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After an entire season of basically no produce, suddenly I have FOUR tomatoes growing and a couple of peppers (it would have been more, if a squirrel hadn't decided to use the pepper plant for a landing pad. *mumbledamnhooliganssnappeditinhalffriggidyfrigginmumble*). HOLY FRIG. I dunno how that happened. I'm a little concerned that they're suddenly so productive so close to the end of the season, since I'm worried a frost will kill it all before it can be harvested, BUT. The fact that they're producing *something* makes me happy. <3
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Okay, a quick update on things, seeing as it's been a while.

First, and most importantly, thank you all for your words of support and encouragement. They've been reassuring, and I feel blessed to know all you lovely and wonderful people. *collective hugs* Tomorrow, I go to take the test. I don't feel quite so much in the dire straits I was in before, but I am still quite nervous. The lengthy list of regulations and procedures doesn't help matters either. I feel like I'll be thrown out if I sneeze wrong, cough too loudly, or wear a red shirt. And if I bring a mechanical pencil? They'll string me up by my toenails for such blasphemy.

But anyway. Wish me luck. <3 <3 <3

On a different note, I've started my new job in the department, which is basically the old job I had last year, when I was helping with the plant systematics class, but more. I'm essentially being considered a TA, which is both exciting and terrifying. My main job during the actual class part is to help with fielding questions during the lab. Since it's a high-level class (seniors and post-grads), I don't need to worry about answering dumb questions like, "Which are the leaves again?". On the other hand, though, when they do ask questions, they ask doozies. Methinks class time will become my biweekly brain yoga session. ^_^;;

Avobaby and Hal status will be reported after GREs.

But on the vegetable front, my singular tomato is reddening! Joy! A few more days, and I think it'll be ready for picking. I'm horribly worried that something will happen to it beforehand, though, whether it be it gets eaten by a buggy creature, it gets eaten by a furry creature, it falls off, it decides to move to Nova Scotia, or something like that. So I'm guarding it carefully, and testing its firmness each day. Hopefully I can snatch it before the creatures do. I'm also hoping that since the weather should be starting to cool off now, I'll hopefully get more tomatoes. According to my Big Book of Gardening Questions, tomato pollen becomes unuseable when it gets above 95 degrees, which may, at least in part, explain my lack of produce, when combined with the aforementioned fertilizing issues. So hopefully I'll get at least one or two more before the season ends.

On a side note, I had a dream last night that I had grown oodles upon oodles of tomatoes, which were all hanging ripe and heavy on the vine, ready for the picking. Maybe that's a sign from the ghost of growing seasons future. XD

Definitely ready to get this test behind me, in any case. I'm going into creative deprivation, as indicated by things such as the itching desire to get my hands on some yarn and knit something. Well, I can try to alleviate it a little at least by doing some cooking, which is hand-oriented, anyway. Tonight, I attempt to make a vegetable hot pot with bready things which are apparently baked right on top of the stew part. This oughta be interesting.
ru: (strange)
--I have books! Lots o' books, actually. My family went to our favorite local independent book store to pick up Harry Potter, and it turned into a book-buying binge. My personal stash was a gardening FAQ which looked to be about twelve kinds of cool (and also will be a big help with the vegetables, I think), and a book called "A Great and Terrible Beauty", which looks like it features visions and secret societies and magic and corsets and high tea all in Victorian England. And *then*, since my brother was on a hunt for a book in particular, we went to B&N, wherein I got several little classic books, including "The Secret Garden" and the works of Edgar Allen Poe. The thing about all this is the fact that it's not like I'm looking for something to read. I have about twelve thousand books on my reading list, and this only extends it. And yet I cannot resist. Does that make me a bibliophile? Hm.

--Lots of stuff's been happening garden-wise. One of the female pumpkin flowers is starting to show potential signs of being knocked up--the ovary underneath is getting awfully big. I'm hopeful that this means we'll have at least one pumpkin, but we'll see. I may go ahead out there and take a Q-tip to the flower anyway, just to make sure it's been completely fertilized.

--Apparently the squirrels like purslane. Dad said he saw a squirrel gnawing on its flowers this morning, so he brought it closer to the house in hopes of discouraging them. I didn't realize squirrels would go for purslane. Then again, I've heard tell that it's edible, so.

--Last night's Doctor Who reminded me of one of the reasons why I love the show so--even the minor characters are people you want to know more about. Despite the fact that I think I may be one of the last people to see "Gridlock", I'll go ahead and post further thoughts under the cut.

Cut! )

I also realized yesterday that when the opening theme comes on, I instinctively start grinning. I'm such a dork.
ru: (angry)
Dear Female Pumpkin Flowers,

You all suck. Here I am, getting up earlier than the already ungodly hour I get up just so I can go outside in the near-dark with a q-tip (since I couldn't find my paintbrush, and I was too tired to care) in hand and pollinate you all, and you're not open. All the males are open, and there are a ton of them, oh yes, but you, YOU, you all are nowhere to be seen, and those of you that are out are still shut, despite looking ready to open. It is not cool to deprive me of precious minutes of sleep like this. Remember who waters you all in this scorching heat.

No love,
Ru

P.S. Y'all are lazy bitches.
ru: (strange)
Let's see, what's been going on with me...

--My brother graduated high school on Friday. I'm incredibly happy for him. ^_^ Especially since the school system 'round these parts is going to hell in a handbasket. They really need to stop raising the bar so high. Exit exams, senior projects, block scheduling, extra math classes--and they wonder why the dropout rate is increasing.

--I wore my TARDIS shirt today, which ended up getting noticed by a couple of people. I was tickled that there are some in the vicinity that actually got it.

--Did a bit of vegetable tending today, including pinching the latent buds on the tomatoes (as recommended by one of the people I work with to encourage them to flower) and rescuing one of the peppers from the pumpkins. Apparently, while I thought that by planting the pumpkins in front of them, they'd be inclined to move towards the light (and away from them), there was still a rogue tendril that found the pepper and decided it would make an excellent support. So that tendril got cut in a hurry. It also appears that the pumpkins are fixing to flower, which makes me happy. ^_^ It also makes me cringe slightly, because once my veggies start fruiting, the real battle against the insects (and other critters) will begin.

--Speaking of insects, though, I was happy to notice a honeybee buzzing about the thyme today. I'm hoping that means there's a hive somewhere nearby with happy, healthy, not-abandoning bees. ^_^ I've seen a lot of bumblebees around too (they love the salvia), which is nice, but that honeybee really made me smile.

--Okay sinuses, the storm from yesterday has passed through. The pressure in the air has equalized. You can stop hurting now. Don't make me get a headectomy.
ru: (angry fleas with KNIVES)
Well, frig. Every year I hope that maybe this year they won't come, and every year, about this time, I'm disappointed to discover that they've somehow made it through another winter.

Junebugs, Japanese beetles, whatever you want to call them, to me, they are the SCOURGE.

The damn things have already attacked my rose bush and have commenced munching on my apple tree. *muttermuttergrouchgrouch*

SCORE

Apr. 15th, 2006 07:40 pm
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A while back, I mourned the fact that my favorite nursery closed for good. I wasn't certain we were going to find a nursery that was going to be half as good, and would have to rely on hardware stores from now on for plants. I discovered today that I've been proven wrong, as we have found another nursery in our vicinity that is incredibly shiny. Sadly, it is a little more expensive than the old nursery, but it more than makes up for that in the fact that it is closer than the old one, and it is HUGE. It has tons and tons of plants and trees and things. I think we only saw maybe a third of what was there. I could probably spend a whole afternoon there. Actually, I think seeing a small portion was probably a good thing. Otherwise, I might have died of ferret shock.

While there, we went about getting some more hostas and periwinkles for the shade area, a lungwort, and a bluebell, which made me really happy. It's the first place I've seen bluebells being sold. So hopefully we'll be able to put them in tomorrow. The prices from this place are still a little bothersome, though. I guess if I'm wanting something that's rather common, I could go and get them from one of the hardware stores, since it'd be cheaper there, and save the nursery for the really neat things.

I've decided that this is one of my favorite times of year. The weather isn't too bad(save today, with the 90 degree weather. blah), and all the plants are going nuts. I love it. <3 <3 The hostas we planted a few weeks ago are doing fairly well. I'm a little concerned about one of them though. The tips of its leaves were all wilted and unhappy. I'm not sure if it's due to the heat, or if it's getting too much light where it is. I watered it before the temperature skyrocketed today, and I watered it again after we got back and noticed it wasn't looking too well, so I don't think it's for want of water. If it's too much light, then hopefully that'll be fixed once the maple over it leafs out completely. It's been hitting the snooze button for the past few months, and it's finally decided to stop stalling and go about putting out leaves. Lazy thing.

In any case though, I'm happy I found a new nursery to go to. <3 <3

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