (this consists of pulling up the mint that continues to pop up everywhere) and the beet bed.
This is a carrot. It looks like grass. I must not pull it out. The carrots are not planted in rows. I will not be weeding the carrot bed because I can't tell what's what. (Incidentally, I should know that anything that looks like grass is surely not grass. The only vegetation we have in our yard is either the weeds that make up the lawn or the veggies/herbs/sparse flowers we have planted. Problem solved.)

This is a beet (rather, a few beets).

They are planted in rows (if you click on the picture I think you will see the row). They are red. Therefore, I will be weeding the beet bed.

5. I just found a recipe for homemade butter. A blog I read just posted it. Oh dear.

6. What are you doing?


  1. I am giggling to myself that I cannot for the life of me see anything in your pictures. I blame this solely on myself, not your photography skills. I just know very, very little about gardening. And I wish you nothing but the best.

  2. When I was out there taking pictures I couldn't see what I was taking pictures of, so I have a bunch with my finger pointing at the stems. I can see them better when I click on them to enlarge. But honestly, especially with the carrots, you don't know what you're looking at unless you know exactly what you're looking for. We have spent many minutes crouched over things we have planted saying, "Is that it?" "I don't know." "Maybe this over here is it." "Maybe so."

  3. Agin....good usage.... I am currently working on a rain barrel. That's my project.