Sunday, June 07, 2009

Gentle Prodding

My life has not been exciting of late. I have some big deadlines at work, the weather has been crappy, and I have been in a reading mood rather than a knitting mood... all things that contribute to a quiet blog.

Before I went to bed last night I checked my mail one last time and saw this missive from my Dad:

dear jo

i look at your blog everyday this week and i have memorized your latest post. get with the program

love dad

Okay, you know it's bad when your Dad feels the need to point out your paltry blogging...

Here, I'll try to distract you with some pictures from the garden!

Cherry tomatoes

Look what I have! As happy as I am to see the little tomatoes, I am a bit worried for the plant itself:

Tumbling Tom

It's in the middle of our yard, it's getting full sun, and after the 4 days of rain we had this week, it's plenty hydrated, but it's turning yellow in spots and some branches are falling off. Does anyone know any tomato first aid?

My spaghetti squash has a bloom on it:

Spaghetti Squash

Weeds, too, apparently. That's what happens when it rains for nearly a week and we can't get out and pull things.

This is a cool one - I had to stand very still to get this picture:

Dianthus with Yellowjacket

It was cooler when I thought I was taking a picture of a bee... until Andrew pointed out this was a yellowjacket, not a honeybee.

And lastly, a late bloomer from my FIL's garden:

Late rhodo

As I mentioned above, I have been in a reading mood lately - and in no particular order, here is what I have read in the last week or so:

* Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead
* A Touch Of Evil by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp
* Night Huntress by Yasmine Galenorn
* Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
* The Devil's Due by Jenna Black

and last night I started reading:

* Demon Mistress by Yasmine Galenorn

And before anyone gets overly concerned about the titles, they are all urban fantasy - my preferred form of literary escapism. And trust me, I need a lot of escapism right now.


mom said...

try taking the water reservoir tray off the bottom and letting it dry out some - tomatoes like water, but they don't like to live in a swamp
love & hugs

Kaye said...

YOur dad cracks me up!!!

Hmmm....not sure about the mater. I'm only an expert about when the tomato itself starts to rot.

tara said...

Yellow means too much water (brown, not enough). Cool pic of the tomato close up.

turtlegirl76 said...

Looks like it might need more room. You might consider getting in the ground or in a bigger pot.

yarn4kalei said...

You take such beautiful pictures! Enjoy your reading that happens to be my preferred form of escapism too! :0) Which one of the books did you like best? I am always looking for new authors and I learned about Patricia Briggs from your blog and loved her books. Thanks!

Shan said...

Your dad's email is hilarious.

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Get with the program...I love it...hehehehe!!

Awesome pictures, but the bee is too cool!

cpurl17 said...

Your Dad is a riot. I'm not sure my Dad knows I have a blog.

I have the opposite of a green thumb so can't give you any gardening advice!!