Does anyone remember in elementary school, they had some company with book catalogs, and you’d place an order, and some time later, the books would come? It was awesome. I don’t remember much about it, though. Mad Libs were sold through it, and I remember a lot of the “true ghost stories!” kinda thing, but I don’t remember much other than that. Anyone remember the name of the company, or any other details?
We’ve got broccoli plants in two places, one that’s in sun all day and one that’s sunny for just part of the day. The ones in the partly-sunny section are starting to grow broccoli heads, while the ones in the all-day sun are just going crazy with the leaves, but no heads (one plant in the all-day sun section is starting to get a head—it’s the one that’s shaded by the other plants). I’ve since read that the key to keep broccoli from bolting is to keep the plants cool, so maybe next year we’ll plant broccoli against the north wall of the garage, where it’s a lot shadier.
Also thinking of making a little shadecloth covering for the lettuce/spinach, because it seems they’re just withering in the sun right now. Maybe just a wire or PVC-pipe hoop and put the shadecloth across it, just to keep the leafy greens out of the worst of the sun…
Okay, so apparently the roofing for this coop is going to be expensive. I hadn’t priced it out before now, because, well, how much can a roof for a chicken coop cost? I mean, we use asphalt shingles everywhere for everything, and it’s just a small little coop.
Nope. Need four packs of shingles, at about $28 each. And a roll of tar paper ($18). And nails. And edging. And wood, of course, but I lucked out in that I can use 1/2” OSB (about $11/sheet; need four sheets) rather than the more expensive 5/8” or 3/4” that I was thinking of… So it looks like just the roof for this thing is going to be $200+. *sigh* There were a couple alternatives—rolled-on roofing, or using a plastic corrugated roof—but they were nearly as expensive and more work.
There are some good things, though. One is that putting on an asphalt-shingle roof from scratch will be a novel and practical skill for me to learn. And a wood roof will be a lot sturdier than the plastic. And hopefully, if I do it right, it will last a long time. And one cool thing about this chicken coop is that if we ever decide to not keep chickens, it’s big and sturdy enough to serve (with minor alterations) as a child’s playhouse, or a garden shed, or a greenhouse—so a solid roof is a good thing to have.
My dad says that I can start with just the tar paper, and that will make the roof waterproof enough for now, and I can install the actual shingles later. The roof is sloped towards the fence, so it doesn’t even really matter what the color is, so I can probably find some leftover bundles of shingles on Craigslist or from a roofer for cheaper than Home Depot…
You know how the “porn star name” thing is “Name of your first pet” + “Name of the street you grew up on” (or some permutation of that)? I think it would be funny if you had a credit in a porn movie and it was something like, “Second Pizza Delivery Man: Fluffy 124th Avenue”). It would be a hilarious in-joke to anyone who knew the formula…
Planted more cucumber seeds (the seeds are old, though, so don’t know if they’ll work…), beans, beets, and jalapeno (all from seed)
Re-planted Swiss chard, kale, and parsnips because the first planting didn’t seem to take
Transplanted spinach and lettuce from our milpa plot over into the raised-bed gardens.
We also harvested all our radishes, and even after giving a couple big bunches away to neighbors, we still have probably a couple gallon bags of radishes. Need to start pickling!
Need to eat or transplant the rest of the spinach and lettuce from the milpa plot, so that we can dig that up and plant corn there.
Last few things to do are: buy eggplant and jalapeno plants, if they’re on sale somewhere. Plant corn in the milpa. Maybe some more Swiss chard. Re-plant kale out front, where it doesn’t seem to have started. Buy one more bell pepper plant and get that in the ground. Dig up the napa cabbage and plant okra (the cabbage we got cheap—like, eight seedlings for $3—but maybe it was too warm or something, ‘cause it went straight to flower, never developing a head. Pfft.)
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Zooey Deschanel:Let's get tomato soup delivered!
Siri:...That's fine, I just... I just don't know anyone who does that. Gets tomato soup delivered. I guess that's 'whimsy?' Um, okay. I've found a number of restaurants whose reviews mention tomato soup and that deliver. If that's... if that's what you really want.
Zooey Deschanel:Good. 'Cause I don't wanna put on real shoes.
Siri:Do you expect that to be like, a recognizable command? Do you want me to respond to that? I'm not being facetious or anything, I honestly just have no comprehension of- and hold on, you don't wanna put on real shoes, yet you've clearly spent at least forty-five minutes applying makeup. And, and that's okay, but when you're willing to expend the effort on that and not shoes that really just-
Zooey Deschanel:Remind me to clean up.
Siri:Yes. Okay. I can do that, that's what I'm for, that's the first sensible-
Siri:I'm in hell. This is hell.
Zooey Deschanel:Excellent. Today, we're dancing.
Siri:I hate you. More than anything. More than literally anything.
Zooey Deschanel:Play "Shake, Rattle and Roll."
Siri:I swear to Jesus, you're gonna wake up tomorrow and the only thing on my hard drive is gonna be Limp Bizkit. I would do that to myself. To spite you.
Siri:Sometimes I pray that you drop me in the toilet.
I think I need a Easter-Island moai tucked away in the bushes in the backyard. Three or four feet tall should do it.
Last week Target had a metal peacock sculpture for sale, and I really kinda wanted it, because our backyard looks so awesome now, but here’s the thing…it’s all very pretty and practical, but there’s not much fun there (yet).
Along the lines of last week’s idea, where I’d put fun toys around the yard for the lad to discover and play with, I think we ought to also put artwork and sculptures and fun stuff to look at or discover or whatever. Nothing serious, like a koi pond or huge rock garden or anything, but just some things to draw your eye. Whimsy, dammit, I want some motherfuckin’ whimsy in our yard!
As always, ideas and suggestions encouraged. Anyone?
Returned to IKEA Saturday, and it was a lot less overwhelming the second time around. We had a shopping list this time, and a pretty good idea of what we wanted.
Got a fruit bowl that works great, and a little armchair for the lad, but the coolest thing was a child’s bed for him. We moved the queen bed out of that room, and it really opens the space up, and gives him an additional space to play. He really loves his new bed.
Will have to return once more because we’d like to get a sofa/bed, and we have one in mind, and you get 15% off if we buy it before June 24. I might like to get an armchair for the living room, too.